Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for December 2011
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
Does your organization, club, or business have a family friendly event planned? For your free listing, send particulars to Kelmar.

 

December 1 - 3, 2011
Ghosts of Violence Ballet.  Ghosts of Violence by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is a groundbreaking multi-media ballet which brings the issue of domestic violence against women into the spotlight. It is an innovative and inspirational call for awareness, understanding and action. This original ballet brings to life stories inspired by women who have died at the hands of a partner. Through movement, theatre, music and videography, this ballet captures their memory their struggles, their hopes, their joys and our loss. Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, 149 W Hasting St., www.wecanbc.ca/ghosts-violence-ballet

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December 1 - 15, 2011
MUSE - an exhibition of myths and mannequins.  Muse is a visual storytelling experience that will present a range of design disciplines. This collaborative project brings together a collection of rare vintage mannequins and forms utilizing old world display design techniques that reflect our dreams and fantasies. This project is presented to you by the second year students of Design Formation, our instructors Kevin Smith Exhibit Curator & Designer and Marcela Noriega as our Graphic Designer. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as Muse Exhibit. Hope to see you all here! Langara College A building, museexhibit@gmail.com

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December 1 - 20, 2011
25th Annual TREK Christmas Tree Sale. Open 7 days a week, Weekends 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Weekdays Noon - 9:00 pm. The 25th Annual TREK Christmas tree lot opens on Thurs., December 1st. All NET proceeds go to Prince of Wales Secondary TREK outdoor education - an outdoor, environmental education program open to Grade 10 students in Vancouver. 2250 Eddington Drive, Vancouver; 604-713-8974

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December 1 - 23, 2011
The Vancouver TheatreSports League is proud to present the funniest holiday show this season! Off-White Christmas takes a humorous, alternative look at Christmas that turns the snowy-white holiday on its head (hence “off-white”). Grab drinks, sit back, and prepare to laugh as the improv players explore Christmastime cultural phenomena and stereotypes. Off-White Christmas also features a one-act improvised musical, based on an audience member’s Christmas wish. Who knows where the holiday merriment will end up; no two shows are the same! The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street (Granville Island), Vancouver, 604-738-7013 x 10, www.vtsl.com

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December 1 - 23, 2011
Explore the lights, smells and sounds of Christmas in the Abbotsford. The Passport to Christmas will take you on a Christmas adventures where you can experience the sparkle of Christmas at local farms, boutiques and shoppes. Pick up your Passport at a participating location, download it (www.passporttochristmas.ca) or request on via email (info@tourismabbotsford.ca).

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December 1 - 23, 2011
Sword In The Stone - British Pantomime. ntroduce your family to a new holiday tradition they'll all love, original British Pantomime. The legend of King Arthur gets a thorough makeover when the Queen of Panto, Ellie King, brings to life a magical, sparkling, hilarious & musical British Panto version of the well-loved tale. In addition to the characters you expect such as King Arthur, the lovely Guenivere, the wicked Queen Morgana & Merlin the Magician, there are Gnomes, Druids, trolls, shepherdesses & of course a dragon or two. Don't miss this highly entertaining re-telling of one of the best-loved stories of all time. Suitable for the entire family! http://www.rctheatreco.com/index.html

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December 1 - 23, 2011
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. Historic setting for Christmas activities. The village and farmhouse are beautifully decorated with lights and traditional ornaments for the festive season. A visit with Father Christmas is a must. Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

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December 1 - 24, 2011
Venture into a world of Elves, legends and fantasy and bring back the traditional magic of Christmas! Explore the many interactive, rustic scenes and buildings that make up NORTH POLE BC, nestled in the scenic foothills of North Maple Ridge. Your elf-guided plus free-to-roam adventure will include: Stories and fun with Mrs. Claus ~ A visit to the Toy Inventor ~ Decorate a Gingerbread Man in the Bakery ~ Plus many more NEW scenes & activities for this season! The highlight of your minimum 2 hour stay will be a private family visit with Santa in his cozy cottage. Open daily November 26th through till December 24th. For family or group bookings, corporate Christmas events plus loads of other information, visit our web site. www.NorthPoleBC.com Pre-booking is required for all visits! 1.604.898.9000

