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December Events in Metro Vancouver 2012

November 29th, 2012 @ 12:23pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Looking out my window on a rainy Vancouver day I can still spot the North Shore mountains. Deep dark blue instead of their usual crisp brown and green, they are capped with clouds and hiding a skirt of snow. Winter is approaching and the city is coming alive with holiday cheer. Getting a head start on my December event listings, I have put together the list a bit early this month however it is still updated every day so be sure to bookmark this:

Snow on the Mountains!
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Listings with a * are free events or events with admission by donation. Events in green run longer than a week.

Friday, November 30, 2012
UBC V-Day
Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance
Occupying the Economy: Counterculture Lecture by David Barsamian
Random Hacks of Kindness
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
West Coast Christmas Show
Random Hacks of Kindness

Saturday, December 1, 2012
CIBC Christmas Lights Parade New Westminster*
Fort Langley: Bloom Market, A Handmade Holiday
Crafts for a Cause
De Danaan Christmas Feis at Richmond Olympic Oval*
Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Van Dop Gallery Spirit of the Season
Pacific Ice Christmas Gala*
Christmas at Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam*
Cookie Decorating and Holiday Fun at Capilano Mall*
Burnaby Light Up the Heights*

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Rogers Santa Claus Parade Vancouver*
Surrey Santa Claus Parade*
Central City Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade*
Fort Langley: Bloom Market, A Handmade Holiday
De Danaan Christmas Feis at Richmond Olympic Oval*
Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Country Christmas Benefit Concert
Christmas at Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam*
Gingerbread House Decorating at Park Royal
Londsale Quay Craft Market*

Monday, December 3, 2012
International Day of Persons with Disabilities*
The Killers at the Pacific Coliseum
David Wax Museum at St. James Hall

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Food Talks Volume 5
Building Belen Vancouver Event

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at Pacific Theatre
Surrey Board of Trade Seasonal Sizzle

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Megaphone Magazine Night of Joyful Voices
Langara Art and Design Auction
2nd Annual Christmas Charity Event with VERY special guest Jillian Harris
East Van Love Tweetup #7
Vancouver North Pole Express

Friday, December 7, 2012
It’s a Wonderful Life Screening at the Hollywood
Brookswood Luminaire-Inspirational Light
Mount Pleasant: O Christmas Tree Family Festival*
Stuff the Bus for Surrey Christmas Bureau*
TOQUE 2012 Fundraiser
HelloMOONROCK & Friends Holiday Pop Up Shop & Party
Celebration of BC Music
Holiday Hi-Lights Festival at Park & Tilford – Family Night*
Cookie Decorating and Holiday Fun at Capilano Mall*
Food Bank Day at Park Royal*
CBC Open House & Food Bank Day*

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Vancouver Children’s Choir Presents: A Christmas Carol
Christmas at the Old Mill Store
It’s a Wonderful Life Screening at the Hollywood
Christmas at Canada Place*
Open House at Historic Stewart Farm in Surrey*
Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry Christmas
Stuff the Bus for Surrey Christmas Bureau*
Museum of Vancouver Presents: Love You Forever – A Pop-Up Tattoo Spectacle
Artful Saturday at Britannia Community Centre
TOQUE 2012 Fundraiser
Van Dop Gallery Spirit of the Season
33 Years of Chinese Music in Vancouver
The SFU Choir Presents: Duruflé’s Requiem
Harrison Mills: Christmas in the Country
Got Craft? Christmas Market
Burnaby Light Up the Heights*
Vancouver North Pole Express
Carousel Theatre Presents: The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, December 9, 2012
River District Winter Craft Market
Port Coquitlam Snowflake Walk for Anti-Bullying*
Stuff the Bus for Surrey Christmas Bureau*
Harrison Mills: Christmas in the Country
Got Craft? Christmas Market
Vancouver North Pole Express
Londsale Quay Craft Market*

Monday, December 10, 2012
Pet Photos with Santa at Capilano Mall

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Vancouver Public Space Network Winter Party

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
GOON Screening and Fundraiser at the Rio Theatre
Women’s Startup Collaboration Group Meetup
Collecting, Connecting, and Correcting Seminar*
SMCYVR BeautyNight Fundraiser and Holiday Party

