7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, December 20

Dec 13 2018, 4:31 am

Variety is the spice of life, and we’ve got seven great choices of things to do in Vancouver today, Thursday, December 20. Enjoy Festival of Lights, The Nutcracker, and more!

For more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden


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What: The botanical garden is covered in more than a million lights. Reindeer and Scandinavian gnomes also roam the trails, and visitors can walk through the gingerbread wood, lantern alley, and Make-a-Wish candle grotto.

When: Now to Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm to 9 pm. Hours extended to 10 pm between December 15 and 24.
Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Online: Pricing: Adults $18.50 online and $20 at the gate. Prices vary for youth, children and seniors. Tickets available online

I See Stars

What: American electronicore band I See Stars from Warren, Michigan performs at The Biltmore with guests Chase Your Words and Tulsy Place.

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $9.99 to $14.99 plus fees

Ballet Victoria presents The Nutcracker

What: A uniquely wonderful Christmas ballet to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score. Join a flurry of dancing characters and a mischievous young girl who sparks an adventurous world of unexpected wonders when she opens a present early, despite her uncle’s warning.

When: Now to Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Merry Market & HoHoHoDown

What: With the support of some West End Elves, Gordon Neighbourhood House is hosting their first annual Merry Market & Holiday HoHoHoDown. Take an Insta worthy selfie with a sassy snowman, make friends over mulled wine, and channel your inner Mariah Carey with carolers. There will be a cozy corner for kids to create crafts, a Kringle Mingle for grownups to sip hot drinks, and gifts galore from local artists. 

When: Now to Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas 2018

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What: Visitors can take a spin on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000-sq-ft outdoor ice skating pond or zip down the multi-lane snow sliding zone. You can also take a Sleigh Ride through the mountain’s Winter Wonderland, meet magic Reindeer, watch family Christmas movies, and write a letter to Santa. At Santa’s Workshop, believers young and old can share their special Christmas wishes and take a photo. Photos are pay by donation to BC Children’s Hospital. And if you really want to get to know St. Nick, join him breakfast from Saturday, December 1 to Sunday, December 23, and be sure to get on his good list.

Access to the Peak of Christmas is included with your Annual Local’s Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass as well as regular Alpine Experience tickets.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: For more information and a detailed daily schedule for all Peak of Christmas activities, please check here.
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Admission: All festive Peak of Christmas activities are complimentary with an Annual Local’s Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass, as well as regular Alpine Experience tickets.

John Grant

What: Singer-songwriter John Grant performs at Imperial with guest Two Medicine.

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $24.99

King Arthur’s Court

What: King Arthur’s Court is a traditional British Pantomime. Join Arthur in a whimsical tale as he grows from a boy to a king. His interactions with Merlin and Guinevere, as well as his Knights of the Round Table, keep this energetic musical moving faster than you can say “Lancelot”. Get ready to boo the baddies, cheer on our heroes and dance in the aisles as the audience joins in the fun, laughter, and merriment.

When: Now to Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Metro Theatre Vancouver – 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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