Around Vancouver Town: Christmas Edition 2

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Welcome to Around Vancouver Town Christmas Edition. This is the final edition of the year but if you missed the last one, it’s here! There’s lots going on around Vancouver Town for Christmas this year so we’ve chosen the highlights for you.

20th Annual Winter Solstice Secret Lantern Festival

Come together with friends and family! Warm your bellies with their signature Dragon Spice holiday tea and a delicious hot bun, and warm your hearts with the breathtaking landscape. Lantern artists reimagine the beauty of the Garden with whimsical and spectacular pieces while diverse performers take the stage throughout the evening.

Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden , 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Date: December 21st, 6pm-10pm

For information on this festival and others around Vancouver on December 21st, go to The Secret Lantern Society website.

Cavalia Odyesseo

Cavalia brings together the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects in an unbelievable show. Cavalia’s Odysseo features 63 horses and 47 artists in a massive theatrical production that sends hearts racing. This breathtaking ode to horse and man, imagined by one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, is an absolute feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul.

I wrote a post about this spectacular event on I went to the show the last time they were in town and it was absolutely stunning. And it brings back fond memories of a girl and a horse. Me! I’m the girl..oh never mind.

To learn more check out the guide to making your experience more spectacular.
The show runs through January 5, 2014.
To check show times and dates go to their calendar of eventsFor more details please visit

Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency

More than 40 gingerbread houses make up the cheerful display in the hotel lobby of the Hyatt Regency. Previous years have included a life-size gingerbread house designed, baked, and assembled by the hotel’s pastry chef. Best of all, the event is free and a fundraiser.

The gingerbread houses are submitted by a range of participants, from schools and businesses to the pastry arts department at Vancouver Community College.

When: Until December 27th
Where: 655 Burrard St.
Phone: 604-683-1234
Admission: Free

The Twelve Days of Christmas Music at Robson Square

Join the holiday fun at Robson Square, and enjoy some of the season’s best music from a variety of performers.

When: December 13th-24th, 2013.
For more show times and dates visit their website.
Robson Square Ice Rink will be open on Christmas Day for everyone to enjoy!

Christmas Presence

A favourite holiday tradition takes its rightful place on the main stage. An all-you-can-eat feast of music and stories, served up new every night by a different line-up of PT’s most beloved musicians and performers.

When: December 11th-21st
Where: Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ A Little Jazz and Joy

Add a little jazz to your Christmas joy this year. Let Charlie Brown the other Peanuts characters lead you though their holiday dilemmas towards finding the true spirit of the season. The jazz is provided by the Choir and its stellar Vancouver jazzers Michael Creber and Jodi Proznick performing the songs of Vince Guaraldi and other holiday fare. The Peanuts are served up by Pippa Johnstone, Peter Carlone and John Voth – actors from Pacific Theatre. As a prelude, there will be some Renaissance Christmas madrigals and songs. And you won’t want to miss out on the tasty “Pie Carols”!

 – , Friday and Sunday
Where: Ryerson United Church , 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver
For more information visit the Vancouver Chamber Choir website.


CTYP’s beloved holiday musical is back due to audience demand! Horton the Elephant reminds us that a person’s a person, no matter how small when he befriends young Jojo and saves Whoville. Along the way, Mayzie LaBird, the Sour Kangaroo and everyone in the Jungle of Nool learn that it takes a community working together to solve problems. This award-winning production will have families laughing and dancing in their seats.

Running until January 5th
For tickets go to The Carousel Theatre website.

Fly Over Canada

See Canada like never before at Vancouver’s new must-see attraction! At its core, FlyOver Canada is a breathtaking, all-ages, flight simulation ride like no other! You will take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents, and mist!).

Fly Over Canada at Canada Place ~ until January 5th, 10am-9pm
For information go to their website.

Wesbrook Holiday Family Movies

The Grinch

Tis’ the Season to enjoy family friendly holiday movies at the Wesbrook Welcome Centre. On Dec 18th they’re showing our family’s favourite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I think I know it by heart now, but that makes it more fun!

Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: Wesbrook Welcome Centre (3378 Wesbrook Mall)
Check out  for weekly holiday movies. Oh and they’re FREE.

There you have it mama! A great list of activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Happy Holiday sacramento


Lee-Anne XO

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