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67 things to do in Vancouver in December

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Vanessa Tam Nov 30, 2016 6:29 am 2,312

With the tumultuous year that was 2016 finally coming to an end, the city seems to be letting out a collective sigh of relief before the holiday season begins to set in.

Take a moment for yourself before the gift giving and New Years Eve pressure takes hold and check out this list of things to do in Vancouver this December.

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Food and Drink

Beer and hops (NatalyaBond/Shutterstock

Beer and hops (NatalyaBond/Shutterstock

Big Rock Urban Brewery Tour

  • What: Whether you’re a craft beer newbie or a seasoned cicerone, a tour through Big Rock Urban Brewery is a great way to experience and learn about beer.
  • Where: Red Truck Brewery – 295 East 1 Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: December 2 to December 30, various times
  • Tickets: $12 on Eventbrite

Bark-Making Class at Purdys Chocolatier

  • What: Learn from Purdys’ experienced connoisseurs how to create your own scrumptious chocolate bark with your choice of nuts, dried fruits or other crunchy inclusions.
  • Where: Purdys Chocolatier South Granville – 2705 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 3, from 1 to 3 pm
  • Tickets: $30 to $60 on Eventbrite

ELEMENTA X

  • What: As the days shorten and the winter rains return, ELEMENTA present their latest dining event. ELEMENTA X will focus on the early winter offerings from the local region.
  • Where: The Birds & The Beets – 55 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, December 6, from 7:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: $95 to $140 on Eventbrite

8th Annual Hundred-Mile Banquet

  • What: The talented Chef Derek Bothwell will lead the creation of the gourmet 5-course locally-sourced menu. Guests will be amazed by the tastes of the region and may be surprised to learn what is available right here where we live.
  • Where: The Bottleneck – 870 Granville Street – Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 11, from 6 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: $25 to $500 on Eventbrite

Holiday Cookie Party

  • What: Don’t have time to bake this year? Or want to check out some different new cookie flavours or decorating tricks? Grab some friends, family or some Tupperware to get your baked good shopping done in one go.
  • Where: The Uncommon Cafe – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, December 14, 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: $40

Holiday Cookie Swap at the Hastings Park Farmers Market

  • What: A great holiday season includes cookies. So, why not head on down to the cookie swap at the Hastings Park Farmers’ Market on the PNE Fair Grounds.
  • Where: Hastings Park Farmers Market at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 18, from 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • Cost: Free to register on Eventbrite

The Greasy Spoon Vol 22. Featuring Mark Brand from Save On Meats

  • What: The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner.
  • Where: Save On Meats – 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, December 19, from 5:30 pm to 11 pm
  • Tickets: $95 on Eventbrite

Comedy

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The Secret Service Comedy Show: Undercover Again

  • What: The Agents are undercover again. Come for the secret, stay for the service.
  • Where: British Ex-Servicemen Association – 1143 Kingsway Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 1, from 8:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $10 online

Beth Stelling

  • What: Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress based in Los Angeles, who Time Out Magazine named a Comic to Watch in 2016. Beth made her late night television debut on Conan and most recently performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live after Jimmy saw her at UCB and approached her personally.
  • Where: The Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 1 to December 3
  • Tickets: $15 to $20

Amy Schumer

  • What: American standup comedian, writer, actor, and star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer performs on her world tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 2, doors at 7 pm and show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $109 online

Shirley Gnome: Live at Havana

  • What: Known for her clever lyrics, honest insights, and gorgeous voice, Shirley Gnome sings it loud and proud with “the voice of an angel dry-humping a cloud.” Be warned, this award-winning, taboo, sexually empowering comedy is not for the faint of heart.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10, 10:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: $15 on Eventbrite, $10 for students and seniors

Story Story Lie

  • What: A laughter filled show like no other, five performers share embarrassing and intimate stories, one of them is a liar. Through interrogation and smarts the audience gets to guess who the liar is. First to get it right wins a unique prize.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10, 8 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: $5 early bird on Eventbrite, $8 at the door

Stacked Comedy presents: Stackedmas!

