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GOH Ballet The Nutcracker

2013 Review pending. YAHglobal will be attending the opening night of 2013 GOH Ballet The Nutcracker. Check back soon for updates!

General GOH Ballet The Nutcracker Review - The GOH Ballet's rendition of The Nutcracker is the classiest Christmas affair of the season. For dance arts enthusiasts, this offering from the most prestigious youth ballet company in the country is a must-see. For those fond of the magical aura that comes with Christmas, The Nutcracker will only serve to elevate their senses for all that it is dear during this time of the year. And for those in attendance as casual observers, the pre-show and intermission mingling is as much a part of the fun as the entertaining show held before them. This is the holiday event of the year where you put on your best evening attire (leave Grandma's bright red and green knitted Christmas sweater in the closet!), go for an early dinner, and prepare to paint the town the tone of sugarplums.

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Review pending. YAHglobal is visiting Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2013 in a few days. Check back soon for updates!

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Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas

We'll leave the Grind for fans of granola and New Balance sneakers. We find that Grouse shines best during the winter months, especially at the annual Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas. Skiiers and snowboarders make way for Santa's sleigh from late November until Christmas Eve, when this proverbial snow capped mountain turns into the North Pole.

In addition to the customary photos with Santa, hot chocolate, caroling and other holiday performances, Grouse Mountain offers sleigh rides through its magically scenic alpine forest as well as ice skating along their 8,000 square foot frozen pond. One very popular attraction, especially for the young ones, are the REAL reindeer found outside of Santa's Workshop. Styrofoam antlers duct taped to the domes of local pooches won't fly here. The Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas gives as an authentic to Christmas experience as one can find and is well worth the gondola fare. Dress from head to toe in many layers and enjoy this highlight of the Holiday Season!

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VanDusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights

It's not Christmas in Vancouver until you've attended the Festival Of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Walk along the network of pathways found within the garden grounds and explore the magical multi-colored twinkling creations. The lights surrounding the pond area are coordinated to dance along to musical numbers that illuminate the setting even more. The likes of Transiberian Orchestra fills the crisp winter air while you sip on hot chocolate and munch on roasted chestnuts - be sure to leave room for a maple flavored waffle provided by one of the best seasonal food trucks in Vancouver - Dr. Waffles!

The Shaughnessy Restaurant inside is the perfect venue to warm up and unwind after doing the tour and the gift shop across the hall gives you the opportunity to pick up some unique gifts and/or stocking stuffers for loved ones, yourself included.

Make the Festival Of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens a long standing tradition for your Christmas in Vancouver.

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Bright Nights Stanley Park 2014

Bright Nights Stanley Park

The Vancouver Park Board and BC Professional Firefighter's Burn Fund work in unison to put together what is now a 16 year running Christmas tradition for the whole family that shows no sign of slowing down. Every year more lights and decorations are added to BC's very own rainforest and every year more and more people show up in mitts, earmuffs, scarves and toques with steaming hot chocolate cupped close in hand.

Entry only requires a much appreciated donation to this very worthy cause and once through the "gates", your vision will be dazzled as lights on the treetops appear akin to multi-colored fireflies dancing up high about the brisk nighttime air. Christmas themed dioramas line the grounds along the pathway towards the center of the Bright Nights "village" as parents find themselves holding back their little ones who attempt to duck under the ropes or hop the gates to get a closer look at the likes of their favorite holiday character displayed on the frosted lawn. Crowds huddle near the various food stands with arms outstretched to grab a warm snack and beverage before continuing the tour. A cozy little dim lit version of Santa's Toy Shop nestles against the back gates and beckons you to come in for a photo with St. Nick as he sits perched on his large plush chair with arms serving as a welcoming seat if there is no room for you on his nap. Next door is the highlight of the show, the Bright Nights train that is a blown up musical version of a battery powered one you imagine circling the base of a heartily decorated tree on Christmas Eve. This approximate 12 minute railed journey takes you through the park to see both traditional and unique holiday displays lit up and tucked in amidst the forest in such a manner that it can feel that you are in the middle of a game of "hide and seek" with the mini exhibitions as they turn up unexpected within the nooks and crannies of the woods. If you don't swivel your vision from time to time you may miss a few. However, excited little voices forming "oohs" and "aahs" around each corner, as if overheard during a fireworks display, let you know ahead of time that something is coming. Children are always one up on us with respect to this type of thing.

