Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, November 30th, 2017 — 3:04pm PST
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December is here, bringing with it plenty of holiday cheer! Free activities, local attractions, family events, shows, and so much more. Browse the giant list of Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend below, and read through the new December Event List for Metro Vancouver. Have fun!

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, December 1, 2017
CBC Open House and Food Bank Day
Beatginnings 1 Year Anni
Festa! An Evening of Portuguese Comedy + Culture
ECBC Christmas Musical 2017
Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Champlain Heights Community Centre: Community Holiday Kick Off
Opening Day: Robson Square Ice Rink
Shane Koyczan @ The Vogue Theatre
Rejoice! European Carols & Readings
City Soul Choir: Take Down These Walls
Downtown Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting
Early Music Vancouver Presents Handel’s Messiah
GLOW Christmas at Milner Village Garden Centre
Winter’s Dance on Robson Street
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Sponsored by Miss604: Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
Sponsored by Miss604: VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Christmas at Canada Place
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Theatre This Season
The Arts Club Presents: Onegin
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves
Pacific Theatre: Almost, Maine

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December Events in Metro Vancouver 2017


Thursday, November 30th, 2017 — 2:37pm PST
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The holiday season is here and so are hundreds of events, shows, and attractions that provide entertainment and fun for the whole family this December. Miss604 is proud to partner with the following holiday events and attractions:
Lights at Lafarge
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights
and the Yule Duel choir carolling competition on December 7th in Gastown

The full list of yuletide fun is below. If you have any events to add, feel free to send them in for a free listing.

December Events in Metro Vancouver 2017

December Events in Metro Vancouver 2017

Jump to: Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
Jump to: Monday, December 4 to Sunday, December 10, 2017
Jump to: Monday, December 11 to Sunday, December 18, 2017
Jump to: Monday, December 18 to Sunday, December 24, 2017
Jump to: Monday, December 25 to Thursday, December 31, 2017

Multi-Day Events

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green. This list is updated often so send in your event listing anytime – for free – and check back often to plan your week.

Friday, December 1, 2017
CBC Open House and Food Bank Day
Beatginnings 1 Year Anni
Festa! An Evening of Portuguese Comedy + Culture
ECBC Christmas Musical 2017
Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Champlain Heights Community Centre: Community Holiday Kick Off
Opening Day: Robson Square Ice Rink
Shane Koyczan @ The Vogue Theatre
Rejoice! European Carols & Readings
City Soul Choir: Take Down These Walls
Downtown Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting
Early Music Vancouver Presents Handel’s Messiah
GLOW Christmas at Milner Village Garden Centre
Winter’s Dance on Robson Street
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Sponsored by Miss604: Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
Sponsored by Miss604: VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Christmas at Canada Place
Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Theatre This Season
The Arts Club Presents: Onegin
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves
Pacific Theatre: Almost, Maine

Saturday, December 2, 2017
OWL I want for Christmas, Santa Photos with Owls
Early Music Vancouver Presents Handel’s Messiah
Holiday Favourites at Cineplex Theatres
Kensington 10th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Thornhill Artisan Fair
Gift of Warmth
Wesbrook Holiday Craft Fair
Walnut Road Elementary Holiday Market
Woodwards Atrium Market
Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash
Christmas Craft Market at Denman Mall
City Soul Choir: Take Down These Walls
Kitsilano Winter Market
New West Craft Christmas Night Market
Port Moody Holiday Cheer at the Pier
Light Up the Heights, Burnaby Heights
Dundarave Festival of Lights Christmas Fair
North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar
Abbotsford 28th Winter Jubilee in Historic Downtown
Winter’s Dance on Robson Street
Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Sponsored by Miss604: Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
Sponsored by Miss604: VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights
Ongoing Attractions
Vancouver Christmas Market
GLOW Christmas at Milner Village Garden Centre
Christmas at Canada Place
Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Theatre This Season
Vancouver TheatreSports: Christmas Queen Drag Race
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
The Arts Club Presents: Onegin
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves
Pacific Theatre: Almost, Maine

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Surrey Santa Parade and Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade
Vancouver Santa Claus Parade
North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar
Light Up The Season at Canadian Memorial
Thornhill Artisan Fair
UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival
The Fort Finery Pop-Up in Mount Pleasant
Christmas with the Vancouver Bach Choir
Coquitlam Heritage: Brighten Up!
Cannery Farmers’ Market
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Place Des Arts Holiday Family Day
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Sponsored by Miss604: Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
Sponsored by Miss604: VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights
Ongoing Attractions
Vancouver Christmas Market
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Christmas at Canada Place
Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Theatre This Season
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves

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Cuso CAN Fund: Maternal and Baby Health Projects in Africa


Thursday, November 30th, 2017 — 2:12pm PST
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For BC midwife Jennica Rawstron the moments that stand out most from her recent placement with Cuso International as a volunteer midwife supervisor in Ethiopia include working alongside local midwives, who were helping women through difficult deliveries – often in situations that most Canadian women would never face.

Maternal and Baby Health Projects in Africa

  • 80% of Ethiopian women give birth without a skilled health worker 

  • A woman in Ethiopia is 55x more likely to die during childbirth than a woman in Canada

As a Canadian midwife, Jennica was tasked with training her Ethiopian counterparts at a hospital. While most of the ‘baby-catching’ was done by the local midwives, Jennica did attend several deliveries. In one of those first deliveries, the baby was breech.

“This baby was unresponsive at birth. “It was a difficult delivery. We tried to resuscitate, but it was obvious the baby would die,” Jennica said. “It really had an impact on me because I’ve never had a stillbirth in Canada. Vaginal breech deliveries are not common in Canada because most women in that situation would have a scheduled C-section.”

