TO DECEMBER 20: the Vancouver TheatreSports League presents the holiday-themed improv-comedy show Christmas Queen 2 at the Improv Centre.
TO DECEMBER 24: search for the perfect handmade gift at booths run by over 50 vendors at the Vancouver Christmas Market held at Queen Elizabeth Plaza.
TO DECEMBER 26: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents It's a Wonderful Life at Granville Island Stage.
TO DECEMBER 27: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story, the Musical (above) at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
TO DECEMBER 31: stroll through interactive themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show, the gnome performance, and the Vancouver Public Library's Tales for a Winter's Night at VanDusen Garden's Festival of Lights.
TO JANUARY 1: annual Heritage Christmas holiday attraction at Burnaby Village Museum includes vintage-themed displays, eco sculptures, a "12 Days of Christmas" scavenger hunt, carousel rides, cocoa, and seasonal entertainment by musicians, street entertainers, actors, and carollers.
TO JANUARY 2: Experience the lights, displays, train ride, and live performers at the annual family-friendly holiday event Bright Nights in Stanley Park.
TO JANUARY 5: join Santa on a flight across Canada and onward to the North Pole as he searches for his missing elves at Canada's Place's Christmas at FlyOver Canada.
DECEMBER 2: the Oratorio Singers present a holiday concert of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany music from Germany at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.
DECEMBER 2-19: Vagabond Players present Inspecting Carol at the Bernie Legge Theatre in New Westminster's Queen's Park.
DECEMBER 2-10: Presentation House Theatre presents Mrs. Claus's Kitchen at Presentation House in North Van.
DECEMBER 2-JANUARY 3: Theatre Replacement presents Hansel and Gretel: An East Side Panto at the Cultch.
DECEMBER 3: Paul Anthony's Talent Time presents its 8th Annual Christmas Special at the Rio Theatre.
DECEMBER 4-JANUARY 2: Sara Rodgers directs Christmas Carol: On the Air at Pacific Theatre.
DECEMBER 3-6: more than 250 exhibitors will be selling everything from clothing, to art, to home décor, and accessories at the PNE Forum's Make It! handmade market.
DECEMBER 4: family-friendly event at Jack Poole Plaza features live entertainment and music, free cookies and hot chocolate, local food trucks, kids' activities, visits with Santa, and a tree-lighting ceremony.
DECEMBER 4: the Vancouver Chamber Choir (above) presents a holiday concert of material by Giovanni Gabrieli, Daniel Pinkham, Derek Healey, and Sir David Willcocks at the Orpheum.
DECEMBER 4-6: the Western Front's annual Toque craft fair and fundraiser showcases the work of up to 30 local artists specializing in art publications, ceramics, jewelry, and artisan edibles.
DECEMBER 4-5: Pandora's Vox and Espiritu Vocal Ensembles perform seasonal songs at West Vancouver's Kay Meek Centre.
DECEMBER 4-5: Lisa & Linda present a kid-friendly holiday concert, performed at Vancouver Playhouse on Fri. and Anvil Centre on Sat.
DECEMBER 4-5: Dunbar Heights United Voices presents choruses from Handel’s Messiah at Dunbar Heights United Church.
DECEMBER 5: Red Robinson and Rick Cluff host Christmas on the Air: A Musical Revue at New Westminster's Columbia Theatre.
DECEMBER 5: In association with the Troika Collective, Resounding Scream Theatre presents Epical Musicals: A Christmas Party at Ukrainian Hall.
DECEMBER 5: Chor Leoni (above) presents All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
DECEMBER 5: Ensemble Etoile Choir Society and the Austria Vancouver Club Melody Choir perform at West Vancouver United Church's Christmas in Vienna.
DECEMBER 5: the Rainbow Concert Band performs classics such as "The Peanut Vendor" , "Visions of Sugar Plums", and The Nutcracker Suite at VCC Broadway.
DECEMBER 5-6: The 120-voice choir of Capilano University is featured in a performance of Handel's Messiah at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.
DECEMBER 6: the Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver features marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats, and community groups. The parade will begin at West Georgia and Broughton, travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe, and finish at Howe and Davie.
DECEMBER 6: The Vancouver Bach Choir (above) presents a concert of seasonal favourites performed by more than 400 singers at the Orpheum Theatre.
DECEMBER 6: conductor Joel Tranquilla leads five choirs and a full orchestra in an eclectic program at the Chan Centre.
