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Special Events for December 2001


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December 1, 2001
Santa leads the parade through downtown Maple Ridge. Bring a lawn chair and a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy a colorful display of community floats; 604-463-3366.

December 1 - 2, 2001
A Fantasy Christmas Craft Show; Fantasy Gardens, Richmond Over 60 talented BC Artists exhibit their crafts. Open Saturday & Sunday from 10am - 4pm. Admission: $2.00 per person with 12yrs and under free. Proceeds to charity; 604-574-9381.

December 1 - 2, 2001
Heritage Hall Christmas Craft Market Heritage Hall; 604-879-4816.

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 2001
Christmas Tree Decorating Contest at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site; (604) 664-9203.

December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2001
3rd Annual Christmas Lights in the Park: Ride the 3km miniature train through the festival of lights and displays, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm each night; 604-898-9336.

December 1, 8, 2001
Victorian Christmas traditions at the Historic Stewart Farm, South Surrey; (604) 502-6456.

December 1 - 23, 2001
Carol Ships Parade of Lights: Boat owners from around Greater Vancouver decorate their vessels and parade around Vancouver Harbour, refer to for schedule; 604-878-8999.

December 1 - 24, 2001
Winter Peace in a Chinese Garden; Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden In the spirit of the holiday season, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden invites you to experience the peace and tranquility in this special oasis. By donation; 604-662-3207.

December 1 - 31, 2001
The Peak of Christmas; Grouse Mountain Visit Santa's North Pole Workshop for a photo, meet live reindeer, hop on Santa's sleigh for a scenic journey through the mystical forest, or enjoy Christmas classics in the Theatre in the Sky. Open daily from 9am to 10pm; (604) 984-0661.

December 1 - 31, 2001
Holiday Train Collection Display at the Granville Island Museums; 604-683-1939.

December 1 - 31, 2001
Nutcracker 3D at the CN IMAX Theatre, Canada Place: A wonderful enchanted kingdom of spun sugar, ruled by a wooden soldier prince, will spring to life through the magic of the IMAX medium; 604-682-4629.

December 1 - 31, 2001
Winterfest - Winter Wonderland at Bear Creek Park, Surrey; The miniature train takes you on a ride through the "Enchanted Forest" & "Christmas Wish Tunnel"; 604-501-1232

December 1, 2001 to January 1, 2002
Old Fashioned Christmas Skating rink at Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks: 150-foot Dickens village, 200 real Christmas trees, Thousands of lights, Santa’s House, The 8’ snowman, and more; Public skate times are: Monday & Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 – 10:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2:00 – 3:30 pm; (604) 291-0626 ext 249.

December 1, 2001 to January 1, 2002
Christmas at Canada Place. Take in a seasonal stroll on the West promenade outside of Canada Place. View the 14 vintage animated Woodward's Christmas windows and the lit-up sails of Canada Place; 604-666-8477.

December 2 & 9, 2001
Sunday Tea Dance with Dal Richards at The Pan Pacific Hotel; 604-662-8111.

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2001
Horse and Carriage Rides around Downtown Langley between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. sponsored by the Downtown Langley Merchants Association. Cost of the ride is $1.00 or 1 non perishable food item per person for a free ride with a receipt over $10.00 from any merchant;

December 4, 2001
The Mission Singers Perform at Library Square, Vancouver; 604-331-4044. 

December 4 - 7, 8 - 9, 2001
Christmas in Williams Park, Langley; Williams Park will come alive again with the sights, sounds, tastes and feel of Christmas. From December 4th - 7th , Langley residents are invited to view the lights and special decorations set up in the upper area of Williams Park. On the 8th & 9th from 6:00 pm from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., enjoy the winter beauty with light displays, free horse and wagon rides, local choirs and hot chocolate; (604) 533-6086.

December 5 - 16, 2001
Royal Christmas Festival (formerly the Festival of Trees) at the Royal New Westminster Regiment Armoury, New Westminster; 604-521-8078.

December 6 - 30, 2001
Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Botanical Garden. The central acres of Van Dusen Gardens are transformed into a holiday magic land with seasonal displays and over 20,000 twinkling lights; 604-878-9274.

December 6, 2001
6th Annual Seasonal Celebration at the Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby; 604-291-6864.

December 6, 2001
The Festival of Lights at the Dunbar Branch Library; 604-665-3968.

