Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures - Now until April 9, 2017
Take a break from holiday festivities to check out The Museum of Anthropology’s new visually spectacular and immersive exhibition, Layers of Influence. The exhibit features more than 130 majestic and diverse cultural garments—from exquisite Japanese kimonos to colourful Indian saris, draped and hung throughout MOA’s Audain Gallery—offering visitors an up close, 360-degree look at intricate stitching and complex weaving techniques.
Click here for the hours of the exhibition and museum entrance fees
A Spoonful of Sugar and some Chim Chim Cher-ee make Mary Poppins a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious play that is practically perfect in every way. Enjoy watching Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London in this family-friendly musical.
Radical Spirits Solstice Market - Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18
The Toast Collective (648 Kingsway) hosts a holiday market with a difference—all the handicrafts are made by local witchy artists and craftspeople, with the aim of shining the light on lesser-known crafters this solstice. And 75 per cent of the profits go directly back to the artists/crafters, so you get to support emerging artists.
Friday, December 16 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday Cookie Class - Wednesday, December 14
Get your holiday baking and decorating done at The Uncommon Cafe, a sustainable cafe and commissary in Railtown. Choose from shortbread, gingerbread, sugar cookies and thumbprints (or jam-jams) as your base and get creative in time for Christmas!
The Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street 6 to 8:30 p.m.; tickets $40 per person, $5 per child
Every night the lineup of eclectic musicians and actors changes for an evening of music, stories, poems and readings for the holiday season, featuring the likes of Ron Reed, Carolyn Arends, The Tourist Company, Nelson Boschman, Peter La Grand, The Kwerks, Michael Hart, Garth Bowen and Zaac Pick.
All performances at 8 p.m. with an added 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 11 Pacific Theatre,12th Ave and Hemlock Street (on the ground floor of the Chalmers Heritage Building), tickets $36.70
Got Craft? Holiday Edition - Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11
Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair celebrates the season with a holiday edition market that features over 75 designers as well as tasty treats, music and swag bags. From handmade chocolates to vintage industrial lights, it’s the perfect place to do some holiday shopping for a one-of-a-kind gift.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $5 at the door
The Pipe Shop Building 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Taste the best of Abbotsford’s baking scene at a delicious market run by the mother-daughter team behind The Cookie Canister. Sweet and savoury treats will be on offer, showcasing the talents of the bakers in the Abbotsford area and beyond.
3122 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$2 admission at the door, children 12 and under free
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy - Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11
Thirty local artists will be showcasing their craftsmanship, creations and designs at this annual holiday show. Pick up unique presents and meet the makers behind an eclectic range of handmade gifts. Admission fees are earmarked for Emerging Artists Scholarship to help new artists show at the 2017 event.
December 10,11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 11, 10 am to 6 p.m.
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; $3 per person
Sabores CDMX - Thursday, December 8 to Saturday, December 10
Mexico City’s hottest chefs are coming to Vancouver for three special collaborations at Homer St Cafe and Bar (Chef José Manuel Baños), Burdock & Co (Chef Mario Espinosa) and Cacao (Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo). Some of the restaurants will be serving part of their regular menu in addition to the Sabores CDMX tasting menu, which showcases the best high-end modern Mexican cuisine.
Amy Watkins is a British writer who fell in love with Vancouver when she visited on an assignment and then moved here. She writes about travel for national UK publications and writes BCLiving's weekly events column.