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Gifts for Sports Fans in Vancouver: Vancouver Gift Guide

December 8th, 2014 @ 9:32am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have a series of Vancouver Gift Guides I’ll be sharing this week that will help you find the perfect local gifts that come wrapped up with quality time with family and friends, and experiences you’ll never forget.

Gifts for Sports Fans in Vancouver

Today, I’m going to focus on the sport fanatic in your life, whether they live for the face off or kick off, appreciate the history and legacy of great athletes in BC, or love to get their own adrenaline pumping.

Eskimos vs Lions | edngphotography.com Elevate
Photo credit: Ed Ng & Stephen Chung on Flickr

Ticket Packages

The Vancouver Canucks have introduced Cineplex Family Packs starting at $40 a ticket. Get 4 tickets to a game of your choice, receive a $20 Team Store discount (on purchase of $100 or more), plus 4 Cineplex movie passes and 2 popcorns, and enjoy a Classic Combo or the Collectible Combo at the Canucks game. The Canucks also have 3 game packs of tickets available for certain games throughout the season.

Individual tickets for the 2015 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season are not yet available but season tickets are, starting at just $369. The same goes for the 2015 BC Lions season, and their season ticket packs are on sale now starting at $271.

The Vancouver Giants have several ticket pack options including Mini Packs for popular games, Friday nights, or weekends. There’s also the fantastic deal that comes with the White Spot Family Pack for $99. 4 Red Category tickets to any regular season home game, 2 Legendary Burger Platters, 2 Pirate Paks, 1 game-night parking pass, and a $10 gas gift certificate from Chevron.

Finally for baseball fans, Vancouver Canadians season tickets are on sale and the club hosts a few off-season events like the Scotiabank Hot Stove Luncheon happening January 23rd, for which tickets are now on sale. Canadians merchandise can be purchased online.

FIFA Women’s World Cup

Canada is hosting the world in the summer of 2015 and several FIFA Women’s World Cup matches will be played at BC Place in Vancouver. Stadium passports (so a pass to all matches at BC Place) or half passports are on sale now. With the passports you can catch all the action at BC Place throughout June and July, save up to 25% on individual ticket prices and sit in the same seats for all matches. Tickets are also transferable between friends and family.

Games at BC Place for the FIFA Women’s World Cup include: June 8: Japan vs. Switzerland / Cameroon vs. Ecuador; June 12: Switzerland vs. Ecuador / Japan vs. Cameroon; June 16: USA vs. Nigeria; June 21: Round of 16, featuring A1 (possibly Canada); June 23: Round of 16, featuring C1; June 27: Quarterfinal (possibly Canada); July 5: Final.

Team Merchandise

Vancouver teams each have their own online shops or team stores that you can visit. The Canucks have an online gift guide and stores at Rogers Arena, 1151 Robson Street, 2893 East Hastings, and at Morgan Crossing in Surrey. Pick up gifts from jerseys and toques to iPhone cases and onesies for kids.

The BC Lions Store has jerseys, stockings, ornaments, hats and more online and their locker room sale takes place 11:00am to 2:00pm on December 13th at BC Place.

For anthem jackets, scarves, gift cards, t-shirts, half-season tickets and more check out the Whitecaps Shop online.

The Vancouver Giants have an online shop, and a store at the Pacific Coliseum on game days, with scarves, jerseys, hoodies, collectibles, and more.

BC Sports Hall of Fame

If there’s a sports fan on your Christmas list consider passes to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. From the Terry Fox and Rick Hansen galleries, to Vancouver 2010 and Olympic exhibits, and plenty of hands-on fun, a visit makes for a great day out with the family at BC Place.

BC Sports Hall

BC Sports Hall BC Sports Hall

A full family membership is $75 and members receive perks throughout the year. Enjoy unlimited visits to the hall for 4 family members for the year, 4 free admission passes for friends, discounts on merchandise and event rentals, advanced registration for kids programming and select lectures, and invitations to member events and exhibit previews.

Light Adventure Outdoors

For the sports fan who loves to be active themselves, there are several gifts for them to use around Vancouver, from sea to sky.

Close to home, the Vancouver Park Board has gift cards available that can be pre-loaded with $25 to $100. The gift cards can be used at 21 fitness centres, 13 swimming pools, 8 ice rinks, 3 golf courses, 3 pitch and putt courses, 2 gardens, and much more.

Our three local mountains all have something different to offer and passes are available now for skiing, boarding, and more outdoor fun at Mount Seymour, Cypress, and Grouse Mountain.

The Sea to Sky Gondola is the new hot spot in Canada’s recreation capital, Squamish. Tickets and passes make a great gift for any season. Hike in the summer, snowshoe in the winter, and enjoy a meal in the Summit Lodge anytime.

For those looking for the ultimate rush, give the gift of an Olympic bobsleigh experience! The Whistler Sliding Centre is now open for bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge runs.

Watch for a series of posts featuring themed gift ideas in the Vancouver Gift Guide this week.

Lumiere Festival Vancouver

December 7th, 2014 @ 9:34am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver’s newest holiday organization, the Lumière Festival Vancouver Society, presents a fun collaborative initiative this week that will link the West End and Yaletown.

Lumiere Festival Vancouver

Businesses within the West End and Yaletown Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) have setup impressive lighting installations that will be in place until January, 2015 and between December 11th and December 13th, the commercial streets in these popular neighbourhoods will be filled with live entertainment, street activations, and a free hop-on/hop-off trolley tour.

Lumiere Vancouver will connect you with Yaletown, Davie Village, St Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope, Bright Nights in Stanley Park, Lights for Life at English Bay, and more.

St Paul's Hospital Lights
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Other highlights between December 11th and December 13th include the Comox Winter Jam light parade down the Comox-Helmcken Greenway, free ice skating at the West End Community Centre, a special appearance by Santa Claus and a Surprise Celebrity Drag Claus at the Denman Place Mall, and a carnivalesque light and performance spectacle at Yaletown’s Bill Curtis Square.

Follow Lumiere Festival Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Click to download itinerary and map.

Free Christmas Movies for the Food Bank

December 6th, 2014 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Take a break from your holiday shopping in Downtown Vancouver and hop into the Vogue Theatre for some entertainment and Christmas cheer for a cause. Starting December 16th, the Vogue will be showing holiday favourites on the big screen to help collect donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Free Christmas Movies for the Food Bank

vogue-freeTuesday, December 16, 2014: Love Actually
Wednesday, December 17, 2014: Polar Express
Thursday, December 18, 2014: Elf

Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie starts at 7:00pm. The Vogue staff will be serving an assortment of beer and wine along with traditional movie snacks.

There will also be pre-film trivia where you can test your cinematic knowledge for a chance to win some awesome prizes. All ages are welcome to these films.

Admission is free, with a donation of a non-perishable food item or cash for the Vancouver Food Bank.

Follow the Vogue Theatre on Twitter and Facebook for more information about these films, their upcoming shows, and more.

Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live in Abbotsford

December 6th, 2014 @ 10:38am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Elmo is coming to the Fraser Valley! Sesame Street Live takes over the Abbotsford Centre on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th as Elmo, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favourite Sesame Street friends present: Let’s Dance!

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favourite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favourite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them.

Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the professional staging, cleverly written script, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children.

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Tickets are now on sale for Seasame Street Live: Let’s Dance in Abbotsford for performances at 10:30am and 2:00pm on December 13th and 1:00pm and 4:30pm on December 14th for $22, $38 (Gold Circle) & $68 (Sunny Seats) plus FMF and service charges.

Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live

I have a 4-pack of tickets to give away to Sesame Street Live at the Abbotsford Centre, here’s how you can enter to win:

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#Contest RT to enter to win 4 tickets to @SesameStLive at @AbbyCentre from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/FtqDR

Follow the Abbotsford Centre on Facebook and Twitter for more information about Sesame Street Live and other fun upcoming events and shows. I will draw one contest winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The winner will be able to choose their Sesame Street Live show of choice, for December 13th or December 14th.

Update The winner is Susan!

