Family-Style Thai New Year’s Eve Feast at Maenam, December 31

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Image: Maenam

Gather your friends. Maenam’s Chef Angus An is preparing a tempting, Thai-style, New Year’s Eve feast December 31. The dinner is $60 a head for four courses served family-style. You can add their suggested wine pairings, which we generally think is a good idea when you’re dealing with a worthy establishment like Maenam. Afterall, The NYTimes thinks they deserve an international shout-out.

What’s on the menu? Fresh local seafood, intense curries, bright fruits and veg followed by refreshingly light desserts. There is a vegetarian version. We’ve put the menu below. Call to 604-730-5579 to book.

Maenam, 1938 W. 4th Ave., 604-730-5579, Maenam.ca

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10 Vintage Photos of Christmas in Vancouver

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L.D. Taylor and Katherine Federici sitting in Granville Mansion living room at Christmas; 1930. Image: Vancouver Archives

You know, because maybe Christmas Past seems a bit cozier than Christmas Present. Our picks for 10 fun vintage photos of Christmas in Vancouver. They span from 1898 to 1983. Read more…

5 New Year’s Eve Parties in Kitsilano

Believe it or not, Christmas is this week, and New Year’s is not far behind. That means you’ve got to start making your big NYE plans now, as all the best spots to celebrate will fill up quickly. There are lots of fun ways to ring in the new year, whether it’s a dinner party, a cozy night at home, or a fancy shindig out on the town.

We’ve compiled a list of the best bars and restaurants in Kits hosting awesome New Years Eve events, so that you can have the perfect party excitement without having to dress up too much or venture too far. Read more…

Genius Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer: Vancouver Farmers Market Tokens

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We’re not overselling these Vancouver Farmers Market tokens when we say they’re a happy, nourishing gift everyone will love.  Scoop up a handful at the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey stadium or order online. You can use at all the markets, including Kitsilano Farmers Market, all year round.

Saturdays until Apr. 25 (closed Dec 27), Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, www.atlocal.org

4 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit in Kits

Scrooged movie available at Limelight Video

Scrooged movie available at Limelight Video

One week left till Christmas. You’re not getting a chance to catch up on your Philips Snowcase Advent Calendar. Those items on your family’s wish lists are not even half crossed off. And people’s road rage is increasing at an alarming rate. Christmas is feeling a little bit bah humbug. Try one of these 4 ways to get into the Christmas spirit, and remember the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “What if Christmas…doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!

4 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit in Kits

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Heads up: Stuff Your Stocking Christmas Market at Lululemon Flagship in Kits Dec. 20

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If you’re still Christmas shopping or just after a cozy reason to leave the house while avoiding the rain, check out Lululemon’s Christmas market Saturday, December 20. It runs from 11:30am to 3:30pm at the flagship on West 4th. You’ll find local goods, hot apple cider and a sleigh full of holiday cheer.

Lululemon, 2112 West 4th Avenue, www.lululemon.com

Must Try Now: Mulled Wine Sorbet at Rain or Shine

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Let’s face it: most Christmas party hosts overheat the mulled wine and burn off the booze anyway. So if you want all the spiced, burgundy goodness, without the let down of not having a buzz buffer during conversation with the boring guy in the ugly Christmas sweater, head to Rain or Shine. Their just-in mulled wine sorbet is like Christmas party in your mouth. And you don’t have to make small talk with what’s his face. Another festive alternative: rum and eggnog ice cream.

Rain or Shine, 102–1926 West 4th Ave., 604.428.7246, Rainorshineicecream.com

Christmas in Kits Gift Guide: What to Get for Pets

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It is estimated that over 50 percent of Kitsilano residents own a pet (mostly dogs), so chances are you are likely buying someone’s pet or your own pet a gift this Christmas. Here’s our handy guide to what to get for pets, with all gifts available in our Kitsilano neighbourhood.

Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get for Pets

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Round-up: Everything You Need to Know about Christmas in Vancouver

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Two weeks to go until Christmas. Are you panicking about a tree? Suddenly realizing you haven’t booked a Christmas show? Unsure which wine to curl up with in front of the fire? Wondering how the heck you’re going to entertain the kids? Looking for simple, twinkly beauty without the crowds? In search of free and festive Christmas events? Stumped for gift ideas?

Whatever the problem, we’ve got you covered.

Vancouver Christmas Events

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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Kitsilano

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Looking for a real Christmas tree in Kitsilano? From potted mini Christmas trees to towering BC-grown Christmas trees, here’s where to find your Christmas tree in Kitsilano. Read more…