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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 Gingerbread Lane

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Monday, December 23, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: All day!
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver (inside the hotel)
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It's the sweet smell of the holidays in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.  Vote for your favourite gingerbread house creation from November 28 - December 27th with proceeds to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. The centrepiece is Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich's gigantic gingerbread building that measures 11 feet tall and 16 feet wide. Ingredients include 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pou... Visit Website

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 Call for Justice Exhibit Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, December 29, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-1988) September 22 – December 29, 2013 (closed December 23-28) A Call for Justice tells a story of human rights and the enduring perseverance of the Japanese Canadian community who suffered so much from 1942-1949. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Redress Agreement with the Government of Canada in 1988, the Nikkei Nation... 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 It's Snowing on Saltspring

IT'S SNOWING ON SALTSPRING By Nicola Cavendish A Homegrown Christmas Tale ARTS CLUB CLASSIC It's Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren't hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won't be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?

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

Bill Reid Gallery presents - Sky Blanket exhibition

Sky Blanket features the work of Haida-Kwakwaka'wakw-Irish textile artist, Meghann O'Brien. Meghann explores the emergence of the human spirit face in Raven's Tail textiles, evoking memory and the importance of objects in constructing the past, present, and future. Inspired by her ancestors' works, ideas about gifts from the spirit world and lineage, and the mountainous landscape of sky and sno... Visit Website

Burnaby Arts Gallery presents Volumes: Works in Paper

Volumes explores sculptural and structural works on (and ‘in’) paper, including installation and large-scale printmaking, painting, ceramics and paper-cut. Featuring works from the permanent collection by Pat Martin Bates, Myra Eadie, Bob Evermon, Margaret May, Teresa Ilene Redden, Douglas Quiring, and others, as well as new works by emerging artists Maggie Boyd, Graham Landin, Nicole... 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

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 2013

  • Friday, November 29, 2013 - Sunday, January 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
  • Time: 10:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Location: FlyOver Canada
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Experience the delights of Christmas at FlyOver Canada! From November 29, 2013 until January 5, 2014 Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season! Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride - FlyOver Canada.   Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: - Live entertainment inc... Visit Website

Culinary Christmas Walking Tour in Cambie Village presented by Off The Eaten Track

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Sunday, December 22, 2013 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Venue: Off The Eaten Track
  • Time: Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm
  • Location: Benton Brother Fine Cheese
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November 20 - December 22, 2013 Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm It’s that time of year again—time to eat, drink, be merry and struggle to find gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Join Off The Eaten Track for a delicious 2 hour tour of festive Cambie Village where you will be treated to over 6 tasting samples and given the opportunity to shop for some unique and tasty gi... 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

Give and Take: Works by Drew Young

  • Friday, November 22, 2013 - Saturday, November 30, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 12:00Pm - 5:00PM
  • Location: Hot Art Wet City Gallery
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November 22 - 30, 2013 A solo show by Drew Young featuring small experimental works on paper. Opening Reception on Fri Nov 22 from 7pm Destruction and transposition are the crux for this series. Drew fractures his oil studies in order to force his figures into new and obscure contexts. He also draws from a bank of abstract marks to create balance between the erratically positioned su... 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

Lonsdale Quay Market 2013 Christmas

Lonsdale Quay Market is your holiday destination for... Unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities and holiday gift wrapping. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and holiday music all December long! November 29 to December 24 NEW Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza Please visit http://www.lonsdalequay.com/ for operating hours. December 8... Visit Website

MOV presents An Evolutionary Look into Vancouver Street Photography

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - Sunday, January 26, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Four contemporary Vancouver photographers examine and respond to Foncie Pulice and his body of work in this photographic exhibition, done in collaboration with Vancouver's Capture Photography Festival. Artists include Lincoln Clarkes, Brian Howell, Angela Fama, and John Goldsmith. Admission Rates All prices include applicable sales tax. Adult        &nb... Visit Website

MOV presents Play House: The architecture of Daniel Evan White

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Sunday, March 23, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Sunday, March 23, 2014 Daniel Evan White knew exactly how to play with houses. The modest Vancouver architect drove innovation along the west coast from 1960 to 2012, creating homes that his clients claim were life changing. Discover his remarkable work in this first retrospective of his career. Play House Exhibition ventures through Daniel Evan White's mind, ha... Visit Website

Museum of Anthropology presents THE MARVELLOUS REAL: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011

MOA at UBC invites visitors on a twisting, mind-expanding journey with The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011 featuring works from luminary artist Frida Kahlo, Betsabeé Romero, Dr. Atl and more. Drawn from the prestigious FEMSA Collection and curated by Nicola Levell, the exhibition features 54 artworks that encapsulate Mexico’s particular, fantastic form of magic realism... 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

Park & Tilford Holiday Hi-Lite Festival

  • Friday, November 29, 2013 - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Location: Park & Tilford Gardens
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Month-long Christmas celebration presented by Park & Tilford in support of the North Vancouver firefighters and various charities, featuring one of the North Shore’s largest light displays. Opening night Light Up festivities on Friday, November 29 will include hot chocolate, carols, a light up countdown, and City Mayor Darrell Mussatto who will be on hand to help celebrate. Friday and S... Visit Website

RezErect: Native Erotica

The Bill Reid Gallery presents Rez Erect: Native Erotica, a fresh, playful, provocative insight into sensuality and sexuality. The exhibition features works by 27 mid-career and internationally recognized First Nations artists from the Northwest Coast and central Canada. Co-curated by Haida Artist Gwaai Edenshaw and Curator/Programmer, Kwiaahwah Jones, this exhibition celebrates that essenti... Visit Website

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