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December 1, 2006
Carol Ship Festival of Lights.  Brighten your holiday season with a visit to North Vancouver's annual Carol Ship Festival of Lights. This festive celebration is filled with caroling, roving performers, free holiday craft workshops, blazing bonfirres, and of course, beautiful lights. Santa himself may even stop by!  7:30pm, Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; For more info, call 987-PLAY(7529) or visit www.cnv.org.

December 1 - 2, 2006
Bizarre Bazaar.  Bizarre Bazaar has built a reputation of presenting unique, quality, hand-made crafts from the region for Whistler residents and visitors to Whistler looking for one-of-a-kind treasures. Featuring over 100 artisans from the Sea to Sky Corridor, Lower Mainland and across British Columbia with a wide array of ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass and metal, jewellery, candles and aromatherapy products as well as Christmas decorations.  Conference Centre in Whistler Village, 604-935-8419 or http://www.whistlerartscouncil.com

December 1 - 3, 2006
26th Annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Sale.  630 Poirier St., Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam; For more information, call 604-933-6048 or email: poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca

December 1 - 3, 2006
Christmas at Kilby. 11:00am  5:00pm.  Get into the Christmas spirit early at the Kilby Historic Site. We will be decorating gingerbread men while carolers stroll around the grounds. The children will enjoy making an early Christmas tree decoration in the Orchard Shed. For a small donation (to cover the cost of materials) adults are encouraged to try their hand at wreath making to decorate your own front door this festive season. Our gift shop will provide you with many unique gift ideas, all locally made by artisans and crafters from our area. Too busy to make homemade traditional Christmas cookies? Our Harrison River Restaurant will be taking pre-booked orders for your Christmas baking needs.  Please call (604) 796-9576, email info@kilby.ca (/ym/Compose?To=info@kilby.ca) or check our website www.kilby.ca (http://www.kilby.ca/) for more details.

December 1 - 16, 2006
The North Vancouver Arts Council Presents THE ANONYMOUS ART SHOW.  The Anonymous Art Show is an event that will provide a unique opportunity for individuals to purchase original art created by established and emerging artists. All paintings are uniform in size, 8” by 8”, and are signed on the back, creating an element of surprise. It is not until after the purchase that the identity of the artist is revealed.  CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver; 604.988.6844.

December 1 - 17, 2006
HOLIDAY TEA ON THE TRAIN.  Enjoy a spot of tea and treats in a 1921 railcar decked out with holiday colours!  Every Sunday beginning Sunday, November 26 through to December 17th.  Port Moody Station Museum, (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum

December 1 - 23, 2006
Christmas Carol Ship Parade.  Carol Ships 'Parade of Lights' Society began over 45 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour off the Bayshore Inn (now the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina). On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 80 decorated boats, with in excess of 150,000 lights, and carries over 45,000 people during the 23 night festival.  604.878.8999, www.carolships.org

December 1 - 24, 2006
Playhouse Theatre Company presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Charles Dickens' Christmas classic receives a stunning adaptation from one of Vancouver's most exciting theatrical teams. Following up on their award-winning adaptation of Crime and Punishment, James Fagan Tait and composer Joelysa Pankanea bring fresh life and new meaning to a timeless story of greed, giving and redemption. Simple, moving and imaginative, this Christmas Carol will weave a theatrical spell and bring warmth to the coldest heart.  http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com/currentseason/0607_christmascarol.php

December 1 - 30, 2006
Arts Club Theatre Company presents A CHRISTMAS STORY.  Arts Club Granville Island Stage; 604.687.1644, http://www.artsclub.com/20062007/20062007season.htm

December 1 - 30, 2006
Nature Comes to Light. A holiday light show in the woods that gets more popular each year. This is something you and your family want to see. All donations to charity.  Richmond Nature Park 11851 Westminster Hwy.  604-718-6188

December 1 - 31, 2006
"Bright Nights" in Stanley Park. The Vancouver Parks Board and the B.C.Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund have together created nights of magic and illumination in the middle of wondrous Stanley Park. More information at (604) 257-8531 or visit www.vancouverparks.ca

December 1 - 31, 2006
Christmas at Canada Place. Share in the wonders of the holiday season and help support local children's charities. 604.775.8025,www.canadaplace.ca/christmas

December 1 - 31, 2006
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents A CHRISTMAS FANTASY & SANTA'S LATE! H.R. MacMillan Space Centre; http://www.spacecentre.ca

December 1 - 31, 2006
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. The whole site is beautifully decorated with lights and period ornaments for the the festive season. Footlight Theatre's seasonal hijinks are sure to please. There are traditional crafts for children, schoolhouse story time, Christmas baking in the Farmhouse, children's entertainers, choirs, demonstrations and exhibits. No visit to the museum is complete without a visit to Father Christmas. Regular admission rates apply.  604.293.6501, www.city.burnaby.bc.ca

