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Special Events for December 2002


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December 1 - 24, 2002
"24 Days of Winter Peace In a Chinese Garden", at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver; 604-662-3707.

December 1 - 28, 2002
Princess and the Dragon: White Rock Players Club's Christmas pantomime takes place in ancient Siam, where heroes Sam and Al attempt to keep the kingdom from plunging into eternal darkness at the hands of the evil warlord. White Rock Playhouse; 604-536-7535

December 1 - 29, 2002
Nature Comes to Light: The 4th Annual Nature Comes to Light features numerous nature themed displays and 200,000 lights for 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. Richmond Nature Park. 

December 1 - 31, 2002
Christmas in Harrison sees the village come alive with lights and music. Be sure to visit the Harrison Village Mall from December 7th where there will be various events including a draw for some great prizes and gifts. Harrison Hot springs, 604-796-2972.

December 1 - 31, 2002
Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park in Surrey; 604-501-1232.

December 1 - 31, 2002
The Peak of Christmas: Grouse Mountain Resort Come and celebrate the magic of the holiday season! Visit Santa's North Pole, meet live reindeer, glide through an outdoor mountaintop skating pond and warm by the crackling fire; 604-984-0661.

December 5 - 8, 2002
The Nutcracker:Presented by Alberta Ballet and Ballet British Columbia. Meet Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy in this spectacular treat for the whole family; 604-280-3311.

December 6 - 31, 2002
Festival of Lights: The central acres of VanDusen Gardens are transformed into a holiday magic land with seasonal displays and over 20,000 twinkling lights. Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver; 604-878-9274.

December 6 - January 4, 2003
Bright Nights in Stanley Park: Stanley Park Nights of magic and illumination in the middle of wondrous Stanley Park including entertainment, dozens of delightful animated displays and more than a million twinkling lights; 604-257-8531.

December 7 - 24, 2002
Visit with Santa at the Kids Market: Daily activities include group sing-a-longs, storytelling and magic. Granville Island, 604-666-5784.

December 7 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 -22, 2002
Tower Top Elves lead children's activities and games. Elves on site from 10am to 3pm., Vancouver Lookout! Harbour Centre Tower Tower; 604-689-0421.

December 7 - 8, 2002
20th Annual Country Christmas: ongs of the season spill out of the doors of the Livestock Barn, while farm animals watch from their stalls and farm visitors sing along from straw bale seating. The Farm is decorated in the spirit of Christmas. The Greenhouse is especially festive with its musical chimes and Santa and Mrs. Clause moving figurines. Cow milking demonstrations, food concession and pony rides will be available. Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; 604-929-5610.

December 7 - 8, 2002
Heritage Hall One of a Kind Christmas Craft Fair, Heritage Hall, Vancouver; 604-879-4816.

December 7, 2002
Country Christmas: Celebrate an old fashioned, family Christmas complete with carolers, hayrides, country crafts, musical entertainment, delicious treats and of course a special visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Douglas Recreation Centre, Langley; 604-514-2865

December 7, 2002
Hyack Santa Claus Parade of Lights: Get caught up in the whirl of bands, floats and holiday cheer at BC's largest Santa Claus Parade. After the Parade, stroll down historic Columbia Street to Hyack Square for the annual tree lighting ceremony, Columbia Street, New Westminster; 604-522-6894.

December 7, 2002
Santa Claus Parade : Welcome Santa to Granville Island as he parades from the Public Market to the Kids Market, Granville Island; 604-666-5784.

December 7, 8, 14, 15, 2002
Christmas Tree Decorating Contest at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston; 604-664-9203.

December 8 - 30, 2002
Karaoke Christmas Trolley Tour: Enjoy the city's dazzling light display through the streets of Vancouver while singing your favorite Christmas songs. Nightly at 6:30pm. Vancouver Museum, Vanier Park; 604-861-6508.

December 8 - 9, 15 - 16, 2002
BC Rail's Jing Bell Express starting at the BC Rail Station, North Vancouver; 604-984-5246.

