Enchant - Friday, November 25 to Saturday, December 31
New for 2016, Enchant brings the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze to Vancouver. It’s made up of over 55,000 square feet of illuminated sculptures arranged into a puzzling maze. Alongside the lights, there will also be a market with over 40 local vendors, 12 food trucks and a bar area to enjoy holiday drinks.
1st and Crowe Street, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) Tickets booked in advance from $14.95 (kids and seniors) and $19.95 for adults + market-only tickets $5
Baking Time - Friday, November 25 to Sunday, December 11
Expect live music, puppets and plenty of freshly baked bread when Presentation House Theatre and Oily Cart present Baking Time, a fantastic feast for the senses for three- to six-year-olds and their friends and families. Follow the enchanted adventures of bakers Bun and Bap as they encounter mischievous doughy characters and venture through forests of breadstick trees and magical floury storms—all while baking real loaves of deliciously fresh bread in a real life on-stage oven. Click here for detailed show listings and ticket information.
Presentation House, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m., weekday matinees at 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Check out Vancouver’s new ukulele cabaret and open mic night! Bring your uke to play a tune or just relax and enjoy other performers (including a feature headliner). Share your skills at Ruby’s Lounge, which is organized by Daphne Roubini, owner of downtown Vancouver’s Ruby’s Ukes School.
The Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street $8 at the door; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Reflections: The Garden Terrace - Thursday, November 24 to Friday, December 30
Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s outdoor Reflections lounge transforms into a winter wonderland this season. Twinkling Christmas trees, oversized candles and heat lamps provide a warm atmosphere to enjoy hot toddies, mulled wine and eggnog inspired cocktails as well as seasonal dishes.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, January 8
Discover the new interactive ‘Fireflies’ light display in the rainforest at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Using giant flashlights, you can magically awaken waves of tiny lights that twinkle like fireflies. Festive lights illuminate the suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, rainforest and canyon, and guests can see the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall and growing!).
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; adults $39.95, children from $13.95 (under 6 free)
Vancouver Opera’s new abridged version of the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel is an enchanting tale for the whole family, brought to life by the master artisans of the Old Trout Puppet workshop. Pre-show interactive opera stations give young opera-goers the chance to engage with opera professionals by drawing, playing theatre games, dressing up and singing in the lobby of the Playhouse for one hour prior to the matinees on November 27th and December 11th.
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, tickets available online November 24, 26, 29 and December 1, 3, 8, 10 at 7:30 p.m., November 27 and December 11 at 2:00 p.m., November 30 and December 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Christmas Queen 3: The Bachelorette Edition - Wednesday, November 23 to Friday, December 23
Inspired by British pantomimes (pantos), Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) revives the tradition of a pantomime dame when HRM (Her Royal Meanness) becomes the star of her own reality show. With the help of audience suggestions, her plan is to ruin the Christmas of all her suitors: Elf on a Shelf, Jack Frost, Scrooge, The Grinch and even Santa himself. Find more information and ticket details here.
The Improv Centre on Granville Island, 1502 Duranleau Street Wednesday through Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. from November 23 to December 23 (two additional performances on Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
Andrea Carlson (executive chef and owner of Burdock & Co) will be collaborating with Vancouver-based sushi master Chef Masayoshi (Restaurant Masayoshi), and Masa Shiroki (Granville Island’s Artisan SakeMaker) for a sake-paired dinner that highlights pine mushrooms (matsutake), which are now in season.
Burdock & Co, 2702 Main Street; doors at 6:00 p.m. (dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.)
$89 per person + sake pairings cost an additional $40 (plus taxes and gratuity)
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 604.879.0077
Comedy in a brewery? Sounds like an amusing way to while away a Sunday evening. Comedy at Big Rock's Half-Anniversary Show features Vancouver stand-up Chris James, a veteran of the Vancouver Comedy Festival, who will be headlining the show alongside other local comics and L.A.’s Ryan Reaves.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m., $7
Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery, 310 West 4th Avenue
It’s time for another art battle! Featured artists (Christian Beare, Anna Esterer, Alps + more) and one wildcard audience member will compete in a live painting contest. Listen to tunes from DJ K-Rec and check out the competitive art-off!
Doors open at 7 p.m., all Vancouver Art Battle events are 19+
$20 general admission and $15 for students
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.