28 things to do in Vancouver this week: December 2 to 5

Dec 2 2019, 5:00 am

Welcome to the first week of December! Get the new month started with these 28 fun events in Vancouver from December 2 to December 5, including Heritage Christmas, The Tenors, and more.

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

Monday, December 2

Heritage Christmas

Heritage Christmas/Burnaby Village Museum

What: Take a trip back to holidays past at Burnaby Village Museum with Heritage Christmas. See vintage-themed displays, listen to live music, and enjoy theatre performances. There will also be crafts for children, baking in the Farmhouse, and visits with Father Christmas. There’s even the option to have a full turkey dinner, or festive drinks or treats from the Ice Cream Parlour.

When: Now until January 3, 2020 (closed December 24 and 25)
Time: Various times
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free, carousel rides $2.65

Catoro Cafe Community Nights

What: Catoro, Vancouver’s magical cat cafe, is hosting a number of “community nights,”in December. Enjoy a different holiday film every Monday in December, including Elf on December 2. There will also be cat life drawing on December 4, DIY Cat Christmas Ornaments on December 11, and board games and trivia on December 18. Each event will cost $25, is 90 minutes in duration, and includes a drink and plenty of cats.

When: December 2, December 9, December 16, December 23, December 30 (films); December 4, December 11, December 18 (activities)
Time: 6:30 pm (Monday), 7:30 pm (Wednesday)
Where: Catoro Cafe — 666 E Broadway, Vancouver
Register: Online

Out of Concealment – Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii

What: Bill Reid Gallery presents the Vancouver premiere of Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson’s solo exhibition Out of Concealment. Williams-Davidson honours Indigenous feminine power by re-imagining supernatural figures from Haida tradition. Her vivid portraits — which feature Williams-Davidson herself — use creative design, photographic collage, and subtle integration of designs by celebrated Haida artist Robert Davidson.

When: Now until April 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane at Hyatt Regency Vancouver

What: The annual Gingerbread Lane has taken over the lobby of the Hyatt Regency. This year’s display features gingerbread creations designed by secondary schools, professionals, and amateur culinary artists. As well as providing a welcome dose of holiday feels, the event also helps to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

When: Now until December 31, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street
Admission: Free

Soak up the Season at the Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba Claus/Vancouver Aquarium

What: Scuba Claus will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium daily to don his flippers and dive with the colourful cold-water creatures in the Strait of Georgia habitat. Returning holiday favourites at the Aquarium also include the electric-eel-powered Christmas tree (with feedings daily at 11:30 am), the tot-friendly kelp maze, and the picture-perfect jelly snow globe. Don’t forget to check out the mistle-toad” near the Frogs Forever Gallery and sneak a kiss or two with your loved ones. After wandering the galleries with cocoa in hand, it’s time for a journey to the North Pole in the Vancouver Aquarium’s 4-D theatre, where The Polar Express 4D Experience plays daily. 

Visitors can also pose for a photo with Scuba Claus, between 10 am and 3:30 pm on Saturday, December 7; Sunday, December 8; Saturday, December 14; Sunday, December 15; and December 20 through 24 (cost: $23). 

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park — 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Admission: Adult: $38 | Senior/Student: $30 | Child (4-12): $21 | Child (0-4): $0 

Anonymous Art Show 2019

What: Anonymous Art Show is a group exhibition and North Vancouver Community Arts Council fundraiser showcasing work by over 300 emerging and established artists. The artists behind each 8” x 8” artwork remains anonymous until the piece has been bought.

When: Now until December 18, 2019. Closed on Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday), 9 am to 8 pm (Thursday and Friday), 12 to 5 pm (Saturday)
Where: CityScape Community Art Space — 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

MUSIC + SOUND Festival

What: SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts students and members of the 2019 SCA Ensemble-in-Residence perform in the MUSIC + SOUND FESTIVAL this week at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Performances will include mixed ensemble, live electronics, amplified objects, and more.

When: Now until December 4, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Studio D – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts — 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, December 3

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market Photo by Lindsay Elliott

What: The 10th annual authentic German-inspired Christmas Market features a selection of traditional food and beverages, vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and the opportunity to ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel. Guests can also enjoy $10 admission at the gate every Tuesday.

When: Daily until December 24, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm (November 20 to December 23), 11:30 am to 6 pm (December 24)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online. Adult, $12.99; seniors, $10.99; youth $6.99 (online) / adult, $15; seniors, $13; youth, $9 (gate admission). There is also free admission for children six and under, $8 Early-Bird Admission on weekdays before 2 pm (gate admission), and $10 admission all day every Tuesday (gate admission)

Lindy West in Conversation with Hannah McGregor

What: Lindy West is an opinion writer for The New York Times, and is the author of the award-winning memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman and the executive producer of its Hulu adaptation. She shares her latest book, The Witches Are Coming, at the Vogie Theatre, in conversation with professor and Secret Feminist Agenda host Hannah McGregor.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators

What: The Canucks face off with the Senators at Rogers Arena on December 3.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

What: JUNO Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists The Tenors bring their Wonder of Christmas tour to Vancouver on December 3. Enjoy a selection of songs from The Tenors’ two Christmas albums as well as other holiday classics.

