Yule Duel Participating Choirs 2017

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 — 12:20pm PST
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BC’s largest outdoor carolling competition, Yule Duel, takes to the streets of Gastown on Thursday, December 7, 2017 to fill the neighbourhood with holiday cheer, for a great cause! Wander from show to show, and for a $5 donation to May’s Place Hospice, you can purchase a button and vote for the choir you enjoy the most.

Where: Water Street in Gastown
When: Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Yule Duel Participating Choirs

Higher Ground Women’s Ensemble
Vancouver Pops
Real Treble Makers
Langara Student Choir
Collingwood Warblers
Vancouver Gaelic Choir
50% In French, SVP
Los Parranderos de Vancouver
Notre Dame Platinum Girls
Lakehouse Community Choir
Notre Dame Iron Men
Zing! Children’s Choir
UBC Med Choir
Mulgrave Chamber Choir
LCC Ambassadors
Sweet Scarlet
KPMG Caroling Crew
150 Water St (East of EasyPark)
141 Water St – Kit & Ace
139 Water St – Imperial Furs
Vancouver Film School (In front of windows)
131 Water St – The Courtyard
Vancouver Film School (left of Choir 4)
131 Water St – Smart Mouth Cafe
110 Water St – Volunteer HQ
111 Water St – Aveda Institute
Abbott & Water St intersection
97 Water St – Inform Interiors
66 Water St – Rain Ultra Club
65 Water St – Fluevog Shoes
50 Water St – Inform Interiors
38 Water St – M0851
47 Water St – Filson
18 Water St – COS
21 Water St – The Packing House
12 Water St – Coee Bar
2 Water St – Peckinpah
203 Carrall St – 6 Acres (next to Gassy Jack)

Form 6:00pm to 7:15pm the street carolling battle takes place. The Carnival Band will lead everyone to the main stage afterward for the finale and duel. The most creative, best vocal performance, people’s choice, and top fundraisers will be awarded.

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Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Yuel Duel for the second year.

Free Christmas Activities in Metro Vancouver 2017

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 — 10:09am PST
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It’s tough to save money during the holidays while going to gatherings of friends and family, hosting dinners, and exchanging gifts. However, I know of several activities that will get you in the holiday spirit without sliding you into debt. Here is my third annual list of Free Christmas Activities in Metro Vancouver*:

Free Christmas Activities in Metro Vancouver

Free Christmas Activities in Vancouver

Free Christmas Activities in Burnaby & New Westminster

Free Christmas Activities in Langley & Fort Langley

  • Holiday Chaos. Free family fun at the Times Community Centre on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm with bouncy Castles, slides, obstacle course, holiday-themed crafts, games and more.
  • Caroling in McBurney Plaza December 9, December 15, and December 23 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at McBurney Plaza. Sing-along with carolers while enjoying hot chocolate in the plaza.
  • A Fort Langley Christmas December 22-23, 27-30, 2017 with complimentary admission for Canada 150. Hear Kwantlen stories, taste a chestnut roasted over the fire, and make a beautiful cedar ornament. Take a guided tour or enjoy the daily feature at noon. Admire the giant outdoor Christmas tree and take family photos at various scenic spots on site.

Free Christmas Activities in Surrey & White Rock

  • Pioneer Christmas at Historic Stewart Farm, December 9, 2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Enter the world of an old-fashioned Christmas at the Historic Stewart Farm.
  • Winter Fest at Guildford Recreation Centre on Saturday, December 16,
    2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The event is aimed at children ages 6 to 12, but everyone is welcome to enjoy cookie decorating, holiday crafts, games, treats, sports challenges, a photo station and more.
  • Friends of the White Rock Library Christmas Open House on December 9, 2017 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Join the Friends of the Library for Christmas music with Gary Cyr and members of the South Surrey/White Rock Ukulele Circle. Come early for refreshments and to enter for door prizes.