  • What: Every Stacked Show so far has been an amazing night of Stand Up Comedy and featured some of the funniest and most talented comedians in Vancouver. Expect this one to be no different.
  • Where: Yaggers Kitsilano – 2884 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, December 12, doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Tickets: $10

Tig Notaro

  • What: Tig Notaro is a standup comedian, storyteller, and writer originally from Mississippi. Tig writes, produces, and stars in the semi-autobiographical comedy series One Mississippi, premiering this fall through Amazon Studios.
  • Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, December 14, 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $35 online

Concerts and Shows

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Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra December Concert

  • What: Join conductor Jin Zhang and the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra for an lovely evening of music with guest artist Nancy DiNovo on violin.
  • Where: Shaughnessy Heights United Church – 1550 West 33 Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 3, 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $15

The Dandy Warhols

  • What: The Dandy Warhols is an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström. The band’s name is a play on the name of American pop artist Andy Warhol.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, December 6, 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $32.50 online

Lee Fields and the Expressions

  • What: American soul and R&B legend tours in support of upcoming release Special Night.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, December 7, 9 pm
  • Tickets: $25 online

Danny Michel

  • What: With nominations for three Junos, the Polaris Prize, The CBC Heart Of Gold Award and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fanbase.
  • Where: Saint James Hall 0 3214 West 10 Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 8, 10 pm
  • Tickets: $22

The Funk Hunters

  • What: The Funk Hunters are a Canadian electronic music act and DJ duo based right here in Vancouver and are recognized on the international dance scene for their future funk sound, which is a mix of old school soul, disco, funk and classic hip hop, deeply cross-pollinated with contemporary electronic dance music.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 22, 8 pm
  • Tickets: $30 online

Festivals

Big Joy Festival 2016

  • What: Celebrating four years of Big Joy this December the festival will play host to another two days of talented artists serving up a broad spectrum of Vancouver’s music scene.
  • Where: Remington Gallery and Studio – 108 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 2 at 7 pm, and Saturday, December 3 at 5 pm
  • Tickets: $12 per night online

Contact Winter Music Festival

  • What: Electronic music festival features performances by Flume, Zeds Dead, Gareth Emery, Getter, Mija, Drezo, Audien, Big Wild, Shaun Frank, Sleepy Tom, Disclosure DJ, Marshmello, W&W, Slushii, Vicetone, Botnek, Baauer, Hucci, Grandtheft, and Pusher.
  • Where: BC Place Stadium – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: December 26 to December 27
  • Tickets: $99 to $250 online

Arts

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Sell Out Featuring iHeart

  • What: Sell Out features a fun and twisted collection of new and old works by the mysterious Vancouver street artist, iHeart. As a work sells, a new piece will replace it, leaving you wondering what will be next.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: From December 1 to December 17, from 12 to 5 pm daily
  • Cost: Free to attend

The Incubator Project Salon Series: Volume 4 + 5

  • What: The Small Stage: Incubator Project develops new works with a unique range of dancers and musicians who are experimenting with new forms of technology to inspire innovative work.
  • Where: The Emerald – 555 Gore Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 1, 7 pm
  • Tickets: $15 on Eventbrite

Mary Poppins

  • What: The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Includes songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cheree”.
  • Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 3 to January 1
  • Tickets: Starting at $29 online

Appliqué Postcard Workshop

  • What: Using a simple “in and out” stitch and simply drawing techniques, you will learn how to hand sew a little scene into cloth. After mounting the piece and lining the back, you will have a postcard that you can then frame, wrap or mail.
  • Where: Tiny Finery – 2162 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 4 pm
  • Cost: $75

Albatross

  • What: Albatross is a new work created by Brussels-based German Jauregui in collaboration with Vancouver’s Company 605.
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 7 to December 11, 8 pm daily
  • Tickets: $12 to $33 online

Make+Shift Art Show

  • What: This Makeshift Spaces art show will feature local artists displaying a collection of works that celebrate their evolution.
  • Where: Makeshift Spaces – 89 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 7 to December 11, From 10 am to 4 pm daily
  • Admission: Free

Nutcracker

  • What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet captures the imagination with this charming Canadian retelling of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, the story follows the wondrous adventures of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 8 to December 11
  • Tickets: $35 to $98.50 online

