16 things to do in Vancouver this week

Dec 20 2017, 3:09 am

Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between December 15 and 18. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancouver Events Calendar.


Vancouver Winter Wonderland Christmas Festival

  • What: Vancouver Winter Wonderland Festival will be the largest indoor Christmas festival in Canada with 100 vendors, food and drinks, a three-storey walk-through snow globe and more inside the 35,000 sq. ft. PNE Forum. Guests will pay $5 to enter.
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 11 to 20, 2015

Kings Head Comedy

  • What: Every Tuesday, Colin Sharp and James Kennedy present a showcase of the finest comedians In Vancouver. For only $5 you can catch comedians you’ve seen on HBO, Just For Laughs, on tour at comedy clubs across the country. The show features visiting acts from LA, New York, Toronto, and more, as well as the absolute best of the Vancouver scene.
  • Where: Kings Head Pub – 1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, December 15; 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Bah! Humbug!

  • What: “An Eastside musical set on Coast Salish Territories” – that’s what SFU Woodward’s Bah! Humbug! production is described as. Starring Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge, the play will weave current issues of the Downtown Eastside into Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol. “A modern-day, sushi-loving Ebenezer Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, where he is timing Bob Cratchit’s late arrival to work on his iPhone.”
  • Where: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, December 15 to 19; 7:30 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays

Improv Against Humanity: Live And Unsanctioned

  • What: Improv Against Humanity is an interactive Live Comedy and Game Show experience. The Fictionals bring the world of Cards Against Humanity, the smash-hit party game, to life onstage with an audience tournament and improv scenes based on selected card combinations.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, December 16; 8 p.m.

Christmas at Canada Place

  • What: Christmas at Canada Place returns for its 28th year with exhibits and activities for the family along the Canadian Trail, the West Promenade of Canada Place. Christmas crafts, the Avenue of Christmas Trees, Rudolph’s Theatre and the historic Woodward’s Windows are all part of this free event.
  • Where: Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 12 to December 30, closed December 24 & 25; noon to 6 p.m.

Holiday Hi-Light Festival

  • What: More than 50,000 Christmas lights + Family Night with Santa, hot chocolate, face painting and more, supporting North Vancouver Firefighters.
  • Where: Park & Tilford Gardens, North Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 27 to December 31

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

  • What: Over three million dazzling lights decorate acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. The attraction is also accompanied by a train ride, musics, snacks, entertainment, and even visits with Santa and his elves.
  • Where: Miniature railway area at Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 26 to January 2, 2016

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

  • What: The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall), experience the voice-activated light show, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the park, sing along with the holiday band, take a family photo at the Winter Pavilion, and more.
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 27 – Sunday, January 3, 2016; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

  • What: Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performance and the Vancouver Public Library’s Tales for a Winter’s Night. Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and delight in much more.
  • Where: Vandusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, December 1 – Thursday, December 31; click here for hours.

The Nutcracker (Goh Ballet)

  • What: The Goh Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker for the seventh year in a row. The prestigious ballet is sure to entertain all ages, as the classicly whimsical tale has endured decades as a classic Christmas tradition.
  • Where: The Centre in Vancouver – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 17 to Tuesday, December 22; 7:30 p.m., matinees also available

The “C” Word – Comedy Night at Colony Kits

  • What: C stands for COMEDY in this new multimedia comedy event featuring really really funny people doing really really funny things.
  • Where: Colony Kits – 3255 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 17; 9 p.m.


Gingerbread Lane At Hyatt Regency Vancouver

  • What: The sweetest lane in the city celebrates its 25th annual return to the lobby of Hyatt Regency Vancouver from December 4 through December 27. Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty and the engineering team are hard at work constructing this year’s stunning gingerbread house, built to serve as the centrepiece for more than 30 gingerbread creations designed by secondary schools, professionals and amateur culinary artists.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: December 4 – December 27

Graham Clark presents… The Graham Hates Christmas Show

  • What: Funny-man Graham Clark is no fan of Christmas. Join him and his guests as they ridicule holiday films for one night only. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 18; 8 to 10 p.m.

Vancouver Chamber Choir Christmas Concerts

  • What: The Vancouver Chamber Choir is putting on three fabulous Christmas concerts this season, beginning on December 4 with Christmas in the Orpheum, a collection of renaissance, baroque & carols. Next is A Dylan Thomas Christmas, followed by the ever-popular A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver & Shaughnessy Heights United Church – 1550 West 33rd Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 18, and December 19; 8 p.m.

Shipyards Christmas Market 2015

  • What: The Shipyards Christmas Market will bring back many of the vendors patrons have come to know and love from the summer night markets, with a festive twist. Over 70 vendors will congregate on December 18 to 20 inside the historic Pipeshop at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue.
  • Where: Pipeshop building – 115 Victory Shipway, North Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 18; 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

  • What: The Ugly Christmas Sweater movement is about basking in the hideous warmth of an ugly sweater, having fun, doing good, and creating smiles. Working with The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, we raise money to fulfill a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Last year, partiers helped us raise $60,000 and create hope and happy memories for six children and their families.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, December 18; Doors open at 8 p.m.
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