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21 Awesome Events In Metro Vancouver This Week (January 2-5)

Canyon Lights Tour

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Hello 2018!

The new year brings a fresh start, more events, and plenty to look forward to.

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From creative light displays to films, here are 21 awesome events taking place in metro Vancouver this week.

Events In Metro Vancouver This Week


Tuesday, January 2

Lanterns | Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

The Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival will light up the skies of Vancouver with dozens of spectacular gossamer lanterns. It takes place at the PNE Grounds this week until Sunday, January 21st, 2018.

Being the largest festival of its kind in Canada, guests can expect to see 35 illuminated displays transforming over 14 acres of Hastings Park into an explosion of light and colours.

LED lights | Laberge Christmas Lights

Paul Laberge’s North Vancouver home is once again putting on a dazzling computer-animation Christmas light show this week, featuring 18,000 LED lights. Located on 753 Beachview Drive, the show lasts 60 minutes, taking place in three 20-minute segments.

Their display features over 50 hand-built elements, 18,000 lights, and over 45,000 channels. Moreover, over 14,000 of those light are individually controlled pixels, with red, green and blue LEDs that can each be controlled to produce over 16 million different colours.

Skating | Winter Ice Palace

Winter Ice Palace
Photo: City of Surrey

The 20th annual Winter Ice Palace returns to Cloverdale Arena this week until Sunday, January 7th, 2018. It’s a family-friendly open skate, with the arena decked out in twinkling holiday lights. Admission is $4.50 per person and you can rent skates rentals for an additional $3.25. Moreover, helmet rentals are $1.75.

Train | Winterfest

Winterfest kicked off on Friday, December 8th and stays open until Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Organizers are excited to bring to you Santa Express and Christmas Night Train. Santa Express runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., allowing you to enjoy an enchanting train ride through interactive themed displays. Not to mention, make sure you catch a selfie with Santa himself.

The Christmas Night Train, running from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. will take you through Bear Creek’s enchanted Forest Of Lights, brightening up your holiday season. This train is running Wednesday to Sunday.

Holiday lights | North Vancouver Christmas Lights

The Ribalkin/Viau family are at it again – covering their roof, gardens, gutters, railings and driveway in thousands of of lights, blow-up displays, Christmas decorations, and holiday cheer. the light display will be on from 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily until the last night of Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. 100% of both the cash and food donations will go to support the Harvest Project, Shriners Care for Kids, and the BC Epilepsy Society.

Skating | Robson Square Ice Rink

Robson Square Ice Rink
Photo: Spencer Finlay / 604 Now Flickr Pool

The Robson Square Ice Rink is open this week and will host free skates daily until Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. Skating is free for all ages. Those who own their own skates are welcome to use them. Skate rentals are $4, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time. Furthermore, helmets are mandatory for children 12 and under. Robson Square Ice Rink will offer rentals and accept cash only.

Christmas lights | VanDusen Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights will take over the VanDusen Botanical Garden this week until Sunday, January 7th, 2018. You can stroll through the garden and enjoy dancing light shows, photos with Santa and so much more. Dancing Lights occur every 20 minutes at Livingstone Lake. Back by popular demand, the Air France Carousel will take you on a Parisian musical experience around the world. All tickets include a free ride on the carousel.


Outdoor lights | Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights
Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Canyon Lights is taking place from Thursday, November 23rd – Sunday, January 28th, 2018. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are being transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. Guests will also get to see the tallest Christmas tree in the world!

Exhibition | The Fabric of Our Land

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC with the Musqueam Indian Band present the remarkable new exhibition The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving. It’s on display from Sunday, November 19th – Sunday, April 15th, 2018. Curated by Susan Rowley in collaboration with Salish weavers, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

Exhibition | City on Edge

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) explores the history of our city’s street protests with City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism. It’s a major, new photo-based exhibition on display until Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

Outdoor lights | Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge, a display of over 100,000 Christmas lights returned to Coquitlam on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. The route will take visitors through a dazzling 1.2 kilometres of festive lights with ten themed zones. This family-friendly event is free to attend throughout the weekend and is located near the Lafarge Lake SkyTrain station.

Play | East Van Panto

The East Van Panto is back with another amazing show planned for Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. It plays from Wednesday, November 29th – Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at York Theatre. In this story, you’ll see your hero flee the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and straight into the madness of the PNE. When she arrives here, she dances with Superdogs, takes a ride on the Coaster, and befriends washed up 80s rock stars “The Seven Dwarves”. Tickets range from $22-$135.

Outdoor lights | Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Bright Nights
Photo: Bright Nights in Stanley Park / Facebook

The Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza will sparkle with over three million twinkling lights from Thursday, November 30th – Saturday, January 6th, 2018. This family-friendly holiday attraction features lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the 14-minute train ride.

Want to come during the day? There is a matinee tree operating during the daytime that’s the perfect option for families, school groups, and groups with children. However, there is no live performers during this ride. Tickets start at $6.

Outdoor lights | Heritage Christmas

Stroll through the streets of the Village to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays. This winter wonderland is open this weekend until Friday, January 5th, 2018.

Hockey | Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks take on the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3

Movie | Blade Runner & Blade Runner 2049 Double Bill

Photo: The Rio Theatre / Facebook

Join Rio Theatre for back-to-back screenings of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: The Final Cut followed by Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.

Thursday, January 4

Mingling | Speed Friending

Photo: Graduate Student Society – UBC Vancouver‎ / Facebook

Speed Friending is very similar to speed dating, but the UBC Graduate Student Society is also throwing in some twists to make the experience extra fun and engaging. Let them help you break the ice – find a community to call your own and get to know a lot of people in a short period of time. It runs from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Film | The Other Side of Hope

This film sees a poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman betray a group of refugees. It begins at 8:40 p.m.


Friday, January 5

Festival | Italian Film Festival Opening Gala: Tulipani

Photo: IFF Italian Film Festival‎ / Facebook

The opening gala begins with a reception featuring live music, food and wine. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 and includes a glass of vino.

Party | NEON Party XY

Get ready to glow and shine with UV Dark lights and fluorescent colors this week! Music will be played by DJ DomTop. This event takes place at XYYVR from 9:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Show | Slide Show: A Night of Improvised Powerpoint Comedy

Slide Show features Vancouver’s top improvisors making up presentations on the spot to go with PowerPoint slideshows they’ve never seen before. It starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $5.


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