James & Jamesy’s O Christmas Tea - Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23
Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss will delight in this rollicking Christmas romp through a world steeped in tea. Performed by acclaimed British comedians, James & Jamesy, this all-ages show joins them in their action-packed quest to save the world from drowning in tea.
The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge Tickets $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, $15 for students, 7:30 p.m.
Eastside Flea Holiday Markets - Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18
Shop and bop on Friday night and then finish off your Christmas shopping when The Sumner Brothers host one heck of a Christmas shindig with local live music, a Santa photo booth, spiked apple cider and local shopportunities. Shopping and food trucks keep the party going throughout the weekend.
Friday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street
Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour - until Thursday, December 29
Belt out Christmas classics on a three-hour trolley tour that includes stops at Bright Lights at Stanley Park and Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights. Bring the whole family or a group of friends for a night of festive cheer.
Departs from Canada Place at 6:30 p.m. every day (except Christmas Day) Tickets $40
Early Music Vancouver presents: Festive Cantatas: J.S. Bach Magnificat - Sunday, December 18
Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra joins internationally-renowned vocal soloists to perform one of J.S. Bach’s greatest masterpieces for choir and orchestra as it was heard during a Christmas Vespers service in Leipzig in 1723.
Pre-concert talk hosted by Matthew White at 2:15 p.m., concert at 3 p.m.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC, 6265 Crescent Road
Tickets from $17.50 at the box office or by calling 604-822-2697
Christmas Lights Photowalk at English Bay - Saturday, December 17
Learn some tips to make your Christmas lights photographs sparkle on this photo walk in the West End. Find out how to use that big camera you’ve had since last Christmas, or pick up some expert tips for shooting in the dark. It is recommended to bring your own tripod.
Meet in front of the Sylvia Hotel, 1554 Gilford Street Sign up here;5 to 7 p.m., by donation
TORUK: Cirque du Soleil - Wednesday, December 14 to Sunday, December 18
Inspired by James Cameron’s epic animated film Avatar, TORUK – The First Flight tells the story of the film’s world of the distant moon of Pandora thousands of years before the movie takes place. The immersive live performance combines Cirque de Soleil’s skills with cinematic storytelling for an unforgettable adventure.
Tickets from $49 Pacific Coliseum, 2901 East Hastings Street
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.