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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, November 16th, 2017 — 11:50am PST
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Holiday season is officially here! Trees are being lit, markets are opening their doors, and craft fairs are in full swing.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, November 17, 2017
Club Habana Celebrates Canada’s 150+
We For She
Tears to Smiles: Refugee Fundraiser
Henry Wagons at The Wise Hall
Opera Mariposa and Heroic Opera Present: Un ballo in maschera
Refresh Market, Squamish
11th Annual Surrey Kids Conference
West Coast Christmas Show at TRADEX
34th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair
5th Annual Electroacoustic Festival
Eastside Flea
Local Knitwear Sample Sale
Theater Crossing Presents: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Christmas at Hycroft
Peter and the Starcatcher at Cap Theatre
Jersey Boys
Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
Gateway Theatre Presents: Sink or Swim
Drew Hayden Taylor’s Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS

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North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar: Win a Prize Pack


Thursday, November 16th, 2017 — 12:34pm PST
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Over 100 local talented crafters and makers give holiday shoppers unique gift options at the North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar. Spanning two weekends, visitors can step into the festively decorated rooms, listen to seasonal music, savour candy canes, buy poinsettias, watch kids have fun with Christmas-themed face painting and enjoy photos with Santa on Sundays.

North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar

Where: Carson Graham Secondary School at 2145 Jones Avenue
When: Saturday & Sunday (November 18 & 19; December 2 & 3) 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tickets: Admission is $3, and kids 12 and under get in free. The venue features plenty of free parking.

The first 100 visitors each day are admitted free and they are one of the only craft fairs with a charitable component. This year’s beneficiary is Backpack Buddies, a Metro Vancouver program that aims to fill the weekend hunger gap by providing backpacks of food on Fridays to children who rely on school meal programs weekdays. Partial proceeds from admission, together with poinsettia sales and photos with Santa, will go to the charity.

This year’s vendors include bath & body, candles, jewelry, baked goods & canned foods, fashion & accessories, glassworks, health & wellness, home & holiday décor, knitting/crochet, liquor – spirits & wine, paper crafts, pottery, textiles, visual arts and woodworks. Shoppers will find themselves tempted by luxurious hand knit cotton and linen throws, ocean inspired boho chic glass jewelry, environmentally responsible unique concrete products and sustainable eco-vegan-gluten-friendly white wines.

Win a Prize Pack

The North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar has put together an awesome prize pack filled with local goodies for one lucky Miss604 reader!

The $100 prize pack includes:

  • Christmas Ornament from Deerly Crafts
  • Jam Sampler from Honeyboons
  • Coffee Mug from Free Reign
  • 2 admission tickets for the Bazaar on December 2 or 3, 2017
  • $20 in Bazaar Bucks to spend at the event

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Like, comment on, or share this post on Facebook

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Follow the North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar tag #NVHolidayBazaar on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

Riverway Wedding Open House in Burnaby


Thursday, November 16th, 2017 — 11:55am PST
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Your dream wedding awaits at the Riverway Clubhouse! You’ve found that special someone to spend the rest of your days with. You’ve got the perfect ring. Now it’s time to find that ultimate spot to make your dream day come true.

Imagine your once-in-a-lifetime moment surrounded by loved ones in the spectacular Riverway Clubhouse in Burnaby. As one of Metro Vancouver’s most beautiful venues, the clubhouse boasts stunning wood-beamed architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding Riverway Golf Course.

Along with a grand, spacious venue that seats up to 210 guests (as well as other important features) this idyllic venue also presents a picture-perfect lakeside space for outdoor ceremonies.

Take some time to explore the Riverway Clubhouse for yourself, because the decision on where to have your wedding is likely to be one of the most important you’ll make… perhaps second only to the dress.

To help you make this dream day a reality, the Riverway Clubhouse hosts Wedding Open House events throughout the year. Fortunately, the next Open House is coming up soon.

Riverway Wedding Open House in Burnaby

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Riverway Clubhouse (9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby)
Admission: Open Houses are complimentary, though reservations are required. RSVP and receive more information here » or email food(at)burnaby.ca

Your Seamless and Special Wedding

While your wedding day is one of the biggest and most special moments of your life, it shouldn’t be one of the most stressful. The expert and professional staff at the Riverway understands this all too well. Here, you’ll find friendly and helpful staff to answer all of your questions – as well as various professional services included with every booked wedding.

Along with your very own Riverway wedding expert, each wedding at the Riverway features some key amenities and services as part of the booking…because one of the happiest moments of your life should also be one of the most worry-free.

