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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.

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2013 Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Market will open its gates again for the fourth year at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in Downtown Vancouver. Open for 4 weeks through to Christmas Eve, daily from 11 am to 9 pm come and enjoy the magic of a European Christmas in a festive atmosphere guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. And more great news for our valued visitors - our FREE Season's Pass is back! ... Visit Website

2013 Vancouver Festival of Trees

The 27th annual Festival of Trees Vancouver launches November 20, 2013  and will remain on display until January 2, 2014. Set in the hallways of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Centre Mall, this event is a must-see holiday tradition in Vancouver. For information on how to sponsor your own tree, please review the Festival of Trees Vancouver sponsorship package. For more... Visit Website

A Marco Polo Bridge Exhibition

A MARCO POLO BRIDGE: IAIN BAXTER : VENICE / SUZHOU / VANCOUVER As the first European to have visited Suzhou (in 1276), Marco Polo was positioned to make the first "Occidental" report concerning the now world-famous classical Chinese garden traditions in that city. From June 1 to November 30, 2013, as a link to crucially important Venice/Suzhou cross-cultural conjunctions, the Sun Y... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Santaland Diaries

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Saturday, December 21, 2013
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
  • Location: Revue Theatre
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True Confessions of an Elf From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy's Santaland. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris worked his way up the candy-cane ladder and lived to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a ho... Visit Website

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas

Burnaby Village Museum   Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch... Visit Website

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, Exhibition July 20, 2013 to March 9, 2014 Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, designed to complement both the James Hart: The Dance Screen and Charles Edenshaw exhibitions, presents some of the important oil paintings which resulted from Carr's trips to Haida Gwaii. Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7 Info Line: 604.662.4719 Administration: 604.66... Visit Website

Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink!

  • Friday, November 15, 2013 - Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Location: Robson Square
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The Robson Square Ice Rink is officially open from now until the end of February 2014. This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Come celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It's a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.   November 15, 2013 (at 1pm) to February 28, 201... Visit Website

Grouse Mountain presents Peak of Christmas 2013, Celebrate the Magic of Snow!

Treat the kids (or the kid in you) to our annual holiday festivities begin November 23. Snow Much Fun with Just One Ticket SOS Children's Gingerbread Village (Nov. 29-Jan 1, 10am-10pm): Stroll through and vote for your favourite sweet creation. 'Picture Yourself' in a Winter Wonderland (9am-10pm): See what you would look like as a snowman. Santa's Workshop (Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 & 8 - 12... Visit Website

James Hart - The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), Exhibition

James Hart, Exhibition The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) November 2012 to March 9, 2014 In late 2009, artist James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and began carving the work in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for t... Visit Website

KIMSOOJA Unfolding

KIMSOOJA Unfolding - Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (October 11, 2013 to January 26, 2014) KIMSOOJA Unfolding is the first retrospective exhibition to assess the thirty-year career of the Korean-born, Paris- and New York-based artist, and offers an unprecedented opportunity to trace the development of the artist's practice from her earlier works to her more recent production. Kims... Visit Website

Offsite: Mark Lewis, Exhibition

Offsite: Mark Lewis, Exhibition October 18, 2013 to March 30, 2014 The silent moving images of Mark Lewis' latest film project captivate a mobile audience at Offsite, the Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor public art space. Using the formalist language of cinema to explore our experience of urban and natural environments, Lewis' films both contrast and complement the surrounding cityscape. Van... Visit Website

Shine, Shop and Dine Trolley Tour

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Saturday, December 21, 2013
  • Time: 4:30PM - 9:30PM
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This festive season it is the West End's turn to shine. In support of the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation, the West End BIA and Robson Street are joining forces to kick off the holiday season in style with the Shine, Shop and Dine Trolley Tour. Anchored by the St. Paul's Lights of Hope, residents and visitors alike can hop aboard the free trolleys from any of one 12 site Saturdays fro... Visit Website

Sin Peaks Presents: License To Sin

“In a dangerous world filled with dangerous people, dangerous government agencies can stop at nothing to protect the innocent from danger. Facing a crisis of budget, two intelligence agencies must band together to prevent some of the worlds greatest criminal minds from acting on their insane plans of world domination. Will the agents crack the nefarious plots hatched by some of the most ... Visit Website

TEA FOR TWO AT THE VANDUSEN GARDENS

Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden is now serving a ‘proper' Afternoon Tea complete with three-tier tray of goodies, ceramic tea pots and cups, organic and private label teas. Afternoon Tea in the Garden is offered for $35.00 for 2 OR $60.00 for 4 and includes: Choice of daily sandwich Freshly made scone Large croissant Coconut macaroons and shortbread cookies ... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Charles Edenshaw Exhibition

Charles Edenshaw (October 26, 2013 to February 2, 2014) Charles Edenshaw was recognized in his time as an exceptional Haida artist and remains an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art. With over 200 pieces assembled from public and private collections from around the world, this first major survey of Edenshaw's work features the full range of objects that he produced. Haida art and culture is r... Visit Website

VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/ a dance of forgetting by Margaret Dargu

  • Sunday, November 17, 2013 - Sunday, January 12, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Richmond Art Gallery
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This will be Governor-General Award Winner Margaret Dragu's first Gallery-based solo exhibition with a new video work to be launched at the Opening Reception. Exploring conflict and forgetting within public and private contexts, Dragu's lens focuses on footage from Berlin and Belfast as well as documentation from her 2009-2011 performances of VERB WOMAN: a dance of forgetting (dedicated to her... Visit Website