December 1 - 31, 2006
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain.  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 in an 8,000 square foot mountaintop ice skating pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees.  Grouse Mountain, 604.984.0661, www.grousemountain.com

December 1, 2006 to January 2, 2007
20th Annual Festival of Trees - Come See the Forest for our Trees.  Every year, the Festival of Trees transforms the lobby of Vancouver's Four Seasons Hotel into a forest of beautifully decorated trees, to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital. The Festival of open to the public, who are invited to browse through the festive display and cast a ballot for their favourite tree. 2006 marks the 20th year of this wonderful event, so come out and celebrate the festive season with family and friends!  Four Seasons Hotel, http://www.bcchf.ca/getinvolved/events/festivaloftrees/vancouver

December 2, 2006
A Celtic Christmas. Penk O'Donnell Dancers & Friends.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 2, 2006
Breakfast with Santa.  Bring your grandchildren to our popular family event. You can expect delicious food, craft-making tables, magic show and more! Santa and Mrs. Claus come by for a singalong, picture-taking and to deliver a gift for each special girl and boy. No refunds after November 27. $9.00 adult, $7.50 child (under 12 years), $3.00 under 2 years. Saturday, 9:30am-12:00noon, December 2. Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby. Phone 604.294.1936 or 604.294.7010.

December 2, 2006
FORT LANGLEY VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS, 2:00pm - 3:00pm; Welcome in Victorian Christmas in Fort Langley by coming to see the Santas Claus Parade at 2:00pm.

December 2, 2006
Magic of Christmas Carnival & Parade Fraser Highway from 207 th Street to 204 th Street,Langley; On Saturday, December 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm come to downtown Langley for our fabulous Magic of Christmas parade.  Colorful floats, majestic horses, lively music and of course, Santa and Mrs. Clause will delight children of all ages. Christmas lights, holiday spirit and sounds of the season will kick off your Christmas in fine style.  The parade runs east on Fraser Highway between 207th and 204th Streets.  Then follow the parade to the Douglas Rec Centre for Country Christmas, beginning at 6:30 pm.  Decorate cookies, light the tree, sip hot chocolate and listen to the delightful sounds of Christmas carolers.  Come join us in downtown Langley for the start of your holiday season. Call 604-539-0133 for more information.

December 2, 2006
MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL AND PARADE, 5:30pm - 9:00pm. IT'S BACK! Beginning at 5:30pm, the Magic of Christmas Lights Parade will feature many participants, including floats, pipe bands, horses, carolers and of course - Santa and Mrs. Claus. With Christmas lights, holiday spirit and wonderful sounds, this will be a parade guaranteed to delight people of all ages. Call 604-539-0133 for more information or visit www.downtownlangley.com.

December 2, 2006
Make Your Own Christmas Wreath Experience the opportunity to learn the unique skill of wreath making so that you can create a beautiful gift for friends and family or an attractive decoration for your own home each year. On December 2nd, 2006 from 9:00am to 12:00pm OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm attend a workshop in the Garden Reception Centre where you will create your own Christmas Wreath. The course costs $60 per person for the general public and $55 for Garden members. All the necessary supplies are provided, but advance registration is required so please contact the Garden Bookings Coordinator at (604) 822-3928. UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

December 2, 2006
Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk.  Family oriented 5km Fun Run and 1km 'Elf Walk' around Stanley Park to support The Salvation Army's Christmas and Winter Relief Appeal.  Lumberman's Arch, Stanley Park, 604-296-3825, www.santashuffle.com

December 2, 2006
Seventh annual Cloverdale Santa’s Parade of Lights, 604-576-3155, http://www.cloverdalebia.com

December 2, 2006
Sinterklaas / Lighted Christmas Parade.  Sinterklaas, the patron saint of the Dutch, welcomes in the holidays each year as he enters Lynden at 1 pm atop his white horse, accompanied by his helper, Zwarte Piet, and Lynden's Youth Klompen Dancers. Children of all ages are delighted by Sinterklaas’ visit the first Saturday of each December. The highlight of the day is the annual Lighted Christmas Parade at 6 pm. A dazzling display of colorful Christmas lights on farm equipment, floats, horses and antique vehicles parade through Lynden, "making spirits bright."  It's quite a sight to see!  Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

December 2, 2006
transmitnow block party.  HAWKSLEY WORKMAN & THE WOLVES, KNAAN and CHAMPION hit the stage with three of the hottest acts from the UK and Sweden December 02 in a FREE, all ages show at Georgia Plaza. It all starts at 12 noon with an opening set by YUCA, the Platinum winner of the 2006 Seeds competition. The first-ever transmitnow Block Party is part of transmission, a dynamic new international think tank with three critical pillars: a conference, artist showcase and outdoor festival. transmission is attracting leaders, creators and thinkers from the music and digital industries. The transmitnow Block Party developed as a way to bring this international music experience to the streets of Vancouver while giving bands a chance to connect with fans and perform for new audiences. For more information on transmission, visit www.transmitnow.com. For information on how to volunteer at transmission or the transmitnow Block Party, contact rachel@tnt-productions.com.

