Best Family Christmas Shows in Vancouver


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


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.

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,

Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


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:

Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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

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


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…

Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get For Out-of-Towners

Chocolate Arts Xmas Wreath

The Christmas Wreath from Chocolate Arts

Canada Post deadlines for gifts to be mailed are getting closer and closer… Stop procrastinating and take a look at what we have sorted out for you – the perfect gifts for mailing to relatives (and friends too), and all are available in our Kitsilano neighbourhood. Pick them up this weekend and have them ready to send on Monday.

Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get For Out-of-Towners

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Deck the Halls! Where to Buy Christmas Greenery in Kitsilano


Image: Celsia Floral

It’s past the tipping point in November and we’re already thinking about gussying up the house for Christmas. We’re also on the lookout for pretty host/hostess gifts for all the holiday parties. Our search for Christmas greenery and blooms for led us to Kitsilano florist Celsia tucked just off West Fourth at Arbutus. We’ve already covered them for our round-up of best florists in Kitsilano. Now they’re at the top of our list for festive Christmas arrangements.

Their square wreaths, snow white orchids and succulent planters satisfy our design-minded friends. The voluptuous scarlet bloom bouquets and centrepieces are perfect for folks who appreciate simple, vibrant beauty.

Celsia Floral, 1930 Arbutus St,

Cool Thing We Want: BC Craft Beer Advent Calendar


You know what they say, Christmas is the hop-hoppiest season of all. The craft-beer-themed gift we want to give and receive? A BC craft beer advent calendar. The original Beer Advent Calendar (known as the Snowcase) was first put out by Philips Brewery and featured 24 different brews. The case is available at various BC Liquor Stores.

We’re even more stoked about the Mystery Gift beer advent calendar colloaboration by hotshots Parallel 49 and Central City Brewers. It’s an assortment of 22 mystery craft beers from the breweries, plus two special collaboration beers.

“We did a sort of black forest cake beer. So it’s kind of a strong porter and we put cherries and cocoa nibs to get the chocolate flavor,” said Parallel 49 brewmaster Graham With.

Gary Lohin of Central City Brewers created a Belgian double style for the boozy present box.
“It’s a classic style and it uses a yeast that the monks use in Belgium and I also added rum soaked raisins in the beer, being the holiday time I thought that kind of fit, Christmas pudding style too,” he told CTV News.

The craft beer advent calendar sells for $74.95 a case and is available in government liquor stores across B.C. and parts of Alberta.