Free Christmas Activities in the Tri-Cities

  • Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam until January 21, 2018. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, 10 themed zones, plus activities with the ParkSpark team (like Jingle Bells December 22nd) more.
  • Rae Street Christmas Lights at 3313 Rae Street, Port Coquitlam until January 5, 2018. Sundays to Thursdays 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Fridays to Saturdays 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
  • Dangville, the Christmas Village at 2638 Brewster Drive, Coquitlam open December 10 to 23 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Free admission, accepting donations for the CKNW Orphans Fund.
  • Free Family Movie Night at Evergreen Cultural Centre on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00pm.
  • Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair on December 9, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Port Moody Civic Centre. There is no fee for entry, but donations to the Share Family and Community Services Society are appreciated.
  • PoCo Heritage Tree Festival until December 31, 2017. Vote for your favourite tree and support PoCo Heritage.
  • CP Holiday Train. After crossing the country and visiting 170 communities, the CP Holiday Train will will roll up into the Fraser Valley on December 16th for a show stop in Agassiz, then head over to Haney-Maple Ridge for another, and will end the night in Pitt Meadows. The train will roll on December 17th with the two final stops and performances in Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. Light displays and shows (Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Band) are free. Donations for the local food bank are suggested.

Free Christmas Activities on the North Shore

Free Christmas Activities in Richmond

If you have any other events to add, send them in via my contact form and I’ll include them (free or not) on the December event list. Thank you!

* Please note that there may be costs associated with extra activities at these events and attractions, such as food/snacks, admission to other attractions or sites, etc. This post covers information available at the time of publishing and any posted signage or fees at these activities should be observed.

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Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Enter to Win Tickets

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 — 3:16pm PST
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Returning for its 9th holiday season, prestigious local dance organization Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker at The Centre. Since premiering in 2009, the production of this masterpiece has given tens of thousands of audience members the opportunity to be swept away by this world-famous Christmas story.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker 2017

  • Where: The Centre (777 Homer St, Vancouver)
  • When:December 14, 15, 18 and 19 at 7:30pm
    December 16 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
    December 17 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm,
  • Tickets: Available online now

This year’s production features Principal Dancers Jerome Tisserand and Elizabeth Murphy from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, who will perform as the Cavalier Prince and the Sugarplum Fairy, respectively, alongside more than two hundred local and international talents.

The cast will dance to choreography by Emmy award winning dance visionary, AnnaMarie Holmes, as well as musical accompaniment by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, which will be performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker Suite, under the musical direction of Conductor Leslie Dala.

Win Tickets

I’ll never forget my first ballet, when I brought my niece to watch her first as well. It was for Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 2012. Gathering under the marquee with tickets in hand, cheeks rosy red from the cold and coats buttoned to our chins, we entered the theatre with a sense of wonder. By the end of the first act we were both enchanted by the performance.

If you would like to experience this magical holiday show for yourself, I have a pair of tickets to give away to the performance at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Monday, December 11, 2017. Follow Goh Ballet on Twitter and Facebook for information.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 — 2:53pm PST
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Welcome to December in Vancouver! Snow-capped mountains, a break in the rain, frosted windows, and holiday cheer from peaks to shores. Thank you for sharing your late autumn moments through the Miss604 Flickr Group and #Photos604 on Instagram this week:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Terrace

Monday, December 4th, 2017 — 4:18pm PST
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The SnowSeekers team has once again headed to Terrace, Quesnel, Wells, Barkerville, and Smithers to explore and report on some of the amazing conditions, terrain and experiences in Northern BC. This season, follow the second annual #SkiNorthBC on social media and through this story series.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Terrace

Contributed by Abby Cooper. Photos by Andrew Strain.

40 feet of snow fall a year, yes friends, this is the average for Shames Mountain, My Mountain Co-op. Shames is located just west of Terrace BC and is truly a Mecca for skiers and snowboarders. This community run ski resort is known as one the snowiest places in North America. With hopes of experiencing our deepest day on the slopes yet and the lure of the epic terrain lingering both in the resort boundaries and beyond, we had to see for ourselves.

Get all the 48 Hours in Terrace tips by reading this SnowSeekers story »

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