December 2, 2006
Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society Presents Autumn Concert.  Norman Rothstein Theatre, 604.683.8240

December 2 - 3, 2006
Heritage Hall One-of-a-Kind Christmas Craft Fair. 10th Annual Craft Fair featuring 50 outstanding local vendors selling a wide range of beautiful locally produced crafts.$2 admission. Kids free. Proceeds support a special project or purchase for Heritage Hall.  Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, 604 879-4816.

December 2 - 3, 2006
Step back in time, Fraser River Safari's Old Fashioned Christmas.  If you’re looking for something special and different this season, join the crew of Fraser River Safari on Dec 2 or 3 and get into the spirit early.  Our daily tours will take you, first, on an exploration of the Mighty Fraser in the warmth and comfort of our custom designed jet boat. Our journey then leads you to a site that is 100 years old, hear old fashioned carolers, decorate gingerbread, have a turkey pot pie lunch, or browse the gift shop. Mission launch time is 11:00 am Cost $49 per adult and $29 per child Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. Call 1-866-348-6877 for more information or visit www.fraserriversafari.com

December 2 - 3, 2006
THE FORT WINE CO. HOLIDAY SEASON OPEN HOUSE, 10:00am - 6:00pm. They're decking the halls and cooking up some hot mulled Cranberry Wine to kick off the holiday season! Plan for a wonderful day: Harvest the Christmas tree of your dreams at Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm, Swing by JD Farms to pick up your turkey and bring yourself to the cozy country winery for a festive visit. For more information and updates visit www.thefortwineco.com.

December 2 - 23, 2006
Christmas In Kerrisdale.  Christmas in Kerrisdale Community Event in Kerrisdale Saturday December 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2006 Location: Kerrisdale Business District Contact: 604-266-9875 Enjoy Kerrisdale, one of Vancouver's most chic and beautifully decorated, during the holiday season! Free horse & carriage rides, strolling quartets and Santa with his elves dispersing free chocolates. Visit our website at www.kerrisdalevillage.com.

December 3, 2006
Breakfast with Santa, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080

December 3, 2006
21st CENTURY ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of 19th & 20th Century Antiques & Collectibles! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159,  www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html

December 3, 2006
Children's Toy & Clothes Only Market.  Buy or sell used children's toys and clothes. Tables are $10.70 and go on sale Oct 21. In person registration only. Only used materials can be sold. No merchants or businesses. Free admission.  Douglas Park Community Centre; 604-257-8130.

December 3, 2006
Christmas Nature Walk, Campbell Valley Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

December 3, 2006
Langley Centennial Museum Pioneer Christmas.  Explore the Langley Centennial Museum's decorated galleries as a family, and enjoy trying many different pioneer and traditional crafts. Throughout the Museum there are activities that will keep little hands busy. This annual family event is always a hit and gets you into the spirit of the holidays; (604) 888-3922

December 3, 2006
The Edge of Winter.  Looking for ideas on how to get through the winter? Join naturalist Murray Lashmar and find out how other animals and plants do it. $10 public, $5 members/ student.  Stanley Park Ecology Society, 604- 257- 8544.

December 3, 2006
Winter Harp in Concert - Abbotsford.  The musicians, in medieval attire, perform a hauntingly beautiful collection of music from well-known carols to Celtic, medieval and even flamenco. Dozens of candles light the stage, providing a backdrop for the golden Celtic and classical harps, drums, tambourines, temple bells, violin and an assortment of rare 12th century instruments.  Abbey Arts Centre, http://winterharp.com

December 7, 2006 to January 14, 2007
Arts Club Theatre Company presents DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 604.687.1644,  http://www.artsclub.com/20062007/20062007season.htm

December 7, 2006
11th Annual Seasonal Celebration  Bring the entire family to celebrate the spirit of the season. Creative opportunities include wreath-making, music, dance and theatre performances, hands-on arts activities and much more. Free admission. Thursday, 5:30-8:30pm, December 7. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby. Phone 604.291.6864 for more information.

