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There’s a chill in the air, the streets are adorned with decorations and lights, and the city is bustling; it’s December in Vancouver! As with every season around town, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor pursuits on offer. If you’re looking for things to do in Vancouver this December, here are a few things on our list, and you can bet we’ll be checking it twice!

Robson Square Ice Rink 
Throughout December
It’s the time of year when locals and visitors flock to Robson Street for holiday shopping, with eating and drinking stops along the way. We always enjoy adding skating at the Robson Square Ice Rink into the mix. Under twinkly lights and glass domes that can act as umbrellas in rain or snow (yes, it’s so very Vancouver), the skating is free of charge! No skates? No problem. Skate rentals are only $5 and – safety first – you’ll get a helmet with them as well. The rink is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, except Christmas Day, when it opens at noon.

Krampusmarkt 
December 9 -11
One of our favourite new Vancouver holiday traditions is the artisan market staged by local craft beer favourites Strange Fellows Brewing and OH Studio Project. Krampusmarkt 2022 oozes Old World flair, and you’ll find locally-made ceramics, jewellery, leather, textiles, baskets, chocolate, baked goods, stationery, wall art, and so much more. Wander around with a delicious ale in hand, and make sure you save your appetite for Top Rope Birria, a popular food truck that’ll be slinging fun eats.

The Nutcracker at Queen Elizabeth Theatre 
December 15 – 18
For many Vancouverites, the holiday season isn’t official until we’ve caught Goh Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The cast is diverse, made of dancers from various international companies, and with a choir added to this year’s edition. Also, get your Instagram ready: there will be re-created sets in the lobby area for photo ops, too!

Dionne Warwick & The Sounds of Christmas
December 21
Since being discovered by Burt Bacharach in 1961, Dionne Warwick has gone on to have 75 charted hit songs, over 100 million records sold, and become a charitable powerhouse, contributing to USA for Africa’s We Are The World, and – of course – being at the helm of the hit, That’s What Friends Are For. As part of the PNE Winter Fair’s Holiday Concert Series, the soulful legend hits Vancouver with her holiday show, Dionne Warwick & The Sounds of Christmas, certain to get us all in the spirit of things.

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image: English Bay in the Snow: Simon Park via Pixabay
Skates: Gantas Vaičiulėnas
via Pexels
Krampusmarkt: via Stange Fellows Instagram account

Goh Ballet Nutcracker: via Goh Ballet Instagram account
Dionne Warwick: via Spotify