5 things to do on the North Shore this weekend

Charge into the holiday season this weekend with the annual Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival, which is set to ignite more than 50,000 festive bulbs tonight during its opening night Light Up event kicking off around 6:30 p.m. Tonight’s festivities will include hot chocolate, live entertainment and the Light Up countdown. From now until Dec. 31, the light display will be open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. every day.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Elvis. Showman and bandleader Pete Paquette, along with Amberley Beatty, are bringing their show Elvis: A Christmas Special to Centennial Theatre tomorrow at 7 p.m. The full-band production is slated to boast backup singers, three horn players and other guests as they run through some of the King’s greatest Christmas carols and tunes, as well as other holiday favourites.

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This year avoid the trauma of Christmas cards by sending out a picture of your pet instead of your family. Korna Natural Pet Supplies in North Vancouver is hosting its annual Pet Pictures with Santa event tomorrow and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. A minimum donation of $20 for photo will go towards supporting the Small Animal Rescue Society of BC.

Kay Meek Arts Centre is turning into an all-star game for brass players this weekend when award-winning trumpet performer and musical educator Jens Lindemann, bringing together some of the world’s top brass soloists, performs at the All-Star Brass event from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday (Tickets: $19-$48). The concept for Lindemann’s concert is simple: he’s bringing together some of the world’s greatest brass players for exactly one rehearsal – and then the curtain gets raised.

Pop in to the Clothes for Change Pop-Up Sale tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at the Harvest Project-operated store onsite at 1073 Roosevelt Cres. in North Vancouver. Shop around for high-end women’s and men’s fashions and other designer gems, with all proceeds earmarked to support Harvest Project programs aimed at vulnerable people on the North Shore.

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