December 8, 2002
Christmas with the Bach Choir at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-921-8012.

December 9, 2002
TheatreSports Slay Ride: Two hours of holiday fun includes seasonal improv sketches, Christmas carols and competitive improv matches. Stanley Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

Decemberr 7 -8, 2002
Christmas Craft & Gift Market at Van Dusen Botanical Garden; 604-878-9274.

December 11 - 13, 2002
The Star Keeper: This production combines visuals, poetry, music and puppets to tell a story, without words, of Pretzel, a little worm who finds a fallen star. Faced with the responsibility of returning the star to its place, Pretzel goes on a journey that takes from the heavens to the depth of the ocean. On his journey he meets a tap-dancing spider, a bad-tempered Maggie Mischief, a frail Daisy Bygone and a school of Accordion fish. Vancouver East Cultural Centre; 604-251-1363.

December 11, 2002 - January 4, 2003
Mother Goose: Dame Mother Goose believes her brood no longer loves her. When the Demon King tells her about the miraculous pool of Eternal Beauty, she forgets her Jollyton friends, and Priscilla the goose that lays the golden egg, suddenly goes missing.Will Priscilla be saved by Little Boy Blue and Bo Peep? Or with the evil Squire Adolphous Nastiman capture the golden egg? Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre, New Westminster; 604-523-2877.

December 11, 2002
Canucks? Fundraiser at GM Place: The Vancouver Canucks are teaming up with The Province to help needy families this holiday season. The players? wives and girlfriends will be collecting donations and selling prize balloons at both of these home games.

December 12 - 14, 2002
A Traditional Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; 604-876-3434.

December 13 - 14, 2002
Handel's Messiah at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-738-6822.

December 13 - 15, 2002December 14 - 15, 2002
North American Native Art & Crafts Festival at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre; 604-253-1020.

December 14, 2002
Festival Voices of Eastern Europe: The vocal-based group Zeellia and the Gradec Croatian Folk Band will perform seasonal songs from the Ukraine, the Balkans, and the Baltic states. Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-713-1800.

December 17, 2002
The Magic of Christmas 2002 Holiday songs performed by the Rankin Sisters, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

December 19, 21, 22, 2002
Festival of Song: Enjoy a variety of music with the 5th annual Festival of Song featuring groups from around the Lower Mainland. Granville Island; 604-666-5784.

December 20 - 22, 2002
Grease at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

December 21, 2002
Ice Age: Strap on your own skates, or rent at the rink, and enjoy a holiday fun skating session with Manny, Scrat and Sid all characters from ICE AGE, the blockbuster animated movie now available on VHS and DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Prizes and surprises abound for all, and by donation, you can try to "Score on Scrat" ($5) and win ICE AGE prizes ranging from DVDs to stuffed Scrats. Purchase an Ice Age balloon ($10) and receive an instant ICE AGE prize (all proceeds to The Province's Empty Stocking Fund). Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver;

December 21, 2002
WinterFest: Come and Celebrate Winter with US! Bundle the family up for a festive time of entertainment, games, crafts, and activities. Free skating at Minoru Arenas, train rides, internet letters to Santa, and gingerbread decorating add to the evenings fun. Free hot chocolate and popcorn will warm the tummies.Cultural Centre Plaza, Richmond; 604-233-8910.

December 22, 2002
Charlotte Diamond and the Hug Bug Band at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

December 27, 2002 to January 5, 2003
Festival of Illusion at Science World: Enjoy all the wizardry and big stage illusions of classic magic acts as well as wandering sorcerers pulling rabbits out of their hats, goldfish out of their pockets and cards from up their sleeves! 604.443.7443

December 31, 2002
Family First Night at Granville Island. Ring in the New Year with amazing fireworks, lively entertainment, and festivity for the whole family. 604-879-8611.

December 31, 2002
New Year's Eve at the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain; 604-998-4403.

January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim at English Bay, Vancouver; 604-665-3424.

