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99 things to do in Vancouver this winter

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Daniel Chai Dec 20, 2018 6:58 am 479

Winter has arrived in Vancouver and the city is full of cool events to enjoy. From Christmas fun to New Year’s Eve, Cannes Lions to Fan Expo, here are 99 Vancouver winter events you need to check out.

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

Christmas Events

Aurora Winter Festival

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Jonathan Evans Aurora Winter Festival Toronto

What: Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other joyful activities. From visiting Santa’s Workshop to lacing up your skates on the Frozen River, there is something for every age at the Aurora Winter Festival. The festival takes place at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place and runs from

When: Now to Sunday, December 30, 2018. Closed on select days
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Place – 811 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $14.99-$19.99. Infants 3 and under are free

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

What: Stroll through the streets of Burnaby Village Museum to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays. At the bandstand, visitors can create their own magical holiday show with lights that change colours to sound. Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the season including theatre performances, community choirs, street characters and musicians. Many family-favourite activities are back including craft for children, baking in the Farmhouse and visits with Father Christmas.

When: Now to Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave Burnaby
Admission: Free, carousel rides $2.65

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

What: Fly like Santa this Christmas on a magical flight across Canada. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2018
Time: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm
Where: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Heritage Christmas at Historic Stewart Farm

What: Taste fresh-baked festive treats, string popcorn and experience Christmas the Victorian way at Historic Stewart Farm. There will be a new craft to make each day of Heritage Christmas, plus check out the signature Christmas Open House on December 8 from 11 am to 3 pm, featuring live music and photos with Old Saint Nick.

When: Every weekend until Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
Admission: Free

Ugly Christmas Sweater Toonie Skate

What: Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and enjoy an annual Toonie Skate. Skates and helmet are included in admission fee.

When: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: $2

Vancouver Christmas Market

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Christmas Market

What: The 9th annual authentic German-inspired Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to get into the holiday spirit. Experience a selection of traditional food and beverages, and browse vendors offering authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery, and other unique gifts. There will be kids activities, live entertainment, and the opportunity to ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

When: Now to Monday, December 24, 2018
Time: Open daily from 11 am to 9 pm (closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: available soon online

Christmas at Canada Place 2018

What: Free Christmas attractions will be taking over the Canadian Trail, along the west promenade of Canada Place . This year’s festivities include giant light installations at the Canada North light display, the historic Woodward’s Windows, and the festive Avenue of Trees. Visitors will be able to enjoy the sounds of live Christmas performances along the west promenade of Canada Place from 12 to 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For the whole of the Christmas celebrations, the iconic white sails of Canada Place will be illuminated with festive colours and designs.

When: Now to Thursday, January 3, 2019
 Time:  8 am to 11 pm. On December 31, Christmas at Canada Place will close at 6:00 pm
Where: The Canadian Trail, West Promenade – 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Gingerbread Lane at Hyatt Regency Vancouver

What: The annual Gingerbread Lane has taken over the lobby of the Hyatt Regency. This year’s display features more than 30 gingerbread creations designed by secondary schools, professionals, and amateur culinary artists. As well as providing a welcome dose of holiday feels, the event also helps to raise money for local charities with more than $80,000 secured to date.

When: Now to Saturday, December 29, 2018
Where: Hyatt regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street
Admission: Free

Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory

What: Experience a winter wonderland at Queen Elizabeth Park filled with magical lights, festive music, and a holiday scavenger hunt. There will also be 150 free-flying tropical birds and 500 plants inside the indoor tropical garden.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2018. Closed Christmas Day.
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park — 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $6.50 for adults, $4.35 for youth (13-18), $3.15 for children (4-12).

Santa at Capilano Mall

What: Santa Claus has arrived at Capilano Mall ahead of his busiest day of the year. Kick off the holidays with a traditional visit to Santa who will be available for photos from now through December 23. There’s going to be special giveaways for those who purchase photo packages with Santa. Feel bad about leaving your pet at home?

When: Now to Sunday, December 23, 2018
Times: Times vary by date
Where: 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Price: $19.99 – $34.99 – Purchase Santa photo package on the day of visit

Carols for the City 

What: If you’ve had your fill of Christmas cookies and are looking for something to feed the soul, this is event to check out. Carols for the City is a mix of Christmas concert and a Christmas Eve service or sorts. Traditional Christmas carols are interspersed with readings from scripture, prayer, and a blessing by the Salvation Army band. Doors open early and seats fill up fast.

When: Monday, December 24, 2018
Time: Doors 3 pm, show 4 pm
Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St., Vancouver
Tickets: Not required. Show up early to secure a seat. Seats cannot be held past 3:30.

Holiday Lights

Dundarave Festival of Lights

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Dundarave Festival of Light/ John Martin

What: Fabulously festive and absolutely free, the Dundarave Christmas Fair kicks off their 10th anniversary in 2018, featuring four Saturdays of free concerts in the Festival Longhouse on Dundarave Beach. Claim a tree in the Forest of Miracles and enjoy one of the most spirited decorating parties anywhere.

When: Now to Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Dundarave Park, West Vancouver
Admission: Free

Chalet Place Lights for Charity

What: A home up in the hills of North Vancouver has been lighting up with over 100,000 lights each Christmas for a few years, to raise donations for three good causes – the BC Epilepsy Society, Harvest Project, and Shriners Care For Kids. This is the final year of the display, so make sure to add it to your list.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: 4967 Chalet Place, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Lights in the Park

What: The Town Square Park (located beside the Steveston Museum) will warm up the chilly winter evenings as it is illuminated with a beautiful light display.

When: Now to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Evenings
Where: Steveston Town Square Park – 3791 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Heritage Building Light Display

What: During this holiday season, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is lighting up their beautiful heritage buildings for all to see. Come down in the evenings and see the site all merry and bright.

When: Now to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Evenings
Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond
Admission: Free

Holiday Hi-Light Festival

What: This annual event features a majestic festival of illumination with more than 150,000 lights on display over three acres. Entry is by donation, with 100% of proceeds to the North Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society.

When: Now to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Park & Tilford Gardens – 333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Lights on the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs

What: A Sasquatch-themed festival that hopes to share some of Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors. Light displays on the Harrison Lakefront will showcase the mythical creature hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, and windsurfing. The celebration will also include a Christmas tree trail, Whoville-themed village, and cabin-style New Year’s celebration.

When: Now to Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Harrison Hot Springs
Admission: Free

Lights at Lafarge Lake

What: Lights at Lafarge Lake is one of the largest free light displays in Metro Vancouver, and features more than 100,000 twinkling lights. The outdoor display wraps its way entirely around the lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-km loop through 10 themed zones. The display is located just steps from SkyTrain’s Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, and the lights will remain on from dusk each night until 11 pm.

When: Now to Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: Dusk to 11 pm daily
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Bright Nights at Stanley Park 2018

What: Over three million dazzling lights decorate acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. The attraction in the heart of the park is also accompanied by a train ride, music, snacks, entertainment, and even visits with Santa and his elves. The annual tradition, now in its 21st year, is operated and installed by 800 firefighters – it is a task that requires 8,000 hours of set-up over three months. Bright Nights attracts 200,000 visitors every year, with all proceeds benefiting the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life supporting and life enriching services to people in BC.

When: Now to Saturday, January 5, 2019. Closed on Christmas Day
Time: Schedule available online
Where: Pipeline Road, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Train tickets: Adults: $12 / Seniors: $9 / Youth: $9 / Child: $8

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2018

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View from above/Capilano Suspension Bridge

What: Thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the iconic suspension bridge and other areas of the park. The 30-ton Douglas Firs of the Treetops Adventure will also be dressed in lights. Standing at an impressive 110 feet above the forest floor, the Douglas Firs that connect the suspension bridges are the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world, according to event organizers. Also returning to this year’s festival is the Snowy Owl prowl, gingerbread cookie decorating, and sing-along carols with a holiday band.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019 (closed on December 25)
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: $46.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, $34.95 for students, $27.95 for youth (ages 13 to 16) $14.95 for children (ages 6 to 12) and free for children under six

Glow Christmas

What: Glow Christmas brightens up Langley’s Milner Village Garden Centre with over 500,000 lights spanning 103,000-sq-ft of holiday magic. The display will feature four different light gardens, food trucks (and bar!), over 40 vendors, and – the cherry on top – a 210-foot musical light tunnel.

When: Select dates to January 19, 2019
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Milner Village Garden Centre – 6690 216 St, Langley
Tickets: Available online, $8.99 to $39.99. Kids under 3 are free.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

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 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.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver: Countdown to 2019

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Fireworks at Concord New Year’s Eve Vancouver. (Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society)

What: One of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Canada, the fireworks spectacle on the Coal Harbour waterfront in downtown Vancouver on this auspicious night sees an attendance of over 100,000 people. Returning for its fourth consecutive year, Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver’s celebration is promising dazzling fireworks shows, a free outdoor street party at Jack Poole Plaza, and an extravagant premium indoor party held inside Vancouver Convention Centre West.

When: From 7 pm on Monday, December 31, 2018, to early morning on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

  • NYE Vancouver Street Party at Jack Poole Plaza: Starts at 7 pm
  • Concord Countdown Central Indoor Party at Vancouver Convention Centre West: Starts at 7 pm
  • Family Countdown Fireworks: 9 pm
  • Midnight Countdown Fireworks: 12 am

Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre West, and Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver
Tickets: Available now online

Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver 2018/19  Indoor Party

What: The enormous West Ballroom of the beautiful West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre will be transformed into the largest indoor NYE party in Canada. It is all part of Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver, one of the largest NYE festivals in Canada. Revellers can take in the concert festivities, whimsical art installations, and spectacular high-aerial fireworks from a warm, comfortable, and fun indoor environment. The fireworks will be viewed through the convention centre’s impressive multi-storey high, floor-to-ceiling windows. This is also the only indoor party in Vancouver with its own fireworks. In fact, the fireworks barge in Coal Harbour is strategically positioned to provide indoor party revellers with the best, unobstructed sightlines of the fireworks.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018 from 7 pm to late

  • Family Fireworks: 9 pm
  • Midnight Fireworks: 12 am

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Celebration Pass — $59.00 (FREE for kids under 5 years old. The party is for all ages). 19+ adults only VIP Pass — $159.00. Fully licensed. Available here.

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grouse Mountain

What: Enjoy performances throughout the night as well as a special 9 pm countdown for the littlest revelers that will be sure to light up the sky with a boom.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Festivities starts at 5 pm
Where: Grouse Mountain Resort – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

No Pressure NYE at Colony

What: Colony Bar on Main Street and Colony Bar in Kitsilano are holding No Pressure NYE parties for those who want to celebrate in Vancouver without the stress. There are $20 buckets of Bud and Bud Light on special, and if you get stamped at #NoPressureNYE at either Colony location, you’ll be able to get a complimentary caesar at brunch the following day.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: All evening long
Where: Colony Bar Main – 2904 Main Street; Colony Bar Kits – 3255 West Broadway
Price: Free cover – Make a reservation via Colony Main Street or Colony Bar Kits

Patrick Maliha’s 6th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve: Live at The Rio!

What: A variety show to ring in the New Year. Hosted by Patrick Maliha and Eric Fell, featuring Shirley Gnome, Harris Anderson, Travis Bernhardt, Ryan Williams, Sophia Johnson, Randee Neumeyer and Gina Harms! Ticket includes party favours and complimentary glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $16-$32

New Year’s Eve at Tap & Barrel Shipyards

What: Tap & Barrel Shipyards is throwing its first annual New Year’s Eve Party in Lower Lonsdale. There will be a DJ, photobooth, and party favours. Tickets include a welcome drink, light canapés and bubbles at midnight.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Tap & Barrel Shipyards – 8 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25

NYE 2019 @ TELUS World of Science

Science World/Shutterstock

What: Featuring five fully licensed bars, two rooms of music on two floors, six of the city’s top DJs and performers, and an amazing sound and light system that will have you dancing as soon as you arrive. Note: cash bar only.

When: Monday,December 31, 2018
Time: 9 pm to 3 am
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online. General admission starts at $80 and VIP packages start at $95 (each includes a complimentary glass of champagne for the NYE toast).

Rejuvenate New Year’s Eve – A Fundraiser for Recovery Day BC

What: Recovery Day BC presents Rejuvenate, a child-friendly, clean and sober New Years Eve with dinner, show and dance. Featuring the The Timebenders, DJ Lejos and DJ Dave Ally, and more.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 6 pm to 12:30 am
Where: Anvil Centre- 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online, $125 for dinner and dance, $25 for dance only

Man Up! X Queers & Beers – New Year’s Eve

What: Queers & Beers kicks off at 6:30 pm with an unparalleled beer, cider, & cocktail line-up in a friendly social environment. Then Man Up! presents the sweetest, cutest, hottest queer drag party in town, with performances at 10 pm, 11 pm, and 12:30 pm.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm to 2:30 am
Where: The Warehouse – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $8-$17

New Year’s Eve at The Fox

What: The Fox Cabaret celebrates the launch of 2019 Vancouver’s own ACTORS and Booty EP, Common People DJs and special guests, and more.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 7 pm to 3 am
Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15-$45

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show

What: Ring in 2019 with local host funny-man Daniel Zindler and his cast of fools including circus acrobats, magician Paul Nathan, live music, and a few surprises. It all ends early with one of Vancouver’s largest balloon drops letting you party afterwards or put the kids to bed.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 8 pm to 10 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20-$89

Happy Lunar New Year

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair

What: The hallways of Aberdeen Centre will be transformed into a Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, featuring vendors selling including gifts, decorations, fresh flowers, crafts, food, home goods and more. Your one-stop-shop for all Chinese New Year essentials.

When: Wednesday January 30 to Tuesday, February 5, 2018
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Admission: Free

Yaohan Centre Chinese New Year Celebration

What: The hallways of Aberdeen Centre will be transformed into a Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, featuring vendors selling including gifts, decorations, fresh flowers, crafts, food, home goods and more. Your one-stop-shop for all Chinese New Year essentials.

When: Tuesday, February 5, 2018
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Where: Yaohan Centre – 3700 No 3 Rd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Chinese New Year Celebration at International Village Mall

What: International Village Mall’s celebration will bring traditional Chinese Spring festivities and rituals to the community of Vancouver, with exhibition and sales booths on both the Main and Upper Mall Levels. Come out for Chinese New Year festive items, souvenirs, culinary delights, giftware, multicultural live performances on stage, a lucky draw and more. This three-day event includes an opening celebration with a ceremonial lion dance.

When: Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: International Village Mall – 88 W Pender St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

LunarFest Celebrations

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(Image: Christophe Testi / Shutterstock)

What:Start your Lunar New Year celebration with a “gong” and take a money bath. LunarFest brings cultures and traditions outdoor in downtown Vancouver. Win a prize in the Universe of Piggy Banks and learn about cultures and currencies around the world. Be sure to meet the Pig Heroes, DIY a lantern and take home lots of crafts. Presented by TELUS.

When: Saturday, February 9 to Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase

What: Colourful dance shows and Chinese Orchestra performance featuring hundreds of spectacular talents from the Vancouver Academy of Dance, Colors of Dance Academy, B.C. Chinese Music Association, and more.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Admission: Free

Enjoy the great outdoors

Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas 2018

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 now 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.

Robson Square Ice Rink 2018

What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is open for the 2018 and 2019 season. As per tradition, skating is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site for a fee. An on-site concession stand will also serve warm drinks and snacks.

When: Now to February 28, 2019
Time: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm. Holiday hours vary
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street and Howe Street)
Cost: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time)
Note: Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only

Explore the city

SAP Networking Event & Live Performance by KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall/Facebook

What: Multinational software company SAP will be hosting a free exclusive networking event in Vancouver for those who are interested in connecting and networking with various diverse members of the SAP community from all over the world. Those attending the event will be able to speak about the opportunities with hiring managers and senior leaders within the company, as well as get an insight into a leading global organisation’s company culture. Additionally, SAP has invited award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall to perform live at the event, bringing her unique brand of alternative rock to Vancouver.

When: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street
Price: FREE — Register here to RSVP

Vanhoover Pony Expo

What: Vanhoover Pony Expo gives Canadian pony fans a convention to call their own, and gives the entire fandom a place to celebrate all things pony in Vancouver. Despite its name and theme, organizers note that Vanhoover Pony Expo is in no way affiliated with Hasbro, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and related media belong exclusively to Hasbro and/or its subsidiaries.

When: January 11 to 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Executive Airport Hotel, Richmond
Registration: Online

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops 2019

What: Women looking to learn more about self-defence are invited to join the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for women’s personal safety workshops this winter. Participants will be able to learn easy self-defence tactics, and no prior training is required. The safety team encourages skills that involve “effective” self-defence.

The workshop is hosted by the VPD’s Women’s Personal Safety team and will take place on January 11 and February 7, 2019. The VPD says the workshop is open to all women, but the minimum age to sign-up is 16-years old. Anyone under 18 must come with a parent to sign a waiver. More information is available online.

When: Friday, January 11 and Thursday, February 7, 2019
Where:

  • January 11 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm:  Coal Harbour Community Centre — 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver
  • February 7 from 6 to 8 pm:  St. George’s School — 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver

Registration: 

Price: Free

Cannes Lions Vancouver Screening 2019

What: The National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), in partnership with The Globe and Mail, is hosting a screening of the Cannes Lions 2018 award winners at Vancouver’s Scotiabank Theatre on January 31. Viewers will have the chance to take in the short — though no less impressive — works of the advertising industry from the comfort of movie theatre seats, with the 126 minutes of award-winning advertisements play on the big screen. Some of these commercials include the famous “It’s a Tide Ad” from Tide, “Unlock” from Apple, and Taco Bell’s “Web of Fries.”

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
Where: Scotiabank Theatre — 900 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25 to $30, available online

Vancouver: The Wizard’s Brunch & Dinner

What: The Wizard’s Brunch & Dinner, is an immersive dining experience in a magical world. Vancouver Convention Centre will be transformed into a fantastic wizarding world. Seated on long tables, guests will enjoy a magical feast and fine wizard liquids, with a Wizard Disco later in the evening.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: Brunch from 12:30 pm to 3.30 pm, dinner from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, and Wizard Disco from 10:30 pm to 1 am
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $185-$215; buy online

Thank You For Being a Friend

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Thank you for Being a Friend/ Facebook

What: The Golden Girls coming to Vancouver — but in puppet version. Join Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia for a live puppet tribute show that is bringing the laughs and memories back, this February at the Vogue Theatre.