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Four on the Floor Presents: String Fling at Rio Theatre
Vancouver North Pole Express

Friday, December 14, 2012
Girlz Rock Boutique Charity Photos with Santa ft BC Lions Travis Lulay and Paul McCallum
12 Bands of Christmas at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver*
Holiday Hi-Lights Festival at Park & Tilford – Family Night*
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 15, 2012
BLIM Annual Holiday Market
Girlz Rock Boutique Charity Photos with Santa ft BC Lions Travis Lulay and Paul McCallum
VRCG Christmas Climbing Marathon and Fundraiser
Hot Club Swing’s Winter Party, featuring the Brothers Arntzen Jazz Band
Bah Humbug! A Seasonal Benefit for Community Arts on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Vancouver Farmers Markets Holiday Market
3rd Annual DTES Community Craft Fair*
Vancouver Bach Choir Presents: El Nino
Great Canadian Craft Fair
The HiVE Presents: A Celebration of Dignity
Gingerbread House Decorating at Park Royal
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Vancouver North Pole Express
Burnaby Light Up the Heights*
Story Time at Lonsdale Quay*

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Jesse Cook at the Orpheum
Vancouver North Pole Express
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Vancouver Christmas Market
Londsale Quay Craft Market*

Monday, December 17, 2012
Home for Christmas with Musica Intima
Let’s Net! Social Media Workshop and Networking

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Home for Christmas with Musica Intima

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ELITE Vancouver & Five Hole for Food Community Christmas Dinner
Lunch Poems at SFU
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Operation: Full Kettle
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Moulin Rouge & The Jen Hodge All Stars… RCP Holiday Party
Vancouver North Pole Express
The Magic of Santa

Friday, December 21, 2012
Jon and Roy Holiday Special, with Guests
Home for Christmas with Musica Intima
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Holiday Hi-Lights Festival at Park & Tilford – Family Night*
The Magic of Santa
Connor Roff, Alexandria Maillot and Ben Parker

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Home for Christmas with Musica Intima
Christmas in Marpole Village
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Story Time at Lonsdale Quay*

Sunday, December 23, 2012
Vancouver North Pole Express
Christmas with the Queens
Londsale Quay Craft Market*

Monday, December 24, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Note: Some attractions and events will be closed today.
Check their websites for full details.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Blackbird Theatre Presents: Don Juan

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012
Holiday Hi-Lights Festival at Park & Tilford – Family Night*

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Thanks again to all those who sent in emails to contribute to the list. As I mentioned, it’s updated every day so feel free to continue to send in your community event information for listing here.

For more event information follow Bee Vancity, The V3H, and Fraser Valley Pulse on Twitter – they are great community event resources.

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9 comments

  1. Steve v. says:

    As always, I love your lists! 1 minor suggestion if it can be implemented though would be to somehow colour code (or otherwise make visible) the events that are essentially nightly (or almost nightly) for the whole month. I find the one time events get lost eg. 3rd Annual DTES Community Craft Fair*

  2. Steve v. says:

    Dec 21st – http://www.secretlantern.org/ multiple locations, best event in town!

  3. Thanks Steve, I updated the events that run longer than a week. They’re in green. What do you think?

  4. Jamie says:

    Thank you, great list of events! I found many to go, for example Pacific Ice Christmas Gala. And I can not imagine christmas without Vancouver Christmas Market. I love that atmosphere there!

  5. Pacific Ice says:

    Hi Miss 604

    Thank you for posting our event, just a reminder that admission is a donation to the Surrey Foodbank. Thanks again

  6. Steve v. says:

    Looks awesome Rebecca! My simple mind can’t sort such huge lists so that helps.

  7. [...] December is upon us, and Miss604 has her always great December Events in Metro Vancouver post. [...]

  8. cameron says:

    Do you have a list of New Year’s Eve events/parties/etc for 2012/13? I can’t seem to locate it.

  9. Maureen says:

    Couple of events you could add:

    A Traditional Christmas, the Vancouver Symphony, various locations starting Dec 13th. http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/concert/12SPEC03/

    And Metro Theatre’s annual panto from December 13th to january 5th

    http://metrotheatre.com/mother-goose-the-latest-in-metros-long-panto-tradition/

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