December 6, 2001
Delta Arts Council presents Tom Sawyer at the Firehall Centre for the Arts; 604-596-1025.

December 7, 2001
Magic of Movement at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts; 604-205-3000.

December 7, 2001
Light Up the Village & late night shopping in Fort Langley. Enjoy the lighting of the giant tree at the Community Hall, a visit from Santa and candlelight shopping; 605-888-8835.

December 7 - 8, 2001
Holiday Craft Fair at Britannia Community Centre; 604-718-5800.

December 7 - 9, 2001
Ballet BC presents the "Nutcracker" along with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, QE Theatre; (604) 732-5003.

December 7, 2001
Candlelight Parade, downtown Mission; 604-826-6914.

December 8, 2001
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: Celebrating Winter's Wonders at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver; 604-924-2581.

December 8, 2001
Annual Christmas Sailpast at White Rock pier, 5 pm; 604-536-6844.

December 8, 2001
Crescent Beach Annual Christmas Sailpast, 4:30pm; 604-536-6844.

December 8, 2001
Christmas Race - Indoor BMX Racing at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 309-6421.

December 8, 2001
A Cantata Singers' Christmas at the First Baptist Church, Vancouver; 604-280-3311.

December 8, 2001
Breakfast with Santa at Confederation Community Centre, Burnaby; 604-294-1936.

December 8 - 9, 2001
Delbrook's 16th Annual Christmas Craft Fair, Delbrook Recreation Centre, North Vancouver; 604-990-3841.

December 8 - 9, 2001
Annual Country Christmas at Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; 604-929-5610.

December 8 - 9, 2001
Christmas Craft and Gift Market #3, 14th Year, Vandusen Garden, Hours: 10am - 5pm, BC crafts in the floral hall and international gifts on the walkway and entry; 604-739-9002.

December 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2001
Tower Top Elves lead children’s activities and games  at the Lookout! level, Harbour Centre Tower, 10am to 3pm; 604-689-0421.

December 8 - 31, 2001 (except December 25)
“Karaoke Christmas Trolley”: Karaoke Carolling on a Trolley Tour of Vancouver’s Christmas hi-lites featuring The Lookout! Tower and VanDusen Festival of Lights, Depart from the Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street; 604-861-6508.

December 8, 2001 to January 6, 2002 (except December 24, 25, and 31)
Numerous nature themed displays and 200,000 lights greet our guests as they take a 15 minute stroll along the board walk through the Richmond Nature Park.
Presented by the Richmond Kinsmen and Richmond Firefighter’s Society; 604-718-6188.

December 9, 2001
Celebration in the Woods, at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, North Vancouver; 604-981-3103.

December 9, 2001
Christmas Nature Walk at Burnaby Lake, sponsored by the GVRD, free; 604-432-6359.

December 9, 2001
Rock around the Park at Lost Lagoon Nature House. Explore the fascinating world of Stanley Park’s rocks and the stories they can tell us with world-traveling geologist Chris Kenton; 604-257-8544.

December 12, 2001
Christmas Lights Volkswalk, starting at the Bread Garden, 1880 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver; 604-682-8390.

December 13, 2001
Old Fashioned Musical Christmas at Fort Langley National Historic Site, Experience the spirit of the season as the Fort is filled with festive music and light. Singing around the bonfire, many genres of music and singing and hot drinks add to the Christmas spirit! 604-513-4777.

December 13, 2001 to January 5, 2002
Oliver! A show loved by young and old, with a gianormous cast of 47! and with more memorable songs and show-stopping numbers than several musicals put together, Oliver! at the Gateway Theatre, Richmond ; (604) 270-1812.

December 13 - 15, 2001
A Traditional Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver; Christmas music, carols, and a few jazzy surprises! Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; 604-280-3311.

December 14, 2001 to January 5, 2002
Robin Hood at the Burr Theatre, New Westminster; 604-523-2877.

December 15, 2001
Santa's Family Workshop" - Family Christmas Event Langley Civic Centre 10:00 am to 12:00 noon $5 per family (604) 530-1323.

December 15, 2001
Christmas Canada/Christmas Europe; The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Be part of this 12 hour Christmas extravaganza. This concert will be recorded for broadcast around the world; 604-738-6822.

December 15, 2001
Breakfast with Santa at the Riley Park Community Centre; 604-257-8545.

December 15, 2001
Children’s Nature Story & Craft - Turtles at Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park; 604-257-8544.

