Holidays are a time to spend with loved ones and what better way than to see a show? Check out this list of shows on stage in Vancouver this Christmas:
On Stage in Vancouver This Christmas
Carousel Theatre for Young People
Peter Pan Date: November 20th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020 Location: The Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver) Details: Pirates. Lost Boys. A ticking crocodile. And a child who never wants to grow up. With live folk music, this imaginative adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story – Peter Pan – is a rollicking good time- with no wires, a pinch of magic, and bursting with playful exuberance.
A Christmas Carol Date: November 29th, 2019 to December 21st, 2019 Location: Pacific Theatre (1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver) Details: It’s Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Scrooge is drifting off to sleep… but he cannot imagine what the night has in store for him. Told with humour and Dickens’ own transcendent prose, Ron Reed embodies Scrooge and forty-three other characters in the greatest Christmas story ever written, A Christmas Carol. Can a life ill-spent be redeemed?
Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Drive) When: November 22, 2019 to March 29, 2020 Exhibit Opening Reception: November 21, 2019 at 7:00pm
Showcasing a group of 11 highly celebrated BC-based artists, this premiere exhibition of ceramic works expresses strong opinions on urgent social issues and offers subtle perspectives on the state of our contemporary world. While at first glance these works may appear very approachable through a lens of nostalgia, beauty, or humour, upon closer inspection they reveal much deeper commentaries on social injustice, racism, identity, and censorship. This powerful exhibition invites visitors to explore the many layers of understanding each of these provocative works embody, boldly demonstrating clay’s myriad discursive possibilities.
Playing with Fire features the work of 11 internationally recognized BC-based artists — Judy Chartrand, Ying-Yueh Chuang, Gathie Falk, Jeremy Hatch, Ian Johnston, David Lambert, Glenn Lewis, Alywn O’Brien, Bill Rennie, Debra Sloan, and Brendan Tang — who are all acclaimed for their fearless innovation in ceramic work. Working in clay, the most accessible of mediums, and drawing inspiration from pop culture, art history, humour, beauty, hope, and nature, these artists bring fresh, playful, and challenging perspectives of the art form. Visitors will be encouraged to discover new meanings and uncover complexities hidden, often in plain sight, within the works.
For this exhibition, more than 35 ceramic installations will be on display — some of which are epic in scale, including Johnston’s The Antechamber (2010–2012), in which a 25-foot-long room is covered with a repeating, grid-like motif of ceramic elements, created through a vacuum-forming process. The result of these overlapping elements, hanging like roof tiles, evokes the massive scale of consumption of manufactured goods today.
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I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner who will be able to visit the MOA for Playing with Fire. Here’s how you can enter to win:
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The winner will be able to attend on the date of their choosing between November 22, 2019 and March 29, 2020.
What do you get when you combine trucks, Christmas lights and festive activities on a Sunday night whilst giving back to the community? It’s Big Rigs for Kids and the Surrey Santa Parade! On Sunday, December 1st, get ready to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends by watching a parade of lighted trucks roll through Downtown Surrey.
Big Rigs for Kids and the Surrey Santa Parade
When: Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 3:30pm to 8:00pm Where: Starting in Cloverdale and riding to Civic Plaza (13450 104 Ave, Surrey) Admission: Free!
The trucks start in Cloverdale as part of the Surrey Santa Parade at 5:00pm and will arrive in Downtown Surrey at around 6:30pm.
The trucks will then be parked on University Drive in front of the City Centre Library till 8:00pm. At Civic Plaza, the fun begins long before that (at 3:30pm), and guests are encouraged to come early for fun activities and live entertainment.
This event is held in support of the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau, both of which will be present on site to collect food, toys, and monetary donations from all the generous people in the Downtown Surrey community.
The Surrey Food Bank helps feed more than 14,000 people per month, but they cannot do it without the community’s support. If you are not sure what to bring to support The Surrey Food Bank, please check their online list for highly needed items.
The Surrey Christmas Bureau is a charitable non-profit that operates solely with the mission to provide low income families with toys, stocking stuffers, and more to create a memorable holiday. All proceeds from Big Rigs for Kids are split between the two charities, so please come out and donate on December 1.
Follow the Downtown Surrey BIA on Facebook and Twitter for more information about this event.
Take a step back in time as you stroll through the history and charm of Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum this season. There’s plenty of festive yuletide fun with free admission to this iconic local attraction.
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Admission: FREE! Carousel rides are $2.65
Address: 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: November 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020
November 23 to December 13, 2019 Monday to Friday, 1:00pm to 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1:00pm to 9:00pm.
December 2, 1:00pm to 4:30pm. December 14, 2019 to January 3, 2020 Daily 1:00pm to 9:00pm, closed December 24 & 25.
Wander the Village and take in all the seasonal entertainment, demonstrations and activities. Heritage Christmas features a huge variety of events throughout the holiday season, including:
The 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Children’s Christmas Craft
Carollers, live music, theatre performances and more!
Drop by between December 13 to 23, 2019 and help our community. With every picture taken at Heritage Christmas posted with the Hashtag #ConcordSleigh, Concord Pacific will donate $5 to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau and participants will have a chance to enter the draw to win a $500 Metrotown gift card.
Bright in Burnaby
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm Official launch ceremonies include a tree lighting and light refreshments at 6:00pm. Proceeds from all carousel rides tickets ($2.65) purchased between 5:00pm to 9:00pm will be donated to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Concord Pacific has generously committed to doubling the donations by matching the total sales of carousel tickets.
Come and get your picture taken with Santa and his owl helper when you visit The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (“OWL”) on December 7th. At OWL I Want for Christmas you can take a tour around The Wildlife Museum and visit raptors up close!
OWL I Want For Christmas
When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm Where: OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (3800 72 St, Delta) Tickets: Entrance by donation. Digital photos are $10. RSVP on Facebook here to get updates »
Enjoy hot beverages and treats, find amazing and unique holiday gifts in the gift shop and visit the owls up close. All proceeds go to the care of injured and orphaned raptors.
The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit organization whose staff and volunteers are dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned raptors. Found an injured raptor? Call them immediately at (604) 946-3171 available 24 hours a day for emergencies.
There’s nothing like live music during the holidays and on stage at the Massey Theatre you can hear some of your very favourite tunes at The Canadian Superstars Christmas! This will be a spectacular evening celebrating the music of two of Canada’s biggest Superstars, Celine Dion and Michael Bublé.
This incredible live production show features two dynamic vocalists, full band and dancers. Starring Adam Lucas as Michael Bublé and powerhouse vocalist Tiffany Desrosiers as Celine Dion. The show will take you on a journey through all of your favourite Celine Dion and Michael Bublé hits, including “My Heart Will Go On”, “The Power Of Love”, “I’m Alive”, “Home”, “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet”, “Feeling Good” and so many more! This all-ages, interactive performance is sure to make you laugh, sing, dance and perhaps even shed a tear.
Adam and Tiffany have performed in theatres, casino showrooms, festivals and galas throughout North America. Follow the MoonCoin Productions on Facebook and Twitter for more info about this show.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to this Canadian Superstars performance on December 7th. Here’s how you can enter to win: