10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, December 21

Dec 20 2019, 5:00 am

Winter officially starts today, and there are many great events happening in Vancouver to keep the spirits bright! From Songs in the Snow to Aurora Winter Festival, here are 10 things to check out on Saturday, December 21.

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

Christmas with Chor Leoni: Angels Dance

What: Chor Leoni and the Arts Umbrella Dance Company team up for Angels Dance at the Orpheum on December 21. Featuring traditional Holiday music from the Southwest, Appalachia, Europe, and Canada, Chor Leoni, an ace band, and modern ballet dancers will make the music come alive in a magical holiday experience.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 4 pm and 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Pittsburgh Penguins

What: Vancouver Canucks face off with Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Birding Walks in Surrey Parks

What: A local naturalist leads a birding walk through a Surrey park where you can see the various birds of the city.

Walks are drop-in and will happen rain or shine but may be cancelled due to high winds or extreme weather conditions. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow as well.

When: December 21, 2019, January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, 2020
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Various parks in Surrey
Admission: Free

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: Online, General Admission passes start at $17.99 / Senior and Child passes start at $12.99 / Family passes start at $49.99

Christmas Reprise XVII

What: The Vancouver Cantata Singers perform two Christmas Reprise XVII concerts on December 21. This year the program features a mix of traditional Christmas carols and modern holiday compositions for the unaccompanied choir.

Where: December 21, 2019
Time: 2 pm (Vancouver) and 7:30 pm (New West)
Where: Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richard’s St., Vancouver (2 pm), Queen’s Avenue Church, 529 Queen’s Avenue, New Westminster (7:30 pm)
Tickets: Online

Dundarave Festival of Lights 2019

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Dundarave Festival of Light/ John Martin

What: The Dundarave Festival of Lights is back for another season, offering festive, free concerts, a Christmas fair, and a Forest of Miracles. You’ll be able to enjoy concerts in the Longhouse and the Nativity Pavilion for free, decorate the festival’s Christmas tree, and shop at the Christmas Fair. It’s free to wander among the magical Christmas trees, which are decorated and sponsored to help raise funds to end homelessness.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: Saturday afternoon
Where: Dundarave Beach – 25th Street at Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
Admission: Free

Merry Makers

What: Attendees can make stocking stuffers, hand-crafted ornaments, and more festive crafts at Museum of Surrey’s drop-in Merry Makers.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Avenue, Surrey
Admission: By donation

Songs in the Snow – A Village Christmas

What: The Steveston Historical Society in cooperation with City of Richmond and Richmond Arts Coalition presents local musicians performing holiday classics. There will also be free hot chocolate, holiday activities, vintage-style Christmas crafts, and more for the family to enjoy.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Steveston Town Square Park – 3791 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Christmas Boutique

What: Place des Arts annual Christmas Boutique features a variety of locally sourced, eco-friendly gifts. Shop for ornaments, decorations, crafts, and more for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 9 am to 9 pm (Monday to Friday), 9 am to 5 pm (Saturday), 1 to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Admission: Free