December 15, 2001
Breakfast with Santa at Willingdon Community Centre, Burnaby; 604-299-1446.

December 16, 2001
Living Cathedrals at Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park; 604-257-8544.

December 16, 2001
Rumplestiltskin from Nova Scotia, a puppet story at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; (604) 984-4484.

December 16, 2001
Lakeside Carols at Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver;

December 17, 2001
Christmas Backyard Bird Count: tracking the bird population. Call the Lynn Valley Ecology Centre, North Vancouver at 604-981-3103.

December 18 - 30, 2001
The Leaky Heaven Circus, Vancouver East Cultural Centre. A combination of circus, theatre, and music, this year the company will present their retelling of the epic Sufi poem: Conference of the Birds; 604-731-3339.

December 19, 2001
A Traditional Christmas, Massey Theatre, New Westminster. Christmas music, carols, and a few jazzy surprises! Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; 604-280-3311.

December 20, 2001 to January 5, 2001
First Night: a terrifically funny and endearing romantic comedy, set on New Years eve about a twenty year crush between a charming dreamer and a 'nun to a certain extent', at the Surrey Little Theatre; 604-780-0200.

December 20, 2001
A Traditional Christmas, South Delta Baptist Church. Christmas music, carols, and a few jazzy surprises! Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; 604-280-3311.

December 21, 2001
A Traditional Christmas, Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver Christmas music, carols, and a few jazzy surprises! Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; 604-280-3311.

December 21, 2001
The Abbotsford Symphony will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert at Central Heights Church, Abbotsford; (604) 853-6700.

December 21, 2001
Winter Solstice Lantern Procession at Granville Island. Bring your lantern and join the celebration as it follows the shores of False Creek to the False Creek Community Centre; 604-873-5055.

December 21, 2001
Winter Solstice Lantern Procession at the False Creek Community Centre, Vancouver;

December 21, 2001
Winter Solstice Lantern Procession at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver;

December 21 - 23, 2001
Festival of Song at Granville Island. Enjoy a variety of concerts from a range of Lower Mainland choirs during the Opening Night Concert at Performance Works, or the daytime performances in Triangle Square over the weekend; 604-666-5784.

December 22, 2001
8th Annual Gala Dinner/Miss Chinese (Vancouver) Pageant 2001 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre; 604-708-0699.

December 23, 2001
Winter Solstice Event at Lost Lagoon Nature, Stanley Park; 604-257-8544.

December 27, 2001 to January 6, 2002
This holiday season Science World and the Public Dreams Society are celebrating puppets of all shapes, sizes and variations at Puppetania: Where Dreams Come Alive! Puppetania will feature fantastic puppeteers on stage and throughout the building. Including a life-like walking T-rex puppet, brightly costumed stilt-dancers dressed as fantastic creatures, as well as master puppeteers who will teach professional presentation techniques and even help you create your own finger and hand puppets too!  At Science World; 604-443-7440.

December 30, 2001
Birding in Stanley Park at Lost Lagoon Nature House; 604-257-8544.

December 30, 2001
The Pond in Winter at Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park. Join Dr. Jennifer Getsinger for a walk around Beaver Lake; 604-257-8544.

December 30, 2001
Sunday at Burnaby Lake: Discover Burnaby Lake wildlife! Share the knowledge and enthusiasm of Burnaby Lake Association volunteers at Piper Spit on the fourth Sunday of the month; 604-432-6359.

December 31, 2001
Winter Wonderland Fireworks Display at Bear Creek Park, Surrey;604-501-1232.

January 1, 2002
Polar Bear Swim at English Bay. Dive into the ice cold waters of English Bay and start the New year with a crisp new outlook; 604-665-3424.

Ongoing until December 8, 2001
The Yoko Ono Project: Three very different Asian-Canadian women fall into the world of Yoko Ono, her music, art, instruction poems and words and are never the same again, at the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver; (604) 689-0926.

Ongoing until December 9, 2001
The Story of Gold: The most spectacular collection of gold nuggets, bars, jewelry, and sculptures including the world-renowned Harvard collection! at the Pacific Mineral Museum, Vancouver; (604) 689-8700.

Ongoing until December 14, 2001
Christmas Craft Fair at Trethewey House Heritage site in Abbotsord; Hours are 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday. Also hosting a one-day sale on Saturday December 8th, 10am to 4pm; 604-853-0313.

