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Win Tickets to James and the Giant Peach

December 3rd, 2014 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Carousel Theatre for Young People presents a heartwarming musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic from Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Opening December 6th at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island, families will love this tale of friendship and adventure.

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When young James Trotter is shipped off to live with his wretched aunts, he longs for a real family and a new home. All seems lost until he discovers a magical giant peach inhabited by fantastical creatures. Together with Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider and Earthworm, James embarks on an extraordinary adventure, sailing across the sea to distant lands.

Words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Timothy Allen McDonald, based on the Book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Directed by Carole Higgins, choreographed by Kayla Dunbar and Musical Directed by Steven Greenfield. Featuring: Patti Allan, Scott Bellis, Kaylee Harwood, Julian Lokash, Makayla Moore, Alex Rose, Deb Williams and Jonathan Winsby.

Win Tickets to James and the Giant Peach

Carousel Theatre for Young People is offering up a pair of tickets to see their production of James and the Giant Peach, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a pair of tickets to #CTYPJames and the Giant Peach from @CarouselTheatre @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Fk0LK

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 . Follow Carousel Theatre on Twitter for more information and show details. James and the Giant Peach runs until January 5th, 2015.

Audience Advisory: James’ parents are eaten by a rhinoceros (puppet) at the London Zoo at the beginning of this play. We recommend you discuss this with your children prior to attending the performance. Running Time: 90 minutes (plus a 15 minute intermission for public performances).

Update The winner is Angela!

Gifts for Tourist in Their Hometown: Vancouver Gift Guide

December 3rd, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Nearly 9 million people visit the Greater Vancouver region each year1, about 60 per cent of them from Canada, and yet there are so many locals that have new been up Grouse Mountain, never driven the Sea to Sky, or never experienced an exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. 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 Tourist in Their Hometown

See Vancouver from a new perspective, as a long time local or with the fresh eyes of a visitor. Here are just a few local attractions and tours that your gift recipient will be able to appreciate and enjoy throughout the year:

Attraction Passes and Memberships

The gift of membership is something your recipient can enjoy all throughout the year!

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Photo credit: Mark Teasdale on Flickr

Science World: Purchase gift cards online for items in the Kaleidoscope gift shop, for OMNIMAX films, Science World Memberships, and general entry to Science World at TELUS World of Science.

Vancouver Aquarium: Give the gift of membership or pre-load a gift card that can be used for entry and gift shop purchases.

The Vancouver Art Gallery: Give the gift of annual membership as members also receive special deals throughout the year. You can also pick up a gift card for the gallery story, which is filled with gifts for the art lover in your life.

The Museum of Anthropology at UBC: I absolutely love the MOA and you will too. Aside from its permanent galleries, it hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. Gift the gift of membership or pick up beautifully crafted Aboriginal art and jewelry in the museum shop.

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Museum of Vancouver: Give the gift of membership or pick out some truly Vancouver-inspired items from the gift shop that you won’t find anywhere else, but will scream “I Love Vancouver!”

Grouse Mountain: Your gift card purchase can be used throughout the year for lift passes, at the rental shop, Outfitters store, The Spirit Gallery Gift Shop, Lupins Café, The Rusty Rail BBQ, Grouse Grind Coffee Bar™, Starbucks Coffee (Grouse Mountain location only), Altitudes Bistro, The Observatory and more.

Under half an hour up the Sea to Sky highway, check out the Britannia Mine Museum as well. This National Historic Site is fun for kids and offers some great local history.

Walking Tours

Whether you want to learn about our history or see the city from a fresh perspective, or you just love discovering new places to eat or grab a pint of craft beer:

Forbidden Vancouver Tours: Gift certificates are available for the signature tours, Prohibition City or the Lost Souls of Gastown.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Purchase a special 3 tour gift pack this Christmas and your guest will enjoy (and have a guaranteed spot on) the extremely popular 2015 Vancouver Special House Tour, 2015 Heritage House Tour and 2015 Laneway House Tour.

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Vancouver Foodie Tours: Purchase gift certificates for the Granville Island Market Tour, World’s Best Food Truck Tour, and the Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour.

Taste Vancouver Food Tours: Purchase gift certificates for their Taste of Gastown or Taste of Little Italy (on Commercial Drive) tours.

Vancouver Brewery Tours: Visit 3 breweries in 3 hours, transportation included, go behind the scenes, learn about the process and enjoy plenty of samples.

Vancouver Photowalks: For the shutterbug in your life. They’ll get to combine a local walking tour with a custom two-hour photography course. Gift certificates are available for 3 tour options.

Aquabus Granville Island Station
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Bonus Gifts

A very practical gift for someone living Downtown could be a pass for Aquabus or False Creek Ferries. While giving the gift of transportation doesn’t seem very glamorous, some of our very best and most romantic date nights start with a water taxi ride from Downtown to Granville Island so it’s worth considering.

Finally, while Stanley Park is absolutely free for everyone to enjoy, consider given a gift that will ensure its nature and wildlife continue to thrill. Give the gift of Stanley Park Ecology Society membership or Adopt an Acre of Stanley Park, Adopt a Heron Nest, or Adopt and Eagle Nest.

