Holiday Events in the Tri-Cities

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The following was contributed by Jon Strocel of

With the days getting shorter and the lights going up, we in the Tri-Cities are busy enjoying the holiday season. If you’re ever out in our neck of the Inlet, there are a bunch of cool events happening in the next week or so to get you in the holiday spirit faster than “1 part Eggnog, 3 parts Rum.”

What: Tree of Memories
When: Thursday, December 2 – Friday, January 7, Daylight to Dusk
Where: Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery [map]
The scoop: A quiet opportunity for people to celebrate memories during the holiday season. Visitors can bring an ornament and place it on the tree in honour of their loved ones.
More info: 604.927.6020


What: Breakfast with Santa
When: Saturday, December 11 from 9:00-11:00am
Where: Wilson Centre [map]
The scoop: Breakfast with the jolly old elf himself! Join us for entertainment, crafts, face painting, and a sing-along. Tickets are $7 per person (0-3 years free).
More info: 604.927.7970

What: Tiny Tots: Holiday Hooray!
When: Saturday, December 11 at 10:00 and 11:30am
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The scoop: Let Your Music Shine – With Lisa and Linda! Move along with famous pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and sing along with frosty favourites. In this celebration of the sounds of the season, join the March of the Toys, do the Skaters’ Waltz, and play imaginary drums to the 1812 Overture.
More info: 604.468.9403

What: An Afternoon of Music and Cookie Decorating
When: Saturday, December 11 from 12:00-4:00pm
Where: Mackin House Museum [map]
The scoop: Enjoy a Heritage Christmas with carolers and festive music. Saxophonist, Marlon Paulus, plays at 1pm; The Glen Pine Singers entertain at 2pm and the Lindbjerg Academy performs at 3pm. The Museum will be decorated as it would have been in 1909. We will be icing cookies in our heritage kitchen.
More info: 604.516.6151

What: Holiday Under the Sea
When: Saturday, December 11 from 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre [map]
The scoop: Join our staff in a bubbly holiday adventure. Santa might even make an early underwater appearance! Lots of great games to celebrate the holidays – come out and join the fun. Happy Holidays from all the aquatic staff at Hyde Creek!
More info: 604.927.7946 or [email protected]

What: The Bells of Christmas
When: Saturday, December 11 at 8:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The scoop: Ring in the Christmas Season with the Bells of PSWE. Ukrainian Bell Carol, Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Ian McDougal’s Bells will have the sounds of the season ringing in your ears!
More info: 604.927.6555


What: Holiday Tea
When: Sunday, December 12 and 19 from 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum [map]
The scoop: This December bring your family for some old fashioned holiday fun at the Port Moody Station Museum. They’ll be serving tea and hot cocoa on our 1920s train car. Enjoy watching the festive holiday lights on the station or listening to classic holiday music while cozying up to a hot drink and sweet treat. $5 per person, no reservations required.
More info: 604.939.1648

What: A Ceremony of Carols
When: Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 and 7:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The scoop: Two shimmering concerts featuring Christmas songs new and old. The afternoon show offers a chance to celebrate the season with the glorious sound of children’s voices. The evening show features glorious traditional and contemporary holiday choral music. Presented by Coastal Sound Music Academy.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: A Retro Christmas
When: Sunday, December 12 at 6:00pm
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The scoop: Broadway Bound Performing Arts studio is a unique studio with the sole purpose of training youth in all aspects of musical theatre and dance. Join us for an old fashioned variety show the whole family will enjoy!
More info: 604.468.9403

What: Really Big Christmas Show
When: Sunday, December 12 at 8:00pm
Where: Inlet Theatre [map]
The scoop: Come out for a night of music, fun and family, all in benefit of the SPCA. Featuring artists from past and present Very Vancouver Christmas albums, including: Danny Echo, Cupla, Pam Carr, Sillken, Gillian Hobbs, The Light Machines, Michelle Richard, Laura Biagini, Matt Stanley & The Decoys, Debbie Bergeron, Treebeard, Sheldon Witt, Ranj Singh & The Discriminators, with Kent McAlister, our MC and all around nice guy!
More info: 604.294.3007

What: Glen Pine Christmas Luncheon
When: Tuesday, December 14 from 12:00-2:30pm
Where: Glen Pine Pavilion [map]
The scoop: Celebrate early with a traditional turkey meal followed by dessert and entertainment at the Glen Pine Pavilion Great Room. Yuletide entertainment provided by the Glen Pine Singers and special guest.
More info: [email protected]

What: Corbin: My Last Song For You
When: Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18, 7:30pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The scoop: An evening of song and holiday inspiration with Corbin Vanderzalm. Presented by Theatrix Youth Theatre.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Arrives in Port Moody
When: Friday, December 17, around 9:15pm
Where: Queen Street and Clark Avenue, Downtown Port Moody [map]
The scoop: The Holiday Train visits 140 communities across Canada and the US, finally ending up in Port Moody. Bring a non-perishable food item and check out the brightly lit train.
More info: Check out the Holiday Train Website

I’ll leave you with the strangely awesome promo video for the Holiday Train. Happy Holidays from all of us at

This post was written by Jon Strocel, who contributes to along with his wife, Amber. Their blog highlights news and events in and around Port Moody and the Tri-Cities. Jon tweets snarky things at @jstrocel. You can also catch up with Amber’s musings on life and parenting at

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