76 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, December 15

Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 76 events

Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 76 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, December 15.



Vancouver-based jazz band the Siobhan Walsh Group presents a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Frankie’s Jazz.

Local metal bands Nylithia, Terrifier, the Mountain Man, Evilosity, Obsidian, HALLUX, Unbeheld, the Waning Light, and PreciousDudes perform at the Rickshaw Theatre’s Deathmas Festivus fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Canadian jazz vocalists Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan (We Three Queens) perform the second of two nights at West Van’s Kay Meek Centre.

A Sumner Bros. Xmas XII at the WISE Hall features music by the Wild North, Dustin Bentall, C.R. Avery, Viper Central, Real Ponchos, Mike Shaver, Nick Colebrook, Connor Foote, Cody Larsen, Lukas Behrndt, and Matt Kelly’s Steelin Xmas.



All-ages vogue ball at the Russian Hall raises funds for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

All Star Wrestling presents a night of wrestling matches at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds that raises funds and toys for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

See more than 30 gingerbread creations designed by students, professionals, and amateur culinary artists at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, with proceeds to Make-A-Wish B.C. and Yukon.



The Vancouver Canucks take on the San Jose Sharks in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights features outdoor light displays, dancing light shows, stories with Santa, live entertainment, a fireside lounge, the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, and sing-alongs.

The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza features more than 75 vendor huts, authentic German food and drink, a carousel, a 30-foot-tall walk-in Christmas tree, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities.

Annual Lights of Hope display at St. Paul’s Hospital features over 100,000 sparkling lights and raises funds for the St. Paul’s Foundation.

See thousands of lights adorning the Capilano Suspension Bridge, canyon, Treetops Adventure, and Cliffwalk at Canyon Lights.

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain features holiday light installations around Blue Grouse Lake, Christmas movies, crafts, sleigh rides, skating, a gingerbread village, reindeer, storytime, and breakfast with Santa.

Lights at Lafarge features outdoor light displays, live entertainment, roving performers, hot chocolate and cookies, photos with Santa, family-friendly crafts, a holiday market, and choirs at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.

Join Santa on a flight across Canada and on to the North Pole as he searches for his missing elves at Christmas at Flyover Canada.

Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory features seasonal lights, music, and a holiday scavenger hunt.



Canadian comedian Chris Locke performs the second of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

Jamaican-born, Montreal-bred comedian Cedric Newman performs the second of three nights at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club.

Grad School Improv at Little Mountain Gallery sees a group of people terrorized by a maniacal monster.

The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Christmas Queen 4: Secret Santa, a holiday-themed comedy show that sees the Queen and Santa exchange bodies in a Freaky Friday-style magical sleight-of-hand.



Kitty Nights presents a holiday burlesque show with a Pee Wee theme at the Rio Theatre.

Cirque du Soleil presents Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a new production that takes you into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension, at Concord Pacific Place.

Fight for Beauty at Fairmont Pacific Rim features public art projects undertaken with world-class creatives, architecture from architects who are artists in their own right, and fashion by some of the greatest designers in recent history.



Goh Ballet presents the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker–featuring principal dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, artists from the National Ballet of Canada, and music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra–at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts.



Author Shelley Adams signs her book Whitewater Cooks at West Vancouver’s Buckland Southerst Gallery.



Music in the Morning presents Canadian chamber-music quartet Ensemble Made in Canada at West Vancouver United Church.

Music on Main presents a performance at Heritage Hall by composer-in-residence Nicole Lizée, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, violinist and vocalist Wallgrin, and vocalist Carman J. Price.

Local men’s choir Chor Leoni presents its annual holiday concert of music by Tori Amos, Sufjan Stevens, Ron Sexsmith, Randall Thompson, and Veljo Tormis, as well as sing-along carols, at St. Andrew’s–Wesley United Church.

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents its annual holiday concert of gospel Christmas favourites and new arrangements at Christ Church Cathedral.



Performance at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts of Bah Humbug!, in which Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol comes to life in modern-day East Vancouver.

Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is a kid-friendly production at the York Theatre that sees the title character flee the wicked Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, landing at the PNE.

The Daisy Theatre presents Little Dickens, Ronnie Burkett’s take on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic A Christmas Carol, at the Cultch.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre of The Day Before Christmas, Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly’s play about a perfectionist who’s desperately holding fast to her Christmas traditions.

