20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: December 30 and 31

Dec 24 2017, 8:58 pm

The last weekend of 2017 has arrived! Make the most of your time by checking out one of our 20 things to do on Saturday, December 30 and Sunday, December 31. Vancouver Aquarium Family Sleepover, New Year’s Eve fireworks, and more to enjoy.

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

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour

  • What: The Original Harlem Globetrotters are going on a World Tour against the Washington General, with ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm, plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson (rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change).
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 12 pm.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$144

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

vandusen festival of lights


  • 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, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 pm to 9 pm.
  • Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15.24 for adults, $8.57 for children. Available online.

Contemporary Art Gallery Family Day – Earth Paint

  • What: On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Inspired by Andrew Dadson’s White Restretch with Bark Mulch (East Vancouver), Earth Paint allows guests to experiment with a range of earthy paints to create a thickly textured creation on canvas.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: CAG – 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tobacco Brown and Cameron Hawes

  • What: Tobacco Brown is the solo project of Vancouver based singer/songwriter, Kevan Schell, and Cameron Hawes is a singer-songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Catch them both live at the Railway.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
  • Where: Railway Stage & Beer Cafe – 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Vancouver Canucks versus Los Angeles Kings

  • What: Vancouver Canucks face off with the LA Kings at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $59-$239

Everyone Must Go! with The Judys, Gnash Rambler and The H’Oracle Project

  • What: The Judys, Gnash Rambler and The H’Oracle Project present a night of live music at LanaLou’s.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10

City Lights at The Cinematheque

  • What: Described by Charlie Chaplin himself as “a comedy romance in pantomime,” this winning mix of slapstick, sentiment, and social criticism has Chaplin’s beloved Little Tramp falling in love with a blind flower girl. When he discovers that her sight can be restored through expensive surgery, he goes to extraordinary lengths to raise the necessary money, including an hilariously ill-advised turn as a prizefighter. She, for her part, believes her unseen benefactor to be a handsome millionaire. 
  • When: Saturday, December 30
  • Time: 8:45 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist

  • What: Longshoreman, actor, musician, lecturer, poet, activist, environmentalist and First Nations leader; Dan George (born Geswanouth Slahoot) is remembered for many things. Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist explores the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor.
  • When: Saturday, December 30, 2017
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: North Vancouver Museum at Presentation House – 209 West 4th Street, North Vancouver

Glow Christmas 2017

  • What: Glow Christmas will be brightening up Langley’s Milner Village Garden Centre with over 500,000 lights spanning 103,000 square feet 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: Now to December 30, 2017
  • Time: 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Milner Village Garden Centre – 6690 216 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online, $20 for adults, $15 for kids and seniors, family discounts available

Vancouver Aquarium Family Sleepover


Holiday decor and eel tree/Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: For those looking to spend some quality time together in a different sort of way this Christmas season, the Vancouver Aquarium is the place to be. While many enjoy the Aquarium’s offerings on a daily basis, a special night-time experience is being offered in the form of a family sleepover. Taking place on Saturday, December 30, the sleepover runs from 9 pm until 9 am the next morning.
  • When: Saturday, December 30
  • Time: 9 pm to 9 am
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver 
  • Admission: $92 for members, $115 for non-members

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver

Fireworks at last year’s Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver. (Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver)

  • What: Revellers looking to ring in 2018 before the clock strikes midnight only have to descend to the Coal Harbour waterfront on December 31. For the third consecutive year, Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver’s fireworks celebration, free outdoor street party, and premium indoor party will enable Vancouverites and visitors to kick off the New Year in proper fashion. The event is one of Canada’s largest NYE celebrations in terms of both programming and attendance. In fact, last year’s event attracted over 100,000 attendees.
  • When: December 31, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm to 1:30 am
    • NYE Vancouver Street Party along Canada Place Way: 7 pm to 12:15 am
    • Indoor Party at Vancouver Convention Centre West: 7 pm to 1:30 am
    • Family Countdown Fireworks: 9 pm
    • Midnight Countdown Fireworks: 12 am
  • Where: Canada Place and Coal Harbour
  • Price: Free. Tickets for indoor party available now at ConcordsNYEVAN.com
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2017 Year In Review with Vancouver TheatreSports League

  • What: The lead-up to the US election, Kate and Will’s visit, climate change, the demise of Brangelina and the construction of more bike lanes are just a few of the stories that grabbed the headlines this year. All these and more provide fodder for Vancouver TheatreSports’ quick-witted improvisers as they find the funny in the important and not so important events of 2017. 
  • When: Now to Sunday, December 31, 2017
  • Time: Various showtimes
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10.75-$39.50

Le Ritz NYE 2018

  • What: Le Ritz at the newly-renovated Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront sees the return of the annual ‘Draped in Style NYE’ series with a black and white ‘Hollywood glamour’ theme to celebrate 2018. DJ’s feat. SKLA, Nikky, and special guests will be spinning the soundtracks to have you dancing through to 2018, while One Embassy will be the live band performing at this spectacular event.
  • When: Sunday, December 31, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Early bird $80, regular $90 – Tickets available via showpass.com/leritz

New Year’s Eve 2018 at Parq Vancouver

No Pressure NYE at Colony

  • What: Blueprint Events is hosting the ultimate No Pressure New Year’s Eve party at Colony Bar on Main Street and Colony Bar in Kitsilano on December 31, for those who want to celebrate in Vancouver – without the hefty price tag of an OTT party. There is a budget-friendly $5 snack menu, $18 buckets of Hey Y’all or Coors Banquet, and lagers for $4.75. And if you get stamped at this #NoPressureNYE event at either Colony location you’ll be able to get a complimentary caesar at brunch the following day.
  • When: Sunday, December 31, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm, movie at 6:30 pm
  • 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

NYE 2018 Waterfront Gala Ball

  • What: Celebrate in style in this upscale and mature environment with well-prepared appetizer stations and a champagne toast at midnight. Plus enjoy the magnificent view of the midnight countdown Fireworks at Canada Place from our Grey Goose Lounge, and two rooms of latest and old school hits.
  • When: December 31, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

NYElectric 2018

  • What: Top Vancouver DJs playing the hits, an All You Can Eat Appetizer Buffet, a VIP lounge and more.
  • When: December 31, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown – 1128 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

NYE 2018 @ TELUS World of Science

  • What: Featuring five fully licensed bars, two rooms of music on two floors, eight of the city’s top DJs and performers, a mesmerizing lighting system, as well as sleek sound system that will have you dancing as soon as you arrive.
  • When: December 31, 2017
  • 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).

Patrick Maliha’s 5th 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, featuring Little Miss Risk, Burns The Dragon, The Gentlemen Hecklers, Roman Mancini, Gina Harms, and headliner Shirley Gnome. Ticket includes party favours and complimentary glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year!
  • When: December 31, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Rio on Broadway – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29

NYE 2018, presented by Solid Events

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  • What: Hosted by Solid Events, the evening is set to feature performances from renowned international DJs, with legendary superstars Axwell and Ingrosso (formerly members of Swedish House Mafia) as the headliners. Andrew RayelDubVisionDJ Isaac, and hometown rising-star DAIJO, are also scheduled to perform at the event which kicks off at 9 pm and runs right through to 3 am in 2018.
  • When: Sunday, December 31, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm to 3 am
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum –  2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $109 – $149 (excluding fees) – Tickets available via www.solidevents.ca
  • Age: All ages, 19+ to purchase alcohol
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