Ongoing until December 15, 2001
Unearthed From the Silence at the Surrey Museum and Archives: This unique traveling exhibition from the Japanese Canadian National Museum tells a story about an archaeology dig conducted in 1994 in Steveston, BC. ; (604) 502-6456.

Ongoing until December 17, 2001
Christmas at London Farm, Richmond; (604) 271-5220.

Ongoing until December 22, 2001
9th annual fair offering over 20 local artists, one of a kind hand crafted items, photography, and dried flower works, at the White Rock Museum and Archives; 604-541-2221.

Ongoing until December 22, 2001
Glenda's Christmas Cottage, a popular destination in Abbotsford; (604) 856-4743.

Ongoing until December 24, 2001
Check out U-pick christmas tree and activities at Barkley Brook Farm, Langley; 604-856-6820.

Ongoing until December 24, 2001
A Christmas Carol, the musical at the Waterfront Theatre;; (604) 685-6217.

Ongoing until December 31, 2001
Festive Treasures;: Canadian Craft Museum Show and sale of artist-produced holiday decorations, ornaments, and gift items. This year, artist-made cookie cutters are among the holiday themes featured; 604-687-8266.

Ongoing until December 31, 2001
Vancouver Museum: The Exploration and Settlement of Vancouver; (604) 736-4431.

Ongoing until December 31, 2001
Timeless Tales: Stories From North Vancouver And Beyond, interactive story telling sessions every Sunday at the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Station, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver; (604) 987-5618.

Ongoing until January 1, 2002
Parade of Lights Festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre and Fairgrounds; A sparkling show for all ages. As you walk through a wonderland of more than 100,000 shining lights and 9 exciting theme areas (many animated), you will be both dazzled and delighted by the show! Net proceeds to children and youth charities in the region; 604-581-7130.

Ongoing until January 1, 2002
Christmas at Canada Place: take in a seasonal stroll on the East promenade outside of Canada Place. View the 14 vintage animated Woodward's Christmas windows and the lit-up sails of Canada Place, and more; (604) 666-7200.

Ongoing until January 2, 2002
Festival of Trees at the Four Seasons Hotel ; 604-844-6708.

Ongoing until January 2, 2002
How about an afternoon of intrigue, adventure, teamwork and some good old fashioned family fun? Join us at the Vancouver Museum for our new exhibit Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery. This challenging interactive exhibit will transport you back to Victorian London to the scene of the crime and it is up to you and your family to solve the mystery of whodunit. As you travel through the eight scenes with your pencil and clue sheet in hand you must gather evidence but beware of the occasional red heron! Keeping a sharp eye and using all your deductive reasoning skills you must piece together the clues. Once you have gathered all your clues join a character from the mystery in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s study to find out the true identity of the culprit of the dastardly deed; Vancouver Museum, Vanier Park; (604) 736-4431. 

Ongoing until January 5, 2001
Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum; 604-293-6500.

Ongoing until January 5, 2002
Victorian Christmas at Irving House Museum;

Ongoing until January 6, 2002
Science World Kinetosaurs is an exciting new exhibition that blends the popularity of dinosaurs with the artistry of moving steel sculpture, offering a unique look at how art and science work together while providing a whole new understanding of dinosaurs as living animals, not just dusty museum specimens; (604) 443-7443.

Ongoing until January 6, 2002
Christmas Train ''Bright Nights'' at the Stanley Park Miniature Railway; (604) 257-8531.

Ongoing until January 20, 2002
Vancouver Collects: Vancouver Art Gallery Exceptional works from local private collections featuring the distictive landscapes of Canada's most famous and influential group of painters, and international array of contemporary and modern works in painting, video, sculpture and more, and over a century of photography, Vancouver Art Gallery; (604)662-4700.

Ongoing until January 30, 2002
“Reflections: A closer look at Vancouver’s Winter Traditions”  an exhibit featuring the Polar Bear Swim, Carol Ship Parade, Woodward’s Windows, Christmas in early Vancouver and skiing; at the Lookout! level, Harbour Centre Tower; 604-689-0421.

Ongoing until March 15 , 2001
Masks: What lies beneath: This exhibit displays more than 100 masks by emerging an internationally-renowned Native artists, Hill's Native Gallery, Vancouver; 604-685-5422.

Ongoing until April 28, 2002
Long Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The concept of time is a persistent and provocative subject of art. This exhibition of more than 75 works offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the diversity of this theme; (604) 662-4722. 

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