7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, December 5

Dec 4 2019, 3:30 pm

One more day to the weekend! Keep the fun levels up with our list of seven things to do on Thursday, December 5, including Yule Duel, Krampusmarkt, and more.

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

Yule Duel Vancouver: Carolling for a Cause

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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


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

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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

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 for tomorrow, 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