This is the 94th Annual Polar Bear Swim! Do you have the courage to carry on the tradition?
The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year's Day. The swim has grown from 10 in the first year, to thousands present day.

The swim takes place at 2:30pm on January 1st. Costumes and the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race are the highlights of this event. To become a club member, you must register before the swim in front of the English Bay Bathhouse from 12:30pm - 2:30pm on New Year's Day. You may also register by clipping out the coupon in the Province Newspaper and presenting it at the registration desk the day of the swim. Don't forget to fill out the prize entry form at registration. Donations of non-perishable food bank items will be accepted.

Your free membership includes a commemorative button after you take the plunge, and who knows, maybe you will win one of the great prizes available. Regardless, you can be proud to say you joined this 'chilly' club and can call yourself truly Canadian after all.

More info found here: http://vancouver.ca/parks/events/polarbear/history.htm

When: January 1, 2014
Time: 2:30pm
Where: English Bay Bathhouse
The December Solstice, known as the dance of the sun and earth, has inspires a celebration of the human spirit through art and music. The Solstice is acknowledged in every part of the world although the effects are different.

For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, so what better than to celebrate the elongated night with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music and dancing!?

These five little festivals are community-based and reflect the unique nature of each neighbourhood. Intimate and accessible, each invites your participation. Wherever you wind up, it is a chance to feel connected to a community, city, as well as the universe.

When: Winter Solstice, December 21st, 2013
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: Lantern processions are free to watch, and donations encouraged.
Lantern making workshops cost between $5-$30 per lantern.

For more information, visit: http://www.secretlantern.org
Back by popular demand, Santa will be visiting Grouse Mountain to spread a little bit of early Christmas Cheer.  If you have attended in previous years you will know that this event sells out fast!

Each Breakfast with Santa is a magical experience. The event includes a special visit with Santa, an amazing buffet-style breakfast, and some pretty cool kid’s entertainment.




When: December 14 and 24, 2013
Time:
Lupins Seatings: Dec. 14-24, 2013, 9:00am-10:30am. Please arrive between 8:30am-8:45am.
Altitudes Seatings: Dec. 20-24, 8:30am-10:00am. Please arrive between 8:00am-8:30am.
Where: Grouse Mountain

For More info: http://grousemountain.com/events/breakfast-with-santa-2013
The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens is back for another year! Loaded with lights and magical suprises, this is one event you don't want to miss.

Whether you are a family, a couple, or group of friends, this is the perfect event to get your Christmas spirit soaring.

This year's event features:
  • Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake: starting at 4:30 p.m. Two different shows - one show on the half hour and a different one at the top of the hour. Two different shows repeating in sequence throughout the evening.
  • Photos with Santa and the backdrop of a million twinkling lights: Dec. 11 - 24
  • Svend and Jens, our Scandinavian Christmas Gnomes appear nightly in three performance areas 
  • Mischievous Grinch and his secret hut 
  • Shadow puppet performance by the talented duo Mind of a Snail
  • Community Choirs on the Performance Stage (Dec. 11 – 20)
  • VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir on the Performance Stage (Dec. 21)
  • The Christmas Revelers on the Performance Stage (Dec. 22 and 23)
  • Make-a-Wish Candle Grotto
  • Candy Cane Express model train
  • Make-A-Wish 'Room of Joy' featuring a Parade of Lego creations by the Vancouver Lego Club
  • Special themed areas; Gingerbread Wood, Golden Chain Walk, Candy Cane Lane
If you get hungry, be sure to stop by Mrs. Claus' Kitchen as she'll be serving hot dogs, chicken fingers, apple turnovers, and everything in between.

When: December 11, 2013 - January 4, 2014 (except December 25)
Time: 4:30-9:00pm
Where: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak Street

Tickets: may be purchased in advance, online, which can save you a bit of time when first entering the gardens. Buy advance tickets through Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787 (service charge applies) or in person at the Garden Shop (no service charge) as of November 1

Visit http://www.vandusengarden.org for additional info!
Residents from all over Vancouver will be out to help Santa get some exercise this Christmas by participating in The Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk! The Santa 5km run and Elf 1km walk brings families & friends together and supports a great cause, The Salvation Army.

