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American indie-rock band the National plays the second of two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Seattle experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces plays the Cobalt.

Denver-based indie-pop duo Tennis plays the Cobalt, with guests Wild Ones.

Canadian country-folk singer-songwriter William Prince plays the Rio Theatre, with guest Justin LaCroix.

Benefit concert at Seven Dining Lounge features performances by Lambsbreath, Outrun the Voices, Lucid AfterLife, and the 80th Action, with proceeds to support earthquake victims in Mexico.



The Salvation Army presents a five-km run and a one-km walk in Stanley Park in support of families in need. Festive holiday costumes encouraged.

Western Front’s annual  Toque fundraiser and craft fair features over 27 Vancouver-based artists and designers.

Brian Doerksen performs Christmas carols and songs at Strathcona Church, with proceeds to Mission Fest Vancouver.

See more than 30 gingerbread creations designed by students, professionals, and amateur culinary artists at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, with proceeds to Make-A-Wish B.C. and Yukon.



Ukrainian Food Fair and Bazaar at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Centre features perogies, cabbage rolls, and sausage rings, plus a flea market, crafts, baking, and preserves.



Learn how to spot and respond quickly to a bad situation, what resources you can bring to bear against someone who threatens your safety, and how to take care of yourself after a confrontation at a free Self Defense Talk at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Learn about the difference between social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter at Vancouver Public Library's Oakridge branch.



Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights features outdoor light displays, dancing light shows, stories with Santa, live entertainment, a fireside lounge, the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, and sing-alongs.

Annual Lights of Hope display at St. Paul's Hospital features over 100,000 sparkling lights and raises funds for the St. Paul's Foundation.

See thousands of lights adorning the Capilano Suspension Bridge, canyon, Treetops Adventure, and Cliffwalk at Canyon Lights.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park features a train ride through the forest decorated with lights, displays, and performers, with proceeds to the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.

The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza features more than 75 vendor huts, authentic German food and drink, a carousel, a 30-foot-tall walk-in Christmas tree, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities.

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain features holiday light installations around Blue Grouse Lake, Christmas movies, crafts, sleigh rides, skating, a gingerbread village, reindeer, storytime, and breakfast with Santa.

Lights at Lafarge features outdoor light displays, live entertainment, roving performers, hot chocolate and cookies, photos with Santa, family-friendly crafts, a holiday market, and choirs at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park.

Join Santa on a flight across Canada and on to the North Pole as he searches for his missing elves at Christmas at Flyover Canada.

Shop local from over 50 Vancouver vendors and enjoy food trucks, a DJ, artisan showrooms, seasonal drink specials, and pinball at the Ellis Building's Eastside Flea Holiday Market.

The two-day Deck the Hall Fair at Heritage Hall features 50 local artisans selling jewellery, pottery, body care, woodcraft, photography, handknits, toys, upcycled items, preserves, gourmet sauces, and candy.

The two-day Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair at Bonsor Recreation Centre features an array of artisans offering housewares, clothing, artwork, and seasonal décor, with proceeds at the door to Burnaby Central Secondary School's music department.

The two-day North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar at Carson Graham Secondary School features over 100 local vendors selling handmade goods and food trucks.

Kitsilano Winter Market at Kits Neighbourhood House focuses on local crafters, sustainable products, festive music, visits with Santa, and child minding.

Kensington Holiday Craft Fair at Kensington Community Centre features over 70 vendors selling jewellery, accessories, candles, and art.

New West Craft Christmas Night Market at Upstairs River Market features over 50 vendors, live music, and seasonal food and drink.

Holiday Social and Art Market at Denman Place Mall features a visit with Santa, live music, and crafts from local artisans.



The Vancouver Canucks take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice presents speakers, documentary films, and discussion of the Russian and Cuban revolutions at Britannia Community Centre.