December 7, 2006
CRANBERRY TEA.  The Thursday Morning Mums’ Group of the First Baptist Church hosts their 2ndannual “Cranberry Tea” on Thursday, December 7th from 10:00am until Noon. Cranberry inspired sweets and baking will be offered with live Christmas music for all to enjoy. There will also be tables offering other fresh home baking for sale, along with craft tables featuring handmade jewelery, cards, organic creams, and more. Entry fee is $3 (which includes Tea and snacks).  First Baptist Church is located on the corner of Nelson and Burrard Streets at: 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.  If you have any questions please contact the church office at: 604.683.8441 or Annette Arndt at: 604.684.0418 or annette_arndt@hotmail.com (/ym/Compose?To=annette_arndt@hotmail.com)

December 7 - 17, 2006
Vancouver East Cultural Centre Presents 10 DAYS ON EARTH.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 604.251.1363, http://www.vecc.bc.ca

December 8, 2006
Annual Nature Comes to Light, Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188

December 8, 2006
Aunt Leah's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Are you a fan of the Beatles? How about Beatles covers? Come and hear local artists perform their favourite Beatles songs at Aunt Leahs Lonely Hearts Club Band music benefit concert on Friday, December 8th at the WISE Hall. Artists include: Jim Byrnes, Jazzberry Ram, Spygirl, Sarah Wheeler, Charlie & Matt Kerr, Robin Younge and Steve Dawson. Our MCs for the night are Big Daddy Dave McCormick of AM600 radio and Margaret Gallagher from the CBC Radios Morning Show.  The Wise Hall, 604-433-1204 ext 224.

December 8 - 9, 2006
Christmas - A Spectacle of Lights. The Historic Fishing Village of Steveston will be celebrating Christmas with a twinkling display of lights. This charming community will be fully decked and shining brightly - creating an enchanting waterfront Christmas scene for all.  604-271-8280, 1-877-247-0777

December 8 - 9, 2006
Abbotsford Children's Theatre (ACT) presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet the Herdmans for this humorous story of a Christmas pageant gone wrong, or perhaps the best ever! Suitable for all ages. Three performances: Dec. 8 @ 7pm, Dec. 9 at 1:30pm and Dec. 9 at 7pm. All performances at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford) Tickets: $8 advance / $10 door Abbotsford Advance Tickets Vendors: House of Fine Art, 2536 Montrose Abbotsford Parks, Recreation & Culture, 32315 South Fraser Way United Optical, Clearbrook Town Square. For more info: call 604-853-5065 (long distance from Vancouver)

December 8 - 9, 2006
Winter Hayride, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080

December 8 - 31, 2006
VanDusen Botanical Gardens presents Festival of Lights.  Where can you be captivated by more than a million dazzling lights, serenaded by choirs singing seasonal favourites, meet merry old Saint Nick and indulge in tempting treats? Why at Vancouver’s favourite family tradition – VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights. Running December 8th through 31st from 5 to 9:30 pm every night (except December 25th when the Garden is closed), Festival of Lights creates an enchanted wonderland illuminated by more than 1.4 million lights spread over 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden.  604.878.9274, http://www.vandusengarden.org

December 8 - 31, 2006
Festival of Lights.  VanDusen Botanical Gardens The central acres of VanDusen Gardens are transformed into a holiday magicland with seasonal displays and more than 20,000 twinkling lights. More information at (604) 878-9274 or visit www.vandusengarden.org

December 9, 2006
ALDERGROVE CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP PARADE. Aldergrove welcomes you to kick-off the holiday season at the annual Christmas Parade. Floats, bands and other seasonal surprises will be making their way down Fraser Highway to delight the whole family! For more information contact Karen at 604-671-8948 or visitwww.AldergroveFairDays.com

December 9, 2006
Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP. Don't miss the world's best Supercross riders competing in 125cc & 250cc Stadium Motorcycle racing. This year's riders include Amp'd Mobile World Supercross Champions Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, Chad Reed and much more.  BC Place Stadium; www.supercross.cc.com.

December 9, 2006
Breakfast With Santa. Join Santa for a pancake breakfast and entertainment. A great opportunity to take pictures. Tickets go on sale Nov 4. Often a sell-out, don’t delay!  Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver; 604-257-8130.

December 9, 2006
Carol Ship Festival of Lights.  Panorama Park on Saturday, December 9th (7:45pm). These warm and festive celebrations will be filled with caroling, roving performers, free holiday craft workshops, blazing bonfires, and of course, beautiful lights. Santa himself may even stop by! Please bring donations of non-perishable foods or toys in support of The Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau and the North Shore Harvest Project. For more information, please call 987-PLAY (7529).

December 9, 2006
Kids Swap Meet in the Shannon Hall & McKay Building, Cloverdale; 604.513.8880.

