As the year comes to an end and the holidays are upon us, we would like to go through all the festivities taking place in Vancouver this end of the year 2017. The activities celebrate all the traditions and festivities proper of such a multicultural place as Vancouver is.
The year has been overall great for Vancouver. We did not start off well with the unusually cold winter in the first months. Ok, we had some weak spots and bright ones. But as the end comes near, we as a family take some time to take part of the many celebrations taking place in the city.
Take note and plan to attend these amenities, if you have not already.
T’is the season of love, sharing, happiness, joy, and celebration. The city has had and continues to have great celebrations for the month. Check out these.
The Park is the Peak of Christmas. Bring your family to the park and experience the magic of the holidays at Vancouver’s North Pole. There are many activities that can be done there, including skating at the top of the mountain, meeting reindeer (they are not reported to have the ability to fly, though), and watch holiday movies in a big screen.
Christmas at Deer Lake
Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park is a wonderful place to walk on. Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is the place to be to get a touch of the Christmas spirit. The best time to come over to the park, which is free for the holidays, is in the afternoon and a bit past evening to enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights.
They are everywhere and every day. These include churches, schools, and local community choirs. You can enjoy concerts from the following groups:
- Chor Leoni
- Vancouver Bach Choir
- Vancouver Chamber Choir
- North Shore Celtic Ensemble
- Vancouver Welshmen’s Choir
- Vancouver Bach Choir
There are also other places to enjoy live music that include the Vancouver Christmas Market at several times and days and the Dundarave Festival of Lights on Saturdays at West Vancouver.
Our Jewish community also gathers to enjoy the celebrations of their own heritage. The month has already been packed with events celebrating Chanukah, the Jewish Independence, the Axis Hannuka Party.
Some of the events for Hannukah in Vancouver and others were:
- Chanukah Celebration at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This was on Dec. 12, 2017, the first night of Chanukah. The art gallery was open to the public from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This celebration featured Canada’s tallest candelabra, the Silber Family Agam Menorah.
- That same day the Vodka Latke Chanukah Party involved the lighting up of the night with a menorah.
- Axis Hanukkah Party. This took place on Dec. 14 from 8 pm to 1:00 am the next day. As usual, it was a great party where nobody held back.
- Dec. 16 saw the Israeli artist Assaf Amdursky in concert from 8 to 10 pm. Assaf is considered a very important artist in Israel. He has released seven solo albums since the early 90s.