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: Doors at 7 pm,  show at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $35 to $40

Mushroom Racing Vancouver

What: Mushroom Racing is your chance to race against Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Super Bros.’ gang while collecting stars and winning prizes. ‘Real Life Mario Karting’ is all about Go Karting with a twist. Details on location and the event will be sent to participants a week prior to the event.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Where: TBA
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite, $50

Vancouver Ball Pit Party

What: Ball Pit Party is an adult wonderland combining the playground filled with balls, cocktails, and top DJs spinning tunes all day. Tickets are sold on two-hour slots to play in the ball pit and dance with the tunes. A cash bar will be available with cocktails and more on show.

When: Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Westside Grand – 1928 West Broadway
Tickets: $25-$30, available online

Fan Expo Vancouver 2019

What: Taking place from March 1 to 3, 2019, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Fan Expo is a hot spot for all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and every genre in between. Comic book fans, cosplayers, anime fans, and video game lovers can also check out the event to get their fill of the action.

When: March 1 to 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $25 to $30

Kit And Ace Metrotown Pop-Up Shop

What: Kit and Ace has opened a pop-up shop at Metropolis at Metrotown to celebrate the holiday season, and this is the first-ever time the brand has had a physical presence in Burnaby. Visitors to the pop-up will have the chance to win a head-to-toe Kit and Ace look featuring both the Navigator and Brushed French Terry fabrics. Look for the mannequins wearing these looks and leave your email address to be entered to win. Two winners will be selected at the end of each month. Shop the latest products at the Kit and Ace pop-up in Burnaby or at the brand’s other locations in Vancouver. This includes the flagship store at 165 Water Street and the West 4th Avenue location in Kitsilano.

When: Open now through Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: Regular mall hours
Where: Level 1 through Entrance 4 on the left, Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Price: Free admission

Bacio Rosso: Gourmet Cabaret Cirque 2018

What: A one-of-a-kind gourmet cabaret cirque production that puts fine dining, comedy, and circus under a giant enclosed tent. Bacio Rosso is a three-hour performance that features artists from around the world, including magicians, jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists, clowns, singers, and comedians. All the while, spectators will feast on a delicious four-course gourmet meal curated by La Quercia’s Adam Pegg, an award-winning Vancouver chef who specializes in Italian cuisine.

When: Wednesday to Sunday from now to March 10, 2019
Time: Wednesday to Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
Price: $119 to $219. Online

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond Exhibition

Guo Pei with her design One Thousand and Two Nights, 2010/Vancouver Art Gallery

What: Renowned for combining China’s rich aesthetic tradition with modern sensibilities, the exhibition will showcase more than 40 of Guo Pei’s breathtaking designs, including opulent avant-garde silhouettes. Couture Beyond looks at the the evolution of Guo Pei’s designs over 10 years, beginning with examples from her early collections, Samsara (2006), An Amazing Journey in a Childhood Dream (2008) and 1002 Nights (2010), with a lively installation in the Gallery’s rotunda of the collection from her 2015 MAC Cosmetics collaboration.

When: Now to Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street
Price: $6.50 – $24 – Tickets available via Vancouver Art Gallery

Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs

What: Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs takes a look at over 300 original artifacts that teach us about the lives of everyday Egyptians and those who ruled them. And the exhibition is bringing in a rare 3,500-year-old artifact that’s going to inspire your journey back to ancient Egypt – the bust of a female Pharaoh Hatshepsut.

When: Now to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Royal BC Museum –  675 Belleville Street, Victoria
Tickets: $26.95 adults, $18.95 students, free for children three- to five-years-old, tickets available via Royal BC Museum

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition 2018

What: The Titanic: Artifact Exhibition has been designed to focus on the real, authentic human stories of those who boarded the Titanic and bringing those tales back to life. To help recreate the memories of the passengers, more than 120 authentic pieces from the vessel will be present, as well as extensive re-creations of rooms on the ship.

When: Now to Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Lipont Place – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online, $17.95

The Science Behind Pixar Vancouver 2018

What: The Science Behind Pixar, featuring over 40 interactive elements, was created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios. The upcoming exhibition in Vancouver will be broken into eight distinct sections, with each focusing on a step of Pixar’s filming making process: modelling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting, and rendering. The activities and exhibits are inspired by some of Pixar’s most acclaimed films, including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. Attendees will also have photo opportunities with human-size recreations of famous Pixar characters, such as Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL-E.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Bon Appétit

Feast of Seven Fished at Cibo Trattoria

What: Enjoy a seven-course Italian-inspired menu this month for two nights only at Cibo. Features on the spread include slow-cooked octopus and tons of local seafood.

