27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: December 13 to 15

Dec 13 2019, 1:00 pm

We’re already halfway through December! Make the spirits bright with these 27 Vancouver events on Friday, December 13, Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15. Fridays on Front, Vancouver Warriors, and more.

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

Friday, December 13

Casino Night Out

What: Hard Rock Casino invites guests to try the new 007 James Bond Slot Machine on December 13 from 7 to 9 pm. There will be live entertainment with a DJ and showgirls, and a chance to win your share of $2,500 worth of gift card giveaways.

Plus visit Hard Rock Casino anytime between now and January 5, 2020 and play the new Bond-themed slot games with an Encore Rewards card to be entered for a chance to win $10,000 and a VIP Casino Night Out for two.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino — 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: No tickets required. Guests must be 19+ to enter the casino.

Fridays on Front Holiday Market 2019

Holiday Market

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What: New West’s Fridays on Front returns for a special Holiday Market on December 13. Marketgoers can head to the festivities happening under the parkade on Front Street and enter for free to enjoy a selection of delicious local eats and drinks available for purchase.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Under the parkade on Front Street in New West
Admission: Free

Andrew Schulz

What: New York comedian Andrew Schulz (Hulu’s There’s Johnny, Amazon’s Sneaky Pete, HBO’s Crashing) brings The Matador Tour to Vogue Theatre on December 13.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Winter Breakout 2019

What: Timbre Concerts and Crescnedo1 present Winter Breakout 2019, a one-day concert at Pacific Coliseum featuring Schoolboy Q, DaBaby, Lil Tecca, and more.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Pacific Coliseum – 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Gastown’s Not-So-Silent Nights

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What: Some of Vancouver’s most talented choirs will be taking over the corner of Water and Cambie Street in Gastown on various nights in December to carol for charitable causes.

The Leckie Building (Water and Cambie Street) will also turn into a giant living holiday story as a 120-ft animated video projection, created by students at Vancouver Film School (VFS), will play every 30 minutes in sync with the chime of the famed Gastown Steam Clock during each Not-So-Silent Nights. There will also be late-night shopping, mistletoe treasure hunts, on-street treats, and giveaways and surprises to enjoy.

When: December 13, 19, 20, 2019
Where: Gastown, Vancouver
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Admission: Free. Choirs will be accepting donations for charities

Baileys Treat Bar at CF Richmond Centre

What: For the first year ever, experience delicious Baileys Original Irish Cream beverages at the exclusive Baileys Treat Bar, taking place at CF Richmond Centre.

For three days only, treat yourself with a Baileys beverage made with either hot chocolate or coffee, and your choice of festive toppings. Christmas cocktail enthusiasts can take treats home from the pop-up and whip up something festive to impress their guests over the holidays. We’ve got all the inspiration you need right here.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: CF Richmond Centre — 6551 No 3 Road, Richmond

Mixed Nuts 

What: Arts Umbrella Dance Company presents Mixed Nuts, a modern retelling of The Nutcracker that incorporates a variety of dance styles including hip-hop, ballroom, and grand pas-de-deux. 

When: December 13 to December 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm (December 13 and 14), 2 pm (December 14 and 15)

Where: Vancouver Playhouse — 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, December 14

Casino Night Out

What: Parq Vancouver invites guests to try the new 007 James Bond Slot Machine on December 14 from 8 to 11 pm. There will be live entertainment, a photo op and showgirls. There will also be $2,500 worth of gift cards being given away.

Plus visit Parq Vancouver anytime between December 6, 2019 and January 5, 2020 and play the new Bond-themed slot games with an Encore Rewards card to be entered for a chance to win $10,000 and a VIP Casino Night Out for two.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 8 to 11 pm
Where: Parq Vancouver — 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: No tickets required. Guests must be 19+ to enter the casino.

Songs in the Snow – A Village Christmas

What: The Steveston Historical Society in cooperation with the City of Richmond and Richmond Arts Coalition presents local musicians performing holiday classics. There will also be free hot chocolate, holiday activities, vintage-style Christmas crafts, and more for the family to enjoy.

When: December 14 and December 21, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Steveston Town Square Park – 3791 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Vancouver Warriors vs New York Riptide

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What: The Vancouver Warriors take on the New York Riptide in National Lacrosse League action on December 14 at Rogers Arena.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Deck the Halls on South Granville

What: South Granville Business Improvement Association invites everyone to Deck the Halls this holiday season. There will be a special Christmas shopping event on December 14 on Granville Street, between 5th and 16th Ave. Shoppers can meet Santa, enjoy live music, nibbles and hot drinks and take part in a holiday tradition under one of ten mistletoe stations.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: Starts at 10 am
Where: South Granville from 5th to 16th Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Big Laughs Comedy at Cravings 1 Year Anniversary featuring Dino Archie

What: Cravings Restaurant’s private side room turns into an intimate comedy venue that hosts a variety of comics as featured on CBC, CTV, Comedy Network, Just For Laughs, The Debaters, and more. Dino Archie headlines Big Laughs Comedy’s One-Year Anniversary.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: Cravings Sports Bar & Grill – 8808 Osler Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Carolling with Carousel 

What: Carousel Theatre hosts a holiday singalong for the whole family. The Gingerbread Men and special guests will lead attendees in a festive evening of song and holiday celebration.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island — 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Johnny Reid

What: Scottish-Canadian country musician Johnny Reid wraps up his “My Kind Of Christmas” tour in Abbotsford on December 14.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

What: Established in 2003, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy features all kinds of handmade goods and products for the holiday season. In addition, the market constantly aims to discover and develop new artists, as well as connect guests with gifted artisans in their community. The 2019 show will be Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s last, so be sure to stop by.

