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December 23rd, 2010 @ 11:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The rush and stress of last minute shopping will wind down after today, only to be woken Saturday morning with excitement and cheer. Fuelled by egg nog, candy canes, and chocolates, the festivities will carry over through the end of 2010 — a year of Olympic proportions here in Vancouver.

While I have no theme for This Week in Photos (there’s no snow on the ground and everything is quite soggy, actually) the following is just a small sample of life in Vancouver over the last two weeks as captured and contributed to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

Day Break
Photo credit: P Squared Picson Flickr
Cleveland Dam The Peaks
Photo credit: Matzuda on Flickr
taking flight together
Photo credit: Nicole Soltys on Flickr

Photo credit: Hayley_Bouchard on Flickr
Celebrate Nineteen - HDR
Photo credit: cuasticchick on Flickr
Cambie Street
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr
Shoe Memorial
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Photo credit: gwacdotca on Flickr
Photo credit: Nicole Soltys on Flickr
Vancouver Morris Men
Photo credit: wdworden on Flickr
Tonight in Vancouver: The 17th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr
Tonight in Vancouver: West Georgia Traffic
Photo credit: [travelfox], Hayley_Bouchard on Flickr
Merry Christmas
Photo credit: Michael Kwan on Flickr
Christmas Trees
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr
Christmas is alive and bright on Trinity street.
Photo credit: Eyesplash on Flickr
Tonight in Vancouver: The brightest yard in the block!
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr

As always, you can click on each image to see more from the photographers. Please also feel free to join almost 400 others and add your pictures to the Miss604 Flickr Group for possible feature. A big ‘Thank You’ to all those who contributed their photos this year.

New Year’s Eve Events in Vancouver: Family

December 22nd, 2010 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Update December 2014: If you’re looking for the 2014-2015 listing you can find it here.
Update December 2011: If you’re looking for the 2011-2012 listing you can find it here.

John and I have been in Iowa to ring in the last three years and 2011 will be no exception. The kids get their own bottle of sparkling apple juice, party favours abound, and the television is flipped from network to network waiting for that iconic ball to drop. Vancouver hasn’t had a major kid-friendly event for New Year’s Eve in several years however I found a few activities around the region in case you’d like to get out with the family.

Cloverdale is hosting a Winter Ice Palace this month and will be open from 11:00am until 4:00pm on New Year’s Eve.

White Rock
Centennial Arena in White Rock is offering a Countdown to 2011 skating event. The arena is located at 14600 North Bluff Road and family skate times are 12:30pm – 2:30pm (I have yet to confirm the special event skate times if they are different from the family skate).

The Renfrew Park Community Centre is hosting a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance from 6:00pm on December 31st. Located at 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver this event is family-friendly and will include party favours, snacks, full dinner, door prizes, and champagne at midnight. Call Cheryl at (604) 257-8388 to book your spot.

Families can also enjoy Christmas activities that they may have missed earlier in the month such as Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

Robson Square will host ice skating and a New Year’s Eve celebration from 5:00pm until 9:00pm December 31st. There will be live entertainment and an early countdown for the kids.

On New Year’s Day the Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington) will host a special family skate from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (regular rates and admission apply).

New Westminster
While it’s not exactly on New Year’s Eve, New Westminster is hosting the Winter Festival of Fun on December 29th. Starting at 10:30am, children age 5-10 can check out the festivities at the public library at 716 6th Avenue.

West Vancouver
The Dundarave Festival of Lights is on now until January 7th. Check out a forest of decorated trees with the family on New Years Eve with some hot chocolate in-hand.

Home of the only First Night event I could find, Whistler’s Village Square and Conference Centre will host entertainment for the entire family on December 31st. Entry fees are $15 adults/ $8 – 12 years and under, or evening fee of $20 adult and $10 – 12 and under, 2 years and under are free. This is a no-alcohol event with an early countdown for the kids at 9:30pm and fireworks.

Should you know of any other family-friendly New Year’s Eve events, please feel free to drop a note in the comments.

Update December 2011: If you’re looking for the 2011-2012 listing you can find it here.

Taste BC 2011, Win Tickets

December 22nd, 2010 @ 8:48am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Liberty Wine Merchants starts up its fundraising gala series early in 2011 with Taste BC, benefitting the BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic.

Hyatt Regency Hotel
January 18th 2011 from 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Tickets are available for $49.99 at Liberty Wine Merchant locations

Guests will sip and experience BC’s finest wine, beer and spirits accompanied by tasty fare from the best local restaurants. Along with excellent food and drink, attractions include live music, door prizes, and a silent auction that rivals any other. Silent auction items include luxury items, local experience packages, destination packages and delicious products made by British Columbia’s own.

Now in its 17th year, Taste BC has raised a total of $170,216 and they hope to continue that trend in 2011.

If you would like to attend, here’s how you can enter to win two tickets:

  • Leave a comment on this post listing your favourite BC wine or restaurant (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win 2 tickets to @TasteBC2011 from @Miss604

    I will draw one winner on Tuesday, January 3rd 2011. Follow on Twitter or Facebook for more event information.

    Update The winner is Ro, congratulations and have fun!

    White Spot Christmas Lunch for Charity

    December 21st, 2010 @ 11:05am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    For more than a decade White Spot employees at the Richmond Centre and Kingsway locations have given up their Christmas mornings and afternoons to remain open and dedicate their workday to two great causes.

    White Spot 2
    Photo credit: Derek K Miller on Flickr

    White Spot Richmond Centre – Unit 1902 – 6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond, B.C.
    White Spot Kingsway and Knight – 1467 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C.

    December 25, 2010 from 11:00am until 3:00pm

    Give mom or dad a break at lunchtime and stop by for a pirate pack with your family on Christmas Day. Net proceeds from your meal will go directly to the Richmond General Hospital Foundation and Variety – The Children’s Charity. All staff, servers, and management will also generously donate their tips.

    New Year’s Eve Events in Vancouver: Pubs & Clubs

    December 21st, 2010 @ 10:11am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    While the end of 2010 is still over a week away, many are already making plans for how they will ring in the new year. I will have a few event guides available but thought I would start with the big ticket items first. The following events include live music, multi-course meals, champagne, and entertainment for the 19+ crowd.

    Toast to a New Year 148/365
    Photo credit: viking_79 on Flickr