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December 1 - 24, 2011
Vancouver Christmas Market. The Vancouver Christmas Market is an authentic outdoor German Christmas village featuring unique holiday shopping, seasonal music and entertainment, kids activities and traditional food and drinks. Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

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December 1 - 24, 2011
La Cage Aux Folles. La Cage aux Folles is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together, stay fabulous, and above all else, stay true to themselves. Georges owns a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez and his partner, Albin, is the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancee's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test. With a glorious score of hummable melodies, this hilarious musical comedy recently enjoyed a Broadway run garnering rave reviews and had audiences in stitches every night! http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com

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December 1 - 31, 2011
The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain. Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through our mystical alpine forest.  You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. www.grousemountain.com

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December 1 - 31, 2011
Arts Club Theatre Company presents Blood Brothers. Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann will thrill you in this emotionally charged tale of twins separated at birth, written by Shirley Valentine's Willy Russell. The brothers grow up unaware of the other's existence and lead drastically different lives – one of privilege, the other of poverty – but destiny draws them together when they fall for the same girl, leading a mother to reveal untold truths.  Venue:  Arts Club Theatre Company - Granville Island Stage. http://www.artsclub.com

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December 1 - 31, 2011
Christmas Culinary Event, Gastown Food Tour. Come and tantalize your taste buds with your host, "Gassy Jack" who will lead you on a guided two hour walking Christmas food tour through his  Gastown "hood". Taste Lobster Mac n' Cheese, drink "Blitzen" Ale, Crab Cakes and Chocolate Orange Cheesecake just to name a few of the culinary delights you will be enjoying. Laugh and learn about Gastown’s colourful history and culture while enjoying some of Vancouver's 10 trendy eateries.  Our tour starts with Egg Nog Lattes and pastries served up by our partner host Starbucks. The tour accommodates up to 16 persons and each guest receives their own audio equipment so they won't miss a word of "Gassy Jack's" tales. By the end of the tour you will be well fed and well informed as you learn some history and enjoy other delicious treats including Italian tortellini, 18 hour Carolina style smoked Pulled Pork, traditional Quebec Pulled Maple Taffy, "Empress Square" Chocolates, Market Spice Tea and melt-your-mouth Shortbread cookies. http://www.tastevancouverfoodtours.com

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December 1 - 31, 2011
Introducing the 4D Experience! Immerse yourself in our new 4D Experience, a cinematic adventure filled with thrilling sensory effects such as wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting! BC's only 4D theatre, this is a one of a kind experience filled with excitement, stunning visuals and unexpected sensory surprises. Theatre shows are included in general admission price and have a run time of approximately 20 minutes. Vancouver Aquarium, http://www.visitvanaqua.org/news/4D

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December 1 - 31, 2011
Arts Club Theatre Company presents Blood Brothers.  Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann will thrill you in this emotionally charged tale of twins separated at birth, written by Shirley Valentine's Willy Russell. The brothers grow up unaware of the other's existence and lead drastically different lives – one of privilege, the other of poverty – but destiny draws them together when they fall for the same girl, leading a mother to reveal untold truths. http://www.artsclub.com

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December 1 - 31, 2011
The Cultch presents Penny Plain. Penny Plain is blind, but she hears plenty about the state of things and the fate of mankind. And so she decides to sit in her overstuffed chair, nevermore to venture outside, waiting for the world to end. When her companion dog Geoffrey leaves to live as a man, Penny’s end-of-days vigil is interrupted by survivalists, a serial killer, a cross-dressing banker, talking dogs and mysterious strangers seeking sanctuary. Part gothic thriller, part apocalyptic drawing room comedy, Penny Plain shows the funny and chilling consequences as Mother Earth cleans house and reclaims her ground. he Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre) http://www.thecultch.com/

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December 1 - 31, 2011
Bright Nights in Stanley Park. It will be hard to avoid feeling the Christmas spirit amidst the over 1 million twinkling lights that transform the forest, train & Children's Farmyard. Explore the woodland paths leading to enchanting, animated displays & holiday sounds. This event is a fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. Closed Christmas Day. http://vancouver.ca/Parks/events/brightnights/index.htm

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December 1, 2011 to February 26, 2012
Public Ice Skating at Robson Square - Vancouver.  Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square was British Columbia's home for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This winter, Robson Square Ice Rink will be open for free public skating from Noon to 9 pm every day. Rentals are available. http://robsonsquare.ca

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December 2 - 31, 2011
CLIFFWALK, the latest addition to the park and a hit with guests since it opened in June, is an
additional holiday thrill during the winter chill. The narrow 700-foot cliff-side walkway, split into
ascending and descending staircases and viewing platforms takes guests past a dancing light display
along the colour-washed cliff-face. In addition to the breathtaking sight of hundreds of thousands of
lights twinkling throughout the park, across the Suspension Bridge and throughout Treetops
Adventure, Canyon Lights continues its popular traditions - gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-along
carols with the Christmas band, and glass ornament demonstrations with Malcolm Macfadyen.
Proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, with a
goal of raising $20,000 for the organization to support Burn Awareness Week in BC elementary
schools. For more information, see details below, visit www.capbridge.com or call 604-985-7474.

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December 2 - 4, 2011
Winter Joy Fest.   A three day festival featuring local music and art, running from December 2nd - 4th at Cuppa Joy Coffee House. This celebration is put on in hopes of promoting Vancouver's musicians and artists while strengthening it's community. With over 25 local musicians playing, you can expect an assortment of genres and personalities. The festival begins Friday at 5pm. Friday 5pm - Midnight; Saturday Noon - Midnight; Sunday Noon - Midnight. Cuppa Joy Coffee House (2083 Alma St. Vancouver). https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=314750488537165

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December 3 - 23, 2011
Carol Ships Parade Of Lights Festival at Harbour Cruises - Vancouver.  Join Vancouver's unique celebration of the Holiday: The Carol Ships Parade of Lights Festival at Harbour Cruises. Harbour Cruises offers the most extensive and festive selection of Carol Ship departures in Vancouver. We are proud to continue our tradition of providing live Christmas carollers to lead you in all the Yuletide favourites. Enjoy professionally prepared holiday menus. http://www.boatcruises.com

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December 3 - 31, 2011
A Very Victorian Christmas - New Westminster.  This Christmas Season visit 1865 Irving House (302 Royal Ave), and discover the holly and ivy traditions of a Victorian Christmas. Christmas cheers and live yuletide performers that range from Barbershop Quartets to Youth Choirs to Woodwind & Brass. Entry is by donation. http://www.nwpr.bc.ca

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December 3 - 31, 2011
Chinatown Market Tours with Edible Canada - Vancouver.  Edible Canada is proud to introduce visitors & locals alike to one of North America's largest Chinatowns. With an abundance of history & so much to see & smell - not to mention taste - Chinatown is a tour that adventurous foodies do not want to miss. After your walking tour, enjoy a spectacular Guided Dim Sum lunch at one of Vancouver's most authentic Chinese restaurants. This experience is highly recommended! Tour includes a 2 hour tour of Chinatown & surrounding area, followed by guided Dim Sum lunch, Edible Canada recycled tote bag, tastings of regional foods, tips on food, selection & preparation, recipes & EC bottled water. http://www.ediblecanada.com/tours.php

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December 3, 2011
Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park.  Vanier Park is a cultural hub that many Vancouver residents know little about, and on Saturday, December 3 the six cultural institutions that call Kitsilano’s biggest park home will be celebrating this hidden treasure with a significantly reduced rate for visitors. Vanier Park is home to the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives – offering visitors a fascinating range of cultural experiences within easy walking distance of each other.  The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what all of Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes all venues. Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16

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December 3, 2011
Christmas Market supporting the Gaby Davis Foundation. 10am - 3pm, at River Springs Recreation Centre, 1950 Lodge Drive, Coquitlam; www.gabydavisfoundation.com

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December 3, 2011
Kensington Holiday Craft Fair. Join us for an afternnon and browse for beautiful gifts for family, friends, or yourself!! Admission is FREE for the public ... raffle prizes drawn all day! Crafters may apply to this juried craft fair by picking up an application form at the Centre or downloading the form from our website. The cost is $30 per table. Kensington Community Centre.  For additional details and information, please email kcc_craft_fair@yahoo.com.

