Can you believe it’s December already?! The Holiday entertainment is in full force, filling out the city’s other activities, in the picks of the week.
Chapel: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition displaying 34 of the frescoes adorning the Vatican ceiling in breathtaking, life-sized close-up at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building until January 25, 2022
Modern: Imagine Picasso brings the works of the Master of modern art, to life in a brilliant immersive exhibition at Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place) showing until January.
Dolly: The Arts Club Theatre Company 2021–2022 season opener Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, is bringing audiences to to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, where Dolly Parton’s music and lyrics put a heartwarming country twist on a Christmas classic.
Alice: The annual tradition, East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland – comes back The Cultch York Theatre until January 2, 2022 with in-person or online performances, as a terribly bored Alice follows a White Rabbit onto the Skytrain, she falls down a hole only to find herself in a Grandview-Woodlands Wonderland!
Soul: December 3rd, Queen of Vancouver soul Dawn Pemberton joins bassist/bandleader Jodi Proznick, along with an all-star band to deliver a joyful and soulful bounce to your favourite holiday classics live-streaming or live in-person at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts,
Heritage: Take a step back in time as you wander Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum enjoy all of the seasonal entertainment and activities, enjoy a meal or treat at the Ice Cream Parlor or take a ride on the restored 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel.
Art: Thursday afternoon at Bean Around the World Coffees, 175 West Hastings take in an Art Opening for Olivier Salvas’ collection Flamboyant and Vancouver launch of ARTFASHION along with a performances by Mina Mercury, tickets are free on EventBrite
Market: The 2021 Vancouver Christmas Market fills Jack Poole Plaza (Olympic Cauldron) with entertainment, arts, crafts and tasty goodies back to its home at until Christmas Eve
Canyon: Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park are back new for this year, the world-famous bridge will be lit, end to end, with a multi-colour changing display. Explore the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world surrounded by the Treetops Adventure.
Lights: Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden turn the gardens into twinkling winter wonderland, reawakened and illuminated in spectacular winter brilliance making this one of the city’s most popular Christmas Light displays
West: For a limited run, experience The Real Wild West, a unique look over the American West playing at FlyOver Canada until December 5
Train: Bright Nights, Stanley Park Christmas Train back for a 24th year, Bright Nights train is once again chugging through the sparkling magically-lit forest of Stanley Park this year until January 2nd, 2022
Solo: The Polygon Gallery presents Steven Shearer, until February 2022, the acclaimed Vancouver artist’s first solo show in Canada in over a decade, the expansive exhibition showcasing Shearer’s personal archive of more than 74,000 images
Luminations: Making its Canadian debut at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey, BC. Lumagica Surrey is a 1km light walk through diverse lands to capture and believe in the spirit of the Holidays. Stroll through a light tunnel to Gingerbread Lane, leading to the magical North Pole Village.
Architecture: Until December 18th, the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC) presents Emerging From Architecture, an exhibition highlighting architecture practitioners
Gallery: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is presenting the Canadian premiere exhibition of Sho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery, a solo exhibition by award-winning designer, artist, and activist Sho Sho Esquiro on show until June 5, 2022
Canoe: In the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s featured exhibition, on until July 3, 2022, Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh War Canoes and the Gifts They Carry Forward, Indigenous artists and knowledge holders share their gifts through the war canoe in this multi-sensory journey.
Skate: At MOV: Boarder X is a travelling exhibition, on view until next year, featuring work by contemporary artists from Indigenous nations across Canada, drawing parallels to urban areas prohibiting skateboarding, related to the landscapes and territories we occupy