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Special Events for December 2003


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December 1, 2003 to January 2, 2004 
Park & Tilford's Christmas Festival of Lights: The Christmas Festival of Lights is sponsored by Park & Tilford Gardens and the Rotary Club of Lions Gate. North Vancouver; 604-984-8200. 

December 1, 2003 to January 4, 2004 
Magic Forest Christmas Train: The 7th annual 8-minute train ride of Christmas displays for children and adults features all your favourite Christmas characters and many other seasonal displays. Bear Creek Park Train, Surrey; 604-501-1232. 

December 1 - 24, 2003 
24 Days of Winter Peace in a Chinese Garden: To thank our community friends and partners for their continued support the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be open BY DONATION (no regular admission applies) from December 1 - 24. Treat yourself, family, and friends to stroll through our landscape masterpiece. Enjoy complimentary tea, join a guided tour to discover the symbolic significance of the Garden's elements and see an art exhibition by talented local artists. An enchanting retreat during the hectic Christmas season. 604-662-3207; 

December 2, 2003 to January 2, 2004 
The Beach House Festival of Lights, at the Beach House, West Vancouver; 604-922-1414. 

December 2, 2003 to January 4, 2004 
Christmas Light Show at Minter Country Garden: Country Gardens presents a spectacular Christmas light show featuring hundreds of thousands of light & unique animated displays. Over a kilometer of lights will dazzle you as you drive through this festive display. $10.00 per carload with partial proceeds to the CKNW Orphans Fund and local charities; (604) 792-6612. 

December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18, 2003 
Hidden Treasures Tours: Experience a special free tour of some of the Maritime Museumís treasures not on display. Tours conducted 4.30 to 5.30 pm most Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tour dates: December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18.To book or arrange a group tour, call Marian Toft at 604 985-7566. 

December 3, 2003 
World Team Figure Skating Challenge: For one night only the world will be put on ice. Come witness the challenge with Kurt Browning, Josee Chouinard, Sale/Pelletier, Todd Elderedge, Nicole Bobek and more! General Motors Place, 604-280-4444. 

December 4, 2003 
Shadbolt Centre Seasonal Celebration: Bring the entire family and celebrate the spirit of the season with wreath-making workshops, musical performances, hands-on art activities and much more. For information, call the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 604-291-6864. 

December 4, 7, 11, 18 & 21, 2003 
The Great Medieval Feast & Fest: oin the folks at Heritage Valley as they host five special evenings of live interactive entertainment, comedy, music, dancing and food. Abbotsford; 604-864-8888. 

December 5 - 31, 2003 
Christmas at Canada Place: Share in the wonders of the holiday season and help support local children's charities. Stroll the Avenue of Trees, visit the holiday window displays and ride the miniature train; 604-775-7401. 

December 5 - 7, 2003 
23rd Annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Sale: 135 Craft people  have been busy making fabulous home Decor items for you and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list. This sale supports the B.C. Children's Hospital; The CKNW Orphans' Fund and CJOR's Basics for Babies; 624 Poirier Street, 604-469-9669. 

December 5 -31, 2003 
Festival of Ligts at VanDusen Botanical Garden: 5 to 9 p.m. every evening except Christmas Day (December 25) when the Garden is closed. A magical experience for the whole family! Be dazzled when millions of twinkling lights turn the centre of the Garden into a realm of sheer wonder. Delight in the effects created along Lake Walk with the Symphony of Dancing Lights set to seasonal music or come listen to the many community choirs that will appear each night on the Deck. One of the most magical places is the Candle Shrine where you can light a candle and make a wish. Santa is in his Workshop telling stories nightly until December 24 and his wizard friend Percival Spellbinder takes over from December 26 through 31; 604-878-9274. 

December 5, 12, 19, 2003 
Nostalgic Carriage Rides: Every Friday evening (5 pm - 8 pm) leading up to Christmas, Island visitors are invited to enjoy late night holiday shopping, climb aboard a horse-drawn trolley for a magical ride through Island Holiday Lights, a 15,000-light display that includes the traditional Tree of Lights at the Mound and a spectacular twinkling Ocean Cement truck. Hop on the carriage at Triangle Square, Waterfront Theatre or the Granville Island Hotel. Thanks to the Vancouver Sun for their support. 

