This week, Vancouverites have lots of options by way of holiday shows and iconic wintertime experiences – so as we approach the holidays, it might be time to dip your toes into all things jolly, twinkly, and cozy. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (December 11-15).

Home Alone in Concert 

Home Alone is a comedy classic featuring acclaimed music by composer John Williams, which will be performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this week. So get ready to relive one of the most beloved, heart-warming holiday tales around.

When: Wednesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 14th
Where: The Orpheum
Cost: $21.19 to $109.19

Music for the Winter Solstice


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If you’re looking to do something this holiday season that’s more reflective than it is festive, tune in.  Music on Main is returning to Heritage Hall this week with a special musical celebration in honour of this year’s Winter Solstice.

When: Wednesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 14th
Where: 3102 Main Street
Cost: $20 to $52

Sponsored pick: Gohs Ballet’s The Nutcracker presented by RBC 

Ready for a whimsical evening of dancing with the Sugar Plum Fairy? Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker presented by RBC is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this month! Experience a captivating show with stunning costume design, nostalgic musical numbers and over 200 local dancers, gymnasts and actors. Secure your tickets for December 14th to 17th shows — on sale now!

When: Thursday, December 14th – Sunday December 17th
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Cost: Tickets starting at $96 per person

Back to the Holidays


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The Improv Centre on Granville Island always has something fun going on, and this week is no exception. Their Back to the Holidays (think if A Christmas Carol and Back to the Future had a baby…) improv show is on from now until December 24th, so it’s the perfect time to get a jumpstart on all things festive.

When: On select days from now until December 24th
Where: 1515 Anderson Street
Cost: $26.50

Sponsored pick: Vancouver Christmas Market

Enjoy the charm of a Germanic holiday market right here in Vancouver! The Vancouver Christmas Market is coming to Jack Poole Plaza from mid-November until Christmas Eve. Shop for unique gifts from over 90 artisan vendors, feast on holiday treats, take a group photo at the countless light displays and photo ops or enjoy one of the many festive activities happening all season long.

When: Thursday, November 16 until Sunday, December 24
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver
Cost: General admission $19.99. Season pass $31.99

Glow Langley 


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Canada’s largest Christmas celebration is back in Langley with over one million twinkling lights. This year, Glow Langley’s theme is “Carnival Christmas,” which means the (mostly) outdoor festival is bringing some exciting new features to the table.

For starters, the holiday festival now features new and improved heated and covered spaces, allowing guests to enjoy the festivities no matter the weather. Also new this year are carnival-themed lights, a new craft corner in a “tent of makers,” and free carnival-themed mini-games!

When: Now until December 30th
Where: 6690 216 Street, Langley
Cost: $15-$70

Sponsored pick: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

About time for a weekend getaway? The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is a luxe, resort-style hotel in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour with spectacular marina views and amenities that deliver year-round. Unwind with one of the many wellness programs or enjoy one of the hotel’s unique winter experiences. Try Winterlust, a Christmas dining experience or a lunch buffet with Santa at H2 Kitchen + Bar. The location makes it ideal for exploring the city and kicking back at the end of the day to enjoy the finer things.

Tinseltown Vancouver

A Christmas speakeasy called Tinseltown has officially popped up at Le Soleil Hotel complete with Santa’s elves, tinsel, holiday decor, warm winter drinks, festive tunes, and a customized Christmas cocktail menu, which also includes non-alcoholic treats.

When: Now until December 30th
Where: 567 Hornby Street
Cost: $15 per person

Go skiing/snowboarding 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, these ski hills around Vancouver offer snow enthusiasts some great rental options, as well as unparalleled views. And all except one are officially open for the season!

Where: See our picks above

So there you have it, Vancouver! Enjoy the week ahead.