The Vagabond Players present a traditional holiday pantomime based on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty at New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Onegin–Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille’s musical about a dissipated rogue whose romantic charms stir the passions of the residents of a country estate–at Granville Island Stage.

Pacific Theatre presents Almost, Maine, director Kaitlin Williams’s play about the joys and perils of romance, set in a small town in Maine.

The White Rock Players Club presents a performance of director Alex Lowe’s kid-friendly pantomime The Hunchback of Notre PANTO at Coast Capital Playhouse.

The North Vancouver Community Players present director Miles Lavkulich’s version of Linda Sharp’s play The Doctor of Oz: A Self-Help Panto, about a girl who travels to a magical land of self-help, at the Theatre at Hendry Hall.

Gateway Theatre presents a stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a miser who changes his ways after he is visited by ghosts.

Performance at the Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab of The Realistic Joneses, Will Eno’s play in which a man and a woman and their neighbours face life-altering problems.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning animated film.

Performance at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre of writer-director Maureen Rooney’s one-act musical Memories of a Christmas Ornament.

Red Giant Theatre Society presents a performance at GO Studios of Anthony Neilson’s holiday play The Night Before Christmas, about an elf who lands in a warehouse of cheap and stolen toys.

Instant Theatre Company presents a performance at Havana Theatre of Mad Max: Yellow Brick Road, which combines Mad Max: Fury Road and The Wizard of Oz.

The Broadway Chorus presents a performance at Performance Works of Climb Every Breanstalk: A Christmas Panto, which features popular pantomime traditions, such as fairy-tale plot lines, gender swapping, and familiar tunes taken out of context.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents a performance at Surrey Arts Centre of Ellie King’s pantomime Sinbad, the Pirate, and the Dinosaur, which explores what happens when Sinbad meets up with pirate queen Anne Bonney.

Performance at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of Norman Robbins’s kid-friendly pantomime The Grand Old Duke of York, which tells the story of a conniving baron who cancels an annual fair and outlaws fun and laughter.

Metro Theatre presents a performance of the holiday pantomime Cinderella, which sees an underdog use her courage to go after what she wants.



Polygon Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, N. Vancouver, explores how a specific locale can be reflected through existing and newly commissioned artworks by artists from Vancouver and beyond.

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in Canada.

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 90 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture highlighting both the richness of the Royal Collection and the complex relationship that the British monarchy has had with artists for the last three and half centuries.

True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery highlights the enduring legacy of Scandinavian design principles in Canada through works by Niels Bendtsen, Bocci, Karen Bulow, Kjeld and Erica Deichmann, Thor Hansen, Andrew Jones, Janis Kravis, molo, Carl Poul Petersen, Rudolph Renzius, and Marion Smith.

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive at the Vancouver Art Gallery presents the latest findings of Vancouver-based artist Sawyer’s ongoing research project that deftly reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional artist Brettschneider.

Emily Carr: Into the Forest at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a collection of Emily Carr’s forest paintings that highlight her continued exploration of the natural environment.



Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism at the Museum of Vancouver explores the history of Vancouver’s street protests through over 650 images of street demonstrations, protests, and riots from the early 1900s to present day.

In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.



North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, as well as ziplines, a wildlife refuge, helicopter tours, paragliding, dining, and the Grouse Grind.

Celebrate winter with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Robson Square Ice Rink.

Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

The new Parq Vancouver features two luxury hotels, a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.

The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada’s Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.



Screening at Vancity Theatre of Feng Xiaogang’s film Youth, which chronicles the joys and travails of a provincial military-arts troupe, soldiers in the People’s Liberation Army whose duty it is to promote culture, revolutionary values, music, and dance.

Free screenings at the Cinematheque of the eighties films I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing and Sonatine as part of the Canada on Screen series.

Screening at Vancity Theatre of Aki Kaurismäki’s film The Other Side of Hope, about a poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman who befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Screenings at Vancouver Public Library’s Dunbar branch of short films by the National Film Board, for families with children ages five years and up.

Screening at Vancity Theatre of director Bobbi Jo Harts’s documentary Rebels on Pointe, which explores the story of the all-male drag troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

Screening at the Rio Theatre of Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton’s 1990 film about a gentle man with scissors for hands, who is brought into a new community after living in isolation.



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