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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, December 1st, 2016 — 10:06am PST
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Tree lightings, markets, parades, and much more are all happening this weekend around Metro Vancouver. From a lighted truck parade in Surrey, to the Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Vancouver, and over to Light Up The Heights in Burnaby, there is a lot of FREE family fun to be had all across the region. These events and other things to do in Vancouver this weekend are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, December 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Sell Out, Featuring iHeart
Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Robson Square Christmas Tree Lighting
Art and Design Show on Main Street
Main Street Holiday Art Party
Christmas Carol Ships, Ladner
Christmas Market at Highstreet, Abbotsford
Girls4Girls Presents: Unfiltered
Fraser Valley Stage: A Christmas Survival Guide
Realwheels Theatre Presents: CREEPS
A Charlie Brown Christmas at Carousel Theatre
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Vancouver Christmas Market @ Jack Poole Plaza
Enchant Vancouver Christmas Market
Robson Square Ice Rink Skating
FlyOver Canada Christmas Ride
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
Holy Mo! A Christmas Show!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Fundraiser for North Shore Rescue
Lumiere Festival, West End
New West Craft Christmas Night Market
Kitsilano Winter Market
A Christmas Concert for Kenya
Jewelry & Crafts Workshops for Kids
Kensington Holiday Craft Fair
Christmas Bentwood Box Reception
Light Up the Heights, Burnaby Heights
Eats & Treats at the Farm Store in Yarrow
SHIFT handmade Holiday Remix
Santa Parade, New Westminster
Santa Parade, Maple Ridge
Christmas in Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Wesbrook Balloon Winter Wonderland and Holiday Craft Fair
Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market
Christmas At Historic Stewart Farm
Cuba Photography Workshop
Stuff the Truck for the Food Bank
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Vancouver Opera Presents: Hansel & Gretel
Hold On Change is Comin’
Thornhill Artisan Fair, Maple Ridge
Christmas Market at Highstreet, Abbotsford
Fraser Valley Stage: A Christmas Survival Guide
Realwheels Theatre Presents: CREEPS
Art and Design Show on Main Street
A Charlie Brown Christmas at Carousel Theatre
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Vancouver Christmas Market @ Jack Poole Plaza
Enchant Vancouver Christmas Market
Robson Square Ice Rink Skating
FlyOver Canada Christmas Ride
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
Holy Mo! A Christmas Show!

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Rogers Santa Claus Parade, Vancouver
11th Annual Surrey Santa Parade
Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade, Surrey
Christmas in Steveston Village
Bowen Island Christmas Craft Fair
A Lantern Affair: Family Day for the Holidays, Coquitlam
Phoenix Chamber Choir Christmas Joys
Burnaby Lake Holiday Open House
Takács String Quartet
Cannery Farmers Market
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Christmas At Historic Stewart Farm
Stuff the Truck for the Food Bank
Thornhill Artisan Fair, Maple Ridge
Trinity Western University: Christmas at the Chan Centre
Christmas Market at Highstreet, Abbotsford
Fraser Valley Stage: A Christmas Survival Guide
Realwheels Theatre Presents: CREEPS
Art and Design Show on Main Street
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Vancouver Christmas Market @ Jack Poole Plaza
Enchant Vancouver Christmas Market
Robson Square Ice Rink Skating
FlyOver Canada Christmas Ride
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Holy Mo! A Christmas Show!




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Pre-Sale Code for Kinky Boots in Vancouver


Thursday, December 1st, 2016 — 9:32am PST
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Broadway Across Canada presents Kinky Boots at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, February 7th to 12th, 2017. It’s Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit!

With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Kinky Boots in Vancouver

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The touring cast of Kinky Boots. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Pre-Sale Code & Link

This pre-sale link will be ONLY available December 2, 2016 at 10:00am until December 4, 2016 at 10:00pm and the code to use is HEELS.

Tickets

Individual tickets for Kinky Boots will go on sale Monday, December 5th. Tickets are available at 1-855-985-5000 or through Ticketmaster online. Find out more about two show packages for the 2016-2017 season.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver for 2017.

Win Cards from the JustGreet Holiday Collection


Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 — 10:15am PST
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It’s the time of year when I sit down with my favourite fine-tipped Sharpie and repeatedly shout out “zip code?” to my husband across the room. I love writing Christmas cards and sending a bit of holiday cheer to our relatives and friends across borders. This year, we’re sending some local cards from Vancouver-based greeting card company, JustGreet.