December 5, 2003 to January 3, 2004 
Bright Nights in Stanley Park (6th Annual): The Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund have together created nights of magic and illumination in the middle of wondrous Stanley Park. More than a million twinkling lights transform the forest, train and Children's Farmyard. Explore the woodland paths leading to enchanting, animated displays and holiday sounds. A Christmas family tradition for over twenty years, the train wends its way through the forest past Santa's workshop, an international village and the much loved Moose in the middle of the glistening waterway. The aroma of hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and roasted nuts brings back childhood memories. Visit Santa in his 'Living Room' at the Train Station. Street performers mingle with the crowd, causing laughter at their antics. Everywhere there is a feeling of family, friends, and goodwill at Bright Nights; 604-257-8531. 

December 5, 2003 
Carol Ship Festival of Lights at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM, 604-990-3841. 

December 5, 2003 
Candlelight Parade: Mission Chamber of Commerce's Candlelight Parade. Come and enjoy Mission's Christmas night-time parade. Delight in the beautifully decorated and lit floats; an enchanting evening for children and adults alike; 604-826-6914. 

December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19 - 23, 26 - 30, 2003 
5TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN THE PARK at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish; 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, (604) 604-898-9336. 

December 6, 2003 
THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS: Creber Music Productions presents the family variety show The Magic of Christmas featuring The Nylons and Michael Burgess. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444. 

December 6, 2003 
Floating away on holiday spirit: This parade is a big crowd-pleaser with its impressive procession of colourful floats, seasonal music and Christmas magic. This year's parade takes place on December 6th at 4:00 p.m. and the afternoon promises sightings of reindeer and elves for eager spectators. This year, other guests marching down New Westminster's Columbia Street include Cap's Bicycles and their collection of antique and comical peddled vehicles. The Burnaby North Secondary School Marching Band will be playing, getting the crowd moving to stave off the cold. The parade is organized by the New Westminster Hyack Festival Association, a non-profit society that has been creating community events since 1971. Their traveling float (seen at festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest) will be making an appearance. And the grand finale float will be Santa Claus, ready to greet everyone with warm wishes. Columbia Street, New Westminster; For more information call the Hyack Festival Association at (604) 522-6894. 

December 6, 2003 
Christmas Craft Fair and Tea, Chown Memorial & Chinese United Church (3519 Cambie Street, Vancouver; 604-813-1152. 

December 6, 2003 
Breakfast with Santa at the Sunset Community Centre, 404 E. 51st Avenue, Vancouver; 604-718-6505. 

December 6, 2003 
Santa's Workshop for 3-12yrs at the Killarney Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-718-8200, 

December 6, 2003 
MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL AND PARADE: Downtown Langley Merchants Association offers a full day of fun starting with a 9 am breakfast with Santa at Choo-Choo's Restaurant. Call 604-534-7111 for Reservations. At 10 am every corner of Downtown will be busy with carnival rides, a petting zoo, ice sculpture competitions, live entertainment and more! The as night descends, at 5:30 the Magic of Christmas Lights Parade will begin! Call 604-539-0133 for more event information. 

December 6, 2003 
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS - DOUGLAS PARK COMMUNITY PROJECT: 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! Tickets $2.00/person (children 3 & under are free) available at the door. Contact Phone number: 604-514-2865. 

December 6, 2003 
Santa's Parade of Lights: Santa Parade and Tree lighting ceremony featuring Christmas pageant and sing-a-long, 176 Street, between 58A and 56A Avenues in Cloverdale; 604-576-3155. 

December 6, 2003 
Santa's Christmas Light Parade in Downtown Chilliwack; 604-792-4576. 

December 6, 2003 
Christmas Sail Past: local clubs and marinas, decorate their boats and sail past White Rock pier where Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit White Rock. 6:00 pm at White Rock Pier; 604-536-6844. 