January 2 - 3, 2003
Dragon Tales: It?s Dragon Tales Live - a kid-sized mystery with sing-along music, eye-popping special effects and non-stop fun featuring Emmy, Max, Cassie, Ord and Zak & Wheezie. Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

Ongoing until December 7, 2002
The Jungle Book:This musical takes us to India in 1947, during the last days of British colonial rule, where we find this charming little story about a young boy named Mowgli and his journey back to his own people. An adventure story, a coming of age tale and a romance, the Jungle Book features wildly creative costumes, dazzling choreography and favorite swing music. Damon Calderwood directs. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby; 604-671-7708.

Ongoing until December 8, 2002
Join us for the 3rd Annual Royal Christmas Festival, a spectacular fundraiser with all benefits going to the Simon Fraser Society for Community Living, who provide choices and opportunities for children who require extra support, adults with intellectual disabilities, and their families, Royal Westminster Regiment Armoury, New Westminster; 604-521-0957.

Ongoing until December 14, 2002
Cinderella: Classic fairy tale presented in English panto style, with singing, silly jokes, and audience participation, Surrey Arts Centre; 604-501-5566.

Ongoing until December 17, 2002
Miniature Exhibition, Place des Arts - Atrium and Main Hall Galleries, Coquitlam; 604-664-1636.

Ongoing until December 17, 2002
Miniature Exhibition at Place des Arts - Atrium & Main Hall Galleries, Coquitlam; 604 664-1636.

Ongoing until December 23, 2002
Christmas Carol Ship Parade of Lights: Boat owner from around Greater Vancouver decorate their vessels and cruise around the waters of Vancouver Harbour. On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 80 decorated boats, with in excess of 150,000 lights, and carries over 45,000 people during the 23 night festival; (604) 878-8999 or http: //

Ongoing until December 24, 2002
Reflections: A Closer look at Vancouver's Winter Traditions: An exhibit featuring the history and stories of the Polar Bear Swim, Carol Ship Parade, Christmas in early Vancouver, local skiing and other West Coast traditions, at the Vancouver Lookout! Harbour Centre Tower; 604-689-0421. Info: 604.689.0421

Ongoing until December 24, 2002
Santa vs. the Snowman 3D: See this hilarious film in the stunning 3D format. All your favorite holiday characters will be there. November 15 - December 24th ; CN Imax at Canada Place See this hilarious film in the stunning 3D format. CN Imax at Canada Place; 604-682-IMAX

Ongoing until December 24, 2002
Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones at the CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place; 604-682-IMAX.

Ongoing until December 31, 2002
Bears: From polar bears on the arctic tundra to grizzlies in Alaska, Bears explores the mythical past and fragile future of some of the most inspiring and misunderstood predators on the planet; Omnimax Theatre, Science World, 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until December 31, 2002
Space Station 3D. First cinematic journey to the international Space Station, at the CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place; 604-682-IMAX.

Ongoing until January 1, 2003
Christmas at Canada Place, Share in the wonders of the holiday season and help support local children's charities.; 604-666-7200.

Ongoing until January 4, 2003
Carol's Christmas: The ghosts of Carol's past. A contemporary twist on the traditional tale. Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island; 604-687-1644.

Ongoing until January 4, 2003
Heritage Christmas: Experience an old-time Christmas! The village is decorated for the holiday season and festive entertainment abounds!, Burnaby Village Museum;604-293-6500.

Ongoing until January 4, 2002
Carol's Christmas: The ghosts of Carol's past. A contemporary twist on the traditional tale. The Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island; 604-687-1644.

Ongoing until January 5, 2003
Lynden in Lights, Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995.

Ongoing until January 12, 2003
Won Ju Lim: Addresses ideas of Vancouver as a new city reflecting the past and future, Vancouver Art Gallery; 604-662-4719.

Ongoing until January 31, 2002
Arithmetricks Perfectly Perplexing Puzzles: Step right up to the greatest math show on Earth! Ringmaster Fineas Polygon is your guide as you explore the dozen tabletop puzzles and large maze in the turn-of-the-century circus setting. Science World; 604-443-7443.

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