When: Sunday, December 23 and Monday, December 24, 2018
Where: Cibo Trattoria – 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Price: $88; $163 with wine pairings

Dine Out Vancouver 2019

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What: Dine Out Vancouver is back for its 17th year, bringing with it a crowded calendar of food events, with hundreds of restaurants participating in this year’s exciting event. Taking place from January 18 through February 3, 2019, the popular annual fest features hundreds of restaurants, each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages).

When: Friday, January 18 to Sunday, February 3, 2019
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages). Special event tickets are on sale now.

Hot Chocolate Festival

What: Back for its ninth year, chocoholics will love this cocoa-fueled festival, which features an unbelievable array of exotic and specialty hot chocolates.

Where: Various locations throughout the city.
When: Dates to be announced soon

Gluten Free Expo

What: Discover, shop and sample hundreds of gluten-free products while learning from leading experts at Canada’s largest gluten-free event.

When: Saturday, January 12 to Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown  – Vancouver

What: Now in its eleventh year, Vancouver’s culinary heavyweights will go ladle-to-ladle in the soup-centric cook-off as attendees and a panel of judges sample the goods before casting their votes to name the 2019 champion. Ticket prices include the chance to taste all 15 chowders plus refreshments from local beverage partners, which will be announced closer to the event date. All proceeds directly support the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019,
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Price: $75; buy online

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019

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What: Canada’s premier food and wine festival, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, features 160 wineries from 15 countries. Known as “one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world,” the festival will feature a plethora of California Wines this year, the showcase region for 2019.

Attendees can expect to see over 1,500 wines poured at the 54 events over the festival’s nine-day run. As always, HQ for the wine fest will be the Vancouver Convention Centre, but more than 20 other restaurants and venues around the city will host winery dinners, lunches, and seminars.

When: February 23 to March 3, 2019
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Tickets: Advance tickets online. All public events go on sale January 9 at 9:30 am; All trade events go on sale January 23 at 9:30 am

Hopwired Festival

What: Hopwired Festival feature over 25 collaborations between coffee roasters and craft breweries who come from across North America. Meet brewers and roasters while sampling the full range of thoughtfully made collaboration beers and coffees in between tasting panels led by industry leaders. Hopwired is customized to provide world-class beers, coffees, and snacks that you won’t find anywhere else.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 1 to 5:30 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Canucks

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What: The Vancouver Canucks continue their regular season throughout the winter, with home games including Edmonton Oilers on January 16, Calgary Flames on February 9, and Toronto Maple Leafs on March 6.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants

What: Vancouver Giants continue their winter WHL season at Langley Events Centre, with games against Kamloops Blazers on January 12, Prince George Cougars on February 2, Kelowna Rockets on March 15, and more.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Warriors

What: Vancouver Warriors bring National Lacrosse League action to Rogers Arena throughout the winter, with home games including Colorado Mammoth on January 26, Saskatchewan Rush on February 16, and New England Black Wolves on March 16.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

IIHF World Junior Championship: Denmark vs Sweden and USA vs Czech Republic

What: Lordco Road to the World Juniors tournament continues with Denmark facing Sweden in Chilliwack and USA versus the Czech Republic in Langley.

When: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: 6 pm (Chilliwack), 7 pm (Langley)
Where: Prospera Centre – 45323 Hodgins Ave, Chilliwack; Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

IIHF World Junior Championship: Switzerland vs Russia and Canada vs Finland

What: Lordco Road to the World Juniors tournament wraps up with Switzerland taking on Russia in Burnaby and Canada facing Finland in Vancouver.

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm (Burnaby), 7 pm (Vancouver)
Where: Bill Copeland Arena – 3676 Kensington Ave, Burnaby; Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

IIHF World Junior Championship: Denmark vs Czech Republic and Russia vs Canada

What: It’s a World Junior Championship doubleheader on New Year’s Eve when Denmark takes on the Czech Republic and Russia face off with Canada at Rogers Arena.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 1 pm (DEN vs. CZE), 5 pm (RUS vs. CAN)
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania

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What: Professional wrestling returns to Vancouver as Rogers Arena hosts WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania. Three matches involving eight Smackdown superstars have already been announced: AJ Styles vs WWE Champion Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio vs Rusev vs United States champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and Asuka vs Charlotte Flair vs Smackdown women’s champion Becky Lynch The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) are also scheduled to attend. Samoa Joe was not mentioned in the announcement, but he is pictured in the marketing material.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, starting at $20

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Every Saturday to April 27, 2019 (except December 30)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, craft alcohol producers, and food trucks. There is free parking for market shoppers at Gate 2 off of Renfrew St.

