Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, December 18th, 2014 — 10:14am PST
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It’s the very last weekend before Christmas and the city is alive with events, activities, and plenty of neighbourhoods showing off their very best light displays. The weekend event list is bigger than usual, packed with fun ways to get the most out of the city this holiday season.

Yaletown Holiday Festival in Vancouver BC Canada
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Last Chance Craft Fair

This post is sponsored by Great Canadian Craft’s Last Chance Craft Fair, on Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, December 21st at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver). Stop by this handmade stocking stuffer extravaganza for all of your last minute shopping needs and see over 150 talented artisans and crafters from all over the Lower Mainland and BC. Face painting, balloon animals, and Buddy The Elf will be on site for the kids. First 25 entrants each day receive a FREE swag bag loaded with goodies. Follow Great Canadian Craft on Facebook and Twitter for more information and get your free tickets online in advance.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, December 19, 2014
The 13th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Vancouver Chamber Choir Presents: Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Musica Intima: A Christmas Story, Downtown
Don Pasquale performed by Venture Opera
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me: Special Edition Food Bank Fundraiser
Chor Leoni Men’s Choir Presents: All is Calm
The Shortest Day Film Festival
12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl Series
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
Carousel Theatre Presents: James and the Giant Peach
Goh Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Pacific Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show
Karaoke Christmas Lights Vancouver Trolley Tours
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
The Cultch: Dylan Thomas Return Journey

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Last Chance Craft Fair
Historic Christmas Programs at Irving House
The Marcus Mosely Chorale at Ryerson United Church
Blim Holiday Market
Lovecoast + Friends Christmas Benefit at the Backstage Lounge
Dundarave Festival of Lights
Skate with Santa at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Skate with Santa, New Westminster
Pacific Theatre: Christmas Presence, Valley
Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
Surrey’s Winter Ice Palace in Cloverdale Opens
The Shortest Day Film Festival
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
Chor Leoni Men’s Choir Presents: All is Calm
Carousel Theatre Presents: James and the Giant Peach
Goh Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Pacific Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show
Karaoke Christmas Lights Vancouver Trolley Tours
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
North Pole, BC at TRADEX in Abbotsford
The Cultch: Dylan Thomas Return Journey

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Last Chance Craft Fair
Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – Cantatas 1, 3, 6
29th Annual Blues for Christmas
Vancouver Chamber Choir Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas
River District Winter Craft Fair
Bill Nye at the Vogue Theatre
Surrey’s Winter Ice Palace in Cloverdale
The Shortest Day Film Festival
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen
Chor Leoni Men’s Choir Presents: All is Calm
Carousel Theatre Presents: James and the Giant Peach
Goh Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Karaoke Christmas Lights Vancouver Trolley Tours
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Arts Club Presents: Mary Poppins
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
North Pole, BC at TRADEX in Abbotsford
The Cultch: Dylan Thomas Return Journey

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