American comedian Bobby Lee performs the third of three nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

Vancouver comedian Charlie Demers performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Christmas Queen 4: Secret Santa, a holiday-themed comedy show that sees the Queen and Santa exchange bodies in a Freaky Friday-style magical sleight-of-hand.

The Radical Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Improv Show at North Van's Centennial Theatre features performances by Gregory Milne, Amanda Jane Porter, Taizo Ellis, Karla Monterrosa, Tyler Soon, Jess Garcia, and Dan Willows.

The Dirty Betty Show features performances by local comedians, improvisers, and drag stars at Café Deux Soleils.

Carmelahhh presents Blockbuster World, a sketch-comedy show at Little Mountain Gallery about a vengeful heiress who wishes to crush her major competitors.

Improvisers perform original musicals based on audience suggestions at Havana Theatre's Off-Key: The Improvised Musical,



Join Contemporary Art Gallery curator Kimberly Phillips for a guided tour of the gallery's current exhibitions.

Cirque du Soleil presents Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a new production that takes you into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension, at Concord Pacific Place. 

Fight for Beauty at Fairmont Pacific Rim features public art projects undertaken with world-class creatives, architecture from architects who are artists in their own right, and fashion by some of the greatest designers in recent history.



Ballet BC dancer Andrew Bartee performs a series of pieces inspired by ideas and themes present within the exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Henry Daniel's Nomadas at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts is an audio/video installation and live performance that takes inspiration from the current large-scale movements of bodies across international spaces.



At the Vancouver Public Library's Carnegie branch, journalist and author Travis Lupick reads from his new book Fighting for Space and discusses the work of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and the Portland Hotel Society in advocating for the rights of the marginalized.

Celebrate the release of >The Capilano Review's Issue 3.33 with readings by Daphne Marlatt, annie ross, and Angela Lopes at the Arts Factory.

Find thousands of gently used children's and adult books, DVDs, and CDs at the Vancouver Public Library's three-day Christmas Used Book Sale.



Jonathan Girard leads the UBC Symphony Orchestra in a festive program featuring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by UBC president Santa J. Ono, at the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

A professional orchestra, the Choirs of Capilano University, and guest soloists perform selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

Jeff Tyzik leads vocalists Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque and the Vancouver Symphony in a performance of musical-theatre hits by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner, and Loewe, and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Orpheum Theatre.

Early Music Vancouver presents a performance at the Vancouver Playhouse of Handel's Messiah by music director and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and four vocalists.

Pandora's Vox and Espiritu vocal ensembles present a holiday concert at Kay Meek Centre with dancing by CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre.

The Elektra Women's Choir presents its annual holiday concert, featuring a performance of Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, at Dunbar Ryerson United Church.

The Vivaldi Choir, countertenor Ty Koch, and harpist Lani Krantz perform Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, as well as works by Bruckner, Stanford, Rutter, and Poulenc at St. Helen's Anglican Chuch.

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and Silk Road Music present a celebration of musical innovation and friendships that spans cultures, genres, and decades at the Orpheum Annex.



Rumble Theatre presents The Society for the Destitute presents Titus Bouffonius--a play about what happens when five performers on the edge of civilization decide to put on a contemporary version of Titus Andronicus--at the Cultch.

Studio 58 presents the Canadian premiere at Studio 58 of Wilderness, Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger's play about six troubled teens who are kidnapped by desperate parents and sent to a remote wilderness therapy camp as a last resort.

Final performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, Indigenous playwright Drew Hayden Taylor's account of the Sixties Scoop, in which Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre of >The Day Before Christmas, Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly's play about a perfectionist who's desperately holding fast to her Christmas traditions.

SpeakEasy Theatre presents the final performance of >The Shipment, Young Jean Lee's provocative play about the Black identity, at the Cultch.

The Vagabond Players present a traditional holiday pantomime based on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents >Onegin--Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille's musical about a dissipated rogue whose romantic charms stir the passions of the residents of a country estate--at Granville Island Stage.

