Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, December 12th, 2013 — 2:39pm PST
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Heading into a shopping frenzy this season don’t forget to pause and take a moment to enjoy the city and all of the festivities and family fun that is being offered. Here’s your weekend list along with a collection of holiday activities:

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, December 13, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Opening Reception: Nothing About Us Without Us
Christmas Angel Gala in Support of Beauty Night Society
Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival Family Day
BAH! HUMBUG! 2013 – A Woodward’s Seasonal Tradition
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Evening Carol Sing at Historic Stewart Farm
Walk for Pandora at Kits Beach
Blim Holiday Market
Whitecaps Clearance Sale at BC Place
Merry Fishmas at River District
DIY Daniel: LEGO Build Day at Museum of Vancouver
Shine, Shop, Dine Trolley Tour in the West End
Bach Choir: The Messiah
West Coast Express Santa Train
Jingle Off Caroling Competition at Capilano Mall
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy (SFM) 2013
Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey
18th Annual Holiday Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre
Breakfast with Santa at West End Community Centre
Breakfast with Santa at Kensington Community Centre
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
4Cats: Winter Family Portrait Night
Got Craft? Holiday Market
Holiday Artisan’s Fair at River Market
Holiday Fun at Wesbrook Village
BAH! HUMBUG! 2013 – A Woodward’s Seasonal Tradition
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Christmas with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir
Vancouver’s Ugliest Christmas Carol Singalong at the Vancouver Christmas Market 11:30am
JRG Annual Charity Fundraiser
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Got Craft? Holiday Market
Holiday Artisan’s Fair at River Market
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Holiday Activities in Vancouver

Light Displays
VanDusen Festival of Lights, St Paul’s Lights of Hope, Festival of Trees at the Four Seasons, Home For The Holidays A Sutton Tree Pageant, Bright Nights in Stanley Park, 12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square, Park & Tilford Holiday Hi-Lite Festival, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Park Board Lights at Elm Grove in English Bay, Lost Lagoon, and George Wainborn Park in Yaletown.


View Christmas Lights in the Lower Mainland, 2013 in a larger map

Family Fun
Ice skating at Robson Square, Winter Waterfront District, North Pole BC at Lynn Valley, Heritage Christmast at Burnaby Village Museum, Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre, Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley.

Live Shows/Performances
It’s Snowing on Salt Spring (until December 28), The Santaland Diaries (until December 21), Mary Poppins (until January 5), Christmas Pantomime Red Riding Hood (December 18 to January 4), Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (December 11-15 & 19-21), Cavalia: Odysseo (until January 2014), Vancouver Theatre Sports Christmas Queen (until December 21), Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto (December 4-21), Christmas Presence at Pacific Theatre (December 11-21), Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (starts December 26), Ballet BC’s Nutcracker (December 28-31), Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker (December 14-15 & 20-22).

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