December 6, 2003 
Christmas in the Park/Santa Claus Parade:The newly incorporated Maple Ridge Christmas Festival Society presents a Christmas festival in Memorial Peace Park from 4 pm until 8 pm. Come to the Santa Claus Tent for pictures with Santa before and after the Parade. The Santa Claus Parade starts at approximately 6 pm. Bring a lawn chair and a mug and enjoy free hot chocolate, smores, and popcorn. Musicians and carolers will entertain you, Christmas gifts, and festive food will be for sale. Those interested in volunteering contact Ginnette Kelly at 604-465-5440 or the Festival Society at 604-467-7325. 

December 6, 2003 
The Nutcracker: Presenting the craft of professionals and passion of students, along with beautiful costumes, fantastic sets and the magical story of The Nutcracker under the artistic direction of Dolores Kirkwood. A delightful way to share the holiday magic with your family. Royal City Youth Ballet. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. 

December 6, 2003 
Santa photos with your pet: So round up your pets, your friends pets or your neighbours pets and bring them down to Mr. Pets' at 2881 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam. Photos are by donation and all proceeds will go to a great cause; 604-933-7387. 

December 6, 2003 
Breakfast with Santa at Place Maillardville, Coquitlam; 604-933-6167. 

December 6, 2003 
Sinterklass and Santa Clause Parade: Gather at the Fraser River in front of Westminster Quay Public Market for the traditional arrival of Sinterklaas in the morning, then in the afternoon take your place along Columbia Street, and get caught up in the whirl of bands, floats, and holiday cheer, at B.C.'s largest Santa Claus Parade. Starting at dusk, the lights of the parade transform Downtown into a twinkling fairyland. Westminister Quay Public Market, 604 524-4996. 

December 6 - 7, 2003 
Artisan Craft Fair,in Floral Hall & Cedar Room, VanDusen Botanical Garden; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 604-739-9002. 

December 6 - 7, 2003 
ANNUAL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS at Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; 604-929-5610. 

December 6, 7, 13, 14 
Pet Food 'N More will host Pet Pictures with Santa this Christmas season, raising funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. 11am to 3pm at the following locations: 7389 King George Hwy (Dec 6), 20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge (Dec 7), 3669 10th Ave. W, Vancouver (Dec 13), 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver (Dec 14). By donation. 

December 6 - 21, 2003 
Tower Top Elves: Tower Top Elves lead children's activities and games. Saturdays December 6, 13, 20 & Sundays December 7, 14, 21. Vancouver Lookout! Harbour Tower, 555 West Hastings, 604-689-0421. 

December 6 - 24, 2003 
Santa at Kids Market: Children will delight in visiting Santa during the holidays, 11 am to 4 pm daily, Kids Market Granville Island; (604) 689-8447. 

December 7, 2003 
FORT FESTIVAL: 2 pm at the Fort Langley Community Hall the Handel Society Choir and Langley Community Music School Sr. Orchestra will perform the wonderful music of Handelís Messiah with donation at the door to Langley Food Bank - 604-888-1759. 

December 7, 2003 
PIONEER CHRISTMAS: 1-3 pm at the Langley Centennial Museum start the holiday season with a family event creat-ing traditional crafts, cards, tree decorations and enjoying toys and games from the past with admission by donation - for more info call Lindsay at 604-888-3922. 

December 7, 2003 
Roedde House Museum Old Fashioned: Discover what Christmas was like at the turn of the last century. Listen to live music and sing carols in the parlour while sipping hot mulled cider and munching on a host of holiday delicacies. Adults $5 Seniors, Children, Students $4 Children under five are free; 604-684-7040. 

December 7, 2003 
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET at the Croatian Cultural Centre; 604-925-3159. 

December 7, 2003 
Christmas Nature Walk and Crafts: How do different plants and animals prepare for winter? Join Burnaby Lake Park Association volunteers on a guided Christmas nature walk along the parkís forest trails to discover winter wildlife. Learn about the challenges faced by overwintering birds and discover how plants face the cold. After the walk, return to the Nature House for refreshments where children can make a craft to take home. Park Association volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the natural history of Burnaby Lake. Meet at the Nature House at the end of Piper Avenue, south of Winston Street; 604-520-6442. 

December 7, 2003 
Christmas From Around the World Trade Show: Christmas from Around the World is a one day trade show event that will take place on December 7, at the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver, B.C. There will be performances of Christmas celebrations from different parts of the world. Plaza of Nations, (604) 421-3898. 

