15th Annual Santa Claus Parade is on its way

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Holidays are here and Santa is on his way!

Santa will be riding into town this weekend, for the 15th Annual Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, December 2, 2018.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to fill downtown Vancouver to view the parade, volunteer and participate in the parade in bands, choirs, floats and community organizations.  Before the parade, fuel up your troupe with Breakfast with Santa at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 9:30am – 10:30am. Then at Noon, the parade route begins at West Georgia at Broughton Street, runs east on West Georgia to Howe Street then comes to an end at Howe at Davie Street.  The route passes Christmas Square at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square at Vancouver Art Gallery, which features fun for kids, young and old face painting, kids crafts, ‘letters to Santa’ writing stations, entertainment and more.

As well, Vancouver Santa Claus Parade charity partners the CKNW Kids’ Fund and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank will also be onsite at the Square collecting donations.  If you forget to bring your donation to the parade, stop by a TELUS corporate store until December 9th, for every food bank item donated to the collection boxes in the stores, TELUS will donate an additional $5.00 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.  After the parade, head to Telus Garden Laneway between Robson and West Georgia St, for more entertainment, festive fun and get a family photo with Santa.

With the big crowds it is best to plan ahead, arrive early, take transit to avoid the road closures.  Viewing is most congested around the Georgia Steet & Howe Street intersection, good options are to watch near the start or finish of the route. An accessible viewing area set up in on the East side of Howe Street, just south of Georgia Street.
If you can’t make it to downtown Vancouver to watch the parade in person, tune into Global BC and BC1 to watch the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade telecast starting a week after the parade.

5 Plays for the 2017 Holiday Season

O what fun it is to see family friendly live theatre!  Here’s 5 Christmas themed plays that everyone in the family will enjoy this Holiday season.

A Christmas Carol – December 7 – 24, 2017 – Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Charles Dickens’ classic, plus a few Ghostly visitors, help Scrooge and all of us find the spirit of Christmas


The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
  – November 25 – December 31, 2017 – Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island, Vancouver
Join the Pevensey children as they step through the wardrobe and visit the magical world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia classic adventure


Disney’s Beauty And The Beast – December 7, 2017 – January 13, 2018 – Arts Club Theatre Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Disney’s tale as old as time comes to life, with a song as old as rhyme, lavish costumes and lush sets.


East Van Panto : Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
– November 29, 2017 – January 6, 2018 – York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Join Snow White as she flees across East Van from the Evil Queen of North Vancouver with helps of the magical Vancouver characters she meets along the way.


Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa – November 22 – December 23, 2017 – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
HRM (Her Royal Meanness), The Christmas Queen returns to once again attempt to foil Christmas, will she finally succeed?  

Bonus: Christmas Queen – Drag Race – Saturdays November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 at 11:15pm – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
The Christmas Queen is joined by guest host, The Unstoppable Connie Smudge for 5 naughty late night shows when anything could, and will, happen.

Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachellorette Edition

Christmas Queen, the malevolent mistress of mean makes her return to the Vancouver Theatresports League (VTSL) stage at the Improv Centre for another year.  In her second sequel, the Christmas Queen, continues to wreak havoc on the spirit of Christmas, this time playing with the hearts of a suite of seasonal suitors.

Who will survive the Rose Ceremony as the Bachelorette seeks to find love, or is she really in it for love?  Will it be Santa, Frosty, Elf on a Shelf, Jack Frost , The Grinch or one of her other celebrity suitors that makes the grade? Host Buttons the Elf guides us through the Cinéma vérité playing out before our eyes.  As with all VTSL shows the audience plays a big part of the performance. With panto-style cheers and boos, the audience input forms the settings and activities of the players.

The revolving cast of brilliant players, create a new show every night as Christmas Queen 3 : The Bachelorette Edition joins the VTSL repertoire until December 23.  Get your tickets now and have a holly, jolly, hysterical Holiday season!

Friday Find: Lush Santa Lip Scrub

santalipscrubToday’s Friday Find is another great Christmas discovery, Lush Santa Lip Scrub. Although named after Santa, this seasonal Lip Scrub will be useful all year round.

Bright red, like Santa’s suit, the little 25g pot is a perfect product for this time of year when winter weather brings rough skin and lips. If you’re like me, you end up biting your dry, cracked lips throughout the season.  The Santa Lip Scrub base of Caster Sugar, exfoliates and the coconut oil helps to softens lips, just rub it on and wipe away the excess. The slightly cherry-cola flavour makes your lips taste as good as they look.

For anyone wanting some added colour, Lush recommends that you pair Santa Lip Scrub the red tinted Santa Baby Lip Tint, which also has a similar cherry-cola flavour.

Santa Lip Scrub is a seasonal Holiday product, next up The Kiss Lip Scrub is a Valentine’s limited edition or Bubble Gum Lip Scrub is available year-round.  The 25g pot is available online or in-store for $9.95



Christmas Queen 2 comes to VTSL

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Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) has resurrected the Holiday Improv hit from last season for Christmas Queen 2: You Better Watch Out.

In the continuing saga of the Christmas Queen, the saucy, over-the-top doyenne drops in on the North Pole on December 23rd and throws the Elves and Yuletide activities into chaos.  While the Panto-style story has a loose script, as with every Vancouver TheatreSports League production, with the varying cast and improvised dialogue, it’s a new show every night.  You never know exactly what’s going to happen when you take your seat at the Improv Centre.  The interaction between audience and cast are what makes a trip to VTSL an uproarious night out.Photo 2015-12-03, 21 13 37

See what happens for yourself when you visit Vancouver TheatreSports League.  Christmas Queen 2: You Better Watch Out, plays Wednesday through Saturday nights at 7:30pm until December 19th.

“A Visit From St Nicholas”

SantaVancouverA Visit From St Nicholas (‘Twas The Night Before Christmas)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads,
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap —
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer and Vixen,
“On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Donder and Blitzen;
“To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys — and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress’d all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look’d like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples: how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight —
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
—Clement Clarke Moore

Happy Christmas to you & yours from me & mine!

FlyOver Christmas

FlyOver_Logo_RGB_smFlyOver Canada is celebrating the Christmas season by adding some festive cheer to the attraction at Canada Place. Check in from November 29th through to January 5th to see FlyOver Canada transform into a magical winter wonderland with festive decorations, new themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience before taking off on FlyOver Canada. The outdoor Christmas plaza featuring free live entertainment and a Santa’s Arctic Workshop display with ice carving shows every Friday at 5pm, starting December 6th. Leonidas Belgian Chocolates and Swiss Style Nuts will also be onsite with their delicious hot waffles, drinks and candied nuts.

As always, FlyOver Canada allows guests to soar from coast to coast on a breathtaking virtual aerial journey across the country in a fully immersive experience including wind, mist, and even scents!  To upgrade to the FlyOver Canada Christmas festivities add-on the Christmas Magic Pass for an extra $5 + tax, which includes: one admission to FlyOver Canada, one waffle from Leonidas Belgian Chocolates, and one hot chocolate or cider from the FlyOver Canada Christmas Kiosk. The Christmas Magic Pass is available Monday to Thursday 5pm until 9pm and Friday to Sunday noon until 9pm.

FlyOver Canada is located at the north end of Canada Place, open from 10am until 9pm daily*
Ticket prices: Adults: $19.95, Seniors/Students/Youth: $17.95, Children (4-12): $14.95- Children must be at least 102cm (40″) to enter FlyOver Canada. It is recommended that you pre-purchase your tickets online where you will receive a discounted ticket price and ensure your spot on the attraction.

*Closed early on December 24 at 5pm and closed on December 25