5 Great First Date Restaurants in Kits

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First dates can be nerve-wracking enough without having to choose the perfect restaurant. Luckily, you have a wide range of fantastic, unique and romantic spots to choose from right in the neighborhood. While there are countless chefs that have put down roots in Kitsilano, we’ve put together a list of some of the brightest hidden gems guaranteed to wow your date.

5 Great First Date Restaurants in Kitsilano

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Get Rid of Unpaid Parking Tickets by Donating Toys

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Heads up, naughty motorists. Here’s how to get on the nice list this Christmas. You can get rid of your unpaid parking tickets this morning, November 27,  from 7am to 11am. How? If you owe Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) for some parking tickets, you can make the debt disappear at Impark’s annual “Toys for Tickets” event.

Bring new, unused and unwrapped toys to Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer Street. In exchange, your unpaid parking violation notice will be waived. It’s one toy for every ticket. You must bring a copy of the violation notice(s), statement(s) or the license plate number in order to ensure proper credit on your account.

We know you’re going to rush on over, but try not to get another ticket trying to make it into the event.

6 Best Places to Meet Santa in Vancouver

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Naughty or nice, giving your kid(s) the opportunity to sit on Santa Clause’s lap to discuss toy requests has to be one of the most memorable holiday experiences for them and you. Whether they screech at the site of the big guy or pull his beard to test if it’s real or not, photo ops of these moments are priceless. Here is our round-up of the 6 best places to meet Santa in Vancouver.

6 Best Places to Meet Santa in Vancouver

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Best Family Christmas Shows in Vancouver

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Make your family’s holiday season even more special with a trip to one of Vancouver’s family-friendly shows. Don’t hesitate; the time to book tickets is now. Here are some magical suggestions to help you make good decisions.

Best Family Christmas Shows in Vancouver

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Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Kicks Off December 1

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Free ice skating in Robson Square is a magical Vancouver Christmas tradition.  The Robson Square ice rink opens Monday, December 1, 2014 and will stay open through February 28, 2015. Round up friends, kids, a date–basically anyone who will hold hands and/or dust off your bum when you topple–and head on over.

Unlike Kitsilano Ice Rink (2690 Larch Street), the Robson Square rink is outdoors and free if you BYOS (bring your own skates).  Skate and helmet rentals are available for $4. Ice cleats are $2. It may be worth buying a pair of ice skates if you plan on visiting several times.

The rink is open 9:00am to 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 11pm Friday and Saturday. Holiday hours are slightly different, so you’ll want to check. It is open from noon to 5pm on Christmas day if you’re in need of physical activity after the annual wrapping paper shredding.

Robson Square Ice Rink, 800 Robson Street, Robsonsquare.com

Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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The weekend is here and that means it’s time to talk about open houses. The real estate market in Kitsilano is starting to slow down for the season – many people will now be waiting for the new year to start thinking about selling and buying. However, there are still lots of great inventory available, and if you’re eager to move before Christmas, now is your chance!

As always, give the LiveKitsilano Team a call if you have any questions: http://livekitsilano.com/contact-us/

Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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O Tannenbaum! German-Style Vancouver Christmas Market Opens November 22

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The German-style Vancouver Christmas Market opens this Saturday, November 22 in Queen Elizabeth Plaza. We go every year to get into the holiday spirit (Gemütlichkeit) with warm glühwein, smoked ham hock and a gingerbread decorating session with the small folk.

The village consists of about 50 rustic wooden huts surrounding a soaring Tannenbaum festooned with thousands of lights. The vendors have every kind of German (and international) Christmas treat you can imagine ranging from stollen, marzipan, black forest ham and schnitzel to poutine, crepes, maple candy and borscht. If you’re shopping for gifts or decor, there’s a good selection of glass ornaments, wooden toys, and Christmas stars. Read more…

Awesome Deals on Winter Gear at MEC Snowfest November 22

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Grouse and Cypress opened November 15. If the only thing stopping you from heading up to ski/snowboard our Vancouver resorts is a lack of gear, MEC SnowFest this Saturday, November 22 is for you. SnowFest is the place to find great deals on used snowsports gear. So much so that people (and we mean people who really know how to camp) sleep outside in the cold to be the first through the door at 9am.

How it works: Vancouverites bring in used gear for consignment and MEC sells them at really affordable prices. Read more…