This merry event of bells & antlers helps The Salvation Army to assist families & individuals in need. There will be post-event refreshments, awards, and prizes. Not able to participate? You can still head down to Stanley Park and cheer on all the brave Santas and Elfs.

There is still time to register. Call 604-684-9771 or visit http://www.santashuffle.ca

When: Dec 7th, 2013
Time: 10am (but make sure to be a bit early)
Where: Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park
You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town!

That's right! Santa Claus is coming to the Vancouver downtown on December 1st for the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade!

The parade will take place in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, as Santa begins his trek from West Georgia/Broughton and work his way to the end of the parade route on Howe/Davie. Check out the map on the left and find your perfect spot for the event.

The parade will feature over 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups. Given the expected cold weather, we advise that you bundle up in layers and wear your rain gear (umbrellas are not allowed).

Be sure to also check out the pre-parade festivities from 10:30am - 1pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery. There will be live entertainment, gingerbread decorating, and even the opportunity to write a letter to Santa!

For more information on the event such as how to volunteer, parade etiquette, and how to meet Santa, follow this link: http://rogerssantaclausparade.com/home

When: December 1, 2013
Parade Time: 1:00 PM
Where: Downtown Vancouver
The holiday season is quickly approaching and that can only mean one thing: The Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights are back!

This family friendly holiday tradition has become a staple in the Vancouver community, and is a must see holiday event.

Over 250,000 lights help illuminate the Bridge and Rainforest to create a spectacular display that is sure to make your Christmas season merry and bright. On top of the beautiful light display, guests will also get to participate in gingerbread cookie decorating, see live seasonal music, and join Malcolm McFadyen in glass ornament blowing which is always a traditional favourite.

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM CANADA PLACE
Catch the free shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge from Canada Place every hour on the hour.

Prices are as follows:

$31.95 for Adults
$12.00 for Children (6 - 12 years old)
$65.00 for a family of four (two adults & two children)

When: Nov. 30 - Jan. 4 (2013 - 2014) - CLOSED on Christmas Day
Time: 4pm - 9pm daily
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
Website: http://www.capbridge.com/explore/canyon-lights/
The German Christmas market is back for another great season of gifts, treats, Brotwurst and so much more!

This yearly Vancouver event is about as authentic of a Christmas Market as you are going to find outside of Germany. With rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches, strung with little white lights, it provide a festive and romantic setting for getting into the Christmas spirit.

There is a kids market where children can make their own Christmas gifts. And business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite or a drink after work.

There will be a variety of performances on the market centre piece stage including traditional European choirs and dance performances. There will also be daily workshops such as chocolate making presentations, drumming workshops and bee keeping demonstrations!

The marget is going to be an enchanting experience with a mix of food and merchandise booths including some German specialties such as Bratwurst, suckling pig, and lets not forget the amazing hot spiced red wine (Gluehwein)!

Visit: http://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

When: November, 22- December 23, 2013
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm

When: December 24, 2013
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm

Where: Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (on Georgia between Cambie and Hamilton)
Ice Skating at Robson Square is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter season in downtown Vancouver. As usual, skating at Robson Square is free of charge if you choose to bring your own skates. Lines aren't generally too bad, but they do often pick up on Friday and Saturday nights.

No ice skates? No worries. Rentals are available on site.

Rental Prices: 
Ice Skates: $4.00
Helmet: $2.00
Ice Cleats: $2.00

Hours of Operation: 
Sunday – Thursday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00am – 11:00pm

When: November 15th, 2013 until February 28th, 2014
Time: 9am-9PM (11PM on Friday and Saturday)
Where: Robson Square

More Info: http://www.robsonsquare.com/

As the world’s fastest growing economic region, Asia has become a key destination for Western business professionals seeking high-quality, well-compensated employment opportunities. Asia’s economies are projected to expand from $20.8 trillion to $30.3 trillion in the years between 2011 and 2016—twice the size of the American economy, according to International Monetary Fund projections. Recognizing this trend, multinational corporations have made Asia their port of call, setting up research hubs, manufacturing facilities and business units to capitalize on growth opportunities.  