Alice in Wonderland

  • What: Alice in Wonderland is your passport to a topsy-turvy world on the other side of the mirror, where you have to run fast just to stay in place. Where your memory works backwards and it is possible to believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • When: December 8 to December 18
  • Tickets: $25 online

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

  • What: One of BC’s most iconic holiday traditions will grace the stage again this season as Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to The Centre in Vancouver for a limited run.
  • Where: The Centre in Vancouver – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 15 to December 20, 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: $28 to $91.50 online

Shopping

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TOQUE Fundraiser and Craft Fair

This annual craft fair is a fundraiser for Western Front. It features a variety of BC artists and artisans and attracts over 2,000 visitors each year. Proceeds from TOQUE support the art and music programs year-round at Western Front. Joining the impressive roaster of vendors in 2016 are the Capilano Tea House, Carrall St. Canvas Co., Nepheliad, Tony Dubroy, tuk + milo, and Wasted Effort. Drinks and a barbeque will take place on the opening night.

  • When: Friday, December 2 from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday, December 3 from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, December 4 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Luxe Hall at Western Front – 303 East 8th Aveneue, Vancouver
  • Price: By donation

Wesbrook Community Craft and Artistry Fair

  • What: Local artists and artisans from around BC will be selling items in knitting, soap, jewelry, baked goods and much more.
  • Where: Wesbrook Community Centre – 3335 Webber Lane, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free to attend

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

  • What: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy features a curated collection and show of fine art, craft, and design and their annual two-day show. This collaborative event creates a space for over 30 local artists to meet and share their craftsmanship, creations and designs in an intimate environment that opposes large mass-produced products.
  • Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, from 11 am to 6pm
  • Tickets: $3 at the door

Sweet Bake Shop pop up shop

  • What: Tessa Sam, Sweet Bake Shop’s owner, whose first baking book is due for release in 2018, will bring her signature aesthetic and sweets back to Vancouver for this fun two-day pop up.
  • Where: LYNNsteven – 225 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, From 10 am to 5 pm daily
  • Cost: Free to attend

The Ultimate Sneaker Show

  • What: Are you a sneaker lover or enthusiast? Do you collect sneakers or would potentially want to trade and/or sell your sneakers? Do you simply want to display your entire sneaker collection? Do you love fashion and are into the latest apparel trends? Are you looking for a platform to showcase and expose your work, art, or product? Well, The Ultimate Sneaker Show is coming to Vancouver!
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 17, from noon to 6 pm
  • Tickets: $21 to $125 on Eventbrite

Sports

Image: Vancouver Canucks / Facebook

Image: Vancouver Canucks / Facebook

Watch a Canucks game

Give in to the hockey madness and support the Canucks in person! Check out the complete home game schedule right here.

Odds and Ends

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Open Sky, Calm Mind: Rooftop Meditation with MOMENT & lululemon Robson

  • What: Shorter days and longer nights don’t faze you – you’re above that. So why not celebrate the season with this alfresco event.
  • Where: Dominion Building – 207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 1, from 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: $18 on Eventbrite

Beginners to Intermediate Latin Dance Lesson & Social

  • What: If you are looking to learn something new and fun and to make new friends, try your hand at a Salsa+Merengue dance lesson and social party at Pepitas On Top Mexican Lounge and Restaurant. You will learn the basic steps and moves of salsa and merengue, have great time, and socialize in our friendly casual atmosphere.
  • Where: Pepitas Restaurant – 2015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 1 to December 29, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $15 on Eventbrite

West Point Cycles Drop In Spin Sessions

  • What: Don’t put away your bike! West Point Cycles offer these unique indoor spin classes that enable clients to ride their own bikes throughout the year on brand new CycleOps SuperMagneto Pro Trainers. This means that participants enjoy the comfort of their personal set up while developing physiological gains in the exact position they will use outdoors.
  • Where: West Point Cycles – 215 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: December 1 to December 17; Monday to Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite

Lumiere

  • What: Lighting up Vancouver’s iconic West End, Morton Park and Jim Deva Plaza will come alive with a series of light art installations, performances and community building initiatives.
  • Where: Various West End venues
  • When: December 3 to December 6
  • Cost: Free

Movies in the Morgue: Ghost

  • What: Looking for a creative way to spend date night? Cozy up with your loved one in the old city morgue on December 8 for a screening of the romantic classic, Ghost.
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 8, doors at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 7 pm
  • Tickets: $10 online

Dream Journeys

  • What: DreamJourneys is a cosmic inner journey in the full dome theater at The Vancouver Planetarium guided by geometer/narrator Ari Lazer, and sound healing musicians Theda Phoenix and Matthew Kocel.
  • Where: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 8, from 6:33 to 11:11 pm
  • Tickets: $33 to $2000 on Eventbrite

Historic Gastown Photowalk

  • What: Gastown was designated a National Historic Site in 2009 by the federal government. To find out more about the historic neighbourhood join guides as they walk you through this unique corner of the city, rich with memories and legends of the last century.
  • Where: Gastown Neighbourhood, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 22, from 10 am to 12 pm and Thursday, December 29, from 10 am to 12 pm
  • Tickets: $99 booked online

Christmas

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Yule Duel

  • What: Yule Duel, the spirit of Christmas, returns to the vibrant streets of Gastown this December, in the form of hundreds of beautiful voices. Under the canopy of fairy lights and on the cobblestoned streets, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood will host over 20 fantastic carolling choirs who, through the gift of music, will surely touch your heart.
  • Where: Gastown Neighbourhood, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 1, 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free to attend

Vancouver Christmas Market 2016

  • 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: December 1 to December 30; open daily 11 am to 9 pm, closed 6 pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day
  • Tickets: $4 to $8 online

Friends of the VPL: Christmas Used Book Sale

  • What: Looking for a special gift for someone on your holiday shopping list? Find thousands of gently used children’s and adult books, DVDs, CDs and more – all at bargain prices.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 1 to December 3, from 10 am to 5 pm daily
  • Cost: Free

2016 Christmas Tree Lighting!

  • What: Back for its 10th year, the Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting will feature four magnificent holiday trees, one of which is 50 feet tall. This family-friendly event will play host to live entertainment and music, free cookies and hot chocolate, local food trucks and fun activities for kids.
  • Where: Robson Square, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 2, 5 to 7 pm
  • Price: Free

Holiday Hooray

  • What: The VSO and Let Your Music Shine! With Lisa and Linda present seasonal songs from holiday classics such as The Nutcracker and Babes in Toyland.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 2, 10 am and 11:30 am
  • Tickets: $15 online

Holy Mo! A Christmas Show!

  • What: A reverently irreverent re-imagining of the Nativity told with gusto and a questionable commitment to accuracy by Pacific Theatre’s three favourite fools.
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 West 12 Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: December 2 to December 31
  • Tickets: $23.95 to $34.95 online

Christmas at the Chan Centre

  • What: Award-winning conductor Dr. Joel Tranquilla, Director of Choral Activities for Trinity Western University, brings together four choirs and a full orchestra in an exquisite program featuring Christmas music from around the world.
  • Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 4, 2:30 pm
  • Tickets: $22.50 to $25 online

Blues for Christmas

  • What: The 31st annual concert features performances by Biscuit Blues Band, Jayleen Stonehouse, Billy Dixon Soul Train Express, Cecile Larochelle, Keith Bennett, Murray Porter, Les Is More, David Gogo, Jason Buie, Dalannah and Owen, Mike Machado Band, Steve Kozak Band, Cannery Row, Steve Sainas, and the Bobcats.
  • Where: Fairview Pub – 898 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 4 and Monday, December 5, doors at 7:15 pm and the show is at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $20 online

A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel

  • What: A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel is an original comedy that parodies the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.
  • Where: The Cultch Lab – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 6 to December 11, Monday to Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
  • Tickets: $23 online

Mingle of the Jingles

  • What: Professionals, local talent and performers with special needs share the stage at the 11th annual Mingle of the Jingles holiday variety show and silent auction.
  • Where: Kay Meek Centre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, December 7, from 7 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: $20 online

Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Jerry Granelli Trio

  • What: Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas features jazz legend Jerry Granelli, an original and only surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio (who composed the original Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.)
  • Where: Kay Meek Centre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 9, 9 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $15 to $38

Handel’s Messiah: The Christmas Masterpiece

  • What: Christmas time is Messiah time, of course, and this year it’s the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s turn again to do the honours.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 9, 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $20.50 to $55 online

Something to Treasure – A Good Noise Christmas

  • What: Continuing the choir’s beloved seasonal tradition, Something To Treasure A Good Noise Christmas will feature spirited gospel-infused Christmas songs and carols, and as an added treat, Good Noise presents a dynamic new vocal ensemble as guest artists – The Alumni Project.
  • Where: Christ Church Cathedral – 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 7 pm, Sunday, December 11 (Fraserview/MB Church) 3 pm.
  • Tickets: $10 to $25 online

Natural DIY Holiday Gifts Workshop!

  • What: The holidays are fast approaching and what better way to spend an afternoon than making beautiful, natural DIY gifts!
  • Where: L’Atelier Vancouver Cowering – #400-319 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 11, 1 to 3 pm
  • Cost: $40 to $45 on Eventbrite

Rogue Cop: Explosive Holiday Improv

  • What:Rogue Cop pays homage to Die Hard, A Christmas Carol, and your favourite holiday flicks with fewer toys and more explosions. When a Rogue Cop comes home for the holidays, you don’t want to be on the naughty list.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: December 15 to December 17, 8 pm
  • Tickets: $10 on Eventbrite

Graham Clark Still Hates Christmas

  • What: Comedian Graham Clark Still Hates Christmas, the whole Christmas season. Now please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason! Join him and friends as they scowl at all things Yuletide.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 220 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 16, 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $7 on Eventbrite, $10 at the door

Christmas Carols and Story Time with Elsa & Anna

  • What: Elsa and Anna return to the market for a Christmas-inspired storytime and singalong.
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Price: Free with online registration

The Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

  • What: Now in its 15th year, the world’s largest and original Ugly Sweater Party returns to Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom offering festive fun, prizes and eggnog chugging opportunities.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 23, 8 pm
  • Tickets: $35 online

New Year’s Eve

Image: Jenn Chan / New Year's Eve Vancouver

Image: Jenn Chan / New Year’s Eve Vancouver

Concord’s New Year’s Eve

  • What: A sweet, nostalgic, and hopeful celebration packed with fireworks and live music will return to Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver on December 31, 2016 to ring in the New Year on the North American West Coast.
  • Where: Waterfront along Canada Place Way
  • When: Saturday, December 31, from 6:30 pm to 12:10 am
  • Cost: Free to $237.50 online

New Year’s at the Hotel Vancouver 2017

  • What: Ring in 2017 with some of the city’s premier entertainers at the Hotel Vancouver. Hot off last year’s sold-out NYE bash, Arrival returns with another legendary multiroom party at the iconic hotel.
  • Where: Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 31, 9 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: $40 – $99 on Eventbrite

Massive Gala 2017 ft. Fetty Wap & Young Thug

  • What: Ring in the New Year with international talent Fetty Wap and Young Thug
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 31, 9 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: $132.75 on Eventbrite

Carnival NYE ’17

  • What: Party the night away at the carnival-themed New Year’s Eve party featuring DJs from Mexico, Spain, and South America spinning the latest in Top 40 and Latin music.
  • Where: Lux Lounge – 1180 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 31, 7 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: $35 – $65

NYE 2017 Waterfront Gala Ball

  • What: Ring in the New Year in an upscale and mature environment complete with appetizer stations, fireworks, music, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel – 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 31, 9 pm
  • Tickets: $100 online

Family New Year’s at Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

  • What: Visit the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, for their 3rd annual New Year’s celebration. Ring in the New Year on “East Coast Time” so the whole family can join.
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 31, from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $50 and $25 for kids on Eventbrite

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Vanessa Tam
is a writer and editor living and working in Vancouver, BC. Drake lyrics effectively communicate her pop culture relevancy as well as her excellent taste in music.

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