Vancouver Photos of the Week

December 4th, 2014 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

John is on Day 4 of his beer advent calendar, there are just a few more names on my shopping list, and I’m in such a good mood about the Christmas season that I might actually try egg nog for the very first time! In the meantime, enjoy holiday events around the city and these early December photos that have been shared with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

That Sinking Feeling
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

UAV Burnaby
Photo credit: Chris Gehlen on Flickr

Fresh Snow 2
Photo credit: Norm Lee on Flickr

Frosty Vancouver City Skyline from Canada Place
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Game On!. Game On!. Game On!.
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon & Nattawot Juttiwattananon & Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

On A Cold Autumn Day
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

English Bay Through The Trees
Photo credit: Conrad Olson on Flickr

West End Autumn, Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: globetrekimages on Flickr

"A seagull handprint" - photo & title by Arlo (Age 3) Coast mountains in the morning
Photo credit: Amelia & Zorro1968 on Flickr

First snow of the season-Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge Went to bed in Vancouver, woke up somewhere else!
Photo credit: Norma Ibarra & Penelope Slack on Flickr

A photo posted by Sheldon Carvalho (@sheldonsc) on

To Infinity and Beyond ~ New Westminster, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

A photo posted by Ann (@annbadjura) on

Vancouver at Dusk
Photo credit: Carol Nixon on Flickr

Fall Snowfall ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

West Georgia Street Rush Hour, Vancouver, BC Surrey Library
Photo credit: globetrekimages & Jerry Meaden on Flickr

2014 11 Nov 29 Snow Day 02a 5s tr Sunset at the Shipyard
Photo credit: Doug Farmer & Jaden Nyberg on Flickr

Life in the fast lane at Lion Gate Bridge
Photo credit: Jose B. G. Santos on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

December 4th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was a bit late getting the big December event list posted so I thought I would be ahead of the game and post this weekend’s event list a bit early. There’s so much to see and do in and around Vancouver at this time of year and what I love most is that these activities allow you to spend time with friends and family, which I think is one of the greatest gifts of all.

Stanley Park Totem Poles, Vancouver
Photo credit: globetrekimages on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, December 5, 2014
CBC Open House and Food Bank Day
Vancouver Tree Lighting at Jack Poole Plaza
Nightmare Before the Nutcracker at the Rio Theatre
Stop Networking | Start Netwerking: A Mega Holiday Party for Changemakers
Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s Holiday Beer Festival
South Asian Women Against Violence Against Women: Gala
Painting Party at Frosting Cupcakery, Langley
Canada Ice Dance Theatre Presents: Holiday Ice Spectacular
PechaKucha Night New Westminster
TOQUE: Western Front’s Annual Fundraiser and Craft Fair
Opening Reception: Old, at Hot Art Wet City
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Vancouver Education and Career Fair
Pacific Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show
North Pole, BC at TRADEX in Abbotsford
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
Make It! Vancouver
Listen to Me by Resounding Scream Theatre
Whistler Film Festival
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Knox Christmas Market, New Westminster
Dundarave Festival of Lights
Light Up the Heights, Burnaby Heights
Downtown Chilliwack Christmas Parade
Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer Annual Herring Sale (New Date)
Charity Christmas Tree Lot in Mount Pleasant
Vancouver Farmers Markets: Holiday Market
Santa Claus Parade, New Westminster
Spoon and Shovel Pop-Up
Star Wars: Reveal of the Jedi A Burlesque Re-Imagining
Santa Arrives on West 4th
SFU Choir Fall Concert
Celebrating Accessibility At The Vancouver Aquarium
December 6th | 25 Years Later: Remember Our Sisters Everywhere
Christmas with Coastal Sound Youth Choir
Bloedel Conservatory 45th Anniversary
Chinatown Mall Pop-Up
Surrey Libraries Movie: March of the Penguins
Kensington Craft Fair
Pacific Ice Annual Christmas Gala
Breakfast with Santa at Willingdon Community Centre
Public Open House of Life Luxe Day Spa + Laser at Hyatt Regency Hotel
Vancouver Giants’ Teddy Bear Toss Game
Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
Thornhill Artisan Fair, Maple Ridge
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
Make It! Vancouver
Listen to Me by Resounding Scream Theatre
Whistler Film Festival
Pacific Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
North Pole, BC at TRADEX in Abbotsford

