10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, December 23

Dec 22 2017, 11:51 pm

Two more days before Christmas, so cram all the cheer into your Saturday!

From a Unicorn Uniform Holiday Pop-Up to an Ugly Sweater Party, here are 10 fun things to do in Vancouver on Saturday, December 23.

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

Saturday, December 23

Unicorn Uniform Holiday Pop-Up

  • What: Unicorn Pop-Up Shop features all the shiny, iridescent, unicorn-coated merch you could ever dream of – think unicorn emoji pouches, mugs, jewellery, socks, shirts, decor, gifts, and more. The pop-up is being run by Unicorn Uniform, who are offering attendees the chance to stock up on all of their unicorn goodies for the year.
  • When: Saturday, December 23, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Ana V Beauty – 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports’ The Christmas Queen is returning this holiday season with the latest instalment in the series, Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa. Confusion and hijinks ensue when the Queen and Santa exchange bodies in a Freaky Friday-style magical sleight-of-hand.  What happens to the Workshop’s Toy Factory with the Queen as Santa in charge? The answers are revealed as VTSL’s ensemble players take audience suggestions and turn them into 90 minutes of holiday hilarity.
  • When: Saturday, December 23
  • Time: 7:30 pm.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10.75-$24.25

Christmas in Kerrisdale Festival

  • What: Brass bands, Santa, horse and carriage rides, and roving carollers are all part of this cherished family afternoon event. 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: Saturday, December 23, 2017
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Kerrisdale Village – West 41st Avenue between Larch and Maple Street
  • Admission: Free

Dundarave Festival of Lights

  • What: The final day of festive, free concerts, a Christmas fair, and the Forest of Miracles, the largest outdoor display of Christmas trees in British Columbia. You can also enjoy the Dundarave Nativity, a group of carvings made from old growth cedar, and attend a Christmas Wassail and Bonfire.
  • When: Saturday, December 23, 2017
  • Time: Every Saturday afternoon
  • Where: Dundarave Beach – 25th Street at Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ugly Christmas Sweater Toonie Skate

  • What: ​Bring family, friends and your finest Ugly Christmas Sweater for a holiday toonie skate. Featuring crafts, face painting, reindeer games, and a visit from Santa and friends.
  • When: Saturday, December 23, 2017
  • Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
  • Where:  Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby,
  • Admission: $2, free for children 3 and under

Vancouver Canucks versus St. Louis Blues

  • What: Vancouver Canucks take on the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Saturday, December 23, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $59-$239

Brit Chill Holiday Skate

  • What: A festive, free skating session at Britannia Community Centre. There will be crafts, treats and visits from Santa Claus, Frosty and Rudolf.
  • Time: 1 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Britania Community Centre – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Now That’s Ugly Sweater Party

  • What: Live music, a DJ, group dances and sing-alongs, mistletoe, gifts, contests, carollers, an eggnog chugging competition and more, all in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Wear the cheesiest, ugliest, most festive clothing possible.
  • When: Saturday, December 23
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online tickets sold out, on the door $45

Christmas Presence

  • What: Local musicians Michael Hart, Garth Bowen, Corey Janz, Jon Ochsendorf, Rachel Button, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Chad Galpin, and Kenton Wiens team up for the last night of Christmas Presence 2017.
  • When: Saturday, December 23, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Pacific Theatre; $15.75-$38.35

Feast of Seven Fishes

  • What: Cibo Trattoria will make spirits bright by hosting a pair of ‘Feast of Seven Fishes’ culinary events in the restaurant’s intimate dining room this weekend. Both dinners feature a menu comprising seven courses that showcase the best fresh, local seafood and ingredients available in dishes such as BC Spot Prawns with Calabrian Chilli and Herb Crusted Sea Scallops, Pan Roasted Sablefish, and Grilled Tuna Tagliatelle.
  • When: Saturday, December 23 and Sunday, December 24, 2017
  • Where: Cibo Trattoria – 900 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $88 per person, $163 per person with wine pairings