5 things to do in Vancouver today: Monday, December 21

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Here are five things to do in Vancouver today, Monday, December 21. For more things happening around town, check out our events calendar.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

  • What: The Goh Ballet’s critically acclaimed production of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, returns to The Centre in Vancouver in December 2015. A fairytale ballet, the story is treasured by children and adults alike, weaving a tale full of magical surprises, and enchanting choreography.
  • Where: The Centre in Vancouver – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, December 21; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

  • What: The 22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden produced in partnership with the Secret Lantern Society transforms the Garden into a magical place on December 21, from 6 pm – 10 pm with hundreds of hand-made lanterns, live music, shadow puppets and hot aromatic tea.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, December 21; 6 to 10 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Party at Original Joe’s

  • What: Join us on Monday, December 21st for a pre-holiday celebration. We will be serving up great food, awesome tunes, and $5.50 Ugly Sweater Milk Stout from our friends at Parallel 49 Brewing Company.
  • Where: Original Joe’s Robson – 298 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, December 21; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Free ice skating at Robson Square

  • What: The rink at Robson Square is operated seasonally by the provincial government when the temperatures begin to dip, running from morning into the late evening hours. This year, the free rink will remain open through the Christmas Holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, December 21; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Eight and a Half Inches of Comedy

  • What: Every Monday hosts Devin Alexander and Alex Sparling throw a stand-up comedy show featuring the best local comedians Vancouver has to offer and major touring headliners from around the world.
  • Where: Eight and a Half Restaurant and Lounge – 151 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, December 21; 9 to 11:30 p.m.


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