Give yourself enough time while attending this annual event as the lines can be longer than one would expect, which is a testament to the popularity. Depending on the day and hour of your arrival, you may find yourself in queue for tickets, train ride, and for photos with Santa. The best remedy for this is to plan your visit during the late afternoon or early evening hours of a week day, if your schedule allows. Dress in layered warmth as the near water grounds can drop the temperature quickly. Again, there are plenty of food and drink options available so feel free to pack light with respect to snacking. Parking is located on site and for those opting for transit, the frequent #19 bus will take you to and from Bright Nights with ease.

With all of the big holiday events taking place in Greater Vancouver it can be tricky for those with a limited schedule and/or budget to pencil in which ones take priority. There may be bigger, brighter and more glamorous displays and events to attend in the area and it would be great of we could see them all, but when it comes to the one with the most heart, Bright Nights at Stanley Park takes the cake, or candy cane.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Vancouver German Christmas Market

The Vancouver German Christmas Market is in its fifth year in the city, bringing a much needed boost to the spirit of those that wish for more traditional flare during the holiday season. The village follows the theme of its European predecessors in bringing the classic German Christmas Market to downtown Vancouver, providing a warm glow to the corners of Georgia, Cambie, and Hamilton.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Inside you'll find a wunderbar selection of arts, crafts, ornaments and other retail offerings perfect for stuffing stockings, gift bags and ornate wrapped boxes under the tree. But not only stockings will be stuffed by spending a few hours at the market as for every shop there is an eatery offering traditional German foods, including the likes of Stollen, Strudel, Sausage, Schnitzel, Winzerschmaus, and Waffles (and more!). And baby, if it's cold outside, simply snuggle up in a thick scarf and get warm and cozy with a cup of Feuerzangenbowle - a traditional German beverage that finds a sugar cube flambéed with rum, and dripped into mulled wine. Of course they will also have German beer - Paulaner from Munich - on tap for those looking to get even more "spirited".

Vancouver Christmas Market Carousel

There is plenty to look forward to for the whole family with the inclusion of a Kid's Market, packed with activities such as a carousel ride, gingerbread/lollipop decorating, and of course photos with Santa. There is also a Music Stage playing lively performances through the day and throughout the village you will find entertainers and even classic circus type acts walking the premises.

Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market is the perfect escape to a time and place where holiday tradition means something. Make this one of those events you and your loved ones will return to every year, and more than once during its month long run. Fröhliche Weihnachten! (look it up).

Vancouver Christmas Market

Plenty of good, and well wrapped, spirits at the Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

Vancouver German Christmas Market

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7. Fright Nights at Playland 2014

Address : street address, suite

Phone : (000) 000 0000

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ABOUT  From PNE Fright Nights Website

2013 Dates: TBD

From October 14 to 31, Fright Nights will be taking over all of Playland.

Fright Nights at Playland is a Halloween experience for the lovers of freak, horror and terror. Disturbing haunted houses, freaky twilight rides, escapee axe murderers and a handful of monsters fill all of Playland making for a deathly night out! We strongly advise you to keep a friend close, within arm's reach...you never know what creepy creatures are waiting for you in the shadows!

Miss it and be left in the dark.

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Playland converts into a house of horrors in time for Halloween where rides become shuttles full of shrieks and screams while all kinds of creatures roam the expansive grounds of this popular Vancouver attraction. Haunted Houses of different themes cater to the fears of young and old. Some incite giggles (for the little ones), other induce terror, and even a few freak show type oddities pop up to put you at un-ease. This is our pick for the Best Halloween Event in Vancouver for Everyone!

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8. Stanley Park Ghost Train

Address : Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

Phone : (604) 257 8531

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Stanley Park Ghost Train

2013 Dates: TBD

6pm-10pm Sunday – Thursday | 6pm-11pm Fridays and Saturdays

 

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Everyone does "Bright Nights" come Christmas where the Stanley Park Train chugga chuggas through the frosty forest but the weeks preceding (and including) Halloween offer up a less chillier (weather wise) ride that offers chills of a different kind - up the spine!

This year's theme is Circus of Disaster! There's not much scarier than a scary clown so come on down to Stanley Park between October 7 - 31st and hop aboard the fright train!

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