December 9 - 10, 2006
Christmas: Pyjama Morning with Santa  Come and enjoy a family morning in your pajamas with Santa.  Music, crafts and breakfast (pancakes) will fill your morning full of fun.  Fee:  $5.00 per person.  Pre-registration required. Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam; For more information, call 604-933-6048 or email: poiriercommunitycentre@coquitlam.ca

December 9 - 10, 2006
Country Christmas - 23rd Annual.  Songs of the season spill out of the doors of the Livestock Barn, while farm animals watch from their stalls and Farm visitors sing along from straw bale seating. The Farm is decorated in the spirit of Christmas. The Greenhouse is especially festive with its musical chimes and Santa and Mrs. Clause moving figurines.  Held at Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver.   For more information call 604-929-5610 or visit www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

December 9 - 10, 2006
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Presents INDIGENOUS ARTS FAIR 2006.  Aboriginal Expressions and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre are hosting the 21st Annual Christmas Craft Fair. The annual show benefits the Centre’s Annual Christmas Party for Kids held every December where kids can have a visit with Santa, receive toys and enjoy snacks and entertainment!  Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; 604.253.1020

December 9 - 12, 2006
Canadian Junior Squash Open.  The largest junior squash event in Canada. 250+ Junior Squash athletes from around the globe will be competing. All spectators are welcome.  Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver; www.squash.ca/canadianjunioropen

December 9 - 31, 2006
Spirit of Christmas Train Ride.  Polar express train ride in the 11th year. Ride through Christmas displays, a must see for children and adults.  Bear Creek Park Train, Surrey; 604-501-1232, www.bctrains.ca

December 10, 2006
CHRISTMAS WITH THE BACH CHOIR. The Bach Choir proudly presents its annual Christmas concert featuring all the choirs in the Bach Choir organization from Piccolo to the adult choir. Bruce Pullen conducts nearly 500 singers in traditional holiday music accompanied by trumpets, trombones and the spectacular Orpheum organ. 604-280-3311, http://www.vancouverbachchoir.com

December 10, 2006
The Nutcracker, Seymour Dance.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 13, 2006
A Musical Sleigh Ride! Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra.  A Christmas concert by Vancouver Youth Symphony Intermediate and Senior Orchestras.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 13 - 15, 2006
A Traditional Christmas.  The Lower Mainlands most beloved Holiday Music Tradition! This season, the VSOs dynamic young assistant conductor Ken Hsieh leads the orchestra in a celebration of the Holiday spirit, with carols, heart-warming music traditionally associated with the holidays, and audience sing-alongs! Vancouvers very own Bard, Christopher Gaze, narrates.  St. Andrew's Wesley Church, 604-876-3434.

December 14 - 23, 2006
Christmas At Canada Place - A Vancouver Tradition.  Christmas at Canada Place is a Vancouver tradition. Now in its 19th year, this heartwarming holiday event has raised more than $400,000 for local charities over the years. With something to offer people of all ages, Canada Place Corporation and the Vancouver Port Authority invite you to join in the fun at the Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place. Admission is by donation in support of children's charities.  Held at 999 Canada Place, Cruise Ship Terminal, Vancouver; For more information call (604) 775-8025 or visit www.canadaplace.ca/christmas

December 15, 2006 to January 17, 2007
Winter Wonderland, Minoru Arenas, Richmond, 604-718-8465

December 15, 2006
A NEW WORLD CHRISTMAS Latino, Celtic and Jazz.  Add a world music perspective to your Christmas celebrations this year with this concert of vivacious and colourful seasonal music from North and South America, performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir and members of the WorldFest Ensemble including Vancouver Chamber Choir favourites Ed Henderson, Sal Ferreras, Pepe Danza, Miles Black, Miles Hill and more. Ariel Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra is the Argentine Christmas cantata by the composer of Missa Criolla. Pierick Houdy’s La Messe Québécoise is a rousing Canadian-Celtic romp complete with fiddle, organ, bass and spoons. Jazz great Dave Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada reflects Mexican seasonal festivities, featuring jazz and mariachi band rhythms and a guest appearance by the Pacific Mennonite Children’s choir.  Orpheum Theatre, www.ticketmaster.ca or call 604-280-3311

December 15, 2006
The Vancouver Chamber Choir Presents A NEW WORLD CHRISTMAS: LATINO, CELTIC AND JAZZ.  his concert adds a world music twist to your Christmas celebrations with vivacious and colourful seasonal music from North and South America. Ariel Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra is the Argentine Christmas cantata by the composer of Missa Criolla. Pierick Houdy’s La Messe Québécoise is a rousing Celtic romp complete with fiddle and spoons. Jazz great Dave Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada reflects Mexican seasonal festivities, featuring jazz and mariachi rhythms and a guest appearance by the Pacific Mennonite Children’s choir.  Orpheum Theatre, 604.738.6822, http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com