Among other features, your Riverway wedding includes a menu tasting for two, audiovisual equipment, ceremony rehearsal space, full standard set up and take down of your reception, as well as service staff and a bartender – among other amenities and services.

Expert Culinary Team

At the Riverway Clubhouse, the spectacular setting and experienced staff are matched only by the expert cuisine prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Jason Mok and his talented culinary team.

“We know that food is an integral part of any wedding,” explains Chef Mok. “That’s why every dish is carefully crafted and thoughtfully prepared, because food is part of the shared experience – and so important to everyone’s enjoyment on this very special day.”

Visit the Open House to learn more about the Riverway Clubhouse and other unique City of Burnaby venues. RSVP here » or email food(at)burnaby.ca.

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This post is sponsored by Riverway Clubhouse

5 Christmas Events and Activities in Abbotsford


Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 — 5:41pm PST
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The Fraser Valley is gearing up for a fun and festive holiday season and Abbotsford is leading the charge with a tree lighting festival this weekend followed by events, activities, and plenty of opportunities to pick up gifts. Here are 5 Christmas events and activities in Abbotsford to add to your calendar:

10th West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace

Where: TRADEX (1190 Cornell St)
When: November 17-19, 2017
Details: Enjoy the Festival of Trees, shop artisan holiday gifts, view a model train display, enter an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, browse a wide variety of seasonal home décor and poinsettia baskets, attend a carving workshop, have Breakfast with Santa, visit Santa’s Workshop and Elf Activity Area, listen to the sounds of the holidays with live music, and savour culinary and wine presentations. Read more »

5th Annual Highstreet Holiday Show and Tree Lighting

Where: Highstreet Shopping Centre (3122 Mount Lehman Road)
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00pm
Details: The Fraser Valley’s biggest and brightest holiday show! Highlights include the lighting of a dazzling 65 foot Christmas tree, one of the tallest in Canada, along with Santa’s arrival to Highstreet. Other crowd favourites include Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy the dancing elf, a 40-piece marching band, festive dancers, and to top it all off – a magical snowfall. Highstreet’s 30-minute live show includes a multi-media light display utilizing 6,000 tri-color LED bulbs set to seasonal musical favourites. Free live shows every Saturday at 5:00pm until December 16th. Read more »

28th Winter Jubilee in Historic Downtown

Where: Essendene & Montrose Avenues
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Abbotsford sees its second Christmas tree lighting at Winter Jubilee. Highlights include the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, children’s activities, photos with Santa, an artisan marketplace, carollers, food trucks, pony rides, and a fireworks display. Read more »

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage Fireside Twinkling Lights

Where: 4557 Mount Lehman Road
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Open all season long, the special Fireside Twinkling Lights event will have samples of hot spiced apple juice in the shop and a chance to see all of the beautiful things in the store – one lucky person will get their name drawn to win a $50 gift certificate to spend in the store. Read more »

Abbotsford Farm & Country Market

Where: Montrose Avenue at George Ferguson Way
When: Saturdays until December 16th from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Shop for fresh local produce; international award-winning jams; and a wide range of food products that are not available in stores. The market also has fresh cut flowers, handmade jewellery, handcrafted soaps, and more seasonal offerings. Read more »

Follow Tourism Abbotsford on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and events.

Robson Square Ice Rink Hours 2017-2018


Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 — 12:30pm PST
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The Robson Square ice rink opens for the season on December 1st, providing affordable family fun in Downtown Vancouver throughout the holidays and beyond.

Christmas Skate ⛸❄️ Vancouver, BC

Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.

Robson Square Ice Rink Hours

Sunday to Thursday: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00am to 11:00pm

Skate rental ends 30 minutes prior to close. Helmet included with skate rental. Cash only. Please be advised that warm weather leads to warm ice! Robson Square Ice Rink may need to close unexpectedly.

Holiday Hours
To be announced…

Ice Rink Closures, Schedule Changes & Events
Watch here for updates or call the Robson Square Hotline (604) 646-3554.

School Program
If you are a grade 4-7 school, you can sign up for free skating with the Robson Square Ice Rinks school program. Robson Square will provide your class with free skate and helmet rentals. The school program runs Monday through Friday with three 1 hour time slots daily. Please contact the rink at (604) 646-3557 or email RSQIceRink(at)pacegroup.com

The The Robson Square ice rink will remain open until February 2018. Tag your photos with #robsonsquare on social media to share the fun. Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street between Robson and Georgia, Howe and Hornby.