20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: December 9 and 10

Dec 8 2017, 5:57 pm

December rolls on with another weekend of holiday fun. Get it started with our list of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, 2017.

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Public Disco at Lumière Festival

Luna the Whale/Image: Alison Boulier

  • What: A week-long festival known as Lumière which illuminates The West End, English Bay, and Jim Deva Plaza, wraps up this weekend with a public disco. According to organizers, the public disco dance floor is “a safe space for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities and sexual orientations.” Self-expression, mutual respect and intercultural engagement are all encouraged, they add.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
    Where: Jim Deva Plaza – 1200 Bute Street, Vancouver
    Price: Free

Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

  • What: Over 35 vendors selling a variety of handcrafted items, raffle prizes, snacks and entertainment. All the proceeds from this event will be donated to the SHARE Family and Community Services Society.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Civic Centre – Galleria – 100 Newport Drive – Port Moody
  • Price: Free

Polar Express train ride 2017 

  • What: Hosted by West Coast Heritage Railway Park in Squamish, it’s an opportunity for kids and not-so-grown-ups to be whisked away on a magical trip to the North Pole. Guests will sup on hot chocolate and munch on cookies as they experience a fantastic festive adventure. There will also be a chance to meet the likes of Hero Boy, Know-it-all, and the Conductor as they act out their parts from the movie. Once you arrive at your destination you’ll have the chance to meet Mr and Mrs Claus and even visit Santa’s workshop.
  • When: Now to December 9, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Road, Squamish
  • Admission: $35 available online, kids under 2 go free.

Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live Onstage

  • What: As part of acclaimed Zee Zee Theatre’s tenth anniverary season, Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live Onstage is a talk show peepshow into the history of Vancouver’s drag queen scene. Created by Cameron Mackenzie and Dave Deveau, and hosted by Isolde N. Barron and Peach Cobblah.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • WhereXYYVR – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $25

Seasonal Celebration at Shadbolt Centre

  • What: Celebrate the festive season through arts, entertainment, culture and food.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

Christmas Bird Count for Kids in Stanley Park

  • What: ​​The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is a fun, family-friendly bird watching event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to important citizen science for bird conservation.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 10 to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Stanley Park Dining Pavilion (2nd floor) – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Taboo Revue Holiday Double Feature

  • What: The Taboo Revue Holiday Double Feature features a set of dreamy dances, glamourous group numbers, and hilarious comedic antics, plus a one-act stripsical written and directed by burlesque luminary, Melody Mangler.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$28

Carol Ships Shoreside Celebration

Carol ship/Harbour Cruises

  • What: Gather in Panorama Park in Deep Cove to watch the Carol Ships sail by. Enjoy a warm and festive evening filled with musical entertainment, roving performers, free craft workshops, a blazing bonfire and beautiful lights. Santa himself may even stop by. In support of the Harvest Project and Family Services please bring donations of food or unwrapped gifts.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Panorama Park, Deep Cove
  • Price: Free

Dash Berlin

  • What: Dash Berlin is a Dutch electronic music group from The Hague created by Jeffrey Sutorius, Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn. Dash Berlin has won multiple awards and have performed all over the world.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45 – $66.38

FUSE SPARK: Speaker Series

  • What: Three leaders in different fields and walks of life share their stories. In the span of one afternoon, attendees will rotate through three very different speakers (all of whom are united in their drive & entrepreneurial mindset), and receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to listen, ask questions, and network.
  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 12:30 to 3:45 pm
  • Where: SFU Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver – 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Make It! Vancouver 2017 

Handmade crafts for sale at a vender's stand (Make It! The Handmade Revolution/Facebook)

Handmade crafts for sale at a vender’s stand (Make It! The Handmade Revolution/Facebook)

  • What: Vendors from all over Canada coming to Vancouver this month to sell their handmade wares at the PNE Forum’s holiday-themed Make It! show this December. Shop from more than 265 vendors selling beautiful items made by hand, with love.
  • When: Now to December 10, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $8, available at the door. Kids 12 and under are free

Building Bridges among East Asian Canadians: How Does Racism Affect Us

  • What: Foster intercommunity relations through panel discussions, dialogues and the sharing of historical perspectives among different East Asian Canadian communities.
  • When: Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Time: Noon to 5 pm
  • Where: The Nikkei Museum Lobby – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Winter Farmer’s Market

  • What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market has products from local food producers and artisans who follow a “Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Catch it” philosophy. BC-produced vegetables, fruits, and meats are the central draw to this market, but there is also entertainment and guided tours of the heritage site (pay by donation).
  • When: Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

How I Met My Mother: A Back to the Future Parody Musical – Geekenders

  • What: A burlesque homage to Back to the Future, featuring talented performers of all shapes and (tassel) sizes. Featuring original parodies of your favourite showtunes, escape the season with a trip through time.
  • When: Now to December 10, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Rio Theatre; $20-$25

Rogers Hometown Hockey

  • What: The weekend will feature broadcast hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni Kirk McLean and Dave Babych, live local entertainment and engaging activities for the whole family.
  • When: Now to December 10, 2017
  • Time: Noon to 7 pm
  • Where: Civic Plaza at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Price: Free

Got Craft? Holiday Edition

  • What: Head to Got Craft! to celebrate a decade of handmade goodness. Shop for locally made goods, enjoy plenty of good eats, and craft a DIY project to take home. This fair also offers free swag bags for the first 50 people at the event each day.
  • When: Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $3 per person, tickets available online

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

  • What: ​​The annual holiday show of this Vancouver-based artisan collective will feature all kinds of handmade goods and products for the holiday season. This event aims to seek out new artists and connect guests with talented artisans in their community.
  • When: Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
    Price: $3 admission

TableTutors Tables & Toy Drive Open House

  • What: Student Performances, prize giveaways, raffles, workshops, food and more. Hosted by DJ Flipout. Please bring an unwrapped toy for donation for BC Children’s Hospital
  • When: Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Time: 2 to 5 pm
  • Where: TableTutors – 6968 Russell Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

VSO presents: A Traditional Christmas

VSO/ Facebook

  • What: Far removed from the crowded malls and busy streets, a special performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) awaits those who are looking to slow things down, even just for a few hours this Christmas season. The music is conducted by William Rowson, an accomplished composer, whose work has been featured at at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, UBS Verbier Festival, the Banff Centre’s Summer Music Series, and Niagara on the Lake International Chamber Music Festival.
  • When: Now to Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Time: Times vary by date, check the website for details
  • Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church –1022 Nelson St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online

Eclairs & Cream Puff – Holiday Special

  • What: In this class, you’ll learn to make, pipe, decorate Cream Puffs and Eclairs, and fancy them up for any occasions. Bring home recipes and pastries.
  • When:  Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Time: 2 to 4  pm
  • Where: Trout Lake Community Center – 3350 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
  • Price: $57.14; buy via Trout Lake CC
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