7 things to do in Vancouver today: Friday, December 22

Dec 17 2017, 11:22 pm

Start your Christmas weekend early, with one of our seven things to do around Vancouver today, including Fort Langley Christmas, ice skating, and more.

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

Winter Ice Palace

  • What: The 20th Annual Winter Ice Palace is a winter wonderland, so find a time to skate across the old fashion pond.
  • When: Friday, December 22, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Cloverdale Ice Arena, 6090 176 Street – Surrey
  • Admission: $4.50/person, $3.25 for skate rentals; $1.75 for helmet rentals. Free admission for Recreation Pass holders.

An Olde English Christmas With Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

  • What: One of the most popular bands from the 60s British Invasion, Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone will be performing at River Rock Show Theatre. Noone can usually be heard on SiriusXM Radio’s “60s on 6” channel where he hosts the show, Something Good with Peter Noone. Additionally, he and the band continue to perform to sold-out audiences with their fans spanning the generations.
  • When: Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $49.50


  • What: 23-year old Toronto artist Ramriddlz brings his Sweeter Dreams Tour to Fortune Sound Club for an all-ages show with support from Angst & Softieshan.
  • When: Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Little Dickens: A Christmas Carol


  • What: The crew at the Cultch are taking on A Christmas Carol with a big twist! Ronnie Burkett’s hilarious version of the Charles Dickens classic features magic, mayhem, and marionettes in a production that needs to be seen to be believed. Led by Miss Esme Massengill, the grand dame of the Daisy Theatre, this adults-only show is sure to be a raucous treat.
  • When: Until Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At The Cultch; $22-$69

A Fort Langley Christmas

  • What: Hear Kwantlen stories, taste a chestnut roasted over the fire, and make a beautiful craft. Take a guided tour at 11 am or 3 pm, or enjoy the daily feature at noon. At 2 pm, see what the interpreters have baked up in the outdoor oven. Admire the giant outdoor Christmas tree and take family photos at various scenic spots on site.
  • When: Friday, December 22 to Saturday, December 30, 2017 (closed December 24 to 26)
  • Time: Opens at 10 am
  • Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada – 23433 Mavis Ave, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Earls 2017

Man in an ugly Christmas sweater (IVASHstudio/Shutterstock)

Man in an ugly Christmas sweater (IVASHstudio/Shutterstock)

  • What: Earls Yaletown is hosting its first ever Ugly Sweater Christmas Party this December, and it’s completely free to attend, all you need is an ugly sweater. There’ll be a dance floor set up where you can swing your sweater, as well as $2 off signature cocktails. Plus, you can take part in a photo booth Instagram contest to win a Chef’s Table Experience.
  • When: Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm to 1 am
  • Where: The Loft at Earls – 1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

HO HO HO Disco featuring DJ Claus

  • What: Santa Claus joins Party4Health for an epic disco party, with reindeer, elves, and Christmas-themed activities. Whether you’re an elf, reindeer, or Ms. Claus, join in the naughty or nice dancing on the Olympic Village Plaza, underneath a giant lit-up Disco Tent.
  • When: Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Olympic Village Square, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free