Vancouver's Entertainment Season

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The leaves turn technicolour and then fall away, the nights get short, the lights turn on, and the summer days of basking in the sunshine give way to a season of lively entertainment. Quite the opposite of winter hibernation; Vancouverites are awakened by the brisk air, the potential for layered cozy attire, and the promise of festivals, concerts, opera, symphony, and weather that is often gentle enough to continue the outdoor fun. This season is all about stepping out, whether for the arts, a hockey game, the twinkle of holiday festivities or the promise of a brand new year. You will find just the place to do it all during Vancouver's Entertainment Season!


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    Vancouver's Entertainment Season Sweepstakes | Until December 31

    Enter by December 31st and you could win a two-night stay at the Executive Hotel Le Soleil, including breakfast at the Copper Chimney, a bottle of wine in your room, and $500 Tickets Tonight credit to use towards booking tickets for concerts, theatre or sporting events.

    > Enter now!

  • Kooza

    Cirque du Soleil presents Kooza | October 28 to December 27

    KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Learn more

    > Buy Your Discounted Tickets Today

  • Gwaii Haanas

    Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People | October 28 to March 27

    Stories of the only place in Canada protected from mountaintop to seafloor. Thirty years after the Haida took a stand at Lyell Island, this unique place exists as an unprecedented example of cooperative management, between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. Learn more

    > Book a stay during Gwaii Haanas

  • Winter Farmers Markets

    Winter Farmers Markets | November 7 to April 23

    Shop local year-round: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese,fresh bread, herbs, seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Winter Farmers Markets in Vancouver

  • King Crimson

    King Crimson | November 26 + 27

    From the psychedelic depths of experimental and progressive rock in the 1960s, King Crimson has served as inspiration for generations of new wave, post rock, metal, jazz and all kinds of artists and musicians. They stand the test of time as emotive, strange, heavy, and melodic. If you love Pink Floyd but haven't heard of King Crimson, I have a homework assignment for you... Learn more.

    > Book a stay during King Crimson

  • Flee

    Flee | November 26 to December 6

    Archibald Twill, a destitute watchmaker down on his luck discovers a secret pool of talented fleas on a stray dog. When he creates a teeny tiny big top out of a shoebox to promote the insects, his fortunes turn. But this is no ordinary flea circus; the show becomes a cult hit, gaining a group of devoted followers who call themselves "Fleaks." Soon, the flophouse where Twill rents a room is infested and becomes the scene of a counterculture outbreak. That is, until the humans who created it become aware that they are no longer running the show. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Flee

  • Dark Sisters

    The Vancouver Opera: Dark Sisters | November 26 to December 12

    In a renegade Mormon community of the American southwest, brave Eliza attempts to escape her life as one of five "sister wives" in a polygamous marriage and save her daughter from the same fate. The women's children have been removed by state authorities and their husband, known as the Prophet, has retreated to the desert, seeking divine guidance. In desperation, the women subject themselves to the glare of the media. While the world watches on television, Eliza bares her heart, unleashes her condemnation of the community's patriarchy, and pleads with her sister wives to break free. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Dark Sisters

  • Peter and the Starcatcher

    Peter and the Starcatcher | November 26 to December 27

    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. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Peter and the Starcatcher

  • James Bond

    Fifty Years of Bond...James Bond | November 27 to 28

    Celebrate Fifty Years of James Bond with a reprise of one of the VSO's most successful Pops concerts ever. Just in time for the release of 007's twenty-fourth movie, SPECTRE, you will hear the most memorable songs and music from Dr. No through Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only and all the way up to the Oscar-winning Skyfall. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Fifty Years of James Bond

  • Bianca Del Rio's Rolodex of Hate Comedy Special

    Bianca Del Rio's Rolodex of Hate Comedy Special | December 8

    Bianca Del Rio, Season 6 winner from RuPaul's Drag Race on LOGO TV is coming to Vancouver! Get ready for an evening of stories, life experiences and outrageous comedy as Bianca travels through her Rolodex spewing hate along the way. Sold out around the world - now it's coming to the Vogue Theatre. We dare you to sit close to the stage! Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Bianca Del Rio's Rolodex of Hate Comedy Special

  • MUSE

    MUSE | December 10

    The band are known for pushing boundaries in terms of their stage production and the Drones World Tour will be no exception. This stage design and configuration will give fans a true 360 degree audio/visual sensory experience. Muse's tours have been described by the international press as "epic", "amazing" "ambitious" and this time will be no exception. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during MUSE in Vancouver


  • A Christmas Story

    A Christmas Story, The Musical | November 5 to December 27

    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. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during A Christmas Story

  • Holiday Tea Service

    Holiday Tea Service | November 12 to December 31

    Celebrate the holiday season with the Festive Tea Service and share the magic this holiday season with the kids with their very own Sugar Plum Tea Service at the Urban Tea Merchant. Served on a three-tiered platter with holiday savouries and sweets, it's a fancy way to share memories this season. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Holiday Tea Service at the Urban Tea Merchant

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life | November 19 to December 26