December 7, 2003 
Tea Music from Taiwan: xperience this unique presentation of classical and contemporary chamber music from Taiwan. Presented by Turning Point Ensemble, Soprano Heather Pawsey and Egret Ladies Choir. Taiwanese Tea and Cookies will be served. Egret Music Centre, 604-436-2332. 

December 8, 2003 
Holiday Cheer Open House: Everyone is invited to the Ecology Centre's 6th annual open house. There will be loads of family fun; Christmas crafts, games, face painting, goodies, hot chocolate and festive entertainment. For admission bring a non-perishable food item for the Vancouver Food Bank. Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre; 604-981-3103. 

December 9 - 14, 2003 
CHRISTMAS IN WILLIAMS PARK: Drive through and enjoy the lights and displays set up in Williams Park (Langley) from December 9 - 12. December 13 and 14th enjoy the main event. A shuttle will transport people from the parking lot. Enjoy the hot chocolate, carollers and horse and wagon rides from 6 - 9 pm. Call 604-532-7529 for more information. 

December 9, 2003 
Family Christmas Special: Bring a homemade paper ornament to put on our Christmas tree, if you wish, and come celebrate the joy of the holiday season with stories, songs and puppets at the Maple Ridge Library from 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm. For more information, call 604-467-7417. 

December 10, 2003 to January 3, 2004 
"Puss in Boots": This fairy story is the timeless triumph of good overcoming evil. Suitable for all ages. The Burr Theatre, New Westminster; 604-523-2877. 

December 10, 2003 
Holiday Spectacular Lights Tour: You will be amazed with all the lights in December. We start with the festive train and then have holiday treat on our way back, guess what itíll be?! Please contact the youth office for more information. Killarney Community Centre, 604-718-8200. 

December 11, 2003 
OLD FASHIONED MUSICAL CHRISTMAS: at the Fort Langley National Historic Site enjoy a musical evening of choirs and singing around the campfire with admission by food donation - phone 604-513-4777 

December 11, 2003 
THE BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM: The Vancouver Symphony presents The Boys Choir of Harlem in a thrilling and unforgettable evening of song. The Boys Choir of Harlem performs without the Orchestra. 604-280-3311. 

December 11, 2003 
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. Join us for an intimate evening of Festive Readings, Musical Entertaiment and Carols. Curtain at 8:00pm. Desserts and Hot Cider will be served at Intermission. Tickets are $12.00, Students & Seniors $10.00. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE RESTORATION OF CHRISTIE HOUSE! North Vancouver District Municipal Hall, 604-988-6844. 

December 12, 2003 
Winter Festival: Free community event in celebration of the Winter season. Includes program demonstrations, children's crafts, gingerbread men decorating, tree decorating, free door prizes, bake sale, free gifts for children, and other entertainment. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House; 604-736-3588. 

December 12 - 13, 2003 
Winter Hayride, Steveston 604-718-8080 

December 13, 2003 
KWANTLEN CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Kwantlen First Nations Office on Gabriel Lane with unique native arts, crafts, clothing and gifts; also table rentals; 604-888-2488. 

December 13, 2003 
SANTAíS BREAKFAST: Courtesy of the Langley Times & Freybe Gourmet Foods, at the Fort Langley Community Hall enjoy a festive morning; 604-533-4157. 

December 13, 2003 
Breakfast with Santa at Willingdon Community Centre: his festive morning with Santa is more than just a visit with the jolly fellow. There will be a pancake breakfast as well as holiday crafts, door prizes and carol-singing. 

December 13, 2003 
Skate with Santa at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, Burnaby; 

December 13, 2003 
MSA Museum Christmas Exhibit & Program, Abbotsford; 604 853-0313. 

December 13, 2003 
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: WINTER WONDERLAND, Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver; 604-924-2581. 

December 13, 2003 
SANTA CLAUSE PARADE, Starts from Howe Sound Inn and through downtown Squamish; (604) 898-1776. 

December 13, 2003 
SANTA FLY-IN at the Squamish Elementary School Field, 11:00 am; (604) 892-9244. 

December 13, 2003 
Carol Ship Festival of Lights, Panorama Park, North Vancouver; 604-990-3841. 

