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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

Remember that things do change, so be sure to confirm dates and times before making travel plans.

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Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story, The Musical

Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It's the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy-save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun. Filled with whimsical imagery, a memorable score, and energetic dance sequences, this Canadian premiere is a hol... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents It's a Wonderful Life

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings"-the Arts Club's acclaimed holiday production is back. George Bailey performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls, yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity. At George's most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and fami... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Sunday, December 27, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
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How did Peter Pan become, well, Peter Pan? This story of the celebrated character with the never-ending childhood traces his journey from lonely orphan to beloved boy hero. Audiences are transported to a magical, whimsical world filled with swashbuckling pirates, magic amulets, and singing mermaids. Join the intrepid Peter on an adventure that takes him from the orphanage to the decks of a ship c... Visit Website

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Saturday, January 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Stanley Park
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Stanley Park
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Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights. Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Also, view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation. Your donations and a ... Visit Website

Capilano Suspension Bridge Presents Canyon Lights

  • Friday, November 27, 2015 - Sunday, January 03, 2016
  • Time: Park Hours: 11:00AM -9:00PM
  • Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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 Capilano Suspension Bridge Presents:CAPILANO CANYON LIGHTS Glittering lights, towering heights and festive nights - Canyon Lights returns for its 10th Season Celebrate Canyon Lights November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, T... Visit Website

cesna?em, the city before the city

  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
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cesna?em, the city before the city Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) partner on a transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver's nose. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, opening on January 25, 2015, is a series of three unified exhibitions that connect Vancouverit... Visit Website

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

  • Friday, November 27, 2015 - Tuesday, January 05, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. TO 9:00 p.m. daily
  • Location: Flyover Canada
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JOIN SANTA ON A MAGICAL FLIGHT ACROSS CANADA AND THEN TO THE NORTH POLE! This Christmas FlyOver Canada will light up into a winter wonderland and take you on a magical flight across Canada and then on to the North Pole with you and your loved ones. First help Santa find his elves somewhere over Canada and then end with a magical flight over Santa's North Pole. In addition to the special Christma... Visit Website

Cirque du Soleil presents Kooza

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Sunday, December 27, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Grand Chapiteau
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KOOZA returns to Vancouver this fall with a SPECIAL OFFER! October 29 - December 27, 2015 under the Grand Chapiteau Concord Pacific Place An adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom. KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions - acrobatic perfo... Visit Website

Electric Company Theatre & Studio 58/Langara College present FLEE

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Sunday, December 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Fox Cabaret
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 FLEE November 26 - December 6, 2015 19+ An act of self-preservation set to rare and significant music In partnership with Barking Sphinx Performance, The Elbow Theatre and The Arrival Agency Written by David Hudgins, Jonathon Young & Peter Anderson Original Music by Peggy Lee Created with Peter Anderson Originally Conceived by David Hudgins Directed by Jonathon Young Featuring Pet... Visit Website

Festival of Trees

Festival Of Trees In Support of BC Children's Hospital For the past 29 years, the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has been transformed into a forest of beautifully decorated trees, all in support of BC Children’s Hospital. In 2008, the festival expanded to include the main area of Pacific Centre Mall.  The trees are generously sponsored and decorated by individuals and cor... Visit Website

Fighting Chance Productions presents Murder Ballad: A New Musical

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Sunday, December 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Vancouver Odd Fellows Lodge
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November 25 - December 6 Vancouver Odd Fellows Lodge 1443 West 8th Avenue (UPSTAIRS) Book by Julia Jordan Music by Juliana Nash Lyrics by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash ***WESTERN CANADIAN PREMIERE*** A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD tells the story of Sara and her two lives, the former a hard-drinking party girl, and the current a hardworking mother of one married to a NYU Literatu... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Social Studies

Firehall Arts Centre Presents:Social Studies This heart-warming comedy by Trish Cooper about a South Sudanese “Lost Boy” adopted by the well-intentioned Wilson family of Winnipeg, yields hilarious results when it takes on Canadian values and cultural differences. With characters so full of contradictions we are reminded of ourselves, Social Studies highlights family connections and ... Visit Website

Heritage Christmas

  • Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Friday, January 01, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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Your holiday experience begins the moment you arrive! Festive lighting and decorations greet you at the entrance of the Village to give you a small glimpse of the spectacular display of history and lights awaiting inside. There’s lots to see and do including: our vintage-themed displays include wreaths, and swags and new window displays; a fun menagerie of Eco-sculptures (some returning an... Visit Website

Holidays at Vancouver Aquarium

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Sunday, January 03, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Aquarium
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Holidays at Vancouver Aquarium Celebrate the holidays at Vancouver Aquarium and experience everyone's favourite holiday guest, Scuba Claus, as he makes his annual dive in the Strait of Georgia exhibit and visits the beluga whales in Canada’s Arctic gallery. Come marvel at a special holiday tree, its glimmering lights sparked by the resident electric eel. Visitors can learn more about the ... Visit Website

International Diabetes Federation: World Diabetes Congress 2015

International Diabetes Federation: World Diabetes Congress 2015 The World Diabetes Congress is the world's largest global diabetes meeting and the only truly global meeting bringing together over 12,000 delegates, more than 300 high-level speakers, and representatives from over 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and territories. Experts in diabetes care from around the world ... Visit Website

Presentation House Theatre presents Mrs. Claus's Kitchen

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - Sunday, December 20, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: Evenings 7:30PM, Matinees 2:00PM
  • Location: Presentation House Theatre
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Presentation House Theatre presents Mrs. Claus's Kitchen Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen is a fresh holiday musical for the whole family. Feeling underappreciated at the North Pole, Mrs. Claus discovers a magical recipe for drawing families together. Set on the cusp of the 1960s, when modern Christmas really came of age, the show takes the audience on a tuneful ride filled with charm, laughter a... Visit Website

Rachel Gourley: Contained

Rachel Gourley: Contained Bringing her incongruously coloured ‘Doodles’ of polymer and wire in from the natural settings they were first exhibited in, Gourley displays them in varying containers, exploring how the Doodles might be contorted, escape or may need to avoid containment. Thursday, November 19, 2015 - Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 10:30AM - 5:30PM Crafthouse 1386 Car... Visit Website

The Cultch Presents: The Daisy Theatre

The Cultch Presents: The Daisy Theatre  Returning after two sold out runs, don’t miss your chance to see the production The Georgia Straight called “one of the best shows you’ll ever see.” Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge in the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and the resident company of over 40 marionettes... Visit Website

Vancouver Christmas Market

  • Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Thursday, December 24, 2015
  • Time: 11:00AM - 9:00PM (Closes @ 6:00PM on December 24, 2015)
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Plaza
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Vancouver Christmas Market A Truly ENCHANTING EXPERIENCE The Vancouver Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family. Discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts! Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Thursday,December 24, 2015  11:00AM - 9:00PM (Closes @ 6:00 on December 24,2015) Queen Elizabeth Plaza 650 Hamilton St... Visit Website

VanDusen Botanical Garden presents Festival of Lights 2015

December 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 except December 25th when the Garden is closed. From December 1 to 31, experience a magical winter wonderland with over 1 million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden. Take a stroll through interactive and themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, gnome performance, VPL's Tale's for a Winter's Night, photos with Santa, holida... Visit Website

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast The Vancouver Maritime Museum invites you to explore the Royal Canadian Navy, from its inception in 1910 to today. Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast is a journey through the individual stories, strategic operations and accomplishments of our local RCN during the wars of the 20th century. Thrusday, November 27, 2014 - Spr... Visit Website