    "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 family make life truly wonderful. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during It's a Wonderful Life

  • Vancouver Christmas Market

    Vancouver Christmas Market | November 21 to December 24

    The aroma of mulled wine, authentic savoury foods and sweet baking dominates this market of activities, events, and of course, holiday shopping for unique gifts! There's something to suit all your loved ones, yourself, and your secret Santa recipients. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Vancouver Christmas Market
  • Bright Nights at Stanley Park

    Bright Nights at Stanley Park | November 26 to January 2

    The Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights this holiday season. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones for a ride on the Bright Nights Train to experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers. The show can also be viewed from the plaza by donation. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Bright Nights at Stanley Park

  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada

    Christmas at FlyOver Canada | November 27 to January 5

    This Christmas FlyOver Canada will light up the season. First help Santa find his elves throughout Canada, and end with a special flight over Santa's North Pole. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Christmas at FlyOver Canada

  • Canyon Lights

    Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park | November 27 to January 3

    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, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world's tallest living Christmas tree (153 ft) go on a snowy owl prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card in the winter pavilion while singing along with the holiday band. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Canyon Lights

  • Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

    Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain | November 27 to December 24

    Sleigh bells ring and choirs sing high above the city! Grouse Mountain presents a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities. Bring your family to Santa's workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through the mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on an outdoor mountaintop ice skating pond surrounded by snow-topped trees. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

  • VanDusen Botanical Garden

    Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden | December 1 to 31

    Weave your way through a twinkling winter wonderland where decorated trees shimmer over glistening ponds, fireflies dance, and hot cocoa warms you from the inside out. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour

    Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour | December 1 to 30

    A holiday mash-up of a Christmas lights tour and karaoke party in one! Join the Vancouver Trolley Company on a tour of lights, boisterous sing-alongs, and probably some pretty amusing memories. Bring your weirdest and most fun friends and family members to this one. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during a Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour

  • A Dickens Christmas

    A Dickens Christmas | December 1 to Jan 3

    Experience the warmth of the holidays with A Dickens Christmas at the Britannia Mine Museum. The historic machine shop is transformed into a nostalgic Christmas display. Explore a village based on A Christmas Carol, sit with Santa in the North Pole, make your own holiday crafts and more. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during A Dickens Christmas

  • Christmas Carol Ships

    Christmas Carol Ships | December 4 to 19

    Experience holiday lights while cruising the inlet! Carol Ships 'Parade of Lights' Society began over 50 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour. On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 50 decorated boats, with in excess of 100,000 lights, and carries over 30,000 people during the month of December festival. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Christmas Carol Ships

  • Rogers Santa Claus Parade

    Rogers Santa Claus Parade | December 6

    Get cozy on the curb, and watch snowmen, reindeer, Santa's helpers, and a whole parade of characters dance past. Then, head over to the plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery for a gingerbread decorating station, face painting, letters to Santa station, balloon twisting, and an entertainment stage featuring several music and dance performances. Make sure to bring some non-perishable food as well, there will be a drop-off station for the Vancouver Food Bank. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Rogers Santa Claus Parade

  • Vancouver Winter Wonderland

    Vancouver Winter Wonderland | December 11 to 20

    Is the weather outside frightful? Christmas inside is also delightful! Head to this fully indoor festival with over 45,000 square feet of indoor space and more than 100 unique exhibitors. This event promises never-seen-before holiday themed attractions with activities, attractions, and arts and crafts, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Vancouver Winter Wonderland

  • Christmas at Canada Place

    Christmas at Canada Place | December 12 to 31

    Get festive right along the waterfront right downtown. Stroll among an avenue of beautifully decorated community Christmas trees, delight in holiday movies at Rudolph's Theatre, and get crafty and glittery with craft tables! Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Christmas at Canada Place

  • The Nutcracker - Goh Ballet

    The Nutcracker presented by The Goh Ballet | December 17 to 22

    Celebrate and share in the magic with the show of the season: Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition. The production glitters more than ever taking audiences on an unforgettable journey through the land of the Snow, Lemonade Sea, and Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during The Nutcracker

  • The Nutcracker - Ballet BC

    The Nutcracker presented by Ballet BC | December 29 to 31

    Set in turn-of-the-century Imperial Russia, an era noted for its opulent grandeur, this extravagant production displays more than a million dollars in stunning sets and costumes; including more than 100 children from local dance schools, mice dressed as Cossack soldiers, and snowflakes dressed as Russian princesses. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during The Nutcracker

  • NYE Vancouver 2016

    New Year's Eve Vancouver 2016 | December 31

    Ready the tiaras, prep the noisemakers, and bring the kids - this year everyone is invited to Vancouver's biggest outdoor New Year's Eve party, and it's free! People of all ages will be ringing in the new year with an evening full of live music, entertainment and, of course, a yell-along countdown to 2016 complete with colourful blasts of midnight fireworks that will light up the sky and echo off the mountains. In the spirit of family celebration, people with younger children are invited to take part in a smaller, calmer, earlier countdown that will be celebrated at 9:00pm. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during New Year's Eve Vancouver 2016

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