December 13, 2003 
Winter Concert of Dance & The Grinch, Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts; Tickets available through Anna Wyman only at 604-926-6535. 

December 13, 14, 20, 21, 2003 
Enjoy the festive music of the Island's travelling carollers who will perform on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) in the Public Market, Net Loft, Triangle Square, Kids Market, Granville Island Brewery, Dockside Restaurant and many other locations Island-wide. Carollers from some of Vancouver's best-known choruses will be traveling throughout the Island each Saturday and Sunday with a finale concert taking place rain-or-shine. Granville Island; 

December 13 - 14, 2003 
1st annual arts and crafts fair. tables for rent. $45. for both days, $25 for one day. Lots arts and crafts for sale and lots of goodies, traditional foods, baked goods etc. 3010 Tsleil-Waututh Rd, (new gym on Burrard Reserve), North Vancouver; 604 929-3454. 

December 14, 2003 
Brunch and Crafts with Santa at Cameron Complex, Burnaby; 604-415-3555. 

December 14, 2003 
Skate with Santa at Killarney Community Centre; 604-718-8200. 

December 14, 2003 
Roedde House Museum Teddy Bear Christmas: A Teddy Bear Christmas at Roedde House Museum. Enjoy music and storytelling in the parlour! Sample seasonal refreshments and home made goodies. Bring your favourite teddy and a new Teddy Bear for the The Bear Exchange! St. Andrew's Wesley Church will donate the bears to someone who needs a friend. Everyone is welcome! 604-684-7040. 

December 14th, 2003 
Canada Ice Dance Theatre is pleased to host a FREE HOLIDAY SKATE.  4:45-6:15pm at West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street; This event is open to the public, so bring your Family and Friends for an afternoon of FREE ice-skating, entertainment and treats!!  There will be FREE skate rentals, performances by CIDT skaters, and CIDT coaches on the ice to give you free skating tips!  Get into the holiday spirit and come skate with us at West End Community Centre! 604-926-3712. 

December 14, 2003 
Craft Fair at the Kerrisdale Community Centre; 604-713-1877. 

December 14, 2003 
ALDERGROVE FESTIVAL DAYS COMMUNITY CAROLING at Kinsman Heritage Park; 604-856-6229. 

December 15, 2003 
Backyard Bird Count: All North Shore residents are invited to take part. It takes only a few minutes of your time and it helps provide researchers with important information on changes in bird populations. Call (604) 981-3103 to receive a bird count form. 

December 16, 2003 to January 3, 2004 
42nd Street: 42nd Street tells the timeless, inspiring tale of small town Peggy Sawyer's rise from chorine to Broadway star. The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts; 604-602-0616. 

December 17 - 23, 26 - 30, 2003 
Alice in Wonderland, Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-929-3200. 

December 17, 2003 
A LAWRENCE WELK FAMILY CHRISTMAS, QE Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444 

December 19, 2003 to January 10, 2004 
Cinderella at the Metro Theatre, Vancouver; Metro Theatre; 604-266-7191. 

December 19 - 21, 2003 
ĎA BROADWAY FAMILY CHRISTMASí: This holiday season discover the Magic and feel the Joy in this enchanting and moving musical for hearts of all ages. Set against the spectacular backdrop of a Broadway musical, ĎA Broadway Family Christmasí tells the tale of a little girl whose busy Broadway mom has lost the spirit of Christmas. The show stars internationally acclaimed singer Danielle St.Pierre and a brilliant cast of actors, singers and dancers, with humungous presents, a giant snowman, dazzling snow falls and one very big Christmas tree. Overflowing with fabulous Christmas favourites including Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bell Rock and many more! A Broadway Family Christmas will make you laugh, cry, sing and dance!! Unwrap your tickets today!!! Tickets are available through the theatreís box office at 604.990.7810. Capilano College Theatre, North Vancouver. 

December 19, 2003 
A Christmas Tradition, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orpheum Theatre; 604-876-3434. 

December 20, 2003 
JAZZY NUTCRACKER at the Vancouver Playhouse; The ALS Society of BC presents the Jazzy Nutcracker in a special fundraising evening; 604-280-4444. 

