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Shopping Vancouver

Merry Magic at the Aurora Winter Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Experience the merry magic of the Aurora Winter Festival

To Dec. 30, 2018 We hear the North Pole is beautiful this time of year, but the Aurora Winter Festival offers a holly-jolly Arctic experience, too—and it’s just a smidge closer. This winter wonderland brings brilliant light displays, carnival rides, ice skating and even Santa’s workshop to the city. Introduce yourself to a yeti, race to the bottom of the tube park, peruse the market, ooh and ahh at aurora borealis in the light dome, and indulge in delicious food truck fare. Trust us: the North Pole’s got nothin’ on this.

Holiday Cheer at Vancouver Christmas Market 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Lindsay Elliott

To Dec. 24, 2018 There are plenty of ways to make merry at the Vancouver Christmas Market. Take photos inside the brightly lit walk-in Christmas tree or mistletoe-laden Lovers’ Lane tunnel, each decked out with tens of thousands of dazzling lights. Find treasures for all, from Käthe Wohlfahrt’s classic ornaments to Provence en Couleur’s luxe olive-wood kitchenware. Refuel with mulled wine in the heated lounge, sing seasonal tunes on select karaoke nights, or hop aboard the carousel—there’s no age limit for holiday spirit.

Great Gifts for the Dapper Dude

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Anyone would appreciate the timely gift of a new Rado HyperChrome Chronograph Automatic. At Lugaro and Nordstrom. (more…)

Great Gifts for the Coolest Kid on the Block

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

What a hoot! Olivia the Owl is filled with scrumptious-smelling products such as a strawberry bath bomb and coconut hand cream, and the cute tin doubles as a money bank. At The Body Shop. (more…)

Great Gifts for the Glamorous Gal

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Small in size but huge on style, the gold-and-diamond elephant brooch from Tiffany & Co. is part of the Tiffany Save the Wild collection that raises funds for the Wildlife Conservation Network. (more…)

Great Gifts for the Frequent Traveller

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

A snow globe by Main and Local combines two of the things Canada is famous for: poutine and icy weather.

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Great Gifts for the Host with the Most

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, recorded his live album Guide Me Back Home during a cross-country tour last year.  (more…)

Winter Wonderland at Granville Island

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Dec. 2018

On weekends, take a tour of Granville Island, guided by Santa’s elves

Various dates Hear those sleigh bells jinglin’? Follow them to Granville Island, where festive frolics await. Hunt for perfect presents on Santa’s Village Tour (Dec. 1 to 16). On weekends, Santa’s elves take shoppers on guided tours of the island’s stores and galleries for a chance to win prizes. (On weekdays, the tour is self-guided.) Enjoy seasonal shows like A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill or Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (both to Dec. 30). And share breakfast—and Christmas wishes—with Kris Kringle himself on Dec. 15 at Dockside. What are you waiting for? Giddy up, let’s go!

Retro Revival: Let Your Nation’s Flag Fly

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

The World Shirt by Mondetta Originals, featuring an Irish flag

Everything old is new again—especially in the world of fashion. Sometimes that means scrunchies and fanny packs, but other times something refreshingly retro makes a comeback. Like the World Shirt by Canadian sportswear brand Mondetta Originals. The iconic flag sweatshirt’s updated look means you can wear your heritage on your sleeve—literally. The collection represents seven nations, including Canada, and has a removable sleeve patch with over 170 country options. We’ll take that over a tube top any day. Find it at Below the Belt

Multitasking Makeup for Travel

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

Short on suitcase space? Multitasking make-up from IT Cosmetics has the answer. The cult-favourite beauty brand’s skincare-and-make-up hybrids deliver truly transformative results. Top sellers include the Superhero Mascara that flies off shelves thanks to the buildable formula and volumizing collagen, and the CC+ Oil-Free Matte (pictured), a triple threat that delivers full coverage, anti-aging skincare ingredients and SPF 40—all in one. Stock up at Sephora.

NHL’s Erik Karlsson Suits Up with RW&CO.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

Karlsson wears The Traveler Suit from RW&CO.

When NHL hockey defenseman Erik Karlsson isn’t blocking shots on the ice, he’s scoring style points in a suit from RW&CO. The Canadian retailer’s latest collection of high-performance suits features three on-the-go options, all crafted with comfort in mind. The Traveler Suit is a power play for those on the road—it boasts inner pockets for passports and earbuds, and can withstand airport dashes and overstuffed suitcases thanks to wrinkle-resistant, shape-recovering fabric. Plus, the sleek, tailored look helps every man look like a winner. Score!

Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery: All in the Family

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“The Space Between” by Corrine Hunt

Nov. 17 to Dec. 29, 2018 Some vases hold water, others hold history. Such as “The Space Between” (pictured) by famed First Nations artist Corrine Hunt. The vibrant wood-and-acrylic vessel features an inherited raven crest, a treasure included in the dowry of Hunt’s great-great- grandmother. Her ancestor was also considered the first notable artist in a long line of celebrated artists—a legacy also captured in the vase’s design. For more of Hunt’s remarkable works—and history—see Resilience at Coastal Peoples.