DECEMBER 2 . Park & Tilford Garden Light-up
Celebrate the start of the season with the annual light up of over 50,000 lights. Bring your whole family to our Celebration from 7-9 p.m. Stamp your feet to the cheerful music of the Freddie Fuddpucker Band before the lighting ceremony begins! Stilt performers will roam the gardens and we'll have face painters, jugglers and a balloon artist to entertain. Donations are welcomed. ONGOING Visit the lights in the Gardens until December 31. Garden open 9: 30 a.m.-9: 30 p.m. Lights come on at 4: 30 p.m.
DECEMBER 2 . We Three Choirs
The North Shore Chorus with guests the Argyle Secondary Senior Vocal Ensemble and Pieces of Eight Vocal Octet will perform a concert of holiday favourites 7: 30 p.m. at St. David's United Church, 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver. ADMISSION: $15/$12/$5. TIX: www.nschorus.com or 604-983-6444.
DECEMBER 2 . Christmas Craft Fair
Crafts, live music, hot beverages, visits with Santa, and a chance to win a raffle basket. 5-8 p.m. Ross Road Elementary, 2875 Bushnell Pl., North Vancouver. INFO: www.rossroadpac.ca
DECEMBER 2 & 3 . Wonderland
Pandora's Vox and Espiritu vocal ensembles will combine to present a concert of seasonal songs 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. ADMISSION: $32/$28/$14. TIX: 604-913-3634 or www.kaymeekcentre.com
DECEMBER 2-4, 9-11 & 16-18 Christmas Pantomime - Aladdin
A pantomime version of this classic tale will run with Friday shows at 7 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays at 1 & 3 p.m. Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 East 11th St., North Vancouver. ADMISSION: $10/$5. TIX: 604-983-2633 or www.northvanplayers.ca
DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 17 . Great Stuff
Giftable art by 35 local artisans, jewellers and craft artists will be for sale Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Late night shopping Fridays until 8 p.m.
DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 24
The Peak of Christmas
Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through our mystical alpine forest, experience the tranquil beauty of skating on a outdoor mountaintop Ice Skating Pond. Your family can enjoy Breakfast with Santa too (reservations required). 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. Visit the spectacular Parade of Trees in the Spirit Gallery and vote for your favourite for a suggested minimum donation of $2. Full schedule at www.grousemountain.com
DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 24
Elf Express Choo Choo
Lynn Valley CentreBack by popular demand - our very own mini toy train. Children 10 and younger can enjoy a trip to the North Pole on the Elf Express Choo Choo and wave to Santa as they chug past his toy cabin on a magical ride. Cost per ride is $2 per child. INFO: www.shoplynnvalley.com
DECEMBER 2 - JANUARY 1 . Canyon Lights
View hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park, across the bridge and treetops adventure 5-9 p.m. (not open Christmas Day). There will also be gingerbread cookie decorating and singa-long carols with a Christmas band. Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver. ADMISSION: $50 for a family of 4, $25 adults, $5 ages 6-12. Proceeds from admission will be donated to the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. INFO: www.capbridge.com or 604-985-7474.
DECEMBER 2 - JANUARY 7
Christmas by the Sea - Parade of Trees
North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce invites you to visit an enchanting walk through beautifully decorated parade of trees at the Shipbuilders Square, 138 Victory Ship Way, at the bottom of Lonsdale, North Vancouver. Donations are welcomed for the Harvest Project & Hollyburn Family Services - Youth Safe House.
DECEMBER 2 - JANUARY 7
Dundarave Festival of Lights
View a forest of decorated trees at Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver. On Saturday evenings there will be free family concerts. Enjoy the legendary Carol Ship bonfire on Dec 17. Donations welcome supporting Lookout Emergency Aid Society's North Shore shelter. INFO: www.dundaravefestival.com
DECEMBER 2 - JANUARY 8 . Winter Gift Gallery
The Seymour Art Gallery will be selling a selection of holiday gifts by local artists from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. INFO: 604-924-1378 or www.seymourartgallery.com
DECEMBER 3 . Annual Christmas Festival
Lower Lonsdale Business association presents their annual Christmas Festival at the foot of Lonsdale at Shipbuilders' Square 5-8 p.m. Come out and enjoy family fun entertainment and activities including complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, festive crafts and a gingerbread decorating station. Chistmas tree will be lit at 5: 30 p.m. INFO: www.lowerlonsdalebusinessassociation.com
DECEMBER 3 . Breakfast with Santa
Free pancake breakfast 9: 30-11: 30 a.m. at Norgate School, 1295 Sowden St., North Vancouver. There will be a visit from Santa, student dance performances, games, raffles and more.
