22 things to do in Vancouver this short work week: December 27 to 30

Dec 22 2016, 2:53 am

Well, it’s over. Another Christmas has come and gone and we’re into the final week of 2016. And with just a few days left in the year, why not make the most of it?

Here are a ton of things to do in Vancouver this week, from a music festival to improv comedy, Canucks to Kim Mitchell, and more.

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Tuesday, December 27

Punk as F*Ck!


  • What: Punk, Hardcore, Oi! and pop punk classics. Downstairs at the Tabu Bar.
  • Where: The Waldorf – 1489 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 27 at 8 pm

Pro/AM Night at The Comedy Mix

  • What: Up-and-coming comedians share stage time with a professional performer
  • Where: The Comedy Mix– 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $8

CONTACT Music Festival Day 2

  • What: Check out Day 2 at Western Canada’s largest music festival
  • Where: BC Place Stadium – 777 Pacific Boulevard
  • When: December 27
  • Tickets: General Admission passes and 19+ VIP area passes online starting at $150. Payment plan options available.

Improv x New Year aka Countdown to 2017

  • What: A comedic look back at 2017, courtesy of The Fictionals
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive
  • When: December 27, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $7

Wednesday, December 28

Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Los Angeles Kings in NHL action.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way
  • When: December 28, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Available online

Career and Job Search Fair

  • What: Looking for a job? Find out about all the resources VPL offers to help you find one.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Central branch – 35o W. Georgia Street
  • When: December 28, at 2:30 pm

Thursday, December 29

Burton Cummings

  • What: Canadian singer and former Guess Who member performs.
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • When: December 29, at 8pm
  • Tickets: Start at $89.50, available online


  • What: American electronica artist, Mahinedrum performs, with guest, Greazus
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street
  • When: December 29 at 9 pm.
  • Tickets: $15, available online

Aaron Grant

  • What: Vancouver musician Aaron Grant performs an evening set
  • Where: Dubh Linn Gate – 1601 Main Street
  • When: December 29, at 6 pm
  • Tickets: $7

Harpdog Brown

  • What: Vancouver blues band Harpdog Brown hits the stage at Falconetti’s.
  • Where: Falconetti’s Eastside Grill – 1812 Commercial Drive
  • When: December 29, at 9 pm
  • Admission: Free

Friday, December 30

Kim Mitchell

  • What: ‘Go for a soda,’ and then catch Kim Mitchell live at the River Rock.
  • Where: River Rock Casino – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • When: December 30, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $39.50, available at Ticketmaster

Vancouver Canucks vs. the Anaheim Ducks

  • What: Ryan Kelser and Kevin Bieksa return to Rogers Arena.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: December 30, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Available at Ticketmaster

Under the Streetlamp

  • What: Featuring former leading cast members of hit Broadway musicals, the show features tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers.
  • Where: Stadium Club, Edgewater Casino – 760 Pacific Boulevard
  • When: December 30, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $59.50 available online

CAGEMATCH: Ultimate Comedy Showdown

  • What: Improv teams go head-to-head to find the funniest in the city.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive
  • When: December 30, at 1o:30 pm

Recurring events this week

2016 Year In Review with Vancouver TheatreSports League

  • What: The lead-up to the US election, Kate and Will’s visit, climate change, the demise of Brangelina and the construction of more Bike Lanes are just a few of the stories that grabbed the headlines this year. All these and more provide fodder for Vancouver TheatreSports’ quick-witted improvisers as they find the funny in the important and not so important events of 2016.  
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 26 to December 31 at various showtimes
  • More Info: $10-$37.50, online

Vancouver Christmas Market

  • What: The 7th annual authentic German-inspired Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to get into the holiday spirit. Find a selection of traditional food and drinks, and broke vendors offering authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery, and other unique gifts.
  • Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Now until December 31

Enchant Christmas Light Maze

  • What: Enchant 2016 brings the world’s largest Christmas light maze to the heart of Vancouver, combined with a bustling local vendor market, live performances, warming seasonal eats and drinks, and much more.
  • Where: 1st and Crowe Street, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village
  • When: Now until December 31

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

  • What: More than three million dazzling lights decorate hectares of the dark forest, reaching high as the forest canopy for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. There’s also a train ride, music, snacks, entertainment, and visits with Santa and his elves.
  • Where: Miniature railway area in Stanley Park
  • When: Now until January 1

Skating at Robson Square

  • What: The Robson Square Ice Rink brings free skating (with your own skates) to downtown until the end of February. If you don’t have skates, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
  • When: Daily, from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays.

Holidays at the Aquarium

  • What: Scuba Claus is back in town for another underwater adventure at the Vancouver Aquarium. He’ll be making special trips to deliver gifts to the most deserving creates in the sea while entertaining guests on the other side of the glass. Once that’s done, you can catch a showing of the Polar Express in 4-D.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: Now until January 2

Festival of Lights at VanDusen

  • What: See the botanical garden covered in more than a million lights. Find reindeer and Scandinavian goes roaming the trails.
  • Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now until January 2

FlyOver Canada Christmas

  • What: FlyOver Canada transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Have fun helping Santa search for his missing elves during an exhilarating flight across Canada and on to the North Pole.
  • Where: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Now until January 2
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