Feeling lucky? Then don't miss out on one of Vancouver's hottest New Years Eve parties at Red Card Sports Bar and Eatery! Try your hand at black jack, horse races and more while DJ Darren Butler provides live music to keep the party going all night long. With the evening themed red, black, and silver, be sure to style up in your best "Casino Royale" attire and ring in the New Year in fine fashion.

With dancing, live music, and a “play for fun” casino, this is sure to be one the best NYE spots in all of Vancouver! There will be lots of prizes to be won including 
a 3 nights stays in Vegas with Ceasar’s Entertainment and two boxed tickets, a dinner at Red Card, and a night at Moda Hotel.

When: December 31, 2010
Where: Red Card Sports Bar and Eatery
As per usual in Vancouver, the Donnelly Pubs are the place to be if you’re looking to have a good time. We got the lowdown on 5 Donnelly Pubs that will be partying hard on New Years Eve


The Westside’s favourite new pub is looking to ring in 2011 in style. Classic tunes new and old, custom cocktails, and a welcoming staff will help you start 2011 off on the right foot!

Doors open at 9pm, and the party rocks until 3am (if you can make it until then).

Dinner Package - enjoy a delicious 3-course meal, champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00am for only $30.00

Regular package - champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00am for $15.00


This year celebrate 2011 at Vancouver's most intimate public house - The Calling. Long a favourite of West End residents, this year the Calling is offering a 3-course sit down dinner in addition to its yearly NYE celebration. Enjoy perfect music, classic cocktails and an extensive craft beer list til 3am.

Early-bird ticket prices are as follows:

Dinner Package - enjoy a delicious 3 course meal, champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00 am for only $30.00

Regular package - champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00 am for $15.00


Cinema Public House is the Donnelly Group’s newest addition to the Granville Entertainment District. The two-room hotspot goes til 3am this NYE. Enjoy classic music from then and now, custom cocktails and excellent food and service until 3am.

Early-bird ticket prices are as follows:

Dinner Ticket - enjoy a delicious 3 course meal, champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00 am for only $30.00

Regular package - champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00 am for $15.00

Library Square

The Library Square is proud to present this special NYE of the ever-popular Show Me Love 90s night. DJ Ana and guests play your favourite 90s hits and misses until 3am for the final party of 2010. NYE 2011 ticket prices are as follows:

Early-bird ticket prices are as follows. These will not last long – the Square sells out in advance every year.

Dinner Ticket - enjoy a delicious 3 course meal, champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00am for only $35.00

Regular package - champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00am for $25.00


A guaranteed sell-out every New Year’s Eve, Vancouver’s busiest and best pub is also offering an early dinner before 11:00. See below for prices on both packages. Be forewarned – these tickets will not last long. The Lamplighter’s NYE celebration has become legendary amongst Vancouverites.

Dinner Ticket - Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal, champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00am for only $40.00

Regular Ticket - champagne at midnight and canapés at 1:00am for $25.00
The December Solstice, known as the dance of the sun and earth has inspired a celebration of the human spirit expressed 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!

This year December 21st marks not only the winter solstice but a lunar eclipse as well! Come celebrate this rare celestial alignment with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in five Vancouver neighborhoods of East Side, Yaletown, Granville Island, False Creek, and Chinatown. 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, and universe.

For more information, visit: http://www.secretlantern.org

When: December 21, 2010
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Different neighborhoods, see website for locations
The Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents Ellie King's "Alice in Wonderland". "Alice in Wonderland" has always been about the weird, magical, and strange and Ellie King's adaptation promises to deliver all this and more!

The show that's full of "magic, music, merriment, and mayhem" will have all of your favourite Alice characters including The Red Queen, The Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and of course the white rabbit. Feel free to cheer the good guys, boo the bad guys, and get lost in the magical world that is Wonderland.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: $24.25
Seniors: $20.25
Under 12 years: $15.25

When: December 16-January 2
Where: Surrey Arts Theatre
Website: http://www.rctheatreco.com/
For the last 40 years, photographer Robert Adams has become one of the most original chroniclers of Western American Landscape. Now for the first time, a large-scale exhibit of Adams' work has come to Canada in this can't miss exhibition. "The Place We Live" has 300 master photos handpicked by Adams himself, including shots from the Colorado prairie and images from the rain forests in the Pacific Northwest.