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Photos of cards from JustGreet on Instagram

JustGreet’s cards are printed on 100% recycled paper in Gastown, and the independent artists they support are compensated each time a design is sold. Whether you’re into a little Drake or Beyonce, minimalist cheer, classic winter themes or elegant Christmas designs, there’s a JustGreet holiday card for you.

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I have the opportunity to give away 2 boxed sets of cards (16 cards) to 2 lucky Miss604 readers. Each winner will be able to select their choice of cards from the JustGreet Holiday Collection. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow JustGreet on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more inspiration. I will draw 2 winners at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Joyful Post at Harbour Centre and The Vancouver Lookout


Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 — 9:19am PST
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This Christmas, Harbour Centre and the Vancouver Lookout, in partnership with The Kettle Society, are inviting Vancouverites to make A Joyful Post to support people living with mental illness.

Joyful Post at Harbour Centre and The Vancouver Lookout

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Where: Harbour Centre lobby (555 W Hastings, Vancouver)
When: Monday to Friday through December 24th 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Harbour Centre’s lobby will house a large-scale, festive installation where the public can select, personalize, and hang Christmas cards for Kettle members. The signed cards will then be shared with the Kettle community in a small but important gesture to help brighten what can be a very difficult time of year.

A minimum donation of $5 is suggested with 100% of proceeds going to The Kettle Society, a local non-profit that assists people living with mental illness.

Funds will be used to provide items and experiences that Kettle mental health clients have identified as able to connect them to others, boost their self-esteem, or help lift their day. Items such as:

  • Transit tickets
  • A good cup of coffee
  • Haircuts
  • Outings to local attractions and events

Participants are urged to share their post on social media using #AJoyfulPost and encourage their networks to take part. Boffo Properties will match total donations, up to $5,000. Follow Harbour Centre and the Vancouver Lookout on Facebook for more information about this event and other initiatives throughout the year.

Lumiere Festival of Light in the West End


Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 — 9:08am PST
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Lumiere returns to Vancouver’s West End this Saturday, presenting a free community event inspired by light and artistic expression. Morton Park and Jim Deva Plaza will come alive with a series of light art installations, performances and community building initiatives.

Lumiere Festival of Light

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Where: Jim Deva Plaza (Davie at Bute), Morton Park (Denman at Davie)
When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 4:30pm to 10:30pm
Admission: Free! RSVP on Facebook for updates.

Luna the Lumiere Whale (MK Illumination) is back, along with three new installations curated by Burrard Arts Foundation from Tangible Interaction, Hfour Studios and Erdem Taşdelen.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Lumiere will team up with Celebrities Nightclub for a light-inspired celebration. To celebrate Lumiere Vancouver and the return of Luna the Whale at Morton Park, Beach Bay Café and Patio will be transforming their venue with a spectacular array of lights and a stunning candle display on Monday, December 5, 2016.

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Activations are planned in multiple venues throughout the neighbourhood over the weekend and signature lighting features will remain in place throughout the West End during the winter months. Follow Lumiere on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Win Tickets


Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 — 6:19pm PST
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Returning for its 8th holiday season, prestigious local dance organization Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker at The Centre. Since premiering in 2009, the production of this masterpiece has given tens of thousands of audience members the opportunity to be swept away by this world-famous Christmas story.

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Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

  • Where: The Centre (777 Homer St, Vancouver)
  • When: December 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th at 7:30pm
    December 17th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
    December 18th at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
  • Tickets: Available online now

Under the leadership of Executive Producer Chan Hon Goh, former Prima Ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada and the artistic staging of Emmy-award winning choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes, The Nutcracker returns with spectacular magic and fun for the whole family.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker will feature performances by internationally renowned principal dancers from the prestigious National Ballet of Canada, Jurgita Dronina and Guillaume Côté, performing together as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier Prince. Members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s world-renowned Nutcracker Suite.

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I’ll never forget my first ballet, when I brought my niece to watch her first as well. It was for Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 2012. Gathering under the marquee with tickets in hand, cheeks rosy red from the cold and coats buttoned to our chins, we entered the theatre with a sense of wonder. By the end of the first act we were both enchanted by the performance.

If you would like to experience this magical holiday show for yourself, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the finale performance on December 20th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Follow Goh Ballet on Twitter and Facebook for information.