40 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Tuesday, December 20

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      Looking for something to do on Tuesday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 40 events happening in or around Vancouver on Tuesday, December 20.



      Sibling pop singers and TV stars Donny and Marie Osmond play the first of three shows at the River Rock Show Theatre, mixing holiday songs with a nostalgic look back at their careers in show biz. SOLD OUT.

      California post-metal band Neurosis plays Venue, with guests YOB and Sumac.



      The ongoing Lights of Hope Christmas lights display at St. Paul's Hospital raises funds for the St. Paul's Foundation.

      Vote on your favourite gingerbread creation and get your photo with Santa at Grouse Mountain, with proceeds to SOS Children’s Village B.C.'s programs and homes for local foster children and homeless youth.



      The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden features over one-million twinkling lights, a carousel, a dancing-lights show, the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, and photos with Santa.

      Experience a winter wonderland at Bloedel Conservatory's Holiday Heights at Bloedel, complete with magical lights, festive music, a holiday scavenger hunt, seasonal activities, and a Ferris-wheel ride.

      See the world's tallest Christmas tree, sing along with the holiday band, and stroll through the lights decorating the suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, rainforest, and canyon at Capilano Suspension Bridge's Canyon Lights.

      Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum features light displays, vintage shop-window displays, a visit with Father Christmas, live entertainment, fresh heritage baking, kids' crafts, a sing along, and a scavenger hunt.

      The Vancouver Christmas Market continues at Jack Poole Plaza, featuring traditional German cuisine, mulled wine, gingerbread, German beer, a Christmas pyramid, a large heated tent overlooking the North Shore, entertainment, a carousel, and vendors selling gifts and treasures.



      Help Santa search for his missing elves during an exhilarating simulated flight-ride experience across Canada and on to the North Pole at Flyover Canada.



      The Vancouver Canucks take on the Winnipeg Jets in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



      The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents the improv show Christmas Queen 3: The Bachelorette Edition at the Improv Centre.

      The Fictionals present an evening of Reddit-inspired laughs and a comedic show-and-tell session at Café Deux Soleils.



      The Orchid Club Virago Nation Takeover at the Fox Cabaret features games, cocktails, and stage-free striptease by Vanity Feral (above), Scarlet Delirium, Ruthe Ordare, and Manda Stroyer.



      Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, with principal dancers from the National Ballet of Canada and live music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.



      Walker Evans: Depth of Field at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 200 black and white and colour prints from the 1920s through to the 1970s.

      Juxtapoz x Superflat exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers a unique insight into contemporary art and its place in cultural life.

      Stare exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery features photographic works that evoke a fixed and concentrated gaze on the part of artist and viewer.



      Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 130 diverse cultural garments, from Japanese kimonos, to colourful Indian saris, to the elaborate feather cloaks of the Maori people of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

      The Museum of Anthropology at UBC hosts an exhibition that features the carvings of Papua New Guinea's Iatmul people.

      At the Museum of Vancouver, you can explore the cultural power and significance of collecting through wall-to-wall displays of unconventional objects.



      Musica intima performs popular, grumpy, and humourous seasonal tunes that span a century at the ANZA Club.

      The Centre for Spiritual Living Yaletown presents an evening of choral music by members of the Spirit's Call Choir at the Cinematheque.



      Performance at the York Theatre of East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood, Theatre Replacement's pantomime that sees Little Red Riding Hood battling bike thieves, distracted drivers, and the Big Bad Wolf.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Avenue Q--the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life--at Granville Island Stage.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Day Before Christmas--about a perfectionist who is desperately juggling family and work as she attempts to create the perfect Christmas--at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Christmas pantomime Captain Hook's Revenge at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre sees Captain Hook and his swashbuckling pirates plot their revenge on Peter Pan.

      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Waterfront Theatre.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins--a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film--at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.



      Robson Square Ice Rink offers free ice-skating in downtown Vancouver, with skate rental available.

      Grouse Mountain resort features a Skyride to the peak with views of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, as well as skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, mountain ziplines, and the Peak of Christmas.

      Edgewater Casino offers 24-hour gaming, over 60 table games, a poker room, a high-limit section, 500 slot machines, restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment, including concerts and televised UFC events.

      Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding lessons from the Mt. Seymour Ski and Snowboard School, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

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

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



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Violin Teacher, about a talented violinist forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school in the biggest favela of Brazil. 

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Ron Howard's 2000 Christmas comedy Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Endless Poetry, which chronicles his misadventures in adolescence and beyond in the Chile of the 1940s and 1950s.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve's film about an academic who is forced back on her own resources as her husband leaves her, her publisher axes her book series, and her needy mother passes away.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Jon Favreau's 2003 Christmas comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell.


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