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December 3, 2011
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival.  The City of Surrey will illuminate Central City Plaza on December 3rd and light the Citys official Christmas tree at the annual Tree Lighting event presented by Coast Capital Savings. The highlight of this spectacular family event will involve Mayor, and Council joining Frosty and Santa as they turn the switch to light the Citys official Christmas tree and kick off the holiday season in Surrey. Headliners include BC Party Core Band, These Kids Wear Crowns and Canadian Pop sensation Fefe Dobson. A canned donation is much appreciated on the day of the event. All proceeds go to The Surrey Food Bank. Central City Plaza: 102 Avenue and 135 Street, Surrey; www.surrey.ca/treelighting

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December 3, 2011
SHIFTER movie screening & Xmas party! FINALLY the 1st screening of 'SHIFTER' a 97 minute locally shot BC Vampire feature. YES our 1st Screening has arrived! 8:30 showtime, Bar opens at 7pm. Full reception before hand, DJ music and socializing. $12 Admission. FULL DISCO ball in rotation and cool MUSIC! DJ R!L!G!ON will be in the house! The Denman Cinemas is equipped with Disco Ball and club lighting for a real cool environment to mingle, dance and have a good time!!!!! It will be a friendly and artistic crowd, so come join us! info@shifterthemovie.com for advance tickets or our hotline: 604-889-5466. View MOVIE trailer at www.shifterthemoive.com.

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December 3, 2011
The Vancouver Christmas Food & Craft Fair. Come together to celebrate the fine art of handmade crafts, jewelry, body products, and more! In light of the season of giving, now’s your chance to find the perfect gift for your loved ones – or even a treat for yourself! Located at the Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village, come join us to experience fun games, enjoy free treats, and win fabulous prizes. This is an event the whole family can enjoy.  www.spiffyevents.com

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December 3, 2011
Light up the Square: a lantern affair. Welcome in the light during Light up the Square’s lantern affair! Discover the Japanese taiko drumming tradition that lures the sun; drop in on a variety of arts and crafts activities for all ages; get into the spirit of the season with live music and song and be entranced by a musical performance of A Child’s Christmas in Wales staged by RA Productions. 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | www.placedesarts.ca

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December 3, 2011Christmas in the Park & the Santa Claus Parade - Maple Ridge.  The Maple Ridge Christmas Festival Society presents their annual Christmas in the Park in Memorial Peace Park, including a dazzling display of lights, music, community carols & a free photo session with Santa. This year the Santa Parade has expanded parade starting at 6 pm. Bring a lawn chair, warm clothes & a mug for free hot chocolate. Donations are accepted to the Friends in Need Foodbank & the Christmas Hamper Society. http://www.mapleridge.ca

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December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 2011
Pet Pictures with Santa at Pet Food ‘N More Stores In Support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. You can have your pet’s picture taken with the jolly one himself, Santa Claus, at your nearest Pet Food ‘N More location.  Each event runs from 11am – 3pm.  All well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.
Saturday, December 3, 2011:      3669 West 10th Avenue , Vancouver
Sunday, December 4, 2011:         120-20398 Dewdney Trunk Road , Maple Ridge
Saturday, December 10, 2011:    400-7380 King George Hwy , Surrey
Sunday, December 11, 2011:       3244 Oak Street , Vancouver
Saturday, December 17, 2011:    745-333 Brooksbank Ave. , Park & Tilford, North Vancouver
For more information on Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, please visit www.guidedogs.ca.

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December 4, 2011
8th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade. This year’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators. Produced by Rogers Communications Inc., the televised Parade is the Lower Mainland’s biggest winter event!  http://www.rogerssantaclausparade.com

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December 4, 2011
A & T Equestrian Invites you to join us for Indoor Pony Rides with Santa.  Reservations strongly recommended.  4615-190th Street, Surrey; 604-574-3211

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December 4, 2011
Vancouver’s only free Santa photos from Yaletown Photography. Santa loves kids and puppies.  Businesses of Yaletown have created a Winter Wonderland in the heart of Yaletown! Check out the newest pop-up venue at 1012 Mainland Street, featuring: fun activities for children, hot gifts from Yaletown businesses, and the star, Santa Claus! 1012 Mainland Street, Vancouver; Please bring a donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. http://yaletowninfo.com/free-santa-photos-yaletown/

