Christmas Movies and Music with the VSO

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Mark this holiday season with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and their magical evenings of music and your favourite Christmas movies. 

Christmas Movies and Music with the VSO

On November 19th, the VSO launched the world premiere of the Polar Express in Concert which took guests through an unforgettable journey of composer Alan Silvestri’s Polar Express musical score, performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Lucky attendees had the opportunity to watch this acclaimed Christmas movie on the big screen, while the entire musical score was played live. 

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The VSO orchestrate a fun-filled evening for all with visits from Santa, photo opportunities and a very special appearance from two-time Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award nominee, Alan Silvestri who attended and spoke at the show. You may know Silvestri’s name from a variety of musical scores he has composed for movies including The Avengers, the Back to the Future trilogy and my all-time favourite, Forrest Gump

My two children who are seven and ten were blown away by the performance of the VSO, giddily remarking the entire way through the movie how they couldn’t believe that all the music was live. It was an exciting moment to see them begin to develop an appreciation for the orchestra and all the different instruments contributing to the beautiful musical score. 

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My kids at VSO’s The Polar Express and meeting Alan Silvestri!

The iconic Orpheum Theatre is a stunning backdrop for the immensely talented and world-class performance of the VSO. If you are yet to attend a VSO performance and are looking for the opportunity to expose your family to a night of culture and fun, then check out the VSO’s two performances of Home Alone, playing December 18th and 20th. Hurry, tickets are selling quickly! 

Follow the VSO on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for more information about their performances and special holiday events this season. To view the full Vancouver Symphony Orchestra calendar, click here »

Bad Hats Theatre Presents Peter Pan on Granville Island: Win Tickets

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It’s the beloved story filled with spirit, music, joy, and a pinch of fairy dust! This season Bad Hats Theatre presents Peter Pan on Granville Island. With live folk and jazz music, this exuberant adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale reimagines Peter Pan for the new millennium. 

Peter Pan on Granville Island

Carousel Theatre for Young People has licensed Peter Pan as their 2019/2020 Holiday Production. Under the masterful direction of Deb Williams, a new cast will take on our scrappy adaptation at the Waterfront Theatre.

Bad Hats Theatre - Kaitlyn Yott as Peter Pan. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Kaitlyn Yott as Peter Pan. Photo by Tim Matheson.

When: November 23, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Where: The Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island)
Tickets: Available by phone (604) 685-6217 or online now »

Pirates. Lost Boys. A ticking crocodile — this magical story soars to new heights – without the use of wires. The Toronto production swept the Dora TYA Awards in 2018.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to see this fantastical audience favourite on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:00pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Peter Pan is recommended for ages 4 and older, including adults who never wanted to grow up. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 28, 2019. UPDATE: The winner is Kirsten!

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade 2019

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TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, the largest Christmas parade celebrated in Western Canada, on the first Sunday in December. Join in the free, family-friendly fun with live entertainment and activities, along with supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.

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Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, December 1, 2019 12:00pm
Free! Watch from your favourite corner in Downtown Vancouver
Parade Route: The parade will start at West Georgia and Broughton (at 12:00 pm), travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie.

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This year’s Vancouver Santa Claus Parade will once again feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators.

Breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Where: Pacific Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 West Georgia St)
When: Sunday, December 1st, 2019 8:30am to 10:30am
Pacific Ballroom $59 per adult, $29.50 per child. Reserve online or by calling (604) 647-0517

Bring the family, continue the tradition, and celebrate Christmas at the castle! Join the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a delicious breakfast buffet and exclusive meet and greet with Santa before the parade. Children will have an opportunity to sit with Santa and confide their Christmas wish list, as well as receiving a keepsake photo of their visit, before jolly St. Nick presides over the festive parade at noon. The buffet will include a chef-attended pancake and waffle station, a hot chocolate station, and a decorate-your-own gingerbread cookie station.

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Christmas Square

Join in on the family fun pre-parade festivities at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The Christmas Square includes a Food Bank drop off, face painting, Letters to Santa station, food trucks and more.

