10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, December 2

Dec 1 2017, 3:37 am

Happy Saturday, everyone! Fill your holiday weekend with our list of 10 great things to do in Vancouver, including Lumiere, Shipyards Christmas Festival, and more.

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

Abbotsford Winter Jubilee 2017

  • What: The free festival on December 2 includes a family-friendly craft beer and wine garden, food trucks, Christmas carollers, a tree lighting ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus in a parade to Downtown Abby, live entertainment, children’s activities, pony rides, handmade and artisan marketplaces, a family photo booth and a Christmas fireworks display.
  • When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Essendene and Montrose Avenues in Downtown Abbotsford
  • Price: Free

Lumière YVR 2017

Luna the Whale/Image: Alison Boulier

Christmas in Kerrisdale Festival

  • What: Each Saturday afternoon in December, residents and visitors can head down to Kerrisdale Village on West 41st Avenue between Larch St. and Maple St. to take part in the free festive activities. Brass bands, Santa, horse and carriage rides,  and roving carollers are all part of the cherished family event. In addition to the events taking place on the four Saturdays, free ice skating will also be offered at the neighbourhood arena from 5:30 to 7 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
  • When: December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2017
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Kerrisdale Village – West 41st Avenue between Larch and Maple Street
  • Price: Free

Ukrainian Food Fair & Bazaar

  • What: ​The Ukrainian Food Fair & Bazaar features free admission, free parking, and Ukrainian food served all day. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, 50/50 draws, baking, preserves, crafts, and rummage. Get your fill of perogies, cabbage rolls and sausage rings.
  • When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 3150 Ash Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

2017 Santa Shuffle

  • What: More than 1,000 people are expected to take part in a festive-focused fun run on Saturday, December 2 with the goal of helping the less fortunate in the community. The coast-to-coast event takes place in 42 cities and raises money for the Salvation Army. Last year, The Salvation Army’s programs and services helped over 1.9 million people, so get involved and give something back this holiday season.
  • When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park
  • Tickets: Available online

Vancouver Canucks versus Toronto Maple Leafs


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  • What: Vancouver Canucks face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Shipyards Christmas Festival 2017

  • What: The Shipyards will be transformed into a winter wonderland, full of family friendly activities, plus the Sky Wheel and a new Winter Artisan Market.  There will also be ornament/lantern making, gingerbread decorating, a storytime tent, face painting, balloon creations and live music. The Mayor of North Vancouver will be officially lighting the Christmas tree, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos.
  • When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: Starts at 4 pm. Ferris wheel runs from 4 pm to 10 pm, Christmas tree lighting at 5 pm
  • Where: The Shipyards – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free, but donations are welcome.

Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Market

  • What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.
  • When: Every Saturday until April 21 (except December 30)
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street
  • Admission: Free

Friends of the VPL: Christmas Used Book Sale

  • What: Stocking up on new reads for the holidays? Or maybe you’re looking for a special book 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. Everything is half-price on Saturday. Please bring your own bags.
  • When: Now to December 2, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Bibish de Kinshasa – Théâtre la Seizième

  • What: Set as far away from winter wonderlands as humanly possible, this French-language play (with English surtitles) is about a journalist leaving her native Congo for a brighter future. Enjoy a traditional Congolese fish dish, prepared live on stage as storyteller Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu paints a new picture of Africa through her personal memories. Baby, you’ll forget it’s cold outside.
  • When: Now to December 2, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Studio 16 – 1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Brown Paper Tickets; $26-$30
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