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

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Shop West 4th for the Holidays

December 3rd, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy your holiday retail experience along one of Vancouver’s best shopping streets! West 4th Ave merchants are not only offering up great deals and unique gift ideas but they are also hosting free festivities this season to boost community spirits and keep you full of Christmas cheer.

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Shop West 4th for the Holidays

Shop West 4th this season to find men’s, women’s and family fashions to outdoor supplies, lifestyle and music, home decor, specialty shops, and award-winning restaurants.

On Saturday, December 6th at West 4th and Yew, Santa Claus will be available for selfies and photo booth pics, local school choirs will be carolling, and kids can make a variety of crafts between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Santa visit donations will go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. These festivities will take place rain or shine.

On Sunday, December 14th at West 4th and Vine you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you enjoy a horse and carriage ride. Donations for the festive rides will support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Shop in your community, support local businesses, contribute to great local causes, and have a great time while you make your way down your Christmas list!

There are over 250 businesses along West 4th between Fir and Balsam. The area has plenty of street and lot parking, and it is served by several buses like the #4, #84, and #99 B-Line. Follow Shop West 4th (the West 4th BIA) on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

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This post is sponsored by the West 4th Ave Business Improvement Association (BIA).

Get Snow Globed for a Cause

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

One of the most unique photo opportunities in Vancouver this season does not involve light displays or a jolly old elf in a red and white suit. The Kettle Society, Harbour Centre, and the Vancouver Lookout are inviting locals and visitors the chance to get Snow Globed for a cause.

SnowglobeVisitors to Harbour Centre’s lobby can have a photo taken inside a giant snow globe with their own camera or phone for a minimum donation of $5. Full proceeds go to The Kettle Society, a local non-profit that assists people living with mental illness.

The Kettle Society supports people living with mental illness to lead healthier lives by: Providing Housing, employment, advocacy and support services; Raising awareness of mental health issues and breaking down barriers; Promoting the inclusion of people living with mental illness in all aspects of society.

The Kettle Society provides over 3,600 individuals with 26 services, a mental health drop-in, a transition house for women and over 200 units of supported housing. It is committed to practical and non-judgemental harm reduction strategies in all its work, as it has been for over 35 years.

The Harbour Centre lobby is located at 555 West Hastings, Vancouver. Stop by between 10:00am and 2:00pm, Monday to Friday through December 20th to get Snow Globed. This will also be open for photos on Saturday, December 6th.

While you’re at Harbour Centre, take the elevator up to the Vancouver Lookout for some awesome 360 degree views of the city and the snow-sparkled North Shore mountains.

Tag your snow globe photos online with #SnowGlobedatHC and follow @harbour_centre and @VanLookout for more information.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

December 2nd, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver’s harbinger of all seasons, VanDusen Botanical Garden, is a delight to visit for the new blossoms in the spring, full foliage in summer, and the bright bursts of colour in the fall. When winter approaches, the garden is adorned with over one million sparkling bulbs during the Festival of Lights.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

This family-friendly festival features both indoor and outdoor activities and attractions, plenty of photo opportunities, holiday treats, and much more.

Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden at 5251 Oak St (37th and Oak) in Vancouver.
When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015. Closed Christmas Day.
Admission: Buy in person or online in advance.

Happy Holidays! (VanDusen Botanical Garden at Night)
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Activities range from photos with Santa, the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake with modern and classic sets, Scandinavian gnome performances, to a Lego scene in the Make-a-Wish Room (including Hoth for the Holidays, for Star Wars fans), Gingerbread Wood, Lantern Alley, Mistletoe Mischief, and the Candy Cane Express model train.

Since there’s so much to see and do, you’ll probably need some holiday treats and warm beverages. Dining and snack options include Truffles Café, Truffles Pop-up Café, Shaughnessy Restaurant, Santa’s Kitchen, Ms. Klaus’s Kettle Corn Kiosk, Rudolph on the Roof, Cin City Donuts, and Whistler Wood Fired Pizza.

Follow VanDusen Botanical Garden on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win a Squamish Winter Adventure Prize Pack

December 2nd, 2014 @ 10:53am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Over the last few years, Squamish has become our favourite weekend getaway destination. As the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada, it offers panoramic mountain and ocean views, pulse-racing climbs and paddles, soul-soothing walks by the river as eagles soar above, fun community events and festivals, as well as great food and local beer.

This month, Sunwolf Lodge and the Sea to Sky Gondola want to make sure that you get the opportunity to explore the very best of this Sea to Sky destination by offering up an incredible prize pack for one lucky Miss604 reader.

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Win a Squamish Winter Adventure Prize Pack

The Squamish Winter Adventure Prize Pack I have to give away (valued at $550) includes:

  • Two Adult Winter Passes at the Sea to Sky Gondola ($200)
  • Two Candlelight Dinners at the Summit Lodge at the Sea to Sky Gondola ($75)
  • Sunwolf Sleep with the Eagles Package for one night that includes their Eagle Viewing Float Trip for two and a stay in a cozy riverside cabin. Valid for two people ($285)

Sunwolf is conveniently located just 45mins from Vancouver, and 30mins from Whistler, on the banks of the Cheakamus & Cheekye rivers. The Sea to Sky Gondola takes you 885 metres above Howe Sound with beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains, a 100 metre suspension bridge, a full-service restaurant, two cafes, one bar. Two, easy interpretive trails and numerous challenging backcountry hikes for nature and outdoor enthusiasts.

