Festive classics on stage, music festivals indoors + more
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Until December 29
Facebook/Pacific TheatreDiscover the enchanted land of Narnia in this magical re-imagining of C.S. Lewis’s classic tale of hope, change, and sacrifice in a world where it is always winter but never Christmas.
Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver; 8 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday; Various prices; Tickets online
2. Christmas at Canada Place – Until January 3
Facebook/Canada PlaceGet in the festive spirit with free Christmas events at Canada Place, presented by the Port of Vancouver. Check out the classic Woodward’s windows, Canada’s North light display, the Sails of Light and the festive Avenue of Trees.
Various times and locations throughout Canada Place; Details online
3. Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – Until January 4
Facebook/Burnaby Village MuseumStroll through the village for old fashioned seasonal fun, from vintage decorations and a traditional carousel to children’s crafts, farmhouse baking and visits with Santa.
Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby; 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and closed December 24th and 25th; Details online
4. Christmas at FlyOver Canada – Until January 6
Facebook/FlyOver CanadaHo ho hold on tight and fly like Santa on a magical flight across Canada with Santa's elves, Chestnut and Pinecone. Look out for a sneak peek of Santa's workshop as you soar over the North Pole.
FlyOver Canada, 201 - 999 Canada Place, Vancouver; Various times and prices; Details online
5. Christmas Lights for Charity — Until January 6
Facebook/Verico Nova FinancialIt's the last year that Christmas Lights for Charity will be illuminated, so see them while you can. All cash and food donations will support the Harvest Project, Shriners Care for Kids and the B.C. Epilepsy Society.
Skyline Drive, North Vancouver; 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily; Details online
6. Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Until January 6
Facebook/Bloedel ConservatoryMaybe it’s cold outside? If so, the heated Bloedel Conservatory is the perfect place to warm up, while watching the exotic birds, exploring the lush gardens and checking out the holiday light display, which is produced by MK Illumination.
Bloedel Conservatory, 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; $6.50; Details online
7. Bah Humbug! with the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir — Saturday, December 22
Facebook/VOC Soul Gospel ChoirCheco Tohomaso and the upbeat VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir combine soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae as they celebrate the season. Join in the singing, dancing and hand-clapping to bring some joy to your weekend.
St. John's Anglican Church, 1490 Nanton Ave, Vancouver; 7:30 pm; Tickets only at the door, starting at 6:45 p.m. with adults $20, students/seniors $15, youth 10 to 15 $10 and kids nine and under free
8. Carolling Flash Mob – Saturday, December 22
Facebook/HUM CanadaSpread cheer this holiday season in a carolling flash mob, with Living Room Series Vancouver, The Lipstick Project and HUM. Meet in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street) at 3:30 p.m. for a brief orientation or track the event on Facebook to join the travelling choir.
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver; 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Registration is free
9. Love Actually – Saturday, December 22
Facebook/Love Actually MovieLove, actually is all around. Well, it’s at the Rio at least. Despite some dubious plotlines (like the guy from The Walking Dead being in love with his best friend’s wife), the British movie is a festive rom-com favourite.
Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver; Doors 6:45 p.m., with movie at 7:15 p.m.; Tickets $10.50, or $12.50 at the door
10. Contact Winter Music Festival – Friday, December 28 & Saturday, December 29
Facebook/Contact FestivalDance the last few days of December away at Contact Winter Music Festival. Skrillex headlines Friday and The Chainsmokers will be the stars of Saturday’s bill. Galantis, Alison Wonderland, Nghtmre and Troyboi will also be performing.
BC Place, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; 5 p.m. to Midnight; Day passes online