What: See Yaletown’s heritage district transform into a winter wonderland complete with visits from Santa, arts and crafts, and tons of sweet treats. Between the ice sculptures, gift market, and Christmas-themed cocktails, we don’t know what we’re most excited for this year.
What: The Vancouver Christmas Market returns for 2016 with a bigger edition of old country tradition at its brand new home at Jack Poole Plaza. Making things merry and bright at the expansive seaside site, visitors are invited to indulge in the authentic German market’s array of mouth-watering delicacies and so much more.
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: From November 26 to December 30; open daily 11 am to 9 pm, closed 6 pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day
What:Vancouver’s Burlesque Marathong is back for a second year, bringing you 25 performances from some of the best and brightest in the burlesque community.The glitzy evening, which will take place this Saturday at the Rio Theatre, will be filmed live so performers can submit their newest acts to upcoming festivals.
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
When: Saturday, November 26, at 8:30 pm
Tickets: At the Rio, $20 in advance, $25 on the door
What: In this workshop, learn a bit about how masculine and feminine energies are understood from a yoga perspective. Half of all proceeds go to the Movember Foundation. Meanwhile, you’ll find your inner warriors with a vigorous flow practice.
Where: Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio – 1707 Grant St, Vancouver
What: The first solo show for local tattoo artist and illustrator Nomi Chi, Shed Yr Skin features new drawings and paintings from the artist. Themes of transformation, desire, and death, and sex are manipulated and explored with an air of humour, as images hint at a broader narrative beyond the picture frame.
Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
What: In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn about and participate in several tactical self-defence scenarios. You will also get a chance to practice your decision-making, de-escalation, and physical response skills in a realistic context.
Where: Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly – 2603 Kingsway, Vancouver
When: Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm
What: Now in its fourth year, the Geeks vs. Nerds Vancouver comedy-debate show is back for some hardcore advanced academic debates! Remember, the audience determines the victor, so be sure to come out and support your favourite team.
Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favourite Disney stories when Worlds of Enchantment comes to Vancouver! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Cars, Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award-winning Frozen.
Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE – 100 North Renfrew, Vancouver
When: Sunday, November 27, showtimes at 7 pm, plus extra showings 11:30 am and 3:30 pm at weekends
What: In this well-known opera, Hansel and Gretel must use all their wits to avoid a terrible fate, as they wander lost in the woods and pursued by a witch. Astonishing puppets and playful surprises also abound in this family-friendly treat.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: Sunday, November 27, at 2 pm. Shows go till December 11.
What: All handmade, all the time – Krafted Market is on of Delta’s most exciting community markets that takes place during the holiday season. This market has a great selection of local vendors and food producers. Partial proceeds from admission fees go towards the South Delta Food Bank, and there is also free parking.
Where: South Delta Recreation Centre – 1720 56th Street, Tsawwassen
What: Gimmie Danger presents the context of The Stooges’ emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relate their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Some people will drop in, leave some mathoms (hobbit word for things you no longer need but would have value for someone else), pick up some items to give a new home to; others will come and stay for arts activities for all ages, converse, and visit with neighbours.
When: Sunday, November 27, from 2 to 5 pm
Where: MLA David Eby’s Community Office – 2909 West Broadway, Vancouver
A Christmas Carol (Capilano University Theatre/Facebook)
What: This is a highly inventive circus adaptation of the classic Dickens story. With turn-of-the-century mechanics, imagination and wonderful special effects, you won’t want to miss this Christmas classic through a whole new lens.
Where: Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts – 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
What: Ninjitsu is the ancient art of the ninja shadow warriors of Japan. It is a unique method of moving and thinking which developed a system often referred to us the art of winning. It is a practice based in self-regulation and self-awareness.
Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano– 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
What: Learn how to make natural, holiday scented oils. Explore natural ways these oils can help with many different ailments you may be dealing with, including digestion problems, emotions, insomnia, trouble getting motivated, lack of energy, pain, headaches, stress among other things
What: What could be better than to bring your entire family to listen to some amazing a cappella entertainment? Lions Gate Chorus is an award-winning ensemble of women who will captivate you with some Christmas carol favourites.
Where: Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver