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Black Friday Weekend at Metropolis at Metrotown

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 — 9:44am PST
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Get a jumpstart to your holiday shopping with great deals at the 5th annual Black Friday Weekend at Metropolis at Metrotown. Starting bright and early on Friday, November 25th and lasting throughout the weekend, shopping will be able to find amazing deals and promotions from over a hundred participating retailers.

Black Friday Weekend at Metropolis at Metrotown

Where: Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
When: Friday, November 24, 2017 8:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday, November 25, 2017 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, November 26, 2017 11:00am to 7:00pm

Door Crasher Specials

Bargain hunters won’t need to go far to get the best deals this holiday season, with a number of retailers offering early bird door crasher specials from 8:00am to 10:00am on Friday. Mall access will be available through the entrance closest to Customer Service Ground Level, near NYX Professional Makeup, which will open at 6:45am. All other mall entrances will open at 7:00am that day.

Check out the list of participating retailers here. It will be updated frequently leading up to Black Friday Weekend.

Enter to Win

To make sure you get the most out of your Black Friday shopping, Metropolis at Metrotown is awarding one lucky Miss604 reader a $200 gift card! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Follow Metropolis at Metrotown on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about their shops, services, and special events.

Promotions valid for Black Friday Weekend (November 24-26) unless otherwise specified. All deals and promotions subject to change, see in-store for details. This contest is sponsored by Metropolis at Metrotown.

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The Orpheum’s 90th Anniversary: Win Tickets

Monday, November 13th, 2017 — 3:35pm PST
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The historic Orpheum Theatre is celebrating 90 years in style with a 1927 themed party hosted by Bill Richardson & Maestro Bramwell. Presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres (“VCT”) in partnership with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (“VSO”), guests will experience live entertainment honouring the Orpheum’s beginnings, including a taste of vaudeville from local acts and silent film classics accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer and grand piano.

The Orpheum’s 90th Anniversary

Where: The Orpheum (601 Smithe St, Vancouver)
When: Friday, November 24, 2017 doors at 6:30pm
Tickets: $19.27 (a nod to the theatre’s opening year) and are available online now

Masters of Ceremonies, author and former CBC radio host Bill Richardson and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Maestro Bramwell Tovey, will paint a picture of the Orpheum’s history, and set the stage for guests to party like it’s 1927.

1929 – VPL Accession Number: 11035. Photographer: Leonard Frank.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Walk the red carpet in your 1920s attire.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
A tribute to the Orpheum’s silent film and vaudeville days.

  • Disney’s 1928 silent animated film, Steamboat Willie accompanied by the Michael Dirk on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ
  • Vaudevillian performances including tap dance, circus, and an excerpt for the musical Ragtime, all presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres 2017 Underutilized Spaces grant recipients
  • Buster Keaton’s classic silent film, The Blacksmith, accompanied by Maestro Bramwell Tovey on the piano

8:30pm to 10:00pm
Three cheers for the end of prohibition! Have a slice of birthday cake, imbibe in 1920s inspired provisions, practice the Charleston to our live brass band, and head over to our photo booth to capture the moment.

Practice the Charleston to a live brass band, and head to the photo booth to capture the moment. Attendees are encouraged to dress-up for a 1920s red carpet entry; prizes awarded for best costumes. Party with friends, or make it a date night to remember!

Win Tickets

I have two pairs of tickets for the celebration to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, November 20, 2017.

Follow Vancouver Civic Theatres on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more information.

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Monday, November 13th, 2017 — 9:05am PST
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Celebrating 20 years, the Bright Night Christmas Train in Stanley Park is a highlight of the holiday season in my eyes. Not only does everyone get to share in the the magic of Stanley Park, but under millions of sparkling lights this event raises funds for such a worthy cause.

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Dates Matinee train Night train
November 30 – December 14  Friday to Sunday 
10:00am – 2:30pm

Monday to Sunday
3:00pm – 10:00pm

December 15 – 24 Daily
10:00am – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 25 Closed  Closed
December 26  10:00am – 2:30pm  3:00pm – 11:00pm
December 27 – January 1 Daily
10:00am – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 10:00pm
January 2 – 6
(train only, no live actors)
Closed  Daily
4:00pm – 9:00pm


Admission to the train plaza is by donation ($4 suggested). Enjoy three million twinkling lights, displays, live performers, and get photos with Santa. Purchase snacks, hot and cold drinks, and light meals at the Railway Café concession stand. Or buy hot buttered popcorn at the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s Cob House in the plaza.

The matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays. Note: There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

Train Tickets

You must buy a ticket to ride the train. Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Your ticket is valid for one Bright Nights ride during the time slot shown on the ticket. Buy online or phone 604-252-3700 with TicketLeader online. Ticket sales start at 10:00am (12:00pm when there no matinee trains).

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow parking lots. All parking is free. Overflow lots include the Info Booth, Yacht Club, Totem Poles, Brockton Point, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots.

Bright Nights Charity Partners

Proceeds support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and a suggested $4 donation for the Burn Fund (upon admission).


  1. Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks.
  2. Purchase your ticket online in advance, it’s going to be busy!
  3. Follow Bright Nights in Stanley Park on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade Presented by TELUS

Monday, November 13th, 2017 — 8:54am PST
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TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, the largest Christmas parade celebrated in Western Canada, on the first Sunday in December. Join in the free, family-friendly fun with live entertainment and activities, along with supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:00pm
Parade Route: At 12:00pm, the parade will begin at W Georgia St and Broughton, travel east along W Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie.

This year’s Vancouver Santa Claus Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators.

A very special part of the TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade is celebrating the “Spirit of Giving.” Each year, on parade day, volunteers collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can purchase $3 worth of food!

The parade also has a new partnership with the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. If just 200 people donate $10 each, the CKNW Orphans’ Fund can send a child with special needs to speech therapy, tutoring, or even ensure they have custom hearing aids.

More Activities and Fun

Breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (9:00am to 10:30am)
A delicious breakfast buffet and exclusive meet & greet with Santa before the TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade. $35 per adult, $15 per child. Full pre-payment at time of booking, inclusive of taxes & gratuity. Reservations 604-647-0517.

Christmas Square (10:00am to 12:00pm)
Parade spectators are encouraged to arrive early for pre-parade fun. The free festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with two hours of family entertainment at the Christmas Square the North side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Christmas Square includes a Food Bank drop off, face painting, Letters to Santa station, and an entertainment stage featuring Live music by LeftCoast.

TELUS Photos with Santa (2:00pm to 4:00pm)
Free photos with Santa after the parade at TELUS Garden (510 W Georgia St)

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade presented by TELUS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram along with the tag #TELUSSantaClausParade.

Kris Kringle Craft Market in Nanaimo: Win Tickets

Sunday, November 12th, 2017 — 9:09am PST
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Did you know that Santa spends late fall over in Nanaimo? Last year I got to hang out with the jolly old elf himself when I was researching the Kris Kringle Craft Market, and this year I’m giving away some passes to this fun family event.

Kris Kringle Craft Market

Where: Beban Park Social Centre (2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo)
When: Thursday, November 16 – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Tickets: Daily pass ($10), 4 day pass ($15), Kringle Kiss 2 for 1 evening tickets on Thursday and Friday

In Nanaimo, the Christmas holidays begin with the Kris Kringle Craft Market. Experience the timeless wonder of Christmas pasts in this warm, charmed old world setting with the Kringle Family and special guest entertainers at Beban Park Social Centre. Meet Kris & Karole Kringle and their daughters Princess Kringle, Krystal Princess and yes the many merry making Elves too.

With 4 days to explore Kringland there are over 150 professional artisans showcasing their unique wares. You can choose jewelry to flatter any neckline, scarves and handbags to match the latest clothing style. The pottery pieces that are oven proof dishes can be filled with savoury & sweet delights created from Artisans foods and served on new Christmas table cloths. Shop unique gifts for kids like the wooden toys, woollen mittens and jackets made from repurposed materials.

Come early at openings as you will be entertained with free cake and coffee. Enjoy live entertainment, horse carriage rides, and hot chocolate. Come daily with your 4 day pass and each day get a new ticket to enter into hundreds of hourly door prizes and daily grand prizes too including a trip for 2 anywhere WestJet flies!

Win Tickets

I have a 4-pack of one day passes to give away, if you make your way over to Nanaimo or if you’re a local, it the Kris Kringle Craft Market is a fantastic holiday shopping & entertainment destination. Here’s how you can enter to win:

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Follow the Kris Kringle Craft Market on Facebook for more info.

Update The winner is Becky!