DECEMBER 6: The British Columbia Boys Choir presents a holiday concert at Ryerson United Church.
DECEMBER 7-13: kid-friendly play Once Upon a Christmas runs at Studio 1398. A play for little ones aged 3+ and their parents.
DECEMBER 8: holiday-themed variety show at Guilt & Co. features belly dancers, drag performers, comedy, live stunts, contortionists, and burlesque.
DECEMBER 8: the Star Wars Holiday Special--Special Edition Radio Spectacular is performed at the Rio Theatre, with costume and trivia contests.
DECEMBER 10-12: Old Fashioned Christmas at Kay Meek Centre includes Warde A. Troyer's play Grandma 'n Me and music by Cayla Brooke and Bill Sample.
DECEMBER 10-13: Conductor Rosemary Thomson leads the Vancouver Symphony, the UBC Opera Ensemble, EnChor, and host Christopher Gaze in A Traditional Christmas at St. Andrew's-Wesley Church. (The concert will also run Dec 16 at South Delta Baptist Church, Dec 17 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Dec 18 at Centennial Theatre, Dec 19 at Kay Meek Theatre, and Dec 20 at Michael J. Fox Theatre.)
DECEMBER 10-19: SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Vancouver Moving Theatre, in partnership with Full Circle Productions, present Bah! Humbug!, a new take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Byrnes (above). Performances at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
DECEMBER 11: the Shaughnessy Heights United Church Choir, conducted by Ramona Luengen, performs an evening of lessons and carols at Shaughnessy Heights United Church.
DECEMBER 11: holiday-themed Creepy Christmas variety show at LanaLou's features performances by Neil E. Dee, Casper Macabre, Lady Burkley, Seth Little, and Riannaconda.
DECEMBER 11-13: Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents gospel Christmas favourites and popular seasonal works at Christ Church Cathedral.
DECEMBER 12: the Vancouver Bach Choir presents Handel's Messiah at the Orpheum Theatre.
DECEMBER 12-19: Forbidden Vancouver presents writer-director Tiffany Anderson's play War for the Holidays, about Christmas in 1915. at Roedde House Museum.
DECEMBER 13: the Vancouver Pops Choir, Vancouver Pops Symphony (above), and the VOC Piano Quartets present White Christmas, an afternoon of celebratory music and holiday favourites at Chan Centre.
DECEMBER 13: Yuletide music performed on flute, harp, guitar, hand drums, cello, and vocals at Queens Avenue United Church's Caelestra.
DECEMBER 13: the Ryerson United Church Choir presents Chantez Noel, a holiday concert of music by Bach, Handel, Chilcott, and Britten. at Ryerson United Church.
DECEMBER 16: the West End Chamber Choir performs opera choruses by Verdi, Bizet, and Mascagni, as well as hits by Queen and the Beatles, at Vancouver Public Library.
DECEMBER 16: the Fictionals present a holiday-themed edition of the comedy show Improv Against Humanity at the Rio Theatre.
DECEMBER 16-17: Vancouver classical ensemble Winter Harp (above) performs at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts. (Concert also takes place Dec. 19 at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.)
DECEMBER 17-22: Goh Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts.
DECEMBER 18: Chor Leoni performs favourite carols, Renaissance motets, sing-alongs, and a new carol by Terre Rocheat at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church. (The concert also runs Dec 19 at West Vancouver United Church.)
DECEMBER 18: The Vancouver Chamber Choir presents A Dylan Thomas Christmas at Shaughnessy Heights United Church.
DECEMBER 19: the Vancouver Chamber Choir presents a concert performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas at Shaughnessy Heights United Church.
DECEMBER 19: the Lions Gate Sinfonia performs seasonal, sacred, and secular selections, ranging from Handel's Messiah to family-friendly hits, at Centennial Theatre.
DECEMBER 19: the Vancouver Cantata Singers (above) present a concert of traditional carols and newer holiday compositions at Holy Rosary Cathedral.
DECEMBER 20: Early Music Vancouver, in partnership with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Guild of Seattle and Victoria’s Early Music Society of the Islands, presents a concert of Michael Praetorius's work at Chan Centre.
DECEMBER 20: the Phoenix Chamber Choir presents a Christmas concert featuring new music and old favourites at Ryerson United Church.
DECEMBER 29-31: Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet in the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.