This will certainly be one of the cant-miss exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011!

When: Now - January 16th
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
Website: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_robert_adams.html
Get into the swing of things at Stomp it Off!

Stop it Off is a weekly swing dance night with a lesson and music by 2 local DJ's. The event is put on by Jungle Swing Productions who host all of the top Swing Dance events in Vancouver. The event is open to both beginners and experts, as well as anyone looking to have a great time! DJ Joel and The Company B Jazz Band will keep the party moving with great live music all the way until 1am

This will be the first Stomp it Off event since the Movember Party in late November.

When: December 11th
Where: Grandview Legion Auditorium, 2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC.
The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens is back for another year, and this year it looks as good as ever. Whether you are a family, a couple, or group of friends, this is just the type of event that will bring the light and cheer associated with the festive season. This year's event features several holiday themed activities including "Community Choir Concerts", "The Candy Cain Model Express Train", "The Make-a-wish Candle Shrine", and much more.

While you're walking around the Gardens, be sure to stop into Santa's Living Room which will feature the man himself during special nighttime hours up to the 24th. Also, the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake is a must see, as there will be multiple shows alternating every half hour.

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. Best of all, you can enjoy the attraction right into the new year! Visit http://www.vandusengarden.org for all the info!

When: December 10-January 2, 2010 (except December 25)
Time: 4:30-9:00pm
Where: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak Street
Here at Good News Weekly, visiting craft fairs are one of our favorite things to do during the Christmas season! With many sprouting up around the season, we've found yet another truly innovative fair.

The One of a Kind Show and Sale is Canada's finest craft show, bringing 250 of North America's innovative artists, craftspeople, and designers together to share their unique creations with the rest of the world. You can find gifts for everyone on your list at this authentic one-stop shop. With a proud focus on homegrown talent, the shows bring together the best of Canada, for a personal shopping experience like no other. The vast selection, on-site perks and endless show features make this show a wonderful and fun Christmas event.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website http://oneofakindvancouver.com/

Pick up your free re-admission pass at the exit, and come back any other day free of charge!

When: December 9 10:00am - 9:00pm

December 10, 2010: 10:00am-9:00pm

December 11, 2010: 10:00am-9:00pm

December 12, 2010: 10:00-5:00pm

Where: 1055 Canada Place
Another Vancouver holiday tradition is back, as the Lights of Hope return to the St. Paul's Hospital. Every year, the Lights of Hope campaign illuminates St. Paul’s with a spectacular display of holiday lights to bring the holiday spirit to the city and to invite and encourage the community to give generously to the hospital's greatest needs.

The Lights of Hope campaign provides wonderful recognition opportunities on the display, including named and backlit stars. With an applicable donation, you may have your name, the name of a loved one or the name of your department, program or business recognized on the display.

This is a must see holiday lights display and a great cause to boot. For more information, see: http://www.helpstpauls.com/lights-of-hope

Where: St. Paul's Hospital
When: November 25 - January 6
The show dubbed as "The Musical you've been waiting for" comes to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage this Christmas season and is a must watch for any lover of the classic holiday film. This unforgettable musical about love and friendship is based on the classic holiday film that will "fill you with the joy of the season".

Shows are selling out fast, so you gotta be quick if you're going to catch this season's must see musical! As one review put it, "[White Christmas] makes you fall in love with musical theater all over again"

The show plays until January 2nd

When: Now - January 2nd
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Website: http://www.artsclub.com/20092010/plays/white-christmas-the-musical.htm
The drinks may not be green, but the people sure are! Green Drinks is a casual monthly gathering for anyone interested in sustainability issues. Green Drinks offers up the chance to meet regularly to chat, debate, and socialize with others in Vancouver who care about the environment just as much as you do!

Grab a nametage, order a beer, and join in on the conversation at this unique and informal get together about all things 'green'. This December, Green Drinks will be teaming up with the BC Sustainable Energy Association for a combined holiday party. The event is open to anybody who wants to come and will be the last Green Drinks event until the new year so don't miss out!
NOTE: Vancouver Green Drinks is NOT directly associated with the Green Party or any other political, corporate or government groups in any way

When: December 7th
Where; Steamworks Pub in Gastown

Get a little closer to reaching Santa's Sleigh atop Grouse Mountain in the Peak of Christmas festivities going on right until December 24, 2010.

