Twas the week of Christmas and we’re stuck within our house, so let’s see what we can pick to entertain us up close
Pop-Up: Drive-by and pick up your holiday shopping at the Sweet Thea Holiday Pop-Up! the store is located at 4305 Main Street, (at 27th) until Sunday, December 27.
Boxed: Today is the last day to purchase and pick up a curated box or handmade gift from one of Vancouver favourite holiday craft markets, Christmas at Hycroft.
Market: Christmas Eve is the last day to pick up one of the curated Market Boxes or other stocking stuffers from Vancouver Christmas Market.
Drive: Extended to January 3rd, if you can find tickets, visit PNE Winter Lights, a 2km drive-thru experience exploring nine illuminated lands on the journey to find Santa all from the comfort, and safety, of your car, as allowed by public health guidance.
Opera: The holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, has debuted as part of the Vancouver Opera digital season.
Theatre: Gateway Theatre has curated the aptly titled Home for the Holidays, streaming until January 1, Home for the Holidays is a jolly best-of revue filled with Gateway alumni performing favourites from Gateway’s 35 years of beloved Holiday productions.
Stage: While live performances at The Arts Club Theatre Company are on hold due to public health restrictions you can still purchase tickets to view the recorded stream of Buffoon performed at the Granville Island Stage, and enjoy streaming 12 Dates of Christmas from the Newmont Stage at BMO Theatre Centre.
Panto: Look behind you! The Cultch and Theatre Replacement are keeping the holiday tradition of East Van Panto alive for 2020 with Panto Come Home!, a live-streamed holiday extravaganza best-of from all seven East Van Pantos bringing you all the fun you expect.
Choir: For many Christmas with Chor Leoni has become a festive tradition. This year, Chor Leoni brings you an online musical event filled with holiday favourites, luminous carols, sung by the JUNO-nominated Men’s Choir. RSVP to access your free ticket to view until Jan 1
Pod: Western Gold Theatre’s Virtual Gold is bringing a series of podcasts over the holidays, this week Russell Roberts reads Three Christmas Tales; “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, “Christmas Day in the Morning” by novelist Pearl S. Buck and “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by Francis P Church
Drive: Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge is a-Glow with lights for you to enjoy as you drive-thru the site until January 8, 2021.
Bridge: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park‘s Canyon Lights is cancelled but the Park is open for visits during the daytime from 11am to 6pm, booking timed entry is required.
Garden: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens has also had to cancel Festival of Lights but the gardens can still be enjoyed during the daylight hours, 10am – 2pm, with timed entry booking.
Dome: Step into the tropical warmth of Bloedel Conservatory and take in the 120 free-flying exotic birds, hundreds of exotic plants and flowers. Open 10am – 3:45pm with timed entry.