21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Vancouver is definitely beginning to look a lot like the North Pole with all of this snow, but it shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and doing something fun this weekend.

Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11.

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

Saturday, December 10

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: From November 26 to December 30; open daily 11 am to 9 pm, closed 6 pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day
  • Tickets: $8 online

Hour of Code: Minecraft

  • What: In partnership with Microsoft Vancouver, Kids Code Jeunesse is offering a free Hour of Code workshop featuring a Minecraft lesson plan from Code.org for kids 8 to 12 years old.
  • Where: Microsoft Vancouver – 7th Floor of 725 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10, from 1 to 2:30 pm
  • Cost: Free with registration on Eventbrite

Got Craft? Holiday Edition 

  • What: Need a break from the mall this holiday season? Got Craft? is the place to be. The market is a modern twist on the conventional craft fair. This year’s holiday event will feature over 75 handmade designers, craft workshops, tasty treats, music, and free swag bags!
  • Where: The Pipe Shop Building –115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, from 10 am to 5pm
  • Admission: Available on Eventbrite, $3

Fresh Air Cinema Christmas Drive-In


Christmas Drive-In/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: Fresh Air Cinema has set up its Christmas Drive-In to show off all your favourite holiday movies. The drive-in features two different shows each night, one at 7 pm and one at 9:30 pm, for the two weekends it’s open. The shows will run in all weather, so make sure your car is water-tight. The drive-in will also have movie fare like popcorn, candy, and food trucks.
  • Where: 3650 East Kent Avenue, South Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10 at 7 and 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $20. $5 for Daily Hive readers when they use the code 5HIVE 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

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:  Saturday, December 10, 7 pm, Sunday, December 11 (Fraserview/MB Church) 3 pm.
  • Tickets: $10 to $25 online

The East Van Ham: A Holiday Artist Market 

Christmas gift (jakkapan/Shutterstock)

Christmas gift (jakkapan/Shutterstock)

  • What: If you’re a last minute shopper, the East Van HAM is the perfect place for your last minute holiday shopping needs. With live music, food and refreshments, join us for a cozily curated selection of gifts and goods from local artisans and collectors and find that one of a kind gift you’ve been searching for this holiday season!
  • Where: 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, 10 December, from 11 am to 6 pm

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: Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite

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

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

Nutcracker on Robson Street 

Winter's Dance

Winter’s Dance/Robson Street Business Association

  • What: The Robson Street Business Association, My Loud Speaker, and Small Stage have all come together to create a 15-minute version of The Nutcracker in a distinct Robson Street style. The event, called Winter’s Dance, will be unveiled on Robson Street on Saturday, December 10. Six eight foot by eight foot screens will be set up on Robson Street between Burrard and Bute, and the performance will be repeating on the screens between 6 and 9 pm.
  • Where: Robson Street
  • When: Saturday, December 10, 6 to 9 pm
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, December 11

Natural DIY Holiday Gifts Workshop!

Image: Eventbrite

Image: Eventbrite

  • 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
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite,   $45

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: On Eventbrite, $25 to $150

Coquitlam Christmas Farmers’ Market

The Coquitlam Christmas Farmers’ Market will have everything you need to make this holiday a special one. With a selection of artisan crafts, bakers confections, spice, wine, and vinegars, this is one market you won’t want to miss if you’re in the area.

  • When: Sunday, December 11, from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex – 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
  • Price: Free admission.

Hastings Park Winter Farmer’s Market 

  • What:The Hastings Park Farmers Market features a great selection of local produce; nursery items, fish, meat & dairy; artisan prepared foods, baking and treats; the best in local crafts, and of course, hot food trucks.
  • When: Sunday, December 11, from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – Hastings & Renfrew, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Ninjitsu Sundays

  • 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
  • When: Sunday, December 11, from 10:30 am to noon
  • Tickets: Free, register on Eventbrite

Family Fuse Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery 

  • What: Join us this Family Fuse weekend to Compare & Contrast ideas, techniques and much more. Traditional crafts meet contemporary ideas, documentary meets imaginary and the real meets the surreal. Explore the Gallery’s fall exhibitions through a diverse range of performances and hands-on making activities and workshops with artists, dancers, musicians, performers and educators.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 11, from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Free for Gallery Members and for children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply.

Christmas bird count in Stanley Park 

Image: Eventbrite

Image: Eventbrite

  • What: The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a fun, family-friendly birdwatch event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to important citizen science for bird conservation.
  • Where: Stanley Park Dining Pavilion– 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 11, from 10 am to noon
  • Admission: Free! Register on Eventbrite. 

The East Van Ham: A Holiday Artist Market 

  • What: If you’re a last minute shopper, the East Van HAM is the perfect place for your last minute holiday shopping needs. With live music, food and refreshments, join us for a cozily curated selection of gifts and goods from local artisans and collectors and find that one of a kind gift you’ve been searching for this holiday season!
  • Where: 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, 11 December, from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Admission: Free. Donations encouraged for various activities, check website for details.

Umbrella Self-Defence 

Umbrella / Shutterstock

Umbrella / Shutterstock

  • What: Want to learn how to use your umbrella to defend yourself from more than the rain? Vancouver’s Academie Duello will be hosting an umbrella self-defence class this weekend.
  • Where: Academie Duello – 412 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, December 11, from 1 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: On Academie Duello, $99