Events

Fraser Valley & Vancouver Events

 

November & December 2020

Burnaby

Burnaby Village Museum – Heritage Christmas

Running November 21 to January 1, 2021

Experience the old-fashioned magic of Christmas at Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum, November 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021. Stroll through the 1920’s village and enjoy spectacular lights, vintage-themed displays and historical exhibits. Note: the Carousal and gift shop will be closed. Advanced reservations are recommended. To book your day and time please call Burnaby Village Museum at 604-297-4565. November 21, 2020 – December 18, 2020 & December 19, 2020 – January 1, 2021 Wednesday – Friday 1-5:30 pm. (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) Daily 1-9 p.m., (closed December 24 and 25)  Admission is FREE. 

 

North Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge – Canyon Lights

(Updated – Postponed Opening due to COVID restrictions) Running December 8 to January 3, 2021
Canyon Lights returns on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 and runs until Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 2:00pm – 9:00pm daily (closed December 25).

Named one of the most spectacular holiday lights displays in the world, Canyon Lights is set to dazzle and amaze, high above the forest floor. The suspension bridge, rainforest and Capilano River are ablaze with lights, Treetops Adventure (the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world) is lit from top to bottom, the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel mesmerizes on Cliffwalk, while the Snowy Owl Prowl scavenger hunt entertains the whole family.

A tradition for many Vancouver families, Canyon Lights looks forward to welcoming back guests with a few operational changes to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff in a COVID world. Tickets and annual passes will only be available for pre-purchase online for a specific date and time to limit contact upon entry and reduce capacity. BC Annual Pass holders will also be required to reserve their time online prior to visiting. The first phase of tickets and timed entry bookings will go on sale HERE

Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Christmas

Running: November 21, 2020 – January 3 2020

Celebrate the festive season at Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas®, beginning Friday, November 20th and running through January 3rd, 2021. The elves have been hard at work preparing the mountaintop to safely welcome you to Vancouver’s North Pole.

Marvel at the stunning light installations that bring radiance to the winter night on Grouse Mountain’s popular Light Walk. As dusk falls, enjoy a walk or snowshoe amongst the glittering lights around Blue Grouse Lake.

Take a spin on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000-square foot outdoor mountaintop Skating Pond surrounded by snowy trees adorned with glimmering lights.

As Santa himself will not be visiting Grouse Mountain this holiday season, two of his real reindeer, Dancer and Vixen will take up residence on the mountaintop to spread Christmas cheer.

Guests are reminded that all festive Peak of Christmas activities are complimentary with an Annual or Snow Pass, a Skyride admission ticket or at a special family rate of $99 for 2 adults and 2 children. Advance Skyride reservations are required with ticket purchase as well as for passholders accessing the Mountain. Get your tickets here. 

Skiing and Snowboarding

Note: Grouse opens for the 20/21 ski season as of Friday November 20th.

In line with Grouse Mountain’s PureClean Commitment to health and safety, skiers and riders can expect a number of new protocols in place for the winter season. Advance Skyride reservations are required for all access to and from the Mountain. Advance online ticket purchase is recommended to reduce lineups and interaction. Capacity on the Skyride is also reduced.

Face coverings are required inside all Resort facilities as well as in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained including while queuing, loading and riding on the Skyride and chairlifts. Individual chairs will be limited to families or household groups who are riding together.

In addition, physical distancing measures are in place throughout the Resort. Hand sanitizer stations are available to guests and increased sanitization and scheduled cleanings are being conducted in all areas of the Resort.

You can purchase Lift Tickets or access your Digital Pass. You can also visit grousemountain.com or call our Snowphone at 604.986.6262.

Vancouver

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

(Updated – Postponed Opening due to COVID restrictions)
Running November 26, 2020 – January 1, 2021 (closed December 25), 4 pm to 10 pm.

The Christmas Train is back this year.  There will be a few changes – all tickets must be purchased online in advance.  There will be no plaza lights and no Santa but there will still be a beautiful light display.  Kids 2 and under are free. Otherwise everyone else is $10/ per person.  Masks are mandatory for everyone over 3.  Tickets

VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights

(Updated – Postponed Opening due to COVID restrictions)
Running December 8, 2020 – January 3, 2021, December 25 – closed, 4 pm – 9:30 pm

With over a million lights, The VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights is a magical experience! a beautiful venue that offers 10 acres of social distancing space.  This year the paths will run one-way and tickets must be reserved online. Adults – $14, Seniors/Youth – $10, Child (4-12 years) – $8 Child (under 3) – Free (must reserve a ticket).