When: Every Sunday to April 28 (except December 30)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
Admission: Free

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market

What: Established in 2008, the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market began as a bi-weekly market in the lobby and courtyard of the Port Moody Rec Centre. Now a weekly market, shoppers can stop by every Sunday for local BC produce, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods.

When: Every Sunday to April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Cannery Farmers’ Market

What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days, with guided heritage tours by donation.

When: Various dates from Sunday, October 21, 2018, to Sunday, April 28, 2019 
Time: 
10 am to 3 pm
Where:
 Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission:
 Free

Connect with the Arts

Christmas Reprise XVI 

What: Need a break from the last minute gift shopping? You’re in luck. For the 16th year, the Vancouver Cantata Singers are offering up Christmas concert to delight the ears. This year the program features a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces.

Where: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: 2 pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral 646 Richard’s St., Vancouver, 7:30 pm at Queen’s Avenue Church 529 Queen’s Ave. New Westminster.
Tickets: Available online. $10 to $35

Ellie King’s Hansel, Gretel and the Strolling Players

What: Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents a traditional Panto adventure with Hansel, Gretal and the nefarious Mistress Grimm. Join in the fun by booing the bad guys and cheering the good guys, sing along with toe-tapping music, and groan at corny old jokes.

When: Friday, December 21 to Saturday, December 22, Wednesday, December 26 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz

What: When a pipeline bursts, Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land of Oz, aka Nanaimo and Hastings. There, Dorothy is pursued by a Wicked Witch, meets a trio of new friends, and embarks on a magical journey to the World’s Greenest City in search of brains, heart, courage … and Yoga Pants.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre 

Photo: Little Dickens The Daisy Theatre / The Cultch

What: Ronnie Burkett’s marionette vaudeville troupe puts a whole new spin on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Ebeneezer Scrooge becomes Esme Scrooge, a diva somewhat past her prime, who goes on a Christmas journey to redemption. This adult-only show got great reviews last year and promises to make your spirits bright.

When: Now to Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch, 1895 Venables St., Vancouver
Tickets: At the box office, online, or by phone 604-251-1363, $24 – $69

Bah Humbug 2018

What: Jim Byrnes leads a stellar cast in this modern re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, set in the Downtown Eastside. Scrooge is a pawnshop operator and hotel landlord who renovicts his tenants. Savannah Walling, the artistic director of Vancouver Moving Theatre which co-produces this production, says “we hope that our music-filled adaptation shines the light of truth on this old tale and today’s Downtown Eastside.”

When: Now to Saturday, December 22, 2018
Times: Various times
Where: SFU Woodard’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Tickets: Available online from $24 to $39

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

What: Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Christmas at Pemberley brings the Bennet sisters together for Christmas at the home of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy. An unexpected visitor could be a really awkward attempt at a setup, or a Mary’s chance at romance.

When: Now to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street
TicketsOnline from $24 to $54.99

It’s a Wonderful Life

What: A heartwarming holiday musical for the whole family. It’s a Wonderful Life, set to soaring songs from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, is a timeless holiday classic. With a little help from his guardian angel, George Bailey, is brought back from despair on Christmas Eve to see how he has truly touched all the people in his life.

When: Various dates until Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

What: One rainy day, the Pevensie children discover that an old wardrobe is actually a doorway to the enchanted land of Narnia. A magical re-imagining of CS Lewis’s classic tale by Ron Reed of hope, change, and sacrifice in a world where it is always winter and never Christmas. Directed by Sarah Rodgers, featuring Rebecca deBoer and John Voth.

When: Now to Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: Various times
Location: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

15th Anniversary: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019

What: The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature mid-winter cultural event. The PuSh Festival presents audiences with groundbreaking, contemporary works of theatre, dance, music, and multimedia, by acclaimed local, national, and international artists. This year’s PuSh Festival will showcase 26 works from 24 companies from 13 countries – including six world premieres.

When: January 17 to February 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

18th Annual Talking Stick Festival

What: The Talking Stick Festival began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. The unique and exciting event has grown into a full two-week festival held annually in February at locations across Vancouver. Now attracting over 18,000 attendees each year and still growing, Talking Stick is noted as being the premier, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America.

When: February 19 to March 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
More Info: Online

Concerts and Comedy

The Funk Hunters

What: Canadian electronic music act and DJ duo The Funk Hunters bring Funk The Halls to the Commodore with guests Mat The Alien and Neon Steve.

