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Holiday Humour: Merry Kiss-mas at Vancouver TheatreSports

By CHLOË LAI

Enjoy a little seasonal silliness with Vancouver TheatreSports

To Dec. 24, 2018 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery—unless it’s done by improv comedians, in which case it’s the greatest form of entertainment. This month, Vancouver TheatreSports presents Merry Kiss-mas, which takes its cue from the cheesy Christmas-movie tropes we all love to hate. Will there be a small-town love triangle? A cynical city-dweller who rediscovers their Christmas spirit? A conveniently timed visit from oblivious carollers? Only one thing’s certain: the ending is guaranteed to be both happy and hilarious.

Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Maureen Washington performs with the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

Dec. 14 and 15, 2018 Vancouver’s favourite hand-clapping, foot-stomping holiday concert is back. Follow your dancin’ feet over to Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas. The 90-voice gospel choir—which has performed with the likes of Barbra Streisand and Josh Groban—joins forces with award-winning Canadian jazz powerhouse Maureen Washington to belt out beloved Christmas songs in the spectacular Christ Church Cathedral. It’ll have you dancing in your seat (or in the aisles).

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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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.  Read more…

On the Ice: Hockey Championships and Figure Skating Finals in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Fans of figure skating and ice hockey, you’ve come to the right place (Photo ©Inhabitant/iStockphoto.com)

Various Dates Ice hockey and figure skating are the hottest tickets in town this month. From Dec. 6 to 9, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final takes place at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, with men, women and pairs from around the world competing. And from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place in both Vancouver and Victoria. Hopes are running high that Canada’s National Junior Team can bring home the hockey glory.

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!

Ultimate Relaxation at Float House

By CHLOË LAI
Nov. 2018

Photo by Amandalproductions

Tired after a day of sightseeing? Sore from a long flight? Soothe busy minds and travel-weary bodies at Float House, where sensory deprivation tanks take rest, relaxation and recovery to the next level. Soak up the serenity—along with a healthy dose of stress- and pain-relieving magnesium sulfate—with 90 blissful minutes of effortless flotation in body-temperature water infused with nearly half a ton of Epsom salts. First-timers can even request gentle music to help ease the transition to absolute silence. Afterwards, sip tea in the post-float lounge before stepping back out into the world. Ready, set, glow.