With your general admission to Grouse Mountain, you'll first want to learn about Santa's reindeer at one of the daily ranger interpretive talks. Then you'll be off to visit Santa's workshop, pose for a picture, and actually meet the reindeer! I sure hope Rudolph is there!

There's so much more! Partake in a sleigh ride through the mystical alpine forest, or jump into a pair of ice skates for a enthralling skate on the mountain top skating pond. Also make a visit to the SOS Children's Parade of Trees.

The Theatre in the Sky will feature Christmas movies on a large high definition TV, or you just might want to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and listen to Christmas Carols sung by various Vancouver Choirs

All with the beauty of the city below and the snow top trees all around. Get into Christmas on Grouse Mountain.

For all the info and schedule of events, visit: http://www.grousemountain.com/Winter

When: November 27- December 24, 2010
Where: Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

It's quotes like these that have made Dr. Seuss a must read for any reader, young and old. And now, with the Carousel Theatre's hit production, people all over Vancouver have a chance to see the Dr. himself live in theatre. "Seussical--The Musical" returns to the Waterfront Theatre after two successful sold out runs. This hilarious musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss, will make everyone laugh and dance in their seats.

If history is any indication, buy your tickets quick as they are sure to sell out! Tickets are available on the Seussical website (see below) and prices are available for public performances, school matinees, and for school groups.

When: December 4-January 1
Where: The Waterfront Theatre
Website: http://www.carouseltheatre.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33
The H.R. Macmillan Space Centre Planetarium, a non-profit community resource are presenting laser and light shows for the 32nd year. This year, the space will be home to laser shows featuring music by Pink Floyd, The Gorillaz, and AC/DC.

Be sure to check out "The Wall: 30th Anniversary Celebration" which is a laser tribute show to Pink Floyd's iconic album, "The Wall".
The "Roundhouse Gorillaz Laser" will feature music from all three multi-platinum albums by The Gorillaz.

"Roundhouse Laser Darkside of the Moon" is back again and will feature great audio and visual effects to classic songs "Time", "Money", "Us and Them", and many more. The spectacular surround experience of "Roundhouse Laser Dark Side Of The Moon" with a special encore song, creates an audio visual feast for the senses at the Planetarium.

We can't forget about Christmas! Don't miss out on the show 'Christmas on the Coast." Here you can find twinkling stars, beautiful West Coast imagery, sparkling city lights, and traditional Christmas music performed by acclaimed Canadian artists. Catch this holiday classic daily until Jan 3.

For more show times, visit: http://www.spacecentre.ca

When: Every Friday and Saturday night.
Where: H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, 1100 Chestnut Street
The Carol Ships "Parade of Lights" is back once again, and this year is sure to be more special than ever. The Parade of Lights is celebrating their 50th Anniversary and are pulling out all the stops to make this the best year yet.

The Carol Ships "Parade of Lights" Society began over 50 years ago with just one boat decorated with Christmas Lights in Coal Harbour. Now in 2010, the Parade of Lights has grown to more than 50 decorated boats with over 100,000 lights. Last year the boats carried over 30,000 people and this year's 20 night event is sure to exceed that.

For a list of shoreside events, sailing times, and for information about the Carol Ships Society, check out their website at: http://www.carolships.org/s/Home.asp

When: Dec 3- Dec 23
Where: Sailings take place at Canada Place
Families are invited to join in the fun on this special night - it's the kids' turn to get ready for the holidays! Look for stores offering "Gifts Under $25". Elves will be giving away prizes all night long to kids wearing their PJs! Children get FREE Fuzzy Socks with their $25 purchase (children under 12, while supplies last).

Featuring: Holiday Storytime, Arts & Crafts, Milk & Cookie Decorating, Elves Face Painting and Balloon Tying, Santa Letter Writing, Mascot Visits (with Photo Op), Free Santa Photo (with donation to SHARE Food Bank, or an unwrapped toy), Free Gift Wrapping (children under 12).

For more information visit coquitlamcentre.com

Where: Coquitlam Centre
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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