22 things to do in Vancouver this week

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Welcome to The Cit List by The Cit Vancouver, where we’ll be compiling some of the top events to check out in Vancouver each week. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancity Buzz calendar here.

Free Christmas Movies at The Vogue

  • What: Watch Christmas classics at The Vogue for free when you donate a non-perishable food item to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (or make a cash donation).
  • Where: Vogue Theatre
  • When: December 16 (Love Actually), December 17 (Polar Express) & December 18 (Elf). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m.

Goh Ballet – The Nutcracker

  • What: A traditional rendition of a classical masterpiece.
  • Where: The Centre in Vancouver
  • When: December 18 to December 22

13th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

  • What: Party with your ugliest, loudest, jingle-bell-est sweater on! Proceeds will support The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom
  • When: Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m.

Blim Holiday Market

  • What: Indie holiday market. Admission by donation.
  • Where: The Fox Cinema
  • When: Saturday, December 20 from noon to 5 p.m.

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

  • What: Festival illuminating the longest night of the year w/ lanterns + singing + dancing + more!
  • Where: Yaletown, Strathcona, Chinatown, Eastside & Granville Island
  • When: Sunday, December 21 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Scuba Claus + electric eel-powered Christmas tree + crafts + story time + 4-D film adventure of the Polar Express + more!
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium
  • When: On now until January 4

12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl Series

  • What: 4 nights of holiday pub crawl fun with 3 stops per night
  • Where: Various bars in downtown Vancouver
  • When: On until December 28

VanDusen Festival of Lights

  • What: 1.4 million twinkling lights + Santa + Scandinavian Christmas Elves + community choir concerts
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
  • When: December 10 to January 4

Karaoke Christmas Lights Vancouver Trolley Tour

  • What: A three hour trolley ride through Vancouver with Christmas karaoke + stops at Stanley Park’s Bright Nights and VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Lights
  • Where: Pick-up is at Canada Place at 6:30 p.m. daily
  • When: On until December 30

Christmas at Canada Place

  • What: Historic Woodward’s Windows + Rudolph’s Theatre + Christmas Crafts + Avenue of Christmas Trees
  • Where: Canada Place
  • When: On until December 31

Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium

  • What: Shop locally grown produce and enjoy hot food trucks, live music, and more
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vancouver Festival of Trees

  • What: View spectacularly decorated trees and vote for your favourite in support of BC Children’s Hospital
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver & Pacific Centre Mall
  • When: Open daily to the public until 11 p.m. from now until January 4

Vancouver Christmas Market

  • What: Authentic outdoor German Christmas village and market.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • When: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. until December 24

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

  • What: Ride the Stanley Park train to view 3 million twinkling lights, see breathtaking displays, and enjoy live performers in support of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
  • Where: Stanley Park
  • When: Now until January 4

Peak of Christmas

  • What: Sleigh rides, outdoor ice skating, real reindeer, a gingerbread village, and more all atop the Peak of Vancouver!
  • Where: Grouse Mountain
  • When: Now until December 24

Canyon Lights

  • What: 250,000 sparkling lights + the world’s largest living Christmas tree + music + Winter Pavilion
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • When: Now until January 3

Dundarave Festival of Lights

  • What: Walk through the magical Christmas tree forest at Dundarave Park lit every day at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy concerts and other activities on Saturdays from noon to dusk.
  • Where: Dundarave Park in West Vancouver
  • When: Now until January 3

Robson Square Skating

  • What: Saunter the open-air rink on skates. FREE if you bring your own skates!
  • Where: Robson Square
  • When: On until to February 28

Gingerbread Lane

  • What: 30+ unique gingerbread house displays including an 11 foot gingerbread house, supporting Make a Wish Foundation
  • Where: Hyatt Vancouver
  • When: On until January 1

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

  • What: 50+ decorated boats with more than 100,000 Christmas lights sail around Vancouver
  • Where: Around Vancouver
  • When: Visit their website for the full list of sailing locations this week

Shipyards Christmas Market North Vancouver

  • What: Shop over 50 local artisans and enjoy an outdoor light display, hot food trucks, and live music
  • Where: The Shipyards, Wallace Mews Road (at the foot of Lonsdale Ave)
  • When: Fridays 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays noon to 8 p.m., Sundays noon to 6 p.m. until Christmas

Holiday Hi-Light Festival

  • What: See the Park & Tilford Gardens illuminate with over 50,000 Christmas lights and enjoy a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, face painting, and roaming characters. Entry is by donation to the North Vancouver District Fire Fighters Charitable Society.
  • Where: Park & Tilford in North Vancouver
  • When: The gardens light up every day at 4:30 p.m.. Family night is December 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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The Cit Vancouver is an events guide for the CITizen of Vancouver. Editor Danielle Johnson shares The Cit's monthly Vancouver Social Calendars on the-cit.com, The Cit's Facebook page, and on Vancity Buzz. Danielle also shares the best events happening on Vancouver's North Shore at LowerLonsdale.ca
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