When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Time: December 14 from 11 am to 6 pm; December 15 from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Admission: $4 admission

Dundarave Festival of Lights 2019

What: The Dundarave Festival of Lights is back for another season, offering festive, free concerts, a Christmas fair, and a Forest of Miracles. You’ll be able to enjoy concerts in the Longhouse and the Nativity Pavilion for free, decorate the festival’s Christmas tree, and shop at the Christmas Fair. It’s free to wander among the magical Christmas trees, which are decorated and sponsored to help raise funds to end homelessness.

When: December 14 and December 21, 2019
Time: Every Saturday afternoon
Where: Dundarave Beach – 25th Street at Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
Admission: Free

Highstreet Christmas Festival


Highstreet Holiday Market

What: The annual festival includes a 65-foot Christmas tree — one of the tallest in Canada — and holiday shows every Saturday from 5 to 5:30 pm with pre-show festivities starting at 4:30 pm. The shows feature a multi-media light display, which utilizes 6,000 tri-color LED bulbs set to holiday musical favourites. There will also be photos with Santa, Santa’s Mailbox, and gift wrapping and personal shopping.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Highstreet Shopping Centre – 3122 Mt Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Admission: Free

Sunday, December 15

Make It! The Handmade Revolution

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What: The Make It! Holiday Show features more than 260 vendors selling beautiful items made by hand, with love. With handmade clothing, art, accessories, gourmet goodies, home decor, children items, and more — conscious consumers will be sure to find gifts for everyone on your list. This year’s event also features food trucks and a beer garden to get you in the festive spirit. PNE Forum will be fully licensed so you can sip and shop. And don’t forget to leave your mark on the giant collaborative paint-by-numbers mural hosted by Paintillio.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at makeitshow.ca. Get 50% off early bird tickets until show day. Then it’s $10 at the door during the show. Kids 12 and under are free

Vancouver Street Store 6.0

What: The annual Vancouver Street Store will bring Christmas cheer to the Downtown Eastside for another year. The free pop-up clothing store opens on Sunday, December 15, at 62 East Hastings Street from 10 am to 4 pm. While the store will operate exactly like traditional shops, with departments set up in different tents and volunteers acting as sales assistants — everything will be completely free. There will also be volunteer barbers and hairdressers on-site for the more than 1,000 shoppers expected.

High-priority donations this year include boys and men’s warm outerwear and pants, backpacks, blankets, toiletries, and closed-toe shoes. Donations can be brought directly to the Street Store on opening day.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 10 am till 4 pm
Where: 62 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Where the Wild Things Are

What: Presentation House Theatre’s signature production of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. The show is a highly interactive, guided play experience, with guests helping Max turn his bedroom into the many sceneries of his adventures.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Presentation House Theatre — 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Weirdos Holiday Market 2019

What: The third annual Weirdos Holiday Market, presented by the folks behind local curio shop, This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, showcases an eclectic array of unconventional gift ideas. This year’s market will also offer tarot card readings by East Van Tala & Ritual and Rose Hip, a “Puppyteeth” art installation, photos with Santa, music, games, a hot dog buffet, a sword-swallowing performance, and a bar.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Ukrainian Cathedral Hall – 154 East 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: $2

The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth

What: Literary Larceny Collective presents The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth, with comedians, theatre performers and improvisers performing a comedic take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by Bernard Cuffling and Gary Jones.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Jericho Arts Centre — 1675 Discovery St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Gingerbread Village 2019

Gingerbread house (Image: Leena Robinson/Shutterstock)

What: The Downtown Surrey BIA’s third annual Gingerbread Village is a charity event that raises money for the Surrey Christmas Bureau. The gingerbread creations will be on display at Central City Shopping Centre near the Winners, and attendees can vote for their favourite with a cash donation to Surrey Christmas Bureau to help them support low-income families during the holiday season.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: Regular Mall Hours
Where: City Central Shopping Centre — 10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Nutcracker

What: Royal City Youth Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic on December 14 and December 15 at Surrey Arts Centre. The whole family will enjoy the adventures of Clara and the Nutcracker as they encounter the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and more.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 1 pm and 4 pm
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Crafty Affaire Holiday Market

The Crafty Affaire Holiday Market promotes a unique mix of modern, handmade items as well as vintage treasures. This fair will be popping up in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre on December 14 and 15.

When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – ​3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: By donation

In the BAG Family Sundays

What: Visit Burnaby Art Gallery for a different family-friendly art project this fall. December’s project is Wayfinding with Water.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm, beginning on the hour and half-hour mark with the last at 3:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Good Tidings: A Good Noise Gospel Christmas

What: The Good Noise Gospel Choir is the Gospel Choir in residence at Christ Church Cathedral. This holiday season the group is putting on a series of concerts with guest jazz vocalist Maureen Washington.

When: December 14 and 15, December 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Christ Church Cathedral — 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver (December 14 and 15); St. John’s Shaughnessy Church — 1490 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver (December 17)
Tickets: Online

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