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10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, December 30

Daniel Chai Dec 29, 2017 8:07 pm 1,316

The last Saturday of 2017 is here and we’re ready to party! From Harlem Globetrotters to Vancouver Aquarium Family Sleepover and more, here are our 10 things to do in Vancouver this Saturday, December 30. Enjoy!

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour

  • What: The Original Harlem Globetrotters are going on a World Tour against the Washington General, with ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm, plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson (rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change).
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 12 pm.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$144

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

vandusen festival of lights


  • What: The botanical garden is covered in more than a million lights. Reindeer and Scandinavian gnomes also roam the trails, and visitors can walk through the gingerbread wood, lantern alley, and Make-a-Wish candle grotto.
  • When: Now to January 7, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 pm to 9 pm.
  • Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15.24 for adults, $8.57 for children. Available online.

Contemporary Art Gallery Family Day – Earth Paint

  • What: On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Inspired by Andrew Dadson’s White Restretch with Bark Mulch (East Vancouver), Earth Paint allow’s guests to experiment with a range of earthy paints to create a thickly textured creation on canvas.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: CAG – 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tobacco Brown and Cameron Hawes

  • What: Tobacco Brown is the solo project of Vancouver based singer/songwriter, Kevan Schell, and Cameron Hawes is a singer-songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Catch them both live at the Railway.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
  • Where: Railway Stage & Beer Cafe – 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Vancouver Canucks versus Los Angeles Kings

  • What: Vancouver Canucks face off with the LA Kings at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $59-$239

Everyone Must Go! with The Judys, Gnash Rambler and The H’Oracle Project

  • What: The Judys, Gnash Rambler and The H’Oracle Project present a night of live music at LanaLou’s.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10

City Lights at The Cinematheque

  • What: Described by Charlie Chaplin himself as “a comedy romance in pantomime,” this winning mix of slapstick, sentiment, and social criticism has Chaplin’s beloved Little Tramp falling in love with a blind flower girl. When he discovers that her sight can be restored through expensive surgery, he goes to extraordinary lengths to raise the necessary money, including an hilariously ill-advised turn as a prizefighter. She, for her part, believes her unseen benefactor to be a handsome millionaire. 
  • When: Saturday, December 30
  • Time: 8:45 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist

  • What: Longshoreman, actor, musician, lecturer, poet, activist, environmentalist and First Nations leader; Dan George (born Geswanouth Slahoot) is remembered for many things. Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist explores the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: North Vancouver Museum at Presentation House – 209 West 4th Street, North Vancouver

Glow Christmas 2017

  • What: Glow Christmas will be brightening up Langley’s Milner Village Garden Centre with over 500,000 lights spanning 103,000 square feet of holiday magic. The display will feature four different light gardens, food trucks (and bar!), over 40 vendors, and – the cherry on top – a 210-foot musical light tunnel.
  • When: Now to December 30, 2017
  • Time: 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Milner Village Garden Centre – 6690 216 St, Langley
  • Tickets: Online , $20 for adults, $15 for kids and seniors, family discounts available

Vancouver Aquarium Family Sleepover


Holiday decor and eel tree/Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: For those looking to spend some quality time together in a different sort of way this Christmas season, the Vancouver Aquarium is the place to be. While many enjoy the Aquarium’s offerings on a daily basis, a special night-time experience is being offered in the form of a family sleepover. Taking place on Saturday, December 30, the sleepover runs from 9 pm until 9 am the next morning.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm to 9 am
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver 
  • Admission: $92 for members, $115 for non-members
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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