A week later, it happened again that Jennica was at the hospital for the delivery of another breech baby. This time, when the baby was born, she resuscitated him, and the baby survived. “Ethiopian mothers do not have the opportunity for the same kind of health care that women in Canada have, so there are more of these high-risk births happening.”

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Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots: Enter to win a Wreath


Thursday, November 30th, 2017 — 10:22am PST
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Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots are now open in 5 locations around Metro Vancouver. What sets these lots apart is that they are a major annual fundraiser for Aunt Leah’s Place, with 100% of proceeds going towards housing for vulnerable youth leaving foster care, and young moms and their children.

About Aunt Leah’s

Every year in BC, over 700 youth will turn 19 and “age out” of government care, forcing an abrupt end to their social, emotional, and financial supports. Quickly, these youth must secure food, housing, employment, and develop the life-skills to keep it all together. It’s an exacting standard we ask of no other young adults in our society. As a result, nearly half of these youths will experience homelessness, less than a third will graduate from secondary school, and the majority will rely on income assistance.

Aunt Leah’s Place provides supportive housing for youth transitioning out of foster care and young mothers in need. Their programs target the entry and exit points of the foster care system, with a goal of providing stability, resources and opportunities similar to those provided by mainstream Canadian families.

Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots

Browse the selection of Douglas Firs, Noble Firs, Fraser Fir, Alpine Fir, Alberta Spruce, Grand Fir, Nordman Fir, and Interior Douglas trees available on the lots.

Aunt Leah’s has 17 years of experience in tree sales and four locations:

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lot

Location: St. Stephen’s United Church (7025 Granville St)
Hours: 7 days a week from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Burnaby Christmas Tree Lot

Location: All Saints Anglican Church (7405 Royal Oak, Burnaby)
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Coquitlam Christmas Tree Lot

Location: Eagle Ridge United Church (2813 Glen Drive, Coquitlam)
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00am to 9:00pm

North Vancouver Christmas Tree Lot

Location: Lonsdale Quay (East Plaza) 123 Carrie Cates Court
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00am to 8:00pm

New Westminster Christmas Tree Lot

Location: New Westminster Brewery District (287 Nelson’s Court)
Hours: Thursday to Monday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday closed

You can also purchase trees online for delivery to any city in Metro Vancouver.

Wreath Giveaway

Thanks to Aunt Leah’s I have a wreath to give away to a lucky Miss604 reader. Beautifully handcrafted on Salt Spring Island by a local artisan, this wreath is made of a mix of bows and pines carefully selected to create a high quality wreath that will fill your home with a very pleasant Christmas scent and will last all season long.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Click below to get another entry by posting on Twitter:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The winner will be able to pick up their wreath at the Aunt Leah’s lot that is most convenient for them. Follow Aunt Leah’s on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.

Update The winner is Cynthia!

New History Book Surrey: A City of Stories


Thursday, November 30th, 2017 — 9:20am PST
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Just in time for the holiday rush, a new history book has been released about my hometown, the City of Surrey! Add it to your wish list, shopping list, and even the list you send to the Santa in your life. It’s a history book but not the kind I would have found in my history class at West Whalley Junior High.

Surrey: A City of Stories

Surrey: A City of Stories

They’re calling it a coffee table book and that is the perfect description. Written by award-winning author K. Jane Watt, Surrey: A City of Stories was designed so you could flip to any page, take in an amazing old picture, read a quick story and be transported to a different time.

Boomers and their parents will remember the scenes and sites featured in the book, while Gen-X and Millennials will be amazed by the change. It’s a colourful “then and now” look at the City beaming with nostalgia.

I highly recommend it for that memorable present the whole family will be looking at post-Christmas dinner. You can pick yours up for $25 at virtually any City of Surrey facility or have it shipped for an extra $10 when you purchase online or over the phone.

Every Surrey resident, past or present, should have a copy. You really need to see the book to appreciate it. Here are a few highlights…

Surrey: A City of Stories
Cars parked on the sand at Crescent Beach in 1957.
Surrey: A City of Stories
A May Day celebration at the corner of 64th Avenue and 152nd Street in the 1950s.
Surrey: A City of Stories
Surrey Place Mall which opened in 1972.

Four Convenient Ways to Purchase the Book

  • Order online and have it shipped to your home (plus $10 shipping within BC)
  • Call 604-501-5100 Monday to Friday and have it shipped to your home (plus $10 shipping within BC)
  • In person at Black Bond Books in Semiahmoo Shopping Centre or Central City
  • In person at any of the City of Surrey facilities below:
Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd
Surrey Archives – 17671 56 Ave
Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Ave
Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave
Don Christian Recreation Centre – 6220 – 184 St
Cloverdale Rec Centre – 6188 – 176th St
Cloverdale Arena – 6090 – 176 St
Fleetwood Community Centre – 15996 – 84 Ave
Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre- 13458 107A Ave
Bridgeview Community Centre – 11475 – 126A St
Guildford Recreation Centre – 15105 – 105 Ave
Fraser Heights – 10588 – 160 St
Newton Recreation Centre – 13730 – 72 Ave
Newton Seniors Centre – 13775 – 70 Ave
Newton Arena – 7120 – 136B St
Grandview Heights Aquatic – 16855 – 24 Ave
South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre – 14601 – 20 Ave
Kensington Prairie Rec Centre – 16824 – 32 Ave
South Surrey Arena – 2199 – 148 St
South Surrey Indoor Pool – 14655 – 17 Ave

Purchase online today or pick one up in person at one of these locations. Follow Heritage Surrey BC on Facebook for more information.

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