December 20, 2003 
Roedde House Museum Parlour Concert: Rosemary O'Connor (piano) Christian Markos (Cello) This Romanian cellist and Vancouver pianist present a recital of cello sonatas, featuring of the work of Beethoven; 604-684-7040. 

December 20, 2003 
CPR's Holiday Train is Coming: The Holiday Train, decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, runs in partnership with the Canadian Association of Food Banks the (CAFB) to raise donations and awareness for the issue of hunger. The Holiday Train gives communities a chance to come together to help people in need. It will stop in Port Haney, Maple Ridge at 7:20 pm. Come and enjoy the festivities and entertainment. Remember to bring your donation for the food bank. 

December 20, 2003 
North Shore Celtic Ensemble at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. 

December 20, 2003 
Carols and Songs at Eagle Ridge United Church, 2813 Glen Drive, Coquitlam;604-469-1577. 

December 21, 2003 
SING ALONG MESSIAH: Bruce Pullan conducts the Vancouver Bach Choir and Vancouver Symphony in this 23rd annual rendition of Handel's beloved oratorio. Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311. 

December 21, 2003 
Chinatown Christmas Celebration, Keefer Street, Vancouver; 604-682-8998. 

December 21, 2003 
The Huron Carole: Now in it's 16th year, the Huron Carole benefit concert series returns to the Bell Performing Arts Centre in 2003! Well known Canadian singer and actor Tom Jackson will travel ( across Canada with a collection of Canadian artists to raise money for the Canadian Association of Food Banks during the Christmas season. In addition to Tom Jackson will be artists including Beverley Mahood, Brad Johner and Amanda Stott. Bell Performing Arts Centre,, Surrey; 504-507-6355. 

December 21, 2003 
Christmas Clydeoscope with Sinfonia: Santa joins Sinfonia, conducted by Clyde Mitchell for an afternoon of holiday carols. Sing-a-long to Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Deck the Halls, Adeste Fidelis, Stille Nacho, Gesu Bambino and more. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484. P>December 22, 2003 
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Winter Solstice Lantern Procession: Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year and has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. In the Chinese lunar calendar the day of winter solstice is called Dong Zhi "The Arrival of Winter." In partnership with the Secret Lantern Society join the celebration at communities around False Creek, specifically Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden & Chinatown, Granville Island, and Roundhouse Community Centre. Following the light of hand-made lanterns and the beat of a drum, a procession will wind its way from Carngie and Strathcona Community Centres approx. 6:00pm to the Garden where you can enjoy lights, lantern exhibit, music (choral soundscapes to traditional Chinese ensembles), and the magic of winter. Try all three venues by using False Creek Ferries or Vancouver Trolley Company; 604-662-3207. 

December 22, 2003 
Winter Solstice Lantern Procession: CMHC Granville Island & the City of Vancouver invite you to attend the 10th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Procession. Participate in Island activities at the False Creek Community Centre and Performance Works. Meet in the Public Market Courtyard at 6 pm to join the Granville Island procession; (604) 666 5874. 

December 23, 24, 26, 27, 2003 
NUTCRACKER: Alberta Ballet and Ballet British Columbia present this perennial Christmas classic, an unforgettable experience that reminds us all of the wonders of the imagination and the power of dreams. Queen Elizabeth Theatre; 604-280-3311. 

December 23, 2003 to January 4, 2004 
Alcan Twelve Days of Christmas: Admission to the Vancouver Maritime Museum is free for children for the Christmas holidays Ė from December 23, 2003 to January 4, 2004. Alcanís sponsorship of Alcan Twelve Days of Christmas provides for free admission for all children under the age of 18 (when accompanied by an adult) and includes all exhibits as well as the Alcan Childrenís Maritime Discovery Centre. There will be plenty to do and see during the Alcan Twelve Days of Christmas. Fun activities for the kids, prizes and family craft activities each day (except December 24 and 25) from noon to 4 pm.  

December 26, 2003 
OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FESTIVE FAMILY SKATE at the Langley Civic Centre; 604-533-0423. 

December 28 - 29, 2003 
A VIENNESE NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION! Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ring in the New Year with a classic Viennese celebration. Orpheum Theatre; 604-280-3311. 

