5 things to do on the North Shore this weekend

Hold on to the holidays for a couple more days by checking out some festive displays that will soon be packed away (one seasonal favourite is saying goodbye forever). Plus, don’t forget to recycle your Christmas tree for charity at one of the many locations hosting a chip-up across the North Shore this weekend.

See renowned jazz, soul and gospel vocalist Ada Lee perform Sunday afternoon at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in West Vancouver, accompanied by the Ron Johnson Quartet. Lee’s music, equally at home with hard bop and lush pop, has been described as a connective tissue between jazz, blues and gospel. The concert starts at 4 p.m. and admission is by donation. For more information visit ststephenschurch.ca.

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A beloved Christmas light display at 4967 Chalet Pl. will go dim after this weekend. More than 100,000 lights, intricate figurines and decorations go into the making of the magical Christmas display, topped off with a glowing star shining down from a large spruce tree. After putting in many volunteer hours over the years to set up the display, the Ribalkin/Viau family is taking a break after this season. The lights will be on this weekend from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with food donation boxes set up for Harvest Project. Financial donations for Harvest Project, Shriners Care for Kids and the B.C. Epilepsy Society are also accepted.

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to Christmas and part ways with the tree. Many North Shore charitable organizations, from the firefighters to the Scouts, will gladly take the coniferous off your hands at one of the many chip-up events being hosted this weekend. You can find a list here.

Travel to the North Pole by way of the Grouse Mountain Skyride to celebrate the last weekend of Peak of Christmas. Glide and spin in the fresh air on the 8,000-square-foot pond, stroll under the twinkling lights on the magic Light Walk, and spot real reindeer at the North Pole. Peak of Christmas comes to a close after this weekend. The Canyon Lights winter festival continues at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park until Jan. 27. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.

Santa is sticking around for one more day in Deep Cove. In this season’s pantomime, Santa in Space, evil alien Vileun has almost achieved her desire to rule the planets – all except Earth. She decides to blackmail Earthlings into subservience by kidnapping Santa and bringing him to the planet Varbos. Can Santa’s friends rescue him and save the world? Find out Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets and info: deepcovestage.com or 604-929-3200.

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