DECEMBER 3 & 10 . Candy-Land Christmas
Capilano Mall, North Vancouver. Face painting, balloon candy cane and reindeer hats, bouncy castle, gingerbread men cookie decorating, a candy cane walk and more! Events are noon-4 p.m. INFO: www.capilanomall.com
DECEMBER 3 . Christmas Craft Fair
Craft Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Legion #118, 123 West 15th St., North Vancouver. Proceeds will go to the children's Christmas party. INFO: 604-985-1115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Excerpts from The Goh Ballet's Nutracker
Park Royal will be showcasing delightful excerpts from the Nutcracker, performed by the Goh Ballet. Singing sensation Aliqua will also be performing beautiful yuletide classics. Join us for this fabulous afternoon of free family entertainment. Park Royal South Centre Court, 11 a.m.-1: 30 p.m. INFO: www.shopparkroyal.com
DECEMBER 3 . Family Services of the North Shore
Will hold their annual Christmas toy drive Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring unwrapped toys to Pacific Honda at the Northshore Auto Mall. These toys will benefit families in need living on the North Shore. INFO: 604-984-9627 or email@example.com
DECEMBER 3 . Light Up the Dark - Yule 2011
The Universal Gospel Choir will perform a concert of toetapping Music. 8 p.m. Mount Seymour United Church, North Vancouver. ADMISSION: $25/$20/$12.50. TIX: 604-737-1545 or www.ticketstonight.ca
Seraphim Ensemble Christmas Concert
An evening of light classic, popular and traditional Christmas favourites, 7: 30 p.m. North Shore Unitarian Church, 370 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. Coffee and dessert will follow the concert. ADMISSION: $20. TIX: available at the door or 604-922-5339 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER 3 & 4 . Delbrook Christmas Craft Fair
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre. Featuring over 100 crafters, entertainment, door prizes, & free childminding. ADMISSION: $2. INFO: www.northvanrec.com
DECEMBER 4 . Christmas comes to Lynn Valley Village
Join us for our special tree lighting event at 5: 00 p.m. Join our carolers in a sing a long! Hot chocolate, treats for kids!
DECEMBER 4 . Christmas Art Show and Sale
North Shore Artist's Guild annual event 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Browse at 700 works of art by 200 local artists. There will also be painting demonstrations by artists Barrie Chadwick and Jacquie Manning. Parkgate Community Centre, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver.
DECEMBER 4 . Festive Holiday Concert
The British Columbia Boys Choir 2 p.m. at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. ADMISSION: $18. TIX: 604-984-4484 or www.centennialtheatre.com
DECEMBER 7, 14, 21 . Mom & Kids Crafts
Join us for these great workshops at Lynn Valley Village 11: 00-3 p.m. Inside Unit 151 next to Red Tulip.
DECEMBER 10 . Breakfast With Santa & Swim
The annual breakfast with Santa at Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre from 9: 30 a.m.-12 noon.Family swim at 12noon. Enjoy a delicious, festive crafts and entertainment. Preregistration is required and it often sells out. Call 604-983-6388 to sign up. TICKETS: adults $9.50, children $6.50. Register online www.northvanrec.com or call 604-987-PLAY(7529)
DECEMBER 10 . Luminous Voices
Our ever-popular candlelight concert! This year we're delighted to welcome back harpist Heidi Krutzen and virtuoso cellist Ariel Barnes as the newly formed duo Couloir. Enjoy Christmas classics complemented by exciting new music for voices, instruments and pre-recorded sound by the brilliant young composer team Andrei Diaconu and Taymaz Saba. Bruce Sled will also have a new composition for us. St Andrew's United Church, 10th & St.
Georges, North Vancouver. ADMISSION: $30 Adults, $25 Seniors, Kids $10. TIX: www.laudatesingers.com
DECEMBER 10 & 11 & 17 & 18 . Spot Santa on Seymour
Bring a non-perishable food or cash donation and have your picture taken with Santa for a free Mt. Seymour Christmas E-Card. Santa will be at his workshop in Enquist Lodge, in Snowplay Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
DECEMBER 10 & 11, 17 & 18
Christmas Crafts and Movies
Lynn Valley Village from 11: 00-3: 00 p.m. These events are for kids.
DECEMBER 14 & 15 . Winter Harp
This ensemble of harps, medieval instruments, fiddle, percussions, poetry and song will perform heart warming carols, songs and stories in celebration of Christmas and winter. North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. TIX: 604-990-7810 or www.capilanou.ca
DECEMBER 14-21 . Christmas Video Postcards
Lynn Valley Village. Sing your Christmas Greetings and send around the world! Come to the village for this special offering 2-6 p.m. weekdays, noon-6 p.m. weekends.
DECEMBER 17 . Carol Ship Celebrations
Crafts, concession, bonfire to enjoy while watching the parade of decorated carol ships at 8 p.m. at Panorama Park. Please bring a donation in support of the Christmas Bureau and Harvest Project. Parking available at Myrtle Park. INFO: www.northvanrec.com
DECEMBER 18 . Free Family Concert
Laudate Singers will be performing two concerts. A gift of merry Christmas music by Laudate to families with young children. Short, interactive, fun! 2 p.m. at St David's United Church, Hwy 1 & Taylor Way, West Vancouver, 4 p.m. at St Andrew's United Church, 10th & St Georges, North Vancouver. INFO: 604-729-6814 or www.laudatesingers.com
JANUARY 1 . Penguin Plunge
Join the cove festivities including live music 12 noon-3 p.m. Dare to dip like a Penguin Plunge at Panorama Park at 2 p.m. and celebrate this annual New Year's Day tradition! Parking available at Myrtle Park.