December 31, 2003 
New Years Eve at Science World: Visualize a night aglow inside the famous world landmark; Science World. On December 31, 2003, T.R.U.S.T. is pleased to present "IMAGINE, a grand upscale New Years Eve Party reflecting on the apst of 2003 and celebrating the future of 2004; 604-899-8929. 

December 31, 2003 
FORT LANGLEY NEW YEARS FAMILY PARTY at the Fort Langley Community Hall; 604-888-1223. 

January 1, 2004 
Polar Bear Swim: Dive into the ice cold waters of English Bay and start the New Year with a crisp new outlook; 604-665-3424. 

January 1, 2004 
Mt. Seymour Lions PENGUIN PLUNGE at Panorama Park, North Vancouver. Happy New Year! Music, refreshments, entertainment and plunge promptly at 2:00pm; 

January 1, 2004 
Polar Bear Swim: Join the locals in this traditional New Year's "jolt to the system" . Registration begins at 10:00am, and the swim takes place at 12:00. White Rock Beach,  604-536-6844.. 

January 1 - 31, 2004 
Eagle Festival & Count: A month long schedule of festivities centred around the Bald Eagle. Events include art displays, workshops, walking tours, photo contests etc., ending with the Wing Ding Dinner & Dance. Held at Brackendale Art Gallery in Squamish; 604-898-3333. 

Ongoing until December 13, 2003 
Hello Dolly: Matchmaker Dolly Levi has been hired to find a new wife for businessman Horace Vandergelder. Secretly, however, she schemes to win the wealthy widower for herself, setting in motion a series of hilarious romantic entanglements. Vancouver Playhouse, 604-873-3311. 

Ongoing until December 14, 2003 
Scrooge and Marley: A black light puppet panto based on A Christmas Carol for the young and young-at-heart. Hendry Hall, North Vancouver; 604-983-2633. 

Ongoing until December 14, 2003 
Singin' in the Rain: You've seen the film - now experience the world's most uplifting musical live on stage. Don, Lina, Kathy and Cosmo light up the stage with song and dance. Featuring great hits like the title song, Make 'em Laugh, Good Mornin', Mose 

Ongoin until December 14, 2003 
Plaid Tidings: Plaid Tidings, the celebrated sequel to Forever Plaid, comes to The Centre just in time for the Christmas season! Creator Stuart Ross has brought back his famed characters Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie who dazzled Vancouvers theatre scene for two successful years in one of BCs most successful musicals! In this next episode, these four friends now set off to make their mark in the music industry while tantalizing audiences with their jovial spins on holiday classics. Plaid Tidings is the perfect kick-off for your holiday season come join the cast in singing your holiday favourites! The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts; 

Ongoing until December 19, 2003 
The Night of the Martians: 40-minute program explores our ongoing fascination with the Red Planet. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre; 

Ongoing until December 20, 2003 
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents A Waltz Through Wonderland: A Waltz Through Wonderland is an exhibition inspired by the imaginative wonderings of a child. Childrens book illustrators Duncan Weller and Julie Fox, sculptor Rebecca Robbins, and painter Angela Rae join celebrated childrens furniture-maker Judson Beaumont in an exploration of fun and fantasy. North Shore Arts Commission, 604-988-6844. 

Ongoing until December 21, 2003 
WINDOWS ON LANGLEY: At the Langley Centennial Museum an art exhibit in partnership with Langley Arts Council exploring the community of Langley and the artistsí process of creating their art - phone 888-3922. 

Ongoing until December 23, 2003 
Christmas In Kerrisdale: Come to the shopping district of Kerrisdale and enjoy an old fashioned holiday style event. Roving quartets and brass ensembles will fill the air with seasonal music, Santa will be walking the sidewalks dispensing candy canes and chocolates and free horse & carriage rides will be on tap. Main entertainment will run from 12 noon through 4 pm on Saturdays before December 25 with surprise choral groups chiming in on the odd Sunday and weekdays. Kerrisdale will be decked out with its usual array of potted spruce trees, red banners, swags and white lights; 604-266-9875. 

Ongoing until December 24, 2003 
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, 2003 
DOGWOOD CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 9 am - 4 pm at 8659 - 252nd Street at River Road, Langley. Sselect a Christmas tree: u-cut, fresh cut or living with free candy canes for kids, outdoor bonfire, caroling and family fun - call 604-888-9161. 