PNE Winter Lights

Running December 11 – 13 & 17 – 23 4:00 – 10:00pm 

Buckle up for this safe, holiday experience that you can enjoy with your family from the warmth of your car along a 2-kilometre route. You will be transported through nine enchanted lands filled with glowing lights in your mission to discover Santa, with special characters and festive performers to help you along your way.

The Merry & Bright Forest will be lit up in dazzling colours with the musical sounds of your favourite Christmas songs so you can join in on the CAROL-oke. In Polar North you’ll feel the chill of the iceberg cave, igloos, polar bears, seals and penguins. The Teddy Bear Brigade will bring Dreamland to life along with a magical Pegasus and Unicorn. The 50-foot purple Christmas tree will show you the way to Santa and his dancing elves in Candy Cane Lane.
Admission for carloads of 4 or less: $39, Admission for carloads of 5 or more: $49 Reserve your tickets online.

The Arts Club

BUFFOON
Running: October 22 to December 6

The Arts Club will continue its Fall Theatre Trio with Anosh Irani’s Buffoon, a marvel of solo storytelling that is at once delightfully funny and shockingly heartbreaking. Playing the Granville Island Stage from October 22 to December 6, this is the first production presented at the venue since COVID-19 restrictions shuttered its doors earlier this year. Tickets for live performances from $39 and digital streams from $19 at artsclub.com

THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS

Running: November 19, 2020January 3, 2021 

A fun, flirty alternative to holiday conventions, Ginna Hoben’s The Twelve Dates of Christmas will play the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre from November 19, 2020, to January 3, 2021. This witty and heartwarming play will close out the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Fall Theatre Trio with festive flair.

Just a month after seeing her fiancé kiss another woman on national TV, Mary (Genevieve Fleming and Melissa Oei, in alternating performances) is ready to re-enter the dating world. Going on dates that range from comical to bad to comically bad, Mary grows increasingly pessimistic—until she meets someone who changes her outlook on life. This charming one-woman play puts a Sex and the City spin on the holiday season.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas is being produced using the Arts Club’s “bubble method” of theatre production. It will have two rotating casts and crews, led by stars Genevieve Fleming and Melissa Oei, who will each perform seven times a week and rehearse in separate halls. Director Barbara Tomasic will move between the bubbles. The performance and rehearsal models are designed to be as safe as possible for artists, staff, and audience members.

In order to aid in physical distancing, only 50 in-person tickets are available for every performance. Patrons will also have the option to purchase tickets to digital streams—both live and recorded—of The Twelve Dates of Christmas, which will be available to view for a limited time.

The Arts Club is taking many precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and welfare of patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers. Productions will be staged in adherence to safety guidelines established by the B.C. government.

 

Some Assembly Theatre Company

Running: Ongoing ONLINE  (available on youtube)

UPROOTED (you tube video) is a digitally adapted theatre production that stems from conversations with over
one hundred diverse youth who are anxious about climate change. What was to be presented live in May 2020, this
production has been re-staged and filmed at the York Theatre due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Written by youth
with professional playwright Valerie Methot, and produced by a team of youth and professionals across Canada,
UPROOTED strengthens response to climate change and promotes mental health management.
Three friends on an annual camping trip must suddenly face a threat to the BC forest they love. Will they take a
stand for future generations and protect what they view as sacred? Watch UPROOTED now

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

  • The Music Room is a new virtual education space hosted in the TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS
  • Families and Educators are invited to discover symphonic music geared to youth, curated education materials, and get backstage access to learn directly from the VSO’s musicians and maestros
  • Families can subscribe for just $59.99 for the full season
  • Educators can subscribe at the classroom, school or district level

 

Fly Over Canada

Fly Like Santa

Running: November 19 – January 3, 2021
Experience the magic of Christmas this December as you fly across Canada and up to the North Pole with Santa.

DEAL ALERT: THE FAMILY EXPERIENCE AT FLYOVER CANADA

Visit before 2 PM for a family adventure and free admission for kids*. Not only can you enjoy a flight across Canada, the family experience package includes a cookie and 50% off one souvenir photo. *One child admitted free with each regular-priced adult.

