Vancouver Adventures: Our To Do Picks For Nov. 30 to Dec. 6

This week: Score big-time deals at the Parker Building sample sale, get in the holiday spirit at the Rogers Santa Claus Parade, contribute to the CBC Open House & Food Bank, and more

Le Marché St. George Winter Pop-Up Shop – Nov.23 to Dec.1

Shop for locally produced designs at Le Marché St. George this weekend. The winter pop-up at this popular community location features Atelier St. George, Hinterland Design, Mandula, Greybelle Design and Janaki Larsen Ceramics.

Nov. 29 to Dec. 1: 10 am – 6 pm
Weekdays by appointment

Le Marché St. George
4393 St. George, Vancouver

Parker Building Sample Sale – Nov. 28-30

East Vancouver’s Parker Building is a fashionista’s dream come true. Ten fashion agency showrooms will be housed in the same place, and this weekend the public has access to sample sales in every one! Discounted men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing, footwear, accessories and jewelry will all be available for one big blowout weekend. A ton of international and Canadian brands will be on-site, but for details on each showroom check out their individual websites:

Nov 28 & 29: 10 am to 7 pm
Nov 30: 12 pm to 4 pm

Parker Building
1355 Parker St., Vancouver

National Sports Day – Nov. 30

The Kerrisdale Community Centre participates in National Sport Day this Saturday with a day full of activities, refreshments and family fun. Wear your favourite sports jersey and come celebrate the advantages of sport, while instilling community and national spirit in your kids and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Nov. 30: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Kerrisdale Community Centre
5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver

Fishermen Helping Kids With Cancer – Nov. 30

Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer is holding their 3rd annual charity herring sale in Steveston this weekend. The sale is open to the public, with all of the proceeds going towards the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. With live music and free recipes, the event offers more than a chance to stock up your freezer for the winter.

Nov. 30: 7 am to 4 pm

12740 Trites Road, Richmond

Christmas on The Drive – Nov. 30

The 2nd Annual Christmas on the Drive returns to Commerical for a day full of holiday fun. Activities include: carolling, visits with Santa, horse and carriage rides, gingerbread decorating, tree lighting, photo booths, beverages and baked goods, and more. There’s no doubt this community event will get you and your family in the Christmas spirit. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds benefitting The Kettle Friendship Society.

Nov. 30: 1-5 pm

Grandview Park, Vancouver

Canyon Lights – Nov. 30 to Jan. 4

Canyon Lights returns to the Capilano Suspension Bridge this holiday season. The annual display begins November 30th as the suspension bridge, CLIFFWALK and park grounds are all decorated for the holidays. Take a walk across the Capilano River at night, and let these festive lights enhance the natural beauty. A free round-trip shuttle service will be available from Canada Place.

Nov. 30 to Jan. 4: 11 am to 9 pm, daily

3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver

Christmas with the Bach Choir – Dec. 1

Sit back, relax and enjoy heartwarming classics at this year’s Christmas with the Bach Choir. Led by music directors Leslie Dala and Marisa Gaetenne, a choir of 400 will perform timeless carols and newer renditions accompanied by a brass quintet. This concert combines all of the Vancouver Bach Choirs in one holiday showcase, including the Adult Choir, Children’s Chorus, Youth Choir and Sarabande.

Orpheum Theatre
601 Smithe St., Vancouver

Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Cafe – Dec. 1

Canada’s favourite storyteller, Stuart McLean, comes to Vancouver with his hit show The Vinyl Cafe. The CBC personality will participate in Vancouver’s 2013 Christmas Concert alongside the Juno Award-winning trio, The Good Lovelies. Stuart, who has sold over 1 million books in Canada, will take the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for two shows. Tickets are available online.

Dec. 1: 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Queen Elizabeth Theatre
630 Hamilton Street (at West Georgia)

Rogers Santa Claus Parade – Dec. 1

Santa will be hitting the streets of Vancouver this Sunday for the 10th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade. The Parade begins at the corner of Georgia and Broughton, just blocks from the City Centre SkyTrain station. It wraps through the downtown core to finish at Howe and Davie. The parade relies on over 300 volunteers and expects a turnout of more than 300,000 spectators. Find out how you can become involved as a participant, volunteer, sponsor, or VIP.

Dec. 1: 1 pm

CBC Open House & Food Bank Day – Dec. 6

For the 27th straight year, CBC Radio-Canada will be hosting their British Columbia Food Bank Day. The CBC Broadcast Centre in downtown Vancouver will open its doors at 5:30 am (news doesn’t sleep!) for newsroom tours and the chance to meet your favourite CBC personalities. This year’s Open House will include a special Canada Lives Here movie, photos with Santa and a sneak peek into the CBC Canada House for the Sochi 2014 Olympics. The event, which has raised millions of dollars over the years, encourages Food Bank donations. If you can’t make it downtown, but are still interested in donating, call the CBC pledge lines at 1-866-226-4642, or 604-662-6470 on December 6.

CBC Broadcast Centre
700 Hamilton St. (at West Georgia)