Ongoing until December 27, 2003 
It's Snowing on Saltspring: The stockings aren't hung by the chimney with care, and Bill's wife Sarah is 9 1/2 months pregnant and counting. At the point of despair, he is whisked off to Casa Claus for a hilarious rediscovery of the spirit of Christma 

Ongoing until December 30, 2003 
Annual Nature Comes to Light, Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188. 

Ongoing until December 31, 2003 
Peak of Christmas: Sleigh bells are ringing, choirs are singing. During the month of December, the spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities on top of Grouse Mountain. Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet live reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. Visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy classic Christmas movies on our large high-definition screen. Or listen to joyful Christmas carols sung by the enchanting voices of Vancouver choirs. Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver; 604-984-0661. 

Ongoing until January 3, 2004 
Candy Cane Lane: A festive holiday light show featuring thousands of lights, moving figures and yard displays to raise funds for the BC/Yukon Chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 5pm to 10pm - 19072, 19080 & 19088 63B Avenue, Surrey; 

Ongoing until January 4, 2004 
Brewed In Bellingham: Take a photographic journey through the taverns and breweries of early Bellingham. The 1905-06 Polk directory listed 62 saloons in the newly incorporated city. Rising above them all, the Bellingham Bay Brewery was touted as "the finest brewery west of Chicago." This series of historical images depicts the many businesses and their proprietors. Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington; 360-676-6981. 

Ongoing until January 20, 2004 
Spirit Masks: Over the past twenty years, the history of Dan Daulby's Celtic and Native American ancestry has taken him on a spiritual journey to discover his voice as an artist. The masks are a personal diary. Each mask represents a life experience or personal trait. He invites the viewer to ponder and question the interpretation behind their creation. Gateway Theatre, Richmond; 

Ongoing until March 27, 2004 
Cultural Traditions in Surrey: The Surrey Museum is planning a new exhibition and programs about the cultural traditions of Surrey, with a focus on clothing, textiles and crafts. The theme will incorporate elements which reflect the people, places, history, stories and techniques associated with the materials that are to be presented. The museum is looking for participation from citizens in the multicultural community who have a deep interest and knowledge in the theme of the exhibit, and would like to be involved in its planning. For more information, all Lana Panko, curator, at 604-502-6461.  

Ongoing until April 30, 2003 
Open Spaces, 3rd Annual International Sculpture Project: The much anticipated 3rd Vancouver International Sculpture Project -"OPEN SPACES features the installation of 17 works by renowned Canadian, British and American Sculptors. The temporary installations will be interactive and public in nature emphasizing the diversity of the city, both in geography and citizenry, and will be installed throughout the downtown center; 604-682-1234. 

Communication: Explore the similarities and confusing differences between languages. Use a fiber optics to watch a video. Adjust a satellite dish to send and catch your own image, and control a computer with the loudness of your voice. These and other hands-on experiences will help you better understand today's information society. Science World, Vancouver; 604-443-7440. 

100 year Anniversary of Flight Program: With an emphasis on Canadian innovation and aviation technology, follow the history of flight from early Greek legend to the Wright brothers and beyond. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver; 604-738-7827. 

Ghosts of the Abyss 3D: Academy Award winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. Using state-of-the-art technology, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. At the CN Imax at Canada Place; 604-682-4629. 

India: Kingdom of the Tiger: Journey across India, a breathtaking land shaped by a myriad of cultures, customs and traditions. Inspired by the writings and experiences of Jum Corbett, a pioneer of Indian wildlife conservation. A glorious tribute to this magnificent land, and to its greatest ambassador - the mighty Bengal Tiger. At the CN IMAX at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX. 

The 50s Gallery: Do you remember the 50s? Bobby socks and poodle skirts; milkshakes and rock and roll. Few decades have made such an impression on popular culture. Admire the mint-condition 1955 Ford Fairlane, check out the neon, or put a quarter in the jukebox and listen the music of the decade that gave birth to the teenager in this, the latest addition to the history of Vancouver. Vancouver Museum, 604-736-4431.

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