 

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Running: November 26- December 6.
Fresh off a hugely successful first mini festival, and a safe and exciting return to live theatre, the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society announced today the programming for the Fringe Festival’s second offering, which takes place October 1-10 on Granville Island at Performance Works with a maximum capacity of 50. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.vancouverfringe.comThe Fringe membership fee, which is required to purchase Festival tickets, starts at $7. Tickets available on their website.

 

The Firehall Arts Centre 

NEW: COVID COMPASSION PRICING
The COVID Compassion Pricing will range from $15 to $35 for all performances. If patrons can afford a $35 ticket, they can choose to pay that; if $15 is more financially feasible, patrons can choose that ticket price or any other amount up to $35. Performances at the Firehall Arts Centre take place Tuesdays to Sundays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm. The matinee performances on Wednesdays at 1:00pm will remain a Pay-What-You-Will admission. Available online at firehallartscentre.ca or by phone at 604.689.0926

 

Realwheels Theatre

Virtual Reading of “Gimpy: A New Musical” by playwright-in-residence Kirsten Kirsch.  Live Q&A after the reading.
Wednesday November 25th 7pm PT. Tickets at Realwheels

Gimpy: A New Musical follows Soren, a young woman with a disability living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who dreams of becoming a Broadway musical star. Despite her talent, the theatre world isn’t ready to risk casting a person with a disability. Meanwhile, her father, the fictional mayor of Tulsa, insists she follow a more practical career path. Soren meets a musician who recognizes her songwriting talent and she discovers a different route to her dreams of being a performing artist, helping out her beloved town along the way. The universal themes in this story will resonate through the perspective of a person with cerebral palsy carving their own path in life. In addition to writing her first play, Kirsten Kirsch also plays the lead character.

 

The Chutzpah! Festival

Running: November 21-28, 2020

**UPDATED INFO: In accordance with the latest order on November 19 from the BC Ministry of Health and our deep concern for the safety of our artists, staff and patrons, the Chutzpah! Festival isn’t able to welcome audiences to the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre at this time. The two live performances next week are Idan Cohen’s World Premiere of Hourglass (Nov. 25 at 7pm) and our Closing Night Comedy Event featuring The El-Salomons (Nov. 28 at 7pm). Gratefully, we are still able to proceed with the “virtual” performances for both shows where you will have the opportunity to watch from the comfort of your own homes . If you are a ticketholder for either of these performances, you will be contacted soon with your ticketing options and our offer to convert your tickets for virtual online tickets to replace your in-person tickets that you had already purchased. If you would like to donate a portion or the full amount of the difference in the price of the tickets, we thank you in advance for your generosity. If you would prefer a refund for the difference we would happily arrange for the refund.

Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to your inquiries in a timely manner.

The Chutzpah! Festival returns with an exciting lineup of performances this November 21-28, 2020, all available online, with special opportunities to attend intimate shows live streamed from the stage of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre. Single tickets start at $18 (plus applicable fees and service charges) and are available online in October at www.chutzpahfestival.com or by phone at 604.257.5145.
The Chutzpah! Festival celebrates its 20th milestone year of presenting Vancouver audiences with new and exciting, critically acclaimed artists from all over the world working in comedy, music, theatre and dance This will be the first Festival presented in a digital format, and the first helmed by new Artistic Managing Director, Jessica Mann Gutteridge. Artists will present work from the U.K., Israel, U.S.A., and Canada. The lineup will include concerts, comedy, new dance works, and previews of theatre works-in-progress, paired with stimulating conversations and opportunities to interact with creative artists. Audiences will have the opportunity to attend special live music, dance and comedy performances, with safety protocols in place, or to alternately enjoy simulcasts from the comfort of their own homes.

Roundhouse Community Arts Centre

Running: Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29, 2020
Co.ERASGA proudly presents the world premiere of Offering
**UPDATED INFO: 
Presented at Anvil Centre (777 Columbia Street, New West)
Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29, 2020
Live Performances at 3pm both days (Invitation Only)
Tickets: Livestream Performances at 3pm both days – by Donation $5 – $30 sliding scale (Everyone Welcome) http://companyerasgadance.ca/Box Office for Livestream Shows: https://www.simplyk.io/ticketing/5f36fea89a77220029a29e00
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