“Seizing Business and Career Opportunities in the Asian Century” will explore the major economic and social trends shaping the region today, such as the rise of the middle class and the emergence of world-class academic institutions producing the talent and thought leadership to fuel future growth. Topics of discussion include:
•      Career Prospects in Asia & with Asia
•      Introduction of economic and industry trends in Asia
•      Some important cultural differences of doing business in Asia
•      Importance of network and relationships
•      What are the opportunities available for Canadians in Asia?

Program Details
Agenda:               Registration
2:30pm                 Panel Discussion
3:30pm                 Overview of 4 Asia MBA programs
3:50pm                 Q&A
4:20pm                 Networking
Asia Business Schools’ representatives: Sherring NgHead of Marketing and Admissions, MBA Programs, HKUST Business School 
A M Kannan
Director Admissions and Financial Aid, Indian School of Business 
Soriano Nicanor Lazaro

Director of Marketing & Admissions, Nanyang Business School 
Yvonne Li
MBA Director, Admissions and Career Services, China Europe International Business School



Date:                Saturday, June 22, 2013 (2:15-5:00 p.m. PDT)
Location:         Oceanview Suite 7-8, Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Vancouver, BC (Map)

Speakers:         Rob Simmons
Chief Representative – Asia, Export Development Canada
Elvis Picardo
VP of Research & Portfolio Manager, Global Securities Corporation
Paul Gibbons
Consultant, Western Management Consultants

Register At:        http://www.topasiabschools.com/events_InfoSession_22Jun13.html

Princeton Pub and Live Vision proudly present: Natalia Pardalis' release party for her new single "Cup of Tea". 

The party is going to be wild and the music is going to be amazing. 

The single will be available for purchase and there will be special giveaways at the door. Best of all, there is no cover chareg for entry!


Location: Princeton Pub, 1901 Powell St. Vancouver BC 
Date: June 5th, 2013
Time: 8:30 pm 
Need a haircut? Feel like giving to a worthy cause? Then the Hennessey Salon Hair Do Fundraiser is the event for you!

Get a cut and style for a minimum of $20 donation for men, and $40 donation for women. 

The event is open to everyone from all ages, and the proceeds from the benefit go towards Wigs for Kids B.C., which helps kids with cancer or another serious illnesses by providing human-hair wigs and money for drugs and feeding supplies which are not covered by B.C. Medical. 

Wigs for Kids B.C. has been around since 2006, and in that time, they have raised over $300,000 with every penny going towards the cause. Come out and support this great cause, and get a great haircut while your at it!

When: January 13th
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Hennessey Salon at Richmond Centre
Website: www.wigsforkidsbc.com 
Click here for info on the 2014 Polar Bear Swim

Welcome to the 93rd Annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim! Do you have the courage to ring in the New Year and cure your hangover with a refreshing dip in English Bay?

Meeting time is 2:30pm on January 1st, 2013. Costumes and the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race are the highlights of this event.

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. The first swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy men and women took the plunge into English Bay on New Year's Day. The swim has swelled (excuse the pun)  from 10 in the first year, to well into the thousands in the present day.

To become a club member, you must register before the swim in front of the English Bay Bathhouse from 12:30pm - 2:30pm on New Year's Day. Donations as well as non-perishable food bank items will be accepted.

Your free membership includes a commemorative button after you take the plunge, and who knows, maybe you will win one of the great prizes available. Regardless, you can be proud to say you joined the elite ranks of the Vancouver Polar Bear Club.

Are you going to take the plunge!??

More info found here: http://vancouver.ca/parks/events/polarbear/history.htm

When: January 1, 2013
Time: 2:30pm
Where: English Bay Bathhouse
The popular Women's Winter Faire is back! but, OMG!, it's only one weekend this year,  a BIG break in tradition from the past many years, always 2 shows, 3 weeks apart, to accommodat the many talented women artisans who apply.  Vendors and shoppers alike love the friendliness, vibrancy and village-like atmosphere of the Faire.  