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December 4, 2011
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR. 175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, holiday ornaments, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details - General Admission $5 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible. www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html

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December 4, 2011
Deck the Halls Christmas Artists Market. Jewellery, pottery, photography, paintings, prints, glass, woodwork, clothing, cards, soaps, apparel, garden accessories, novelties and more... finely crafted by local artisans. Find that special gift for those special people on your Christmas list! North Delta Recreation Centre – 11415 84 Avenue, North Delta

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December 5, 2011
Homo sapiens: Repeat Offender A presentation by Ronald Wright Biodiversity Lecture Series.  The history of civilization has seen the growth of humankind at the expense of other species, especially in recent centuries. Yet our civilization depends on the health and diversity of eco-systems and of the Earth itself. Ronald Wright will discuss this predicament, our sorry record, and prospects for reform. Ronald Wright is a Canadian novelist, essayist, and historian. His nine books include the bestseller Stolen Continents, winner of the Gordon Montador Award and chosen as a book of the year by the Independent and the Sunday Times. His first novel, A Scientific Romance, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was chosen a book of the year by the Globe and Mail, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times. UBC, http://beatymuseum2011ronaldwright.eventbrite.com/

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December 5, 2011
Staging Godot: An Actor, an Academic & a Director in Conversation.  Blackbird Theatre and Vancouver Public Library present Staging Godot, a free event and panel discussion on mounting Samuel Beckett's profound comedic masterpiece Waiting for Godot. The event takes place Monday, December 5 at 7pm in the Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye room at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch. The panel will include Blackbird Theatre Artistic Director John Wright, actor Simon Webb, and former UBC Head of Theatre and Associate Dean of Arts Errol Durbach, who will share thoughts, insights, and opinions on staging the groundbreaking work. http://lauramurraypr.com/contact

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December 5, 2011
Joel Bakan. Corporations have a new resource to mine for profit: our Children. In "Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children", Joel Bakan reveals the astonishingly callous and widespread exploitation of children by profit-seeking corporations-and also society's shameful failure to protect them. The creator of the award-winning film and internationally best-selling book "The Corporation", Bakan shows how corporations pump billions of dollars into rendering parents and governments powerless to shield children from a relentless commercial assault designed solely to exploit their unique needs and vulnerabilities. (Free admission. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Banyen Books). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

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December 5 - 17, 2011
2011 marks the 21st annual Christmas in Williams Park.  Enjoy our scenic drive-thru light display from December 5-15, 6;00-9:00pm.  On December 16 & 17, join us as we walk and celebrate the festive holiday season with entertainment, horse and carriage rides, face painting, pony rides, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as food and hot drinks.  The nights are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Free shuttle service is available from the parking areas. Williams Park – located on the corner of 238th and 68th Ave in Langley; 604.533.6090 EXT. 5105

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December 5 - 31, 2011
Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. This hilarious Musical directed by Katherine Bethell and written by Christopher Durang, Mrs. Bob Cratchits Wild Christmas Binge is a playful, cracked look at the perennial Dickens Christmas classic about mean Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovering the true meaning of Christmas through the visitation of Three Ghosts. In Durangs giddy version, the Ghosts magic is off, and Scrooge and the Ghost keep showing up at Bob Cratchits house way too early, where Mrs. Bob Cratchit a long suffering saint in the Dickens is in a state of fury, hating her life and planning on getting drunk and jumping off the London Bridge. Bernie Legge Theatre, Queens Park, New Westminster; 604-521-0412, reservations@vagabondplayers.ca

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December 6, 2011
The Bright Well: Poems About Facing Cancer. Acclaimed local poets Elise Partridge, Miranda Pearson, Rachel Rose and Betsy Warland, along with editor Fiona Tinwei Lam, will read poems from Canadas first collection of contemporary poems about facing cancer. The raw authenticity, visceral force and sheer beauty of the writing in this volume invite and compel us all to share that experience. Gabor Mate, M.D. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by leaf press) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

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December 6, 2011
Vancouver Shoe Memorial. Dec. 6 is Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We will again be displaying a pair of shoes for each woman and girl killed in BC by violence. Drop by and pay your respect anytime before 3pm or attend the brief ceremony at 1pm (rain or shine or snow). 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Robson Street Side Vancouver Art Gallery; pat@domesticabusemuststop.org