TELUS Photos with Santa

Free photos with Santa after the parade at TELUS Garden (510 W Georgia St, Vancouver) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade presented by TELUS on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram along with the tag #TELUSSantaClausParade.

Want to see more of Santa? Later that day he’ll fly over to Surrey for Big Rigs for Kids and the Surrey Santa Parade supporting the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Nov 22-24, 2019

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This weekend Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival on Saturday at City Hall Plaza as well as the Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum which opens for the season on Saturday. These attractions are both free to attend (check out this giant list if you’d like to find more free holiday fun) and there’s also a full lineup of things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, November 22, 2019
Women Against MS Luncheon
Deer Lake Craft Festival
Think Outside the Box, Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction
Vancouver Art Gallery: FUSE – Resonance
36th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair
The History of Burlesque
Aurora Winter Festival
Vancouver Christmas Market
GLOW Christmas Vancouver
Chutzpah! Festival
CapU Presents: Macbeth
Studio58 Presents: ANON(YMOUS)
The Arts Club Presents: The Sound of Music
Vancouver TheatreSports: Merry Kissmas
East Van Panto: Pinocchio
The Cultch Presents: The Father
Firehall Arts Centre: Fado

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Robson Square Ice Rink Hours 2019-2020

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The Robson Square ice rink opens for the season on November 30th, providing affordable family fun in Downtown Vancouver throughout the holidays and beyond.

Robson Square Ice Rink Hours

Robson Square Ice Rink Hours

November 30, 2019 until February 29, 2020
Sunday to Thursday: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00am to 11:00pm

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve (December 24): 9:00am to 9:00pm
Christmas Day (December 25): 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Boxing Day (December 26): 9:00am to 9:00pm
New Year’s Eve (December 31): 9:00am to 11:00pm
New Year’s Day (January 1): 9:00am to 9:00pm

Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available for $5/pair. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Skate rental ends 30 minutes prior to close. Helmet included with skate rental. Cash only. Please be advised that warm weather leads to warm ice! Robson Square Ice Rink may need to close unexpectedly.

Ice Rink Closures, Schedule Changes & Events
Watch here for updates or call the Robson Square Hotline (604) 646-3554.

Giving Tuesday – Presented by Nordstrom

Get your skates on-and join us on Giving Tuesday for a skating party hosted by Nordstrom. On December 3, 2019, the cost of all skate rentals will be donated to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. It’s an easy way for you to help us help kids in our community, and open up new possibilities in children’s health care for kids and families from across the province. Plus, there will be awesome holiday entertainment, delicious treats and photos with Santa.

Entertainment Lineup for the 12 Days of Christmas

Friday, December 13, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm The Agency
Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:30pm to 4:15pm Karla Sax
6:00pm to 9:00pm Karla Sax
Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00pm to 1:00pm Vancouver Tuba Christmas
2:30pm to 4:15pm Barron S
6:00pm to 9:00pm Tom Arntzen/Hot Mamas
Monday, December 16, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm PK3 Jazz Trio
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm Malcolm Aiken Quartet
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm Rumba Calzada
Thursday, December 19, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm Caviar & Lace
Friday, December 20, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm LeftCoast
Saturday, December 21, 2019 2:30pm to 4:15pm Showstoppers
6:00pm to 9:00pm Warren Dean Flandez Band
Sunday, December 22, 2019 2:30pm to 4:15pm DJ El Nino
6:00pm to 9:00pm DJ El Nino
Monday, December 23, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm Phat Santa Swings
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm Santa’s Brass
Tuesday, Deceember 31, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm The Phonix Band

The The Robson Square ice rink will remain open until February 2020. Tag your photos with #robsonsquare on social media to share the fun. Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street between Robson and Georgia, Howe and Hornby.

Holiday Theatre, What’s on Stage in Vancouver This Christmas

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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: Kaitlyn Yott as Peter Pan. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Carousel Theatre for Young People: Kaitlyn Yott as Peter Pan. Photo by Tim Matheson.

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.

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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?

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