Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for December

From holiday festivities to classic plays and more, here’s what to add to your calendar this month

1. Martini Town Merry & Bright – Friday, December 1 to Monday, January 1

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere at a Langley backlot this holiday season. This 16-acre outdoor site was built for filming movies and T.V. shows, but has been fully revamped with holiday decor. The setting resembles a small town and features a New York-themed brownstone street, a movie theatre, a coffee shop, a courthouse, a diner and a town square. Visitors can enjoy live music and goodies from local food trucks while ‘on set’.
1123-272 Street, Langley; Tickets from $12; Details online

2. Carousel Theatre: Snow White – Wednesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 31

The Carousel Theatre for Young People presents a family-friendly reinterpretation of Snow White. This comical twist on the original story features only two actors who take on the role of Prince Charming, a malicious queen, a helpful dwarf and Snow White herself.
Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $18, Details online

 3. Handel’s Messiah – Friday, December 8

Early Music Vancouver and the Vancouver Chamber Choir are teaming up to present a holiday orchestral performance. Conductor Alexander Weimann is leading the team, consisting of international soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Allyson McHardy, Nicholas Scott and Jonathon Adams, amongst an orchestra of 21 period instrumentalists and a chorus of 24 chamber vocalists. Enjoy a melodic night out as you get transported to an 18th-century England concert hall.
The Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $20; Details online.

4. Miracle in Gastown – Thursday, November 23 to Sunday, December 31

This holiday pop-up experience is setting up shop at Clough Club this year. The Gastown bar is fully decked out in holiday decor, complete with a Grinch-themed room and a gift wrap-themed room. Every corner of this space is a photo op, so get those cameras ready. Holiday-themed food dishes are also available if you feel like snacking in between cocktails. Enjoy an adults-only night out as you sip on a festive cosmo or spiked eggnog in a Santa mug!
Clough Club – 212 Abbott Street, Vancouver; Free entry; Details online.

5. Vancouver Christmas Market – Thursday, November 16 to Friday, December 24

One of Vancouver’s most popular holiday events is back for its 13th annual run this year. This German-inspired market features over 90 artisan huts, offering traditional European goods. A selection of food vendors are also available—sip a cup of mulled wine or share a Schweinshaxe (large roasted pork shank) with family and friends. Enjoy the holiday lights and decor throughout the venue as you revel in the cozy atmosphere. Just remember to bundle up!
Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver; Tickets from $19.99; Details online

6. Shield Maiden – Saturday, December 16

Written and performed by Melanie Teichroeb, this thought-provoking play uses the life story of a female Viking to challenge modern gendered expectations. The protagonist represents the warrior archetype in our modern world and audiences are invited to travel through her life as she taps into her struggles, trauma and victories. This empowering play examines how much (or little) gendered roles have changed throughout history and encourages conversations around feminism.
Anvil Theatre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster; Tickets from $36.50; Details online.

7. PNE Winter Fair – Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9; and Thursday, December 14 to Saturday, December 23

PNE is offering another fun-filled winter fair this year. Activities include a walkthrough light display, skating rink, holiday express train, indoor holiday market and viewings of The Nutcracker on Ice. There will also be bumper cars on ice for those feeling adventurous as well as a Santa meet and greet for the little ones. With a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities available, get ready to spend all day at the fair!
Pacific Coliseum – 100 N. Renfrew Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $12; Details online.

8. The Nutcracker – Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 10

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is back in Vancouver this month to showcase the Nutcracker. This classic tale about Clara and her nutcracker prince battling an evil mouse king will be told alongside the enchanting Tchaikovsky score. With a cast of 40 dancers and 250 costumes, this timeless performance is sure to captivate audiences’ hearts.
The Centre for Performing Arts – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $35; Details online.

9. Weirdos Holiday Market – Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10 and Friday, December 15 to Sunday, December 17

Looking for unique and niche holiday gifts? This market may be a treasure trove for you! Specially curated for those of us who don’t like to give basic gifts, this holiday market offers a variety of oddities for shoppers to choose from. Besides items for purchase, odd entertainment attractions are also available. From tarot readings to photo ops with ‘Weird Santa’, visitors will have plenty to see and do.
600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver; Tickets cost $5; Details online.