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December 6, 2011
The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver: Book Launch. In his ambitious magnum opus, "The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver", author Chuck Davis embraced 125 years of material, with the signature exuberance and talent for storytelling that made him one of Vancouver's most successful and beloved journalists and broadcasters. This volume represents the culmination of his life as a folk historian, someone who was obsessed and delighted by all things Vancouver, and of his immense contribution to historical knowledge of the city of Vancouver. It was not quite completed before his death in November, 2010. Harbour Publishing worked with Davis on "The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver" has collaborated with the Vancouver Historical Society to complete the volume in 2011 to mark the city's 125th anniversary. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Harbour Publishing). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca

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December 7 - 8, 2011
Baby It's Cold Outside.  A musical cabaret featuring songs from popular musicals sung by up and coming artists, including songs from Avenue Q (with puppets of course), Spring Awakening, Shrek, Assassins, Songs form a New World, 13, and much more. Come in out of the cold for a hot night of entertainment, light appetizers, a cash bar, a virtual fireplace and a silent auction. CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St., 604 809 9260, www.awkwardstageproductions.com

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December 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2011
The Broadway Chorus presents: ANOTHER ELFING MUSICAL! Just what the world needs … another elfing musical! Yup, the Broadway Chorus returns to its roots with a Christmas-themed extravaganza, telling the heartwarming tale of young snow elves looking for fame and fortune at the North Pole. Come revel in the yuletide glory of it all, the rich panoply of holiday festivities, and the socks. Yes, there will be socks, for what is Christmas without socks?  This show is particularly special in that it features narration from a genuine Hollywood star (seriously, no kidding!) who was kind enough to do a favour for a friend. We don’t know if he wants to be thanked by name, so I’ll just hint for now… but if any Desperate Housewives find a Firefly in their Castle they can probably guess who it is! Studio 1398 on Granville Island; 778-322-7182

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December 7, 27, 2011
Oak Street Farmers' Market. Oak Street Winter Market,  Dec 7 & 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, Oak St & 49th, in the courtyard and Hewett Hall.  Vancouver's only farmers market with all organic produce & meat. Wild BC Salmon, tasty baked goods & prepared foods, pottery and other crafts, live music! http://www.oakstreetmarket.ca

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December 7, 2011 to February 8, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present: District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road.  Roksan is originally from Istanbul Turkey.  Herwork has been exhibited in several galleries and art shows in both Vancouver and Istanbul. She learns about life mostly through drawing and painting. However, while working she does not think but stares into the blank until lines and points appear. She transfers the imagery revealed by personal and collective subconscious. www.nvartscouncil.ca.

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December 8, 2011
Andrea Tyniec (violin) RushHour at the CBC. RushHour at the CBC featuring Andrea Tyniec. CBC Studio One, 700 Hamilton Street. Young, dynamic violinist joins host Bill Richardson in a live recording for Radio 2s In Concert. Concert is FREE, call 604.873.4612 to book.

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December 8 - 31, 2011
The Sound of Music. So, how do you solve a problem like Maria? Experience a night full of your favourite things before we have to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night. Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond; www.gatewaytheatre.com

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December 9, 2011 to January 2, 2012
VanDusen Botanical Garden presents The Festival of Lights. 5251 Oak Street,  http://www.vandusengarden.org

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December 10, 2011
Old-Fashioned Musical Christmas.  Gather around the bonfire for carolling and enjoy the musical performances
around the fort, decorated for Christmas. Hear a Dickens reading, make
crafts or a wreath, hear stories of Christmas Past, and visit Father
Christmas. $7.80/adult, $6.55/senior, $3.90/youth, $19.60/family; free for
annual pass holders. Info: www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley 604-513-4777.