When: December 3, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Transits and Returns at Vancouver Art Gallery

What: Transits and Returns is Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibition and showcases local First Nations artists and those from communities throughout the Pacific region. Transits and Returns explores wide-ranging experiences that are inclusive of both global connections and ancestral knowledge.

Participating artists include Edith Amituanai, Christopher Ando, Natalie Ball, BC Collective with Louisa Afoa, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick with Nāpali Aluli Souza, Hannah Brontë, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Mariquita Davis, Chantal Fraser, Maureen Gruben, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Taloi Havini, Lisa Hilli, Carol McGregor, Marianne Nicolson, Ahilapalapa Rands, Debra Sparrow, and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss.

When: Now until February 23, 2020
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2019

What: The Canyon Lights features thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the iconic suspension bridge and other areas of the park. The 30-ton Douglas Firs of the Treetops Adventure will also be dressed in lights. Standing at an impressive 110 feet above the forest floor, the Douglas Firs that connect the suspension bridges are the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world, according to event organizers. Also returning to this year’s festival is the Snowy Owl Prowl scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, and sing-along carols with a holiday band.

When: Now until January 26, 2020 (closed on December 25)
Time: 11 am to 9 pm daily; holiday activities run from 4 to 9 pm
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, with annual passes (included with admission) available for BC residents

It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle

It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – Arts Club / Photo by David Cooper

What: It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle is a new Canadian comedy by Marcus Youssef about a family during a complicated season. With music from Songs for Christmas and Silver & Gold by Sufjan Stevens. Presented by Arts Club Theatre.

When: Now until December 22, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at The BMO Theatre Centre — 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, December 4

#WhatWorks: Mental Toughness with Sean Bacon and Reception & Publication Launch

What: BC Tech Association presents a morning talk by Sean Bacon on mental toughness as part of their #WhatWorks: Women in Tech series. Sean is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran and founder of Dynamic Shift Consulting Inc. Then in the evening, attend the #WhatWorks Reception & Publication Launch, with speakers, networking and more. Attendance to the evening event is by donation to support Actua, facilitated by Charitable Impact.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: 8:30 am to 12 pm (Mental Toughness with Sean Bacon); 5 to 7 pm (Reception & Publication Launch)
Where: BC Tech Hub – Suite 101 — 887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online for Mental Toughness with Sean Bacon and Reception & Publication Launch

Chantal Kreviazuk

What: JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk (“Surrounded,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Before You”) brings her Christmas Is a Way of Life Tour to Clarke Foundation Theatre in Mission on December 4, and Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on December 5.

When: December 4 (Mission), December 5 (North Vancouver)
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Clarke Foundation Theatre — 33700 Prentis Ave, Mission; Centennial Theatre — 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Christmas Glow Vancouver

What: Christmas Glow will take place inside the Harbour Convention Centre until January 5, 2020. Visitors will be able to enjoy nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of enchanting twinkling lights and holiday activities.

This year’s theme for Vancouver is “Santa’s Lost Presents.” Guests will be able to help the elves find Santa’s lost presents. Themed light-up structures, including Santa’s sleigh and his trusty reindeer, will be set up around the venue. Adults will be able to enjoy the licensed bars, seasonal beverages, and live music while interactive activities and festive playgrounds will keep the kids busy.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Harbour Convention Centre — 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Nutcracker Afternoon Tea

What: Held in the Notch8 Restaurant & Bar’s Private Dining Room, this Nutcracker themed tea service features holiday décor and vintage storybooks, and food will be served on a decorative Christmas tree tier.

Food featured in this tea includes Porcini Mushroom Hot Cocoa topped with bitter chocolate marshmallow, Ginger Mont Blanc Babka, and Fruitcake Scone served with clotted cream, marmalade and black cassis curd, and a “Sugar Plum Fairy” with candy cane stripe beetroot, goat cheese, and pine dust, to name a few.

