Nestled up in my home office I no longer see the North Shore mountains outside my window as I did yesterday morning. The view has been replaced with plump grey clouds, back-lit by the winter sunshine. Snow has been sprinkling down ever-so-lightly this morning as is evidenced by the slippery white tracks that have stuck to the quiet West End street outside my door. With only 13 more sleeps until Christmas the City is at that midway point — bustling with holiday shoppers yet muffled as many stay indoors to evade the nose-tingling cold.
If you are planning on heading out over the next week or so, this week’s Link Fest has some ways to pass the time which are fun, for a good cause, or an inexpensive way to share some holiday joy with your family.
Head over to the Sutton Place Hotel between now and December 31st to view their Home for the Holidays Christmas tree gallery & support Canuck Place.
Canuck Place Childrens Hospice also has a Precious Gifts campaign on their website this season.
Breakfast with Santa happens again tomorrow at Canada Place but it’s completely sold out. Proceeds from this event support the Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children program.
The sails at Canada Place are lit up every morning and every evening in a holiday light show until the end of the year. If you are able to snap some photos, please feel free to add them to the Miss604 Flickr Pool and I’ll showcase them on my site.
Operation Red Nose is in full swing this season. Plan ahead for a safe trip home from your holiday festivities.
The inaugural 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon happens all day tomorrow with Blenz in Yaletown as the event’s home base.
Our friends at BraveNewCode are hosting a holiday food drive. Since they are located in Chilliwack, BC and Hamilton, ON they will be splitting the funds raised and purchasing holiday meals in each of their communities.
Megaphone Magazine’s Joyful Voices fundraising drive is on now. “Megaphone gives homeless and low-income people a chance to be heard, whether itâ€™s by being a vendor, writing an article, or having their issues covered in a story.”
The new LilliQ Cafe (1268 Pacific Blvd) hosts the Yaletown Christmas Market happening tomorrow, December 12th and also on the 13th from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
Always an energetic show, you can catch Uzume Taiko tonight and tomorrow at the Roundhouse in Yaletown.
Meet up with Chef Rob Feenie at Cookworks on Broadway as he shares some recipes from the new book, Vancouver Cooks 2.
Enjoy a night of cabaret with A Midwinter Romance, one night only on December 18th.
Consider doing some of your shopping in the West End as local businesses support and join TheWestEnd.ca’s Warming Hearts Campaign.
Bright Nights in Stanley Park are back with light displays, food, and of course the miniature train. This event once again supports the Burn Fund.
There is a Holiday Market tomorrow, December 12th, at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Read more about holiday markets every weekend throughout the seasons at EatLocal.org.
Update: There is an open house over at BOB (Building Opportunities in Business) on December 16th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at 163 East Pender. “Please bring socks or a small donation. Funds will go to BOB’s newly employed for food until their first paycheck.” Hat tip to Lorraine for the heads up about this.
There are also plenty of events for all at local community centres including everything from gingerbread house building and more meet n’ greets with Santa. You can check out full event listings on the City’s community centre websites.
As always, should you have a community event that you would like to promote on Miss604.com, please feel free to contact me.