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December 10, 2011
River District’s Winter Celebration & Gingerbread House Decorating.  Hear the sleigh bells ring? See the snow in the lane glistening! It’s time to take a stroll through the River District Centre winter wonderland! For the holidays, the Centre is transforming into a sparkly glittering snowcapped world! Come by and commemorate the spirit of the season by having your picture taken in our winter-themed photo corner. Also, join us on Saturday, December 10th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm to design and build your own gingerbread house to take home. Cost per house is $7 (with two Food Bank donation items) or $10 (without a donation). All gingerbread house building and decorating supplies are included in the cost of the activity. Space is limited for the gingerbread activity. All attendees must pre-register by Saturday, December 8th by emailing Sandy at syoung@parklane.com

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December 10, 2011
Herstory Cafe's Book Club. Book Club discussion group. The Concubine's Children, Portrait of a Family Divided by Denise Chong. Free, limited seating. Everyone welcome. Kitchen opens at 5pm, join us for dinner. Food & beverages for purchase. Rhizome Cafe's meeting room at 317 East Broadway. More info: www.herstorycafe.ca.

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December 10, 2011
Old Fashioned Musical Christmas.  Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Avenue) invites you to an evening of carolling around the fire, local musicians and greenery inside the beautiful historic Fort. Holiday activities throughout the day include the Christmas Party in the Big House (11:00AM to 1:00PM), wreath making, crafts and a visit with Father Christmas. Regular admission. Free for Annual Pass holders. Call 604.513.4777 for advance tickets.

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December 10, 2011
Drop 'n Shop. Hey parents! Go Christmas shopping in Fort Langley's boutiques while your kids make crafts, play games and much more at the Langley Centennial Museum (9135 King Stree)! Fantastic program for parents of children aged 5-12. The cost for this program is $25 per child. Call 604.532.3536 to register or for more information.

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December 10, 2011
Breakfast with Santa. Join us for a pancake breakfast with Santa and a magic show by Magic 2Go. This annual family event is very popular and always a sell-out so register early. Pre-registration is mandatory. Children 18 months + must register. $8/person
Saturday December 10. 1st Seating:     9:30am-11:00am, 2nd Seating:    10:30am-12:00pm. Located at Champlain Heights Community Centre (3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver) 604-718-6575 www.chanplainheightscc.ca

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December 11, 2011
UBC 8th Annual Faraday Science Show. Actions and Reactions in Physics & Chemistry!! The Faraday Show is UBC Physics & Astronomy Outreach Program’s annual science lecture, designed for children, and presented by UBC faculty members and students. To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, we will be presenting together with the UBC Chemistry Outreach Program for the very first time! Join us to learn about“actions and reactions.” What are the physical forces involved in an explosion? How do planets and moons react to gravity? Where did the energy come from in a nuclear power plant? What is the physics behind chemical reactions? And how do chemicals play tricks – changing colours in front of our eyes like clocks and traffic lights, without anyone touching? This show is for children of ALL AGES, and even adults who are young at heart! Hebb theatre has limited capacity (375 people), so come early! For more information, visit our website: http://outreach.phas.ubc.ca/faraday/index.php

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December 12 - 22, 2011
Holiday Programs at Christianne’s Lyceuml Learn a new skill while creating thoughtful and unique handmade gifts for family and friends!  Holiday programs at the Lyceum combine the best in children’s literature, with hands-on instruction and high-quality materials.  Choose from over twenty extraordinary programs, everything from glass painting to mosaic tiling!  Complete
program descriptions and schedule available at: www.christiannehayward.com

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December 16, 2011
A DYLAN THOMAS CHRISTMAS A Child's Christmas in Wales. Back yet again by popular demand, A Dylan Thomas Christmas features the poets famous story A Childs Christmas in Wales read by our favourite Welshman, Russell Roberts of Bard on the Beach. The familiar story is illustrated with an all new set of Christmas carols and songs. Also, carols from English, Spanish and Orthodox traditions and the premiere of Jon Washburns Three Flower Carols. Ryerson United Church (Kerrisdale).  www.ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-ARTS (2787), www.vancouverchamberchoir.com

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December 17, 2011
Holiday Market - Vancouver.  Visit our ever-popular Holiday Market. This one day market is unique and showcases the finest local craft, prepared food, and seasonal, fresh fare for all of your holiday needs. Croatian Cultural Centre, http://www.eatlocal.org

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December 18, 2011
Listen! Laugh! Enjoy! Winter Solstice stories.   Featured Storytellers: Mary Gavan; Erin Graham; Chen Ha. Xmas Special with story and music by Philomena Jordan. $6 at the entrance door in the alley South of St Mark's (1805 Larch/ 2nd Ave, Kits). 604-683-1575, mary@marycelticstory.ca

