5 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, December 17

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Put those holiday stresses behind you with a few of the great events happening in Vancouver tonight.

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MAGfest: Game Over Vancouver

  • What: Free play arcade games and video game music from missingNO., The Runway Four, and bryface. This event couldn’t get any better if Donkey Kong himself were there. The original Donkey Kong, that is. Not this Donkey Kong Country bozo.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 17; 8 p.m.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • What: The VanDusen Botanical Garden is lit up with millions of beautiful lights and decorations for the annual Festival of Lights. Bring your friends, your family, your loved ones, and make some memories.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now until Thursday, December 31; 4:30 to 9 p.m. (closed December 25)

Fortune Sound Club 6 Year Anniversary

  • What: Celebrate six years of Fortune Sound Club with one of the best performers to come through the club – Baauer. Advanced tickets are sold out, but give them a call just in case.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 17; 7 p.m.

Naughty or Nice Show

  • What: A night of live music hosted by Tiffany Ann Co, featuring performances from Spectregates, Eric Campbell & The Dirt and Pink Licorice. Spend the holiday season right.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 17; 8 p.m.

The Goh Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

  • What: Christmas classic The Nutcracker, presented by Vancouver’s Goh Ballet. Some of the youngest and most talented dancers in the city tell the story of the Nutcracked, the Rat King, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. There’s nothing else like it.
  • Where: The Centre in Vancouver For Performing Arts – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, December 17; 7:30 p.m.

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