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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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16th Annual Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

December 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014 With Christmas just around the corner preparations for the 16th Annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park are well underway. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is an annual tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland and has seen visitors from as far away as England. Santa's elves have been working diligently for the past several months in order to transform St... Visit Website

18th annual Vancouver Farmers Markets Social Seasonal Celebration of Food & Art

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Saturday, December 14, 2013
  • Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Croatian Cultural Centre
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Come support this year’s Holiday Market, the 18th annual Vancouver Farmers Markets seasonal celebration of food & art, where over 75 vendors will bring you their best and finest selection of food, art, craft and home accessories for your gift-giving pleasure. Support Vancouver's Farmers Markets by purchasing a reusable shopping bag, travel mug or market t-shirt at this market. There w... Visit Website

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 Child's Christmas in Wales: Dylan Thomas

One of Dylan Thomas' most famous works will be brought to life in our parlour by artist Paul Toolan. Originally a 1952 radio broadcast narrated by Thomas himself, the text lets us reminisce about a romanticized Christmas from the view of a young child. Settle in, get cozy and take a nostalgic trip back in time with your story teller. Admission by donation. Light refreshments will be served. ... 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 Mary Poppins

Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again!... 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

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

Blim ArtandCraft presents Blim Holiday Market

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Saturday, December 14, 2013
  • Time: 12:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Location: Chinese Cultural Centre
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Cat Santa is coming to town! Find some unique gifts for your loved ones and expect these fun things at the annual Blim Holiday Market: - Cat Santa photo booth - Festive DJs - Ugly Christmas sweaters - Hot food by in-house cook Open Sesame - 50+ local vendors featuring handmade accessories, jewellery, vintage, pottery, cards, gifts, sweets and more - Two free raffle draws for prizes... Visit Website

Britannia Mine Museum presents Guided Underground Experience

Looking for something to do over the holidays? Britannia Mine Museum is open all through the festive season, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.   Come for a guided underground experience: take a trip similar to miners in 1914, see demonstrations of actual working drills and equipment, hear the stories of early mining efforts, browse the exhibits and pa... 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

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Canyon Lights reaches new heights for 2013 holiday season! Capilano Suspension Bridge Park's popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year - laying claim to the home of the world's tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights. Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christ... Visit Website

Capilano Mall Jingle Off Caroling Competition

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Saturday, December 14, 2013
  • Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Capilano Mall
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Caroling competition presented by Capilano Mall with all proceeds going toward the North Shore Community Resources. Features include prizes of up to $1500 in gift cards to Capilano Mall and $1000 in education grants to be won, plus a panel of celebrity judges including singer-songwriters Shawn Hook and Katie Rox. Individuals, groups, and school choirs are encouraged to register to participate at ... Visit Website

Cavalia's Odysseo

  • Saturday, December 07, 2013 - Sunday, February 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: CAVALIA
  • Location: Under the Big Top in Olympic Village
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The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production that is now touring the globe. Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 50... Visit Website

Christmas at Canada Place

Christmas at Canada Place is celebrating your favourite Canadian Christmas memories. Visit Canada Place from December 1 – 31st to enjoy skating, the holiday train, the Woodward’s Windows and more, all undercover in the cruise ship terminal. Christmas at Canada Place is free, family fun.   For detailed hours and performance schedules visit: www.canadaplace.ca

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

  • 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

December Donation Drive

From December 2nd - December 20th - Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, and Landsea Tours will be sponsoring a Donation Drive on behalf of The Kettle Society.  Here is more information and a list of items that would really help support people with mental illness to lead healthier lives.  For more information please visit www.thekettle.ca  

Dundrave Festival of Lights

  • Saturday, November 30, 2013 - Saturday, January 04, 2014
  • Location: Dundarave Beach,
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Fabulous, festive and absolutely free, the Dundarave Festival is your passport to Christmas as you may never have seen it before - the season of light, love and joy that leaves no one out in the cold.  Bring everyone you love and connect with the exuberant, eclectic and wild heart of Christmas at the Dundarave Festival.  Festival Special Events: Dundrave Christmas Fair (Nov 30 @ noo... 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

Firehall Arts Centre presents Hotel Bethlehem

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Sunday, December 22, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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Hotel Bethlehem December 11th - 22nd, 2013 Back just in time for Christmas, Ruby Slippers Theatre's production of Drew McCready's wacky take on what was going on at the inn that infamous silent night. A Firehall Arts Centre presentation.

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

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