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5 Best Displays of Christmas Lights in Vancouver

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There’s a little more than two weeks until Christmas. At this point, you’re either smugly looking at a closet full of gifts and patting yourself on the back, or realizing that the holidays are approaching at turbo speed and you haven’t yet caught the Christmas spirit. In our humble opinion, the best when to get in the mood is to bask in the sparkle of a gorgeous light display. Here are the 5 best displays  of Christmas lights in Vancouver to make your season bright. Read more…

Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get For Kids

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The Simpsons House by Lego

The countdown is on – it’s three more weeks till Christmas! Not to worry, we’ve got great Christmas Gift Guides for you, including gifts for mailing, and now, gifts for kids. Sure, kids can be easy to buy for, but not if you’re trying to avoid getting any Frozen merchandise. Check out our gender-neutral gift ideas for kids based on their early career choices, all available in and around our Kitsilano neighbourhood – we’re quite sure your little one will forget all about that popsicle princess.

Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get For Kids

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Jingle Bells! Carols, Carriage Rides and Santa Claus Coming to West 4th Avenue

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While we may not get enough snow at sea level to warrant a sleigh, you will have the opportunity take a horse and carriage ride through Kitsilano as a part of the Christmas festivities arranged by Shop West 4th. Horse and carriage rides take place Sunday, December 14 from noon to 4pm. Pick up and drop off will be at West 4th and Yew. Participation is by donation, so bring something non-perishable to give to the Vancouver Food Bank. Read more…

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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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…

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

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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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Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is Throwing a Heck of a Party to Celebrate their Rebuild Nov. 14-16

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After 3 years and nearly $20 million, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is celebrating the completion of a their restoration project with a housewarming party this weekend Nov. 14 to 16.

As reported by The Courier, the celebration kicks off Nov. 14 with the Kits House Review featuring a Musqueam blessing with Debra Sparrow, Musqueam hip hop with Christie Lee, storytellers, Zach Grey of the Zolas and “his old dad John” (as John Maclachlan Gray, composer, performer and playwright likes to be billed), and Barbara Jackson and Friends.

VIP guests include Bill Duncan, the first executive director of Kits House, and Kico Gonzalez-Risso, who ran the Kitsilano Theatre Company and coordinated many cultural events in the community, including the annual Kitsilano Folk Festival. Mary Bennett, celebration planner at Kits House, describes the event as a “Kitsilano-style love-in.” Tickets are $30/$15.

Other weekend events include free site tours — Nov. 14 from 6 to 7:30pm, Nov. 15 from 10am to 3pm and Nov. 16 from noon to 5pm — and an open house Saturday from 10am to 3pm offering storytelling circles, performances, workshops, presentations and a youth evening of art featuring a speed-painting workshop. Read more…