Holiday Events Preview for Metro Vancouver 2008

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

My Christmas hatchet
Christmas morning 2007

It’s the time of year that makes me excited for brisk walks where you need to cover your nose with your scarf to help it thaw and cozying up with hot chocolate and a blanket on the couch while watching Peter Billingsley shoot his eye out. In local malls, castles with thrones and digital cameras on tripods are being setup and trees are trimmed with lights aglow. Ah, November.

I admit I am getting slightly excited after seeing an ad for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s what I equate to being the start of the holiday season, and that’s probably thanks to Miracle on 34th Street. Here in Vancouver we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in November, nor do we have a Macy’s but we do have other special events that just might get us in the holiday spirit soon enough.

The Burnaby Village Museum present their Christmas Village starting November 22nd, and Bright Nights return to Stanley Park, November 28th.

The Hyack Festival Association in New Westminster is putting on a Christmas parade this year.

The parade starts at 4:00 pm SHARP & travels along Columbia St. between 4th & 8th St., ending up at Hyack Square (Beside the Keg).

When I was little my family would attend the Hyack Parade each spring. I knew to watch for the clowns with shovels following the RCMP horses, when the Shriners would come by on their mini motorcycles, and when the May Queen would cruise by. I’m not sure what the Christmas parade entails but I’m certain it will be as much fun.

In Vancouver, and on the same weekend, there’s the fifth annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade Sunday, December 7th at 1:00pm.

With a longer parade route, there will be great viewing all along the route but especially: On both sides of Georgia Street on the slope between Bute and Broughton, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, or at Robson Square on Howe Street

The new route goes from Broughton at Georgia, then right on Howe until Davie. Parades are always a good time (except for the part when the clowns come out) but make sure to dress appropriately for the weather… and save me a candy cane. More events and holiday fun times will be posted in the coming weeks.

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  1. John BerringerMonday, November 17th, 2008 — 10:01am PST

    Funny you should say that. I saw the Santa set-up at Willowbrook the other day and I thought “Ahhhh….must be November!”

    I could watch that movie everyday; all year. My fave part is when he gets the boot down the slide….”Ho ho ho…..whack!”


  2. breeMonday, November 17th, 2008 — 10:16am PST

    Thanks for the plug for the New Westminster and Burnaby events. We’ve got other things happening around Christmas too – Victorian-era Christmas at Irving House Museum, lots of craft fairs, and there are always Christmas pantos at the local theatres. I haven’t seen which ones they’ll be yet, but I’ll post about them on Tenth to the Fraser when I find out!

    I’ve got a Google event calendar going that has Christmas info for New West, and I’m also including events in Burnaby, Coquitlam and possibly even Surrey or Richmond – anything that would be of interest for New West folks.

  3. Tris HusseyMonday, November 17th, 2008 — 11:17am PST

    Cool on the parade route! There is an awesome patio on the open-air 5th floor of my building. I’ll scout today and maybe we can have a parade watching party up there.

  4. Rogers Santa Claus Parade 2008 » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittSaturday, December 6th, 2008 — 6:50pm PST

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