December 15, 2006
VCC: A NEW WORLD CHRISTMAS. This concert adds a world music twist to your Christmas celebrations with vivacious and colourful seasonal music from North and South America. Ariel Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra is the Argentine Christmas cantata by the composer of Missa Criolla. Pierick Houdy’s La Messe Québécoise is a rousing Celtic romp complete with fiddle and spoons. 604-280-3311, http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com

December 15 - 16, 2006
Titan Amateur Boxing, McKay Building, Cloverdale; www.fightinghunger.ca

December 15 - 17, 2006
Auld Lang Syne Dog Association All Breed Dog Show, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-882-1490, www.westerndogshows.com

December 15 - 30, 2006
Vagabond Players Presents ALADDIN.  Don't miss this classic tale from the Arabian Nights, brought to life with the Elwood puppets in an exuberant musical production. Suitable for school-aged children to adult.  Bernie Legge Theatre, New Westminster; 604.521.0412

December 16, 2006
Christmas Open House & Carol Singing.  Music, traditional baking, crafts to make and take home, carol singing at Historic Stewart Farm, Surrey; 604-592-6956, www.surrey.ca

December 16, 2006
Brunch and Crafts with Santa  Join our merry elves and Santa for a fabulous brunch feast, craft activities and complimentary photograph. The festive atmosphere of this event was a hit last year so be sure to get your tickets early for this popular holiday activity. Tickets available starting October 23 at the Cameron Seniors' hostess desk or by calling 604.415.3555. $5.50 per person, $20.00 for a family of four, children 1 years and under free. Saturday, 11:00am-1:00pm, December 16. Cameron Recreation Complex, 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby.

December 16, 2006
Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore presents SINFONIA FAMILY CHRISTMAS.  Gerald van Wyck will lead the Pacific Spirit Choir to perform the exuberant music of Puccini as well as an assortment of traditional favourites.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 16, 2006
Skate with Santa. Regular admission rates apply. Skate and helmet rentals are extra. Saturday, 12:45-3:15pm, December 16. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby. Phone 604.291.1261.

December 17, 2006
Charlotte Diamond & the Hug Bug Band.  Charlotte Diamond, Vancouver's own internationally recognized singer, composer, and educator returns to the Centennial for a special Holiday Delight Concert with her original Hug Bug Band. Charlotte has won multiple awards over her career and is one of Canada’s most popular and endearing children’s performers. Join us for this special holiday treat! Ages 3 to 8. 60 minutes.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

December 17 - 31, 2006
Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France.  Learn about the amazing ability of the human brain to overcome adversity, to accomplish the near-impossible, and to power each of us to victory and success in life. Wired to Win works brain science into the stories of cyclists racing in the Tour de France -- the perfect opportunity to explore subjects like pain, processing of sensory input, focus and attention. Over the course of the event, they’ll be caught up in hair raising crashes, dramatic battles over the Alps and Pyrenees and action-packed descents down steep mountain roads. Ultimately, the film explores two key questions; How do they do it? Why do they do it? Through training, courage, motivation and passion, these cyclists will challenge themselves in pursuing their dreams, driven by the power of their brains.  www.scienceworld.bc.ca (http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca)

December 18, 2006 to January 6, 2007
Christmas in the Fort. Each Saturday throughout December and Tuesday through Saturday, December 18th to January 6th, discover how Christmas was celebrated in the fur trade era on a tour with a costumed interpreter. Warm your hands at the fire in the cooperage and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Work on a family craft activity together. Located at 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley. For more information contact the Fort Langley National Historic Site at 604-513-4777

December 21, 2006 to January 6, 2007
Aladdin: The Family Musical Pantomime.  presented by Pacific Dreams Theatre Society on the Main Stage of the Kay Meek Centre 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC December 21st to January 6th. 2 pm Matinee and 7 pm evening performances Preview December 21st Opening Night December 22nd Tickets $20/$15/$10 for children 10 and under Kay Meek Box Office 604 914 3634 www.kaymeekcentre.com www.pacificdreamstheatre.org Experience the excitement of attending a traditional British pantomime, which is a musical comedy based on a fairy tale. There is no other form of entertainment like it! Directed by Gil Hayward.

December 22, 2006
13TH ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL.  The winter solstice marks the gentle shift of our planet's eternal relationship with the sun. This dance of sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Now in its 13th year, the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival has evolved to include six Vancouver communities and reflects the unique nature of each neighbourhood. Honouring traditions from diverse cultures, this celebration of the sun's return invites you to express yourself and prepare for winter solstice with Lantern-making and Drumming Workshops at the Roundhouse. On December 22nd come celebrate the return of the sun with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining along Vancouver's shores and through the neighbourhoods, lighting the longest night with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, live music, dancing and even skating.  Performances and activities will be held on Granville Island, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and at the following community Centres: Roundhouse, Britannia, Strathcona, False Creek, West End and Coal Harbour. Please bring your friends and families to celebrate the return of light in your neighbourhood and share in the universal spirit of celebration.  www.secretlantern.org