When: Friday, December 21 to Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $30 and up

The Arts Club’s Blind Date

What: Arts Club, the largest theatre company in Western Canada, is putting a much-needed dose of laughter and fun into dating. From now to Monday, December 30, 2018, Rebecca Northan’s improv comedy Blind Date will be playing at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre. Viewers will get a chance to experience the exhilaration (and hilarity!) of new love as Mimi, the lead character of the show, goes on a blind date with a different man every night. There’s a catch though – her date is picked right out of the audience.

When: Now to Monday, December 30, 2018
Time: Showtimes vary based on date
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $29

Cirque Musica Wonderland

What: Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland, n all-new concert experience featuring the cast of Cirque Musica. Featuring favourite holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra.

When: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: 3 pm
Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2018 Year in Review with Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports 2018 Year in Review takes an improvised look at the year’s top stories and adds a much-needed comedic perspective to prepare for the coming year. No event is safe from ridicule and, as always, the scenarios will be based on audience suggestions challenging the quick-witted improvisers to create instant, unscripted comedy.

When: Wednesday, December 26 to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thievery Corporation

What: Electronic music duo Thievery Corporation bring their Treasures From The Temple Tour to the Commodore with special guests The Suffers.

When: Thursday, December 27, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Contact Winter Music Festival 2018

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What: A staple of the Western Canadian music scene is set to return to BC Place for a seventh consecutive year this winter. Taking place on December 28 and 29, Contact Music Festival has announced its full lineup of 20 internationally acclaimed artists, headlined by EDM producer Skrillex and DJ duo The Chainsmokers. The all ages, two-day event, present by Blueprint and Live Nation Canada, is expected to host 34,000 attendees over the course of the festival.

When: Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29
Time: 5 pm to midnight
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard
Tickets: Online

Cheap Trick

What: Legendary rockers Cheap Trick of “I Want You To Want Me” and “The Flame” fame, are performing at Hard Rock Casino this December.

When: Friday, December 28, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

First Annual East Van Holiday Dance

What: The First Annual East Vancouver Holiday Dance feature beer, German food and polka music by Polka Time and The Dreadnaughts.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: Doors at 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Dr. Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pop-Up Comedy Jam with stand-up guest Danika Thibault

What: The Fictionals Comedy Co. welcome Danika Thibault to the Improv and Stand-Up Mashup at Cafe Deux Soleils. The evening features improv games inspired by audience suggestions, plus comedy surprises in Best of Both Worlds.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Admission: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors

Off the Top Rope with Ric Flair

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What: The 69-year-old pro wrestling legend Ric Flair will be telling “untold tales of pro wrestling,” along with the “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.

When: Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Smash Comedy Festival

What: Produced by Nasty Women Comedy, the inaugural Smash Comedy Festival is a three-day comedy festival spotlighting Vancouver’s best and brightest women/trans/femme/plus performers. Featuring sketch, improv and stand-up shows, writing and improv workshops, and a 90s dance party. Funds go towards sending underrepresented kids to Improv Camp for the upcoming 2019 season.

When: Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Dierks Bentley

What: Country star Dierks Bently is coming to Vancouver this January for his Burning Man Tour. Along with him on tour will be special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Towns, and Hot Country Knights.

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

KISS

What: One of the most prolific bands of all time, that launched an era of rock ‘n roll legends, KISS’ final tour, appropriately named the “End of the Road,” will start at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on January 31 and All Hell’s Breaking’ Loose as it’s the beginning of the end. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Arkells

What: In honour of their fifth studio album, Hamilton’s The Arkells has announced a nation-wide tour that’s kicking off in Vancouver on February 2, with special guests, Lord Huron.  The Arkells have also partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold is going to support the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants in Canada through the Canadian Council for Refugees.

When: February 2, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mother Mother

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What: Vancouver-based alt-rockers Mother Mother will be making a stop in Vancouver for their 2019 North American Dance and Cry Tour. The tour comes after the release of their new 12-track album, Dance and Cry. The tour will be the band’s most extensive to date, as they hit 40 cities across the continent.

When: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: Doors at 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe Street
Tickets: Online

JFL Northwest

What: JFL Northwest, Vancouver’s very own Just For Laughs comedy festival, is back for 2019. The star-studded lineup includes Gabriel Iglesias, Whitney Cummings, Ken Jeong, Aziz Ansari, Best of the West, and more.

When: Thursday, February 14 to Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Snoop Dogg & Friends

What: Get ready to drop it like it’s hot, because Snoop Dogg & Friends will be performing at Rogers Arena. The tour “proudly celebrating 25 years of doggystyle” brings a line-up of ’90s guests to make a full TBT listening sesh on a Friday night. Snoop Doggy Dog will be joined by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt, and Luniz.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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