Pacific Theatre presents Almost, Maine, director Kaitlin Williams's play about the joys and perils of romance, set in a small town in Maine.

Théâtre la Seizième presents the final performance of >Bibish de Kinshasa, the story of a journalist who leaves her native Congo looking for a more promising future, at Studio 16.

As part of its Micro Performance Series, Boca del Lupo presents >You Are It, a play that looks at how a female friendship develops, at The Fishbowl on Granville Island.

Theatre Replacement's >East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is a kid-friendly production at the York Theatre that sees the title character flee the wicked Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, landing at the PNE.

The White Rock Players Club presents a performance of director Alex Lowe's kid-friendly pantomime The Hunchback of Notre PANTO at Coast Capital Playhouse.

The North Vancouver Community Players present director Miles Lavkulich's version of Linda Sharp's play >The Doctor of Oz: A Self-Help Panto, about a girl who travels to a magical land of self-help, at the Theatre at Hendry Hall.

Delta Youth Theatre presents the musical-theatre classic >Annie Jr. at Ladner's Genesis Theatre.

Applause Musicals presents the classic musical comedy written by P.G. Wodehouse, >Oh, Boy, at The Red Gate Revue Stage.

Family-friendly Christmas musical >The Plan at Burnaby's ECBC Church sees a pair of soon-to-be parents redefine what it means to follow the perfect plan.



Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 90 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture highlighting both the richness of the Royal Collection and the complex relationship that the British monarchy has had with artists for the last three and half centuries

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in Canada.

Polygon Gallery's inaugural exhibition, N. Vancouver, explores how a specific locale can be reflected through existing and newly commissioned artworks by artists from Vancouver and beyond.

True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery highlights the enduring legacy of Scandinavian design principles in Canada through works by Niels Bendtsen, Bocci, Karen Bulow, Kjeld and Erica Deichmann, Thor Hansen, Andrew Jones, Janis Kravis, molo, Carl Poul Petersen, Rudolph Renzius, and Marion Smith.

Bill Reid Creative Journeys at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the three phases of the artist's creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998).

Intangible at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art exhibition spotlights six Coast Salish artists influenced by tradition as well as contemporary inspiration.

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive at the Vancouver Art Gallery presents the latest findings of Vancouver-based artist Sawyer's ongoing research project that deftly reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional artist Brettschneider.

Emily Carr: Into the Forest at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a collection of Emily Carr's forest paintings that highlight her continued exploration of the natural environment.



Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism at the Museum of Vancouver explores the history of Vancouver's street protests through over 650 images of street demonstrations, protests, and riots from the early 1900s to present day.

The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.



Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

Celebrate winter with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Robson Square Ice Rink.

North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, as well as ziplines, a wildlife refuge, helicopter tours, paragliding, dining, and the Grouse Grind.

West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

The new Parq Vancouver features two luxury hotels, a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.

The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.



Screening at Vancity Theatre of >Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike's gory 2001 crime-horror film about a yakuza who mobilizes his gang to track down a legendary killer who is suspected of killing their boss.

Screening at Vancity Theatre of Jane, Brett Morgan's documentary about the National Geographic cameraman who was sent to film Jane Goodall's pioneering work with chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park in the 1960s.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts showcases films that explore remote landscapes, mountain cultures, and adrenaline-fueled action sports.

Screening at Vancity Theatre of Better Watch Out, Chris Peckover's home-invasion flick about a babysitter forced to defend her young charges when intruders break into the house.

Screenings at the Cinematheque of Love to Paradise, Baden Baden, and As We Were Dreaming as part of the 20th Annual European Union Film Festival.

Screening at Vancity Theatre of Blade of the Immortal, Takashi Miike's film about a samurai who's cursed with immortality by a mysterious old crone who injects him with blood worms.

Screening at Vancity Theatre of  c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers' documentary about the history and prehistory of the Lower Mainland and its first people.


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100 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, December 2