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32 Awesome Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend (December 8-10)


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The recent streak of sunny weather is expected to continue into the weekend.

It’s the perfect weather to check out some holiday lights, do some Christmas shopping, or enjoy some outdoor skating.

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From Christmas markets to theatre plays, here’s 32 awesome events taking place in metro Vancouver this weekend

Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend


Friday, December 8

Christmas lights | Glow Christmas Light Garden and Market

Glow Christmas
Photo: Glow Christmas / Facebook

4 holiday themed light gardens and a stunning 210 ft. light tunnel. Christmas market with food, beverages, and local pop-up shops. Endless food trucks that includes a bar. Over 500,000 lights and activities for children to enjoy. Glow Christmas is Metro Vancouver’s newest seasonal market. It’s open this weekend and stays open until Saturday, December 30th, 2017.

The venue of choice is Milner Village Garden Centre. They specialize in growing poinsettias at Christmas, and garden-inspired decor and gifts all year around. As you make your way through the market, you’ll “feel the warmth and wonder of the Christmas season, under the glow of over 500,000 lights”.

Skating | Robson Square Ice Rink

The Robson Square Ice Rink is open this weekend 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

Festival of Lights
Photo: VanDusen Botanical Garden / Facebook

The Festival of Lights will take over the VanDusen Botanical Garden this weekend 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 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!

Holiday display | Christmas at Canada Place

Christmas at Canada Place
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The 30th annual Christmas at Canada Place event is back until Sunday, December 31st, 2017. Presented by the Port of Vancouver, the public is invited to experience the nostalgic tradition of the Woodward’s Windows, a magical holiday lighting display, the Sails of Light, and the festive Avenue of Christmas Trees. Admission is free.

Circus | Cirque du Soleil

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop. Moreover, the realm is in the 19th century, leading audiences to completely change their perception of reality. In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. The show stays in Vancouver until Sunday, December 31st, 2017.

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.

Art | Fight for Beauty

Fight for Beauty
Photo: Westbank Corp / Facebook

In ‘Fight For Beauty’, Westbank attempts to encapsulate the architecture, artistry, design, fashion and city-building initiatives that have come to define their practice. It will be on display from Saturday, October 7th – Sunday, December 17th, 2017. Fight For Beauty presents public art projects undertaken with world-class creatives.

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.

Art | Intangible

Featuring previously crafted, and never-before-seen creations, Intangible spotlights six trailblazing Coast Salish artists influenced by tradition as well as contemporary inspiration.

Sale | Winter Treasures Artisan Sale

The Port Moody Arts Centre is hosting their Winter Treasures Artisan Sale this holiday season until Thursday, December 21st, 2017. Sort through a collection of handcrafted gifts, art, jewellery, and fine crafts. Admission is free.

Performance | The Shipment

The Shipment
Photo: SpeakEasy Theatre Company / YouTube

SpeakEasy Theatre presents the West coast premiere of Young Jean Lee’s provocative play; The Shipment. It plays in Vancouver from Wednesday, November 22nd – Saturday, December 2nd, 2017. Theatre Mania calls The Shipment “an insightful piece about black identity politics that is daring, provocative, and very, very funny”.

Market | Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza – home of the Olympic Cauldron from Wednesday, November 22nd – Sunday, December 24th, 2017. If you circle this event every year, you’ll notice it’s even better now in the festival’s 8th year. The city’s signature yuletide celebration offers its largest festivities to date. It will feature more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures.

Lights | Wish Upon a Star Christmas Light Display

One of metro Vancouver’s most magical residential Christmas light displays is ready for another big year. Reveal night for the 2017 Wish Upon a Star Christmas light display took place on Saturday, November 25th. The display will continue to be open from 5:00 – midnight nightly until Sunday, December 31st, 2017.

Outdoor lights | Lights at Lafarge

Photo: City of Coquitlam – Municipality / Facebook

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.

Train | The Polar Express Train Ride

The Polar Express Train Ride returns for another exciting year on select dates from Saturday, November 25th – Sunday, December 17th, 2017. Departing from West Coast Railway Heritage Park, hop on this magical train ride to the North Pole, while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies.

