TAKE-OUT: December/January 2013
If you’re thinking of visiting Vancouver over the next month, chances are your dance card is already pretty full, what with shopping for a Secret Santa gift for Aunt Judy, dealing with your turkey coma, and drawing up a strategy for your New Year’s hangover. But if you’re looking for a diversion, or maybe just something more cultural than your family’s after-dinner game of charades, look no further than this list.
VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
Based on a traditional German Christmas market, we love that this annual event gives us the perfect excuse to wander around with a hot mug of wine, shovelling pretzels, gingerbread and sausages in our mouths, and inventing reasons to buy adorable, handmade wooden toys while tipsy-dancing to a swing band.
Through December 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
NYE 2014 WITH ARRIVAL AGENCY
If you don’t already have New Year’s Eve plans, this party will be the big one in Vancouver this year. The respected organizers from Arrival Agency are taking over the event space at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and offering an extravaganza of DJs, performance, art and “spectacle.” Also safe to assume “excess.”
December 31 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL IN YALETOWN
If you’re someone who laments the mass commercialization of this time of the year, this will restore your faith (we’ll be right with you after we’ve stowed all of these shopping bags.) The Yaletown festivities include three drum-lead lantern processions meeting up at David Lam Park for performances and a “Labyrinth of Light.” For those that haven’t spent the last month crafting a lantern, a last-minute workshop is offered earlier in the afternoon.
December 21 throughout Yaletown
“SECRETS OF THE HISTORIC PENTHOUSE NIGHTCLUB” TOUR
Vancouver’s Penthouse Nightclub is the sort of place where you leave the dancing to the professionals, if you know what we mean… Opened in 1947, it’s still a family-run business, and has seen quite the characters slip through those doors for a little titillation over the years. After the tour, enjoy a good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs dinner, and live cabaret show. You can feel wholesome knowing this is a fundraiser for Heritage Vancouver.
January 16 and 23 at the Penthouse Nightclub