Get your glow on, celebrate a culinary classic, wade through a sea of lights + more
1. Teahouse 40th Anniversary Menu – Until Monday, December 10
Facebook/Teahouse RestaurantCelebrating 40 years of the Teahouse at Stanley Park, a special anniversary menu features classic dishes from the original menu such as stuffed mushrooms, steak au poivre and baked Alaska. Priced at $40, the three-course offering showcases favourite dishes from the restaurant’s four decades of service.
The Teahouse at Stanley Park, Ferguson Point, Stanley Park; Reservations recommended; Details online
2. Glow Langley – Thursday, November 22 until Saturday, January 19, 2019
Facebook/Glow LangleyCelebrate the holidays in a heated indoor winter wonderland in Langley, where the theme is the Warmth of the Season. Stroll under the twinkle of a million lights at Glow, the largest indoor Christmas festival in Greater Vancouver. Kids can enjoy the playgrounds and interactive features, while the adults kick back at the licensed bar and enjoy live music. Take selfies at the illuminated sculptures, meet Santa, explore the Christmas market and eat delicious food truck treats.
Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th Street, Langley; Various times; $22.99 for adults, with children and seniors $16.99; Details online
3. Emily Carr Student Sale – Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25
Emily Carr University of Art and DesignSupport emerging artists and find unique gifts at the Emily Carr Student Sale. Choose from original paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures, along with photographs, prints, wearable works, housewares and greeting cards.
Noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday; Details online
4. Doubt: A Parable – Friday, November 23 to Friday, December 14
Tyrant StudiosIn this powerful Tony- and Pulitzer-winning drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
Tyrant Studios, 1019 Seymour Street (above Penthouse Nightclub), Vancouver; Tuesdays to Fridays 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m.; Tickets: $32
5. Sea of Lights – Friday, November 23 to Sunday, January 6
Facebook/Van AquaSwim in a sea of lights at Vancouver Aquarium’s festive feature, which includes a new immersive experience of bubbles, lights and sounds. Check out the daily Scuba Claus dives (until December 24th), the holiday tree powered by an electric eel, a luminous jelly snow globe, as well as screenings of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A 4-D Experience.
Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver; Details online
6. CandyTown – Saturday, November 24
Jade StoneYaletown becomes a winter wonderland when the Yaletown Business Improvement Association transforms the neighbourhood into CandyTown, which features Christmas crafts and gifts, life-size Santa sleigh ice carving, dancing gingerbread, live music, roving musicians and costumed characters. The free festival also features a public disco (with glitter station) and Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot pop-up. Fuel up at food trucks before exploring the self-guided cocktail tour (for those 19 and over) or enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Mainland, Hamilton and Davie Streets, Vancouver; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Free admission, but charity donations accepted on-site
7. Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – Saturday, November 24
Facebook/The City of SurreyCelebrate the start of the season at the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, which includes a holiday market, mini Christmas train, holiday fun zone, photos with Santa and fun crafts (including a build-your-own-gingerbread station.)
Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey; Noon to 7 p.m., with tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.; Free admission; Details online
8. Lights at Lafarge – Saturday, November 24 until Sunday, January 20
Facebook/City of CoquitlamDazzling displays illuminate the banks of Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam with a 1.2 kilometre loop of sparkling lights. Saturday, November 24 sees the kick-off event take place with two stages of live music, food trucks, roving entertainers and family-friendly crafts. Dress warm as it’s an outdoor event.
Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam; Kick-off event from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 24th, then nightly from dusk to 11 p.m.; Details online
9. East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – Wednesday, November 28 to Sunday, January 6
Tim MathesonGet in the seasonal spirit at the fun East Van Panto. When a pipeline bursts, Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical land of... Nanaimo and Hastings. There, Dorothy is pursued by a wicked witch, meets a trio of new friends, and embarks on a magical journey to the world’s greenest city in search of brains, heart, courage... and yoga pants!
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver; Various dates and times; Tickets from $24
10. Portobello West Holiday Market – Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2
Facebook/Portobello West MarketPick up unique presents at the Portobello West Holiday Market, which is now in its new home in Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre. Shop for gifts from B.C.’s best local artisans, producers and artists, with more than 70 vendors present at this holiday fair.
Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver; Noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Admission $5; Details online