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December 18 - 20, 2011
The Cultch presents The Christmas Carol Project. Since its inception in 1996, The Christmas Carol Project has seen more than 60 performances, three tours, a CD and an award winning television special. The show features an extremely talented cast of Edmonton-based musicians who have created a collection of songs written from the perspectives of their characters.  The cast includes Bill Bourne, Kevin Cook, Maria Dunn, Tom Roschkov, Terry Morrison, Al Brant, Dale Ladouceur & Bill Hobson.  They have also been joined by narrators Richard Winnick (1996 & 1997) and Kenneth Brown (1998 - 2009) and are pleased to be welcoming a new narrator since 2010, Dave Clark. The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre).  http://www.thecultch.com/

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December 19 - 31, 2011
Heritage Holiday at the Fort. Gather with family and friends at Fort Langley – all decked in lights and greenery for the holiday season. Make a Christmas craft, take a site tour and enjoy a warm drink by the fire. Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Avenue) is open daily from 10:00AM – 5:00PM (closed December 25–26 & January 1) Regular admission. Free to Annual Pass Holders.

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December 30, 2011
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

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Ongoing to December 28, 2011
Dances for a Small Stage 23.  Dances for a Small Stage presents the wildly energized, cabaret-themed evening of cutting- edge choreography at The Legion on The Drive, January 26 to 28, 2011, at 8pm, as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. In the 23rd installment of this unforgettable performance series, artists from Vancouver and beyond showcase provocative, pulsating works on the signature 10-by-13-foot stage. Tickets $20 cash at the door. Must be 19+. Info: www.movent.ca

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Ongoing to December 31, 2011
Chinatown Market Tours with Edible Canada.  Edible Canada is proud to introduce visitors & locals alike to one of North America's largest Chinatowns. With an abundance of history & so much to see & smell - not to mention taste - Chinatown is a tour that adventurous foodies do not want to miss. After your walking tour, enjoy a spectacular Guided Dim Sum lunch at one of Vancouver's most authentic Chinese restaurants. This experience is highly recommended! Tour includes a 2 hour tour of Chinatown & surrounding area, followed by guided Dim Sum lunch, Edible Canada recycled tote bag, tastings of regional foods, tips on food, selection & preparation, recipes & EC bottled water. http://www.ediblecanada.com/tours.php#to

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January 1, 2012
Polar Bear Swim 2012 (92nd Annual). The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year's Day. Led by their founder, Peter Pantages, the swim has grown from around 10 swimmers in that year to the new record of 2,246 official entries set in 2011. Today, the swim takes place at 2:30pm on the first day of each new year. Costumes and the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race are the highlights of this event. To be a club member you must register before the swim -- it's free. Registration takes place in front of the English Bay Bathhouse from 12:30pm - 2:30pm each New Year's Day. You may also register by clipping out the coupon in The Province and presenting it at the registration desk the day of the swim. Prizes are drawn from all registrations.

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Ongoing to May 21, 2012
Chatwilh: The Craft & Culture of the Squamish Canoe. Chatwilh: The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe Opens November 24 For countless generations, Squamish people hunted, fished, gathered resources, engaged in battle, and welcomed visitors from their canoes. Across the region that would become Vancouver, these were the vehicles that literally bound together life on the land and sea. This special exhibition will take visitors through the lifecycle of a Squamish canoe-from its roots in a stand of local temperate rainforest, through the hands of Squamish craftsmen, and throughout the Salish Sea. Squamish carvers are renowned for crafting seven types of specialized canoes. Discover how these watercraft continue to connect the Squamish people to each other and the wider world. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm - Sunday Noon to 5pm - Closed Mondays to May 14 2012. Vancouver Maritime Museum - 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park.info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

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Ongoing
ArtStarts presents:Drumming with Fana Soro.  Don't miss your chance to learn the infectious rhythms of West Africa at this hands-on workshop with master drummer and balafon player, Fana Soro. Drums will be provided. Cost: Free. No registration necessary. 808 Richards St (at Robson), http://artstarts.com

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Ongoing
Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m. http://rogersarena.ca/arena-tours/about-rogers-arena-tours

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Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.








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