December 22, 2006
Feel the Spirit of Christmas!  The goal of the Vancouver Outreach Community (VOC) Soul Gospel Choiris to unite people of different cultures and beliefs to deliver an inspirational musical message of Peace, Hope and Healing. A great way to put you in the holiday spirit, the 130-member choir, featuring men and women of all ages, ethnicities and religions performs on December 22nd, 7:30 pm at Glad Tidings Church ( 3456 Fraser St., Vancouver ).  604-876-3363, www.VOCSoulGospelChoir.com (http://www.vocsoulgospelchoir.com/)

December 22 - 23, 2006
A Beloved Family Tradition! A Glorious Musical Treat!  The Vancouver Cantata Singers presents the holiday favourite, Handel's Messiah on Dec. 22 and 23 at 7:30pm at the Orpheum Theatre.  Handel’s Messiahis a beloved family holiday tradition and one of the most remarkable achievements in music. The Vancouver Cantata Singers have assembled an outstanding quartet of soloists, a 30-member choir and 24 incredible musicians from Vancouver’s Opera Orchestra to perform this treasured oratorio. Under the baton of critically acclaimed Quebec conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the VCS’ interpretation of the Messiahis sure to be a highlight of the choral season.  604.280.3311, or www.ticketmaster.ca (http://www.ticketmaster.ca)

December 23, 2006
Christmas Extravaganza. A concert of Romanian and International carols, renaissance music, original compositions or music from the universal repertoire.  The concert will take place at Michael J. Fox theatre in Burnaby on December 23rd, 7 pm.  For more information please contact Carmen Costea, tel 604 803 3396.

December 24, 2006
Santa Clause Parade, Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080

December 26, 2006 to January 1, 2007
CIBC Mini-Soccer Festival.  Sign up your team now for one of the premier soccer events of the year. Open to teams in the Under-6 to Under-14 divisions, boys and girls. Call (604) 465-5286 or email pse1@telus.net for more information.  BC Place Stadium.

December 28 - 30, 2006
BALLET BC: NUTCRACKER. Ballet British Columbia and Alberta Ballet present the joyful return of this spectacular holiday classic. With music performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. 604-280-3311, http://www.balletbc.com

December 29, 2006
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm;Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

December 31, 2006
Surrey First Night.  Live music, children's activities, performers & fireworks; 604-580-2321, www.whalleybia.com

Ongoing to December 8, 2006
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Presents TINY TOTS.  TINY TOTS is a 3-concert series for the little ones, from toddlers to four or five years of age, held in the intimate performance space of the Playhouse Theatre. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Identical Harmony, in their own musical presentations for kids.  The Playhouse Theatre, 604.873.3311, http://www.identicalharmony.com

Ongoing to December 10, 2006
Hansel and Gretel the Panto.  Are you looking for a fun night out with the family? It’s become an annual tradition for many people to start their holiday season by enjoying the musical panto presented by the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society. This year the society’s production “skipping through the forest” is “Hansel and Gretel”.  Surrey Art Centre, http://www.fvgss.org/

Ongoing to December 14, 2006
Tigers and Dragons - China and India for Kids.  Bring the kids in your life to this colourful hands-on exhibit! The words China and Chinese and India and Indian gain meaning as children: *Pretend to shop in our Chinese Market *Play in our Discover India Area *Explore the globe in our Where in the World Are You from section *Have fun our Dress Up Area8 And cozy up in our Book Nook Public visits on Saturdays 11-5 from September 30 - December 9 (11-5, $3 per person over two years old). School and other group visits Tuesday-Friday, October 3 to December 14 (see our web site for details). Our longer-term plan is to build a permanent children’s museum to celebrate countries and cultures from across the globe!  http://www.kidsaroundtheworld.ca, 12 Water Street, Gastown, 604.708.2298

Ongoing to December 24, 2006
Arts & Crafts for Christmas.  Come and browse the Mind and Matter Art Gallery where an annual indoor exhibition hosts the works of over thirty artists. There is a wide variety of gift ideas and we look forward to welcoming you. Among the items on display are Christmas wall hangings, jewellery, ceramics, crochet, hand blown Christmas tree balls, candles and a wide variety of art. There are all types of mediums available: paintings, pottery, glassblowing, soapstone sculptures, and of course the wood sculptures of Mr. Mikelson.  The gallery also offers an excellent selection of unique Christmas gift items and stocking stuffers.  Mind and Matter Gallery, 604-536-6460.