Combining art, culture and social activism, the Faire supports local artists,many whose livelihood depend solely on their art -- talented resourceful women who lean toward using "upcycled", recycled as well as new materials in wood, glass, textiles, and metal to create works of art:  to admire, to wear, to use in practical ways.  Fashion, 1st Nations designs and art, functional and decorative ceramics, mystical and magical art, jewelery and fine art are but a few of the unique gifts to explore at the Faire -- 
treasures for women and men, people of all ages, for homes, pets and interests.

The Faire also supports projects and products taking place in developing countries to better the lives of their peoples striving for survival and independence.  Through the door donation the Faire has raised over $90,000 in the pat 18 years which has supported the work of many local and worldwide organizations.


 To view vendors and their websites, go to http://www.soundsandfuries.com/faire_dec.html.



Saturday & Sunday, December 15/16, 2012
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
11 am to 6 pm each day
A $3-$5 door donation will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy
It's Christmas Time in the city of Kerrisdale! For the month of December, head on down and take part in "Christmas in Kerrsidale" which has a variety of fun holiday activities for the whole family.

Take part in a free horse carriage ride, meet Santa, or spot one of the roving quartets all set in the beautifully decorated village. The weekly event is proudly presented by the Kerrisdale Business Association.

There is so much to see and do, and this is one event you don't want to miss!

When: Saturdays December 8, 15, 22 & 23
Where: Kerrisdale Village
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Website: http://www.kerrisdalevillage.com/
Take a magical train ride through the Christmas Forest at Bear Creek Park.  This year features a Christmas forest display as well as Santa’s Golden Reindeer tunnel exhibit.

Prices:
Adults $6.50 +HST
Children $6.00 +HST
Kids under 2 years old $4.50 +HST (Babies free)

When: December 8 - January 1, 2012 - 2013
Where: Bear Creek Park 13750 - 88th Avenue at King George Hwy. Surrey
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Website: http://www.bctrains.com/Christmas.htm
Back for its fifth year, The West Coast Christmas Show brings together artisan gifts, food, personal services, festive seminars, and décor ideas & workshops to help everyone from young to old get into the holiday spirit.

Nearly two hundred companies will offer one-of-a-kind products including toys, games, art, beauty and skincare products, clothing, jewellery, travel and entertainment services, food, home décor, personal products, and gifts for the pets. Visitors can identify items made by artisan crafters by looking for the “Select Artisan” signs in their exhibit.

New for this year is a Christmas Train Ride for the family, which is free for the kids.

Other returning traditions of the show include:

  • The musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage
  • The Festival of Trees
  • Meet Santa Claus (attendees should bring their cameras to capture the memories with Santa at no cost) 
  • Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminar Stage (where visitors sample a variety of cheeses from across the country and learn how to put together a holiday wine and cheese party)

For tickets and more information visit: www.westcoastchristmasshow.com

Date:
Friday, November 30, 11am-9pm
Saturday December 1, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, December 2, 10am – 5pm

Location:
1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6H5
Decadence, Defiance and Delight promised by edgy designers at Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End]

The fashion scene is set to explode as Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End] – VALT showcases three consecutive nights of apocalypse themed fashion collections, artwork, performances and musical acts at the Ironworks in Gastown launching November 23, 2012. 

VALT features themes of Decadence on Friday, November 23, over-the-top hedonism that has only a brief shelf life before its end; Defiance is the next logical step on Saturday, November 24, the destruction that leads to renewal, and social change; and Delight is the rebirth that follows on Sunday, November 25, the sprout that grows in the spoiled land, the hope for the new.

“One of the most exciting features of VALT is the exclusivity of the designs,” according to Creative Director, Kat Ferneyhough. “Many of our designers are featuring one of a kind garments not intended for mass production or replication, pieces that are essentially wearable art.”

VALT's mission is to provide an enriching alternative to the commercial fashion and gallery experience, to celebrate and promote the creativity of emerging artists, musicians and designers, and to nurture and promote the arts and fashion culture of Vancouver.

Tickets range from $20 for one evening pass to $50 for a weekend pass. 


More information about the event, artists and performances can be found at www.VALT.ca.

Location: Ironworks. Gastown
Date: November 23 - 25, 2012


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