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Link Fest: Holiday Event Warmup

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 — 8:25am PDT
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Despite the soggy grey blanket of November rain, the City of Vancouver has come alive with events and activities. Making our way past American Thanksgiving and sliding into December, here is this week’s Link Fest of events to check out around town.

Photo credit: sashafatcat on Flickr
  • The West End Community Centre is hosting its Holiday Craft Fair this weekend, November 28th & 29th from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Admission is free.
  • It’s the Steveston Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday November 28th at the Steveston Community Centre.
  • Bright Nights in Stanley Park featuring the holiday train begins November 27th.
  • St Paul’s Hospital downtown is hosting the Women’s Heart Health Forum this Saturday, November 28th. The Forum and Fair are free to the public although space is limited.
  • Stop by The Bay downtown on Saturday to meet up with Canadian Olympic athletes Gaetan Boucher and Kurt Browning. The first 100 people on site will receive a free signed poster from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. It’s an event to celebrate the “birthday” of the Olympic mascots.
  • The next Vancouver 2010 Pulse to the Podium event takes place at the False Creek Community Centre this Sunday, November 29th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm.
  • The Vancouver Opera is hosting a Food Bank Food Drive November 28th until December 5th.
  • On December 1st there will be a tree lighting ceremony at Holland Park in Surrey. The free event, with Mayor Dianne Watts, is for all ages will feature the Olympic mascots, Tim Horton’s hot chocolate, and many activities. They will also be accepting non-perishable food donations for the Surrey Food Bank.
  • The Edmonds Santa Claus Parade happens in Burnaby this Saturday, November 28th at 1:00pm.
  • The Bear Creek Park Christmas Train launches its holiday run December 4th.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge launches its holiday light display, Canyon Lights on December 4th.
  • CBC’s annual Food Bank Day fundraiser is December 4th and they’re also doing an open house for their new downtown broadcast facilities.
  • The biggest holiday light show in BC, Lagerstrom’s Christmas, kicks off December 5th. 15466 91A Ave, Surrey and proceeds go to charity.
  • The New Westminster Hyack Parade of Christmas Light is December 5th along Columbia Street.
  • Last but not least, the DOXA Documentary Film Festival hosts monthly screenings and Thursday November 26th they will be showing Football Under Cover at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas. Tickets are $10 and available online or right here. I have two tickets to give away to this screening so to enter, just leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner by the end of the day today.

    Update: I drew Stv (Steve) as the movie pass winner – congratulations!

    Current contests on


    1. John says:

      Another December event for all the photogs (you don’t have to be a pro) out there:

      December 12th will be 12×12 – the Vancouver Photo Marathon. You’ll have 12 frames of film (yes, film!) to capture 12 different themed images over 12 hours – a new theme will be announced each hour.

      Get all the details and sign up at

    2. Amanda says:

      ohhh would love to go see the doc!

    3. Sarah Shaw says:

      Thanks for keeping all of us informed of the goings-on ๐Ÿ™‚

      Would also love to see the doc!

    4. Mark Watkins says:

      Don’t forget about the VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights, which is on from Dec. 9, 2009 until Jan. 3, 2010. For more details check out:
      I plan on making an entry in my blog about the Vandusen Festival of lights soon, and will also update this activity when I do. These are some great ideas though Rebecca.

    5. Anna Cook says:

      Portabello West is always good for Christmas presents too!

    6. Stv. says:

      Also, the Vancouver Foodbank Fundraiser Tweetup, December 2nd, 5pm, Library Square Public House – bring money to donate to the foodbank!

      (although, I suppose by posting it, it would no longer technically be a “tweetup” in the purest sense).

    7. Richard Loat says:

      Christmas has come up way too fast this year. I can’t believe we’re already hitting December.

    8. Cool, thanks for sharing. I live in Vancouver. ๐Ÿ™‚

    9. Miss Chris says:

      My first Christmas in vancouver and can’t wait for the Bright Nights through Stanley park to become part of my christmas tradition!

    10. Mascots? Did someone say mascots? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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