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Rogers Santa Claus Parade, Downtown Vancouver
Parade of Lights and Big Rigs for Kids, Downtown Surrey
Cloverdale Christmas Parade
Bowen Island Tours: Special Christmas Craft Fair & Shopping
Christmas with the Bach Choir
Holiday Open House at Township 7 Vineyards, Langley
Liquid Amber Tattoo’s 2nd Annual Art Show Fundraiser
Pacific Theatre: Christmas Presence, North Shore
North Vancouver Community Arts: A LARGE Scale Painting (Creative ARTelier)
11th Annual Faraday Show “Physics in the Kitchen”, UBC
River District Winter Craft Fair
Burnaby Lake Holiday Open House
Carousel Theatre Presents: James and the Giant Peach
Thornhill Artisan Fair, Maple Ridge
Make It! Vancouver
Whistler Film Festival
Pacific Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
North Pole, BC at TRADEX in Abbotsford

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.

Highstreet Holiday Show and Giveaway

December 4th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Highstreet in Abbotsford is your shopping destination this season, with big name brands, community events, unique finds, and holiday fun. With one of the largest Christmas trees in Canada, Highstreet’s tree rivals that of New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center and features an eight-minute animated light show, utilizing 6,000 individually controlled tri-colour LED nodes, six snow-making machines and plenty of cheer daily at 5:00pm and 7:00pm until Christmas Eve.

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Photo courtesy of Highstreet

Highstreet is a 600,000 square foot outdoor centre bringing urban lifestyle shopping to the Fraser Valley. The three level centre includes fashion, food, services and entertainment on the podium level. Anchor tenants include Walmart Supercentre, London Drugs, H&M, OLD NAVY, and Cineplex VIP Cinema.

Enjoy outdoor holiday shows in the Central Plaza at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 6th; Saturday, December 13th; and Saturday, December 20th with the MEI Marching Band, Spandy Andy, Project Dancers, Santa and friends.

The Abbotsford Concert Band will also be there on December 7th, Bobs and Lolo take the stage December 14th, and The West Coast Fiddlers will perform on December 21st.

Highstreet shops are now open holiday hours, from 10:00am to 9:00pm Monday through Saturday and 10:00am to 7:00pm on Sundays. Get photos with Santa, gift wrapping service, and more. Visit the events calendar online for information and follow Highstreet on Facebook and Twitter.

Highstreet Holiday Show and Giveaway

Highstreet would love to see you over the holidays so they have given me a $50 gift card to award one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming a Highstreet shop (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $50 gift card to shop at @HighstreetFV from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Fn89M

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, December 8, 2014. Highstreet is located at 3122 Mt. Lehman Road, just off the Lehman exit from Highway 1.

Update The winner is Darcy!

Vancouver Theatre Listings for December 2014

December 4th, 2014 @ 9:18am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

JessiesMiss604 is pleased to announce a new promotional partnership with the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (the “Jessies”). On the first Thursday of every month, I will feature a list of productions that are registered for the Jessie Awards, including their dates, locations, and more. The goal of this partnership is to promote eligible shows and further the Jessies’ mandate of educating the public about professional theatre in Vancouver. Miss604 is proud to be the Official Blogger of The Jessies.

Vancouver Theatre Listings for December 2014

CrazyforYou WideAwake
Left: Crazy For You. Gaelan Beatty, Kate Blackburn. Photo Credit David Cooper. Right: Wide Awake Hearts. Claire Hesselgrave. Photo by David Cooper

Gateway Theatre presents:
Crazy For You
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
At Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond)
December 4th to December 21st, 2014
Website | Tickets

Hardline Theatre & 20-Something Theatre present:
Wide Awake Hearts by Brendan Gall
December 3rd to December 21st, 2014
At Little Mountain Studio (195 East 26th Ave, Vancouver)
Website | Tickets

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James and the Giant Peach. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Carousel Theatre presents:
James and The Giant Peach
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
December 6th, 2014 to January 4th, 2015
At Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver)
Website | Tickets

Fire Escape Equity Co-op presents:
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
December 4th to December 21st, 2014
At Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery St, Vancouver)
Tickets

Blackbird Theatrical presents:
Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall by Samuel Beckett
December 29th, 2014 to January 24th, 2015
At The Cultch Historic Theatre
Website | Tickets

For more information about professional theatre in Vancouver, follow the Jessies on Twitter and Facebook.