Meet the Hobo, Hero Boy, Know-It-All, and the conductor as they act out parts of the movie. Once you arrive at the North Pole take in various activities such as meeting Mr. and Mrs. Clause, visiting Santa’s workshop, the Mini-Rail and much more. Tickets start at $35.

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 this holiday season 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.

Light festival | Lumière Festival

Experience Lumière, an annual event inspired by light, artistic expression, and community. Lighting up Vancouver’s iconic West End, Lumière kicked off on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 with eleven light inspired public art works on display.

Christmas trees | Dundarave Festival of Lights

Dundarave Festival of Lights
Photo: Dundarave Festival of Lights / Facebook

The Dundarave Festival of Lights is back for another holiday season, offering four days of nonstop activities. Beginning Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, visitors can enjoy free concerts, a Christmas fair, and the Forest of Miracles.

December 2nd will see the official lighting of the Festival’s Forest of Miracles take place. Not to mention, it’ll be the largest outdoor display of Christmas trees in coastal British Columbia.

Market | Make It Vancouver! Handmade Market

Running from Thursday, December 7th – Sunday, December 10th, 2017, make your way through 265 vendors this weekend. You’ll find clothing, accessories, art, home decor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items, and many other unique treasures. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden to keep the energy up throughout the day.

Concert | Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko
Photo: Timbre Concerts / Facebook

American singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko comes to Vancouver this weekend on Friday, December 8th. She’s set to perform at the Vogue Theatre in support her latest release “Trip”. The show begins at 8:00 p.m and doors open at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 9

Shopping | Christmas Market

Vancouver Charity Craft FairLe Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver is holding a Christmas market this weekend on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You’ll see an assortment of gourmet products, Belgian waffles, mulled wine, provence herbs, beauty products, and more.

Performances | Taboo Revue Holiday Double Feature

The Taboo Revue Holiday Double Feature takes place this weekend at WISE Hall. You’ll enjoy a set of dreamy dances, glamourous group numbers, and hilarious comedic acts. Tickets are $20.

Market | Got Craft? Holiday Edition

Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair returns to East Vancouver this weekend with 80 handmade makers and small businesses, including over 30% new vendors to the show. It takes place on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th. Tickets start at $3.

Fair | Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

New West Craft

Visit the Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair this weekend at the Port Moody City Hall Galleria. Admission is by donation and all proceeds are going to the Share Food Bank.

Exercise | HIIT Your Way To Health

Lift, squat, and run those winter blues away at the HIIT Your Way To Health workout. It takes place at YYoga South Granville and tickets are $40.

Food | Unicorn Cake Workshop

Join this class as you learn to mask a cake, tint buttercream, and pipe the perfect unicorn mane. As well they’ll teach you multiple techniques and styles on how to create the perfect horn and picture perfect ears.

Performance | Christmas Queen Drag Race

The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Christmas Queen Drag Race on Saturday, December 9th. They’ll perform a series of improv challenges based on audience suggestions. Tickets start as low as $10.75.


Sunday, December 10

Family | Winter Holiday Family Fun

Photos With SantaCelebrate the season with the whole family at Hycroft Manor this Sunday. Enjoy a visit with Santa, play fun activities and more! Tickets are $10.

Auction | Christmas Artisan Fair and Silent Auction

Discover exquisite knitwear, framed photos, ceramics, greeting cards, goodies, gift baskets, and much more. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m.

Sweets | Eclairs and Cream Puff: Holiday Special

“Pâte a Choux” is the new craze! They are a family of dessert, big and small puffs, all made with the same dough base. Learn how to make them at this class held at Trout Lake Community Centre this weekend. Tickets are $57.14.

Upcoming Events

December 11 | Jay-Z

Jay-Z will hit the stage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, December 11, 2017. He’ll also be joined on stage by Chicago rapper, Vic Mensa.

December 13 | Hillary Clinton

American politician and former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Vancouver on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. Hillary Clinton: Live is her new book tour that will travel across Canada and the United States. The event takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) and starts at 11:00 a.m.

December 15 | Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

The Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival will light up the skies of Vancouver with dozens of spectacular gossamer lanterns. Some will even reach nearly 200 feet in length. It takes place at the PNE Grounds just in time for the Christmas season from Friday, December 15th – Sunday, January 21st, 2018.

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