You can use the winter passes for the Sea to Sky Gondola anytime, the Candlelight Dinner is available on Fridays and Saturdays in December, and the Sunwolf Lodge stay is also for a Friday or Saturday overnight. Valid dates to use this package are December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, and 27th.

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Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming who you would take on this adventure with you (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a #Squamish Winter Adventure Prize Pack from @SunwolfBC @seatoskygondola @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Ffcsk

Learn more about the Sea to Sky Gondola on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Learn more about Sunwolf Lodge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Since this prize is only valid in the month of December, I’ll keep this contest run short and sweet, drawing a winner at 5:00pm on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Update The winner is Kim Rees!

December Events in Metro Vancouver

December 1st, 2014 @ 3:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver shines this time of year with everything from major attractions downtown to picking out the perfect Christmas tree in the valley. Below you’ll find a roundup of events that have been sent my way and throughout the rest of the month I’ll be updating the list daily with new activities and things to do. Remember to take a break from the hustle and bustle this month to spend some quality time with family, friends, and those special to you. This list should definitely help in that department!

First Snow in Vancouver - Nov 29, 2014
Photo credit: Patrick King on Flickr

December Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Monday, December 1st to Sunday, December 7th, 2014
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Jump to: Monday, December 29th to Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Multi-Day Events

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


Monday, December 1, 2014
Robson Square Ice Rink Opens
World AIDS Day
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
17th Annual European Union Film Festival

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Contemporary Art Gallery: Feedback Talk, Carmen Papalia
Listen to Me by Resounding Scream Theatre
Vancity VIFF Theatre: Touch of Evil
17th Annual European Union 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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Whistler Film Festival
Heritage Vancouver: Tales from the West End
Surrey Libraries Authors Among Us: Overcoming Life Challenges
Westminster Savings Free Swim & Gym at the Canada Games Pool
Winter Wreath Workshop
Story time with Santa at Capilano Mall
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
17th Annual European Union Film Festival
Listen to Me by Resounding Scream Theatre
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

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Girls’ Night Out at PoMo Arts
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Tea and Trumpets
Vancouver Unsigned Concert Series
Make It! Vancouver
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
17th Annual European Union Film Festival
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

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
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
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
Dundarave Festival of Lights
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

Got Craft Vancouver Gift Bag Giveaway

December 1st, 2014 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Holiday craft season is in full swing and Got Craft? is a must-see event if you love to shop handmade and shop local. Bringing together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture, Got Craft? was founded in 2007 and is held twice a year in May and December, becoming Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair.

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Got Craft? Vancouver

Where: Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street in Vancouver
When: Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission: Admission is $3 at the door

New for the sweet 16th year of Got Craft? there are 25% new vendors, new DIY workshops by Delish General Store, Small Wonder, and Spool of Thread. There will also be local food carts on site. Check out returning favourites like Mellifera Bees and Love My Local. In addition, vendors like The Beautiful Project greeting cards and Cabin + Cub jewelry are exclusive to the market this year and Got Craft? has partnered with West Elm and West Elm Market, which will hold samplings of five Got Craft? vendors at their stores on December 6th, 2014.

The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a gift bag full of goodies from vendors and sponsors.

Got Craft? Vancouver Gift Bag Giveaway

Got Craft? showcases independent, local vendors with a wide variety of curated handmade goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationary, housewares, plush toys, local artists, and more. The market has generously offered up a SUPER packed gift bag for one lucky Miss604 reader valued at $560! Here’s what is included for the lucky winner:

  • Livia Sweet’s salted caramel hazelnut brownies
  • Men’s t-shirt and unisex hoodie from Locomotive Clothing Co.
  • Juicy Jewel Tone Teardrop earrings from BuenoStyle
  • Colouring postcard booklet from Draw Me A Lion
  • Snug Sleeve from Onana Knitted Accessories
  • The Flora Knit Cowl from Make More Happy
  • Love My Local’s cheese board and tin of Balmbu, a handmade wood and bamboo salve
  • Stud leather earrings from Scandinazn Handmade Goods
  • Assortment of greeting cards from The Beautiful Project
  • Up and Down Aromatherapy Wand Set from Element Botanicals
  • Paperbacknote notebook
  • Paperwhite from Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collections
  • Vancouver print from Jon Shaw
  • Baby Boho Dress from Carmen West Creative
  • Pair of earrings from Black Drop Designs
  • Scarf from Veespoke
  • Planter from Rogue Florist
  • And 4 tickets to Got Craft?

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win #GotCraft tickets & an exclusive $560 gift bag from @lfieldsshoppe + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/FaNnX

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The winner will be able to pick their prizes up at Got Craft?. Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information and inspiration.
Prize bag is as-is and cannot be exchanged for value or for other items.

Update The winner is Erin W!