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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

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

Cavalia's Odysseo

  • Saturday, December 07, 2013 - Sunday, February 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • 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 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

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

Emily Carr: Deep Forest

Emily Carr: Deep Forest, Exhibition December 21, 2013 to March 9, 2014 The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to the richest collection of Emily Carr works in the world. We are fortunate to have major pieces from throughout her career, but our collection is particularly rich in her forest paintings from the 1930s, both canvases and works in a medium she began using during that period, oil on paper... 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

Gateway Theatre presents The King and I

Crash Music by: Richard Rodgers Book & lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II Opulent Bangkok, royal capital of the kingdom of Siam, 1860. Anna, an attractive widow, has been hired by the King to teach English and other Western ideas to his many wives and many more children. Little do they know they're both about to be schooled. Join us for another joyful family classic, with songs you love li... 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

Karaoke Christmas Lights - The Ultimate Christmas Tour

TOUR DATES: DECEMBER 11th - DECEMBER 30th. 2013  3 hours of Christmas Family Fun featuring Stanley Park's Bright Nights Display and Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights. Festively decorated Trolleys equipped with karaoke machines for your seasonal singing enjoyment will depart from Canada Place at 6:30pm every evening from December 11th through 30th, 2013 (except for Christmas... 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

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

Support Keeping Kids Safe in Vancouver!

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - Friday, February 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Everybody Loves Rewards DBA SaveEveryday.com
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77,000 CHILDREN IN VANCOUVER LIVE IN POVERTY Save Everyday has teamed up with KidSafe to provide support, safety, programming and nutritious meals for vulnerable children and youth in Vancouver. Help create opportunities for the vulnerable kids in our community. Visit www.saveeveryday.com/kidsafe for more information.

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 Aquarium presents Luminescence: A celebration of aquatic light

November 28, 2013 to January 22, 2014 Get away from those grey skies and shake off those winter blues at the Vancouver Aquarium where things are brighter than ever! In the dark depths of the ocean where the sun doesn't shine, many animals glow in the dark. Vancouver Aquarium newest feature, Luminescence: A celebration of aquatic light, will examine how these animals create light through biolu... 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