What to do Around Vancouver This Week
It’s now December and I can’t believe how fast the year has zipped by! I’m already sick of the weather, so I’m heading to sunnier skies on Sunday and off to Palm Springs. In the meantime I’ve got a few things to do before I go including Vancouver Theatre Sports annual Christmas Queen, the opening of Lumiere in the West End, and a couple classes at The Dailey Method in an attempt to look a little better in my short sleeved tops. Here’s some suggestions for you this week!
We just saw this and it’s once again hilarious! The Christmas Queen, in all her nasty, bitchy glory returns this holiday season with the latest installment in the series, Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa. The previous three editions of Christmas Queen saw HRM (Her Royal Meanness) hilariously thwarted in her attempts to ruin Christmas. This year is no exception. Confusion and hijinks ensue when the Queen and Santa exchange bodies in a Freaky Friday-style magical sleight- of-hand. No two shows are ever the same thanks to the unpredictable nature of the suggestions and the creative talents of the players. To see ticket prices, click here.
November 22 – December 23: Wednesdays through Saturdays – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19 – 7:30 p.m.
Stroll through downtown Vancouver and experience Lumiere! Lighting up Vancouver’s iconic West End, English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza come alive this December with a series of light art installations, performances and community building initiatives.
Gotham Steak House Social Hour
The iconic lounge at Gotham Steakhouse is an ideal setting for celebrating the holidays in style, with live music five nights a week, a DJ to get things moving during the weekday Social Hour, and a world-class wine list and cocktail program to add holiday cheer. On weekdays, a DJ is on hand from 3:00pm – 6:45pm to set the mood with old school tracks on vinyl from deep soul to jazz favourites. From Tuesday to Saturday, Gotham presents outstanding jazz and pop artists from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, warming up the room like only live music can.
From 3-6pm Monday to Friday, Gotham offers a special Social Hour Menu which includes iconic Gotham favourites like Prime beef sliders, fresh shucked oysters, and Portobello mushroom fries. And if the special pricing on craft cocktails, select wine and local beers isn’t tempting enough, every celebration will be elevated by taking 40% off all champagne.
Vancouver Foodster’s Holiday Market
A delicious night of sampling at several markets around the city while strolling through a few neighborhoods from South Granville, to False Creek and Kitsilano. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday December 6 from 5pm until 9pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster. Register at Milano Coffee Roasters at 156 W 8th Avenue.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park expands its popular Canyon Lights event
In response to popular demand, the 12th season of Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has been extended. From November 23 to January 28 the park is alive with lights, lights and more lights! Last year, Canyon Lights imagery was so popular, it was the top trending hashtag in Canada for #ChristmasLights on Instagram!
New this year, the famous Douglas-firs of Treetops Adventure receive the star treatment – dressed in sparkling lights from top to bottom! New and returning park guests will enjoy the changing light display that illuminates Capilano River from the suspension bridge and Cliffwalk, as well as the magical illumination of the West Coast rainforest. Getting into the spirit of the season is made easy at Canyon Lights with holiday craft stations, cookie decorating, a scavenger hunt and sing-a-long tunes with the band.
Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano operates a free shuttle to and from Canada Place. For general information, including the shuttle schedule, please visit www.capbridge.com or call 604.985.7474.
Fly Over Canada Unti – January 7th 10am – 9pm daily
Ho, ho, hold on tight! This Christmas season, come down to FlyOver Canada to fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight in search of the rest of the missing elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.
Also part of the Christmas magic is the festive outdoor sightseeing deck. You can to enjoy holiday performances, Christmas lights, hot drinks and seasonal snacks. For a full schedule of events and to save 15% off the gate admission price visit www.FlyOverCanada.com/Christmas.
Van Dusen Festival of Lights
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights. Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($5.00 suggested). Buy tickets now on TicketLeader.ca