Ongoing to December 30, 2006
Arts Club Theatre Company presents A CHRISTMAS STORY.  Christmas, 1938. All nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants from Santa is a Red Ryder BB gun, and he’ll do anything to get it—including homework! Despite repeated warnings from his parents, his teacher, and even Santa that he’ll shoot his eye out, Ralphie pines for the gift that “no self-respecting cowboy would be without.” Based on the film that has enchanted many, A Christmas Story is the holiday favourite that is sure to warm the cockles of your heart. Arts Club Granville Island Stage, 604.687.1644, http://www.artsclub.com/20062007/20062007season.htm

Ongoing to December 31, 2006
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents A CHRISTMAS FANTASY & SANTA'S LATE!  Its another packed holiday season at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre with the return of A Christmas Fantasy and Santas Late! Escape the frenzy of the mall to our Planetarium Star Theatre for A Christmas Fantasy. Marrying traditional and modern carols with spectacular Christmas scenes, this Vancouver yuletide tradition is a great way to remember what the season is about - family.  http://www.spacecentre.ca

January 1, 2007
Polar Bear Swim.  Dive into the ice cold waters of English Bay and start the New Year with a crisp new outlook. English Bay Bathhouse, 604.665.3424

January 1 - 31, 2007
Brackendale Bald Eagle Count & Festival.  A whole month of festivities in Brackendale centred around the Bald Eagle.  Events include the Wing Ding Dinner and Dance, art displays, workshops, and the viewing of the magnificent Bald Eagles.  www.brackendaleartgallery.com/Festival.html

January 2 - 5, 2007
Christmas Tree Chipper Event Join the sustainability wave and bring your clean, undecorated Christmas tree to the UBC Botanical Garden where it will be chipped into bark mulch for our pathways. Drop your tree off anytime between January 2nd to January 5th, from 8:00am - 5:00pm, and January 6th & 7th from 10:00am-5:00pm. Garden staff will be on hand January 6th from 11:00am-2:00pm for assistance and serving up hot apple cider. All other dates and times will be self-serve drop-off. No yard trimmings please, just Christmas trees. UBC Plant Operations and UBC Botanical Garden proudly sponsor this sustainability initiative. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

January 3, 2007
Chinese New Year Spectacular.  Join us for a journey across oceans and centuries to the world of China's legendary golden age - the Tang Dynasty. Experience a world of mythical dragons, heavenly maidens, and exhilarating drummers as they evoke the beauty and grandeur of ancient Chinese culture.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604.628.1620, http://newyeargala.ntdtv.com/2007/en/content/view/117/31/lang,en/

January 23, 2007
Free Propagation Seminar – On January 23rd, 2007 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Kevin Kubeck, a UBC Botanical Garden Horticulturalist and propagation specialist, will provide a seminar on plant propagation (multiplying plants from seeds, cuttings, etc.). Please contact the Garden Bookings Coordinator at (604) 822-3928 to pre-book a seat.  Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

January 30, 2007
Hardy Cyclamen Lecture – On January 30th, 2007 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Wilhelm Bischoff from the Vancouver Orchid Society will provide an informative lecture on Hardy Cyclamen in the Garden Reception Centre. Public lectures are $5 cash at the door. Please contact the Garden Bookings Coordinator at (604) 822-3928 to pre-book a seat.  Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

February 7 - 11, 2006
46th Vancouver International Boat Show. BC Place Stadium, Feb 7–11, 2007.  The largest boat show in Western Canada , the Vancouver Boat Show is the best place to see and buy the latest and greatest in boating and fishing.  The Vancouver Boat Show is definitely a "one-stop-shop" - featuring everything from canoes, kayaks, inflatables, runabouts, pontoon and deck boats, fishing boats, cruisers and motoryachts and sailboats.  For tickets, visit www.vancouverboatshow.ca

March 2 - 4, 2007
The 15th Annual Wellness Show, Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, Exhibit Hall B & C; 604-983-2794, www.thewellnessshow.com

Ongoing to April 8, 2006
Vancouver Canucks, Come watch the Vancouver Canucks as they battle the best the NHL has to offer.  General Motors Place, check game schedule at http://www.canucks.com

Ongoing
Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248, http://www.coastalpeoples.com

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents So You Think You Can Improvise... a parody of the TV hit So You Think You Can Dance.  It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,  www.vtsl.com

Ongoing
For the last 12 years I've been running a non-profit organization in Delta called Air Time Canada.  We offer a free Aviation Camp where kids (and adults) learn how to co-pilot an airplane and get a chance to try it out for real.  It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.  Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.  You can find out a lot more at: http://www.airfun.org  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents VTSL FAMILY MATINEE SERIES.  Instant Improv is improvised sketch comedy at its very best. The audience provides the inspiration in the form of suggestions, and the improvisers provide the entertainment in the form of hilarious improvised scenes. Whether the improvisers reconstruct the story of an audience members first day at school or a recess mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.  New Revue Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island.  604-738-7013, www.vtsl.com
 






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