When: Now until December 31, 2019 (excluding December 24 and 25)
Time: Seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: Adults, $79; children, $39.50 (ages 12 and under); reserve online

The Dandy Warhols

What: Portland alt-rockers The Dandy Warhols come to Vancouver on December 4 on their 25th Anniversary Tour. Featuring special guest Mother Mariposa.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

Vancouver Trolley Company tour at Christmas (Vancouver Trolley Company)

Vancouver Trolley Company tour at Christmas (Vancouver Trolley Company)

What: Throughout December, the Vancouver Trolley Company is running its Karaoke Christmas Lights tour, showcasing the city in a unique way. Stops include Bright Nights at Stanley Park, local light displays such as the English Bay Christmas Tree, Hycroft Manor and Canuck Place, VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights, and a viewing of St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope.

When: Now until December 29, 2019
Time: Check in by 6:15 pm, tour runs from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Check in at the Welcome Centre in Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

DZ Comedy Tour with Dolph Ziggler, Sarah Tiana and Sunee Dhaliwal

What: WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler brings his DZ Comedy Tour to Vancouver with special guests Sarah Tiana (Reno 911, Chelsea Lately) and Sunee Dhaliwal (Just For Laughs, CTV’s Comedy Now).

When: December 4, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre — 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, December 5

Yule Duel Vancouver: Carolling for a Cause

Yule Duel 2017 / yuleduel.com

What: Hundreds of voices from dozens of Vancouver’s best choirs will sing at the North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery, during Yule Duel: BC’s largest outdoor carolling competition. Donations will be collected for May’s Place, which delivers hospice care to vulnerable and marginalized people in the Downtown Eastside.

When: December 5, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
Where: North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, with donations to May’s Place being collected

Winter Hayrides in Steveston

What: Enjoy a winter hayride around Steveston Village, complete with a seasonal sing-a-long and viewing of local holiday displays.

When: December 5 to 6, 2019
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm, hayrides leave every 30 minutes
Where: Steveston Community Centre – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Price: $7 per person, pre-registration is required at Steveston Community Centre or by calling 604-238-8080

Bah Humbug 2019

What: Jim Byrnes stars in the 10th annual and final edition of the modern re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, set in the Downtown Eastside. Scrooge, played by JUNO-award winning Byrnes, is a pawnshop operator and hotel landlord who renovicts his tenants. The production is part of SFU Vancouver’s 30th anniversary.

When: December 5 to 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: SFU Woodard’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts — 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Krampusmarkt

What: OH Studio and Strange Fellows Brewing are teaming up to present Krampusmarkt, an old-world-inspired festival. Attendees will find a unique take on holiday shopping with odd, exquisite, and eclectic work from local artists, with ceramics, textiles, decor, artwork, and skin products available. Seasonal artist-led workshops and tastings of vintage barrel-aged beers will also take place.

Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their best goth or ugly Christmas sweater and take a photo with Krampus (by donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank) on Thursday night, or 1 to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. There’s also an opening reception on Friday, December 6. The $15 ticket price includes a beer, nibbles and a gift.

When: December 5 to December 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Strange Fellows Brewing — 1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Admission: $2 general admission, $15 for opening reception Friday

The Dinner Party Variety Comedy Show

What: The Experience’s first show is a three-course dinner served with a variety comedy show. Chef Jamie Lipe of Firefly Catering is providing the meals while headliner Ambika Vas along with Ryan Egan, Svetlana White, Andrew Huzar, Debra Sears, Dayleigh Nelson, and director Jackie Blackmore are providing the comedy.

When: December 5 to December 7, 2019
Time: Doors at 6 pm
Where: BC Artscape — 320 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

James and Jamesy / Facebook

What: When disaster strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, the friends find unique and comedic solutions to keep things going. The duo are three-time IMPRESARIO Award winners (London) and have been named Best of Fest (Orlando, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patrons’ Pick (London), and more.

When: December 5 until December 7
Time: Thursday and Friday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm
WhereVancouver Playhouse — 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
TicketsOnline

Aurora Winter Festival 2019

What: The Aurora Winter Festival, now one of the largest events of its kind in Western Canada, is returning for the 2019 holiday season. The six-week, North Pole-inspired festival will be expanding its event to fifteen acres in size and relocating to Hastings Park.

Upgrades from last year include a larger surface for ice skating, a longer tube park, and double the number of rides and games. Other attractions include a light tunnel showcasing the Aurora Borealis, a story-time theatre with Santa for kids, a giant tube park, ice skating on a frozen pond, six amusement park rides, games, some of Vancouver’s best food trucks, and a market with 40 holiday-inspired vendors.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: General admission passes start at $17.99; senior and child passes start at $12.99; family passes start at $49.99; available online

And here’s another fun and festive event to get on your radar this Friday, December 6:

Dirty Betty Presents: Hoe-Hoe-Holiday Show

What: The Dirty Betty Show celebrates the holiday season with a festive and funny evening at Fox Cabaret. Vancouver’s sassiest comedy show features an all-femme cast of drag queens, stand-up comedians, improvisers, burlesque, and more.

When: December 6, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 to 10 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online