57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, December 8

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 57 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 8.




      L.A. rock band Allah-Lahs plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Mapache & Tim Hill.

      The Canadian Pacific Blues Society presents American blues-rock guitar virtuoso Walter Trout at the Rio Theatre, with guest Matt Hoyle.

      Seventies Eurodisco group Boney M. performs holiday faves and classic hits at the Vogue Theatre, with guest Morgan James.

      We Three Queens--vocalists Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett--perform with trumpeter Brad Turner at Surrey's Northwood United Church.



      Christmas at Canada Place features the Woodward’s Windows, Canada’s North light display, the iconic Sails of Light, and the festive Avenue of Trees, until January 1.

      The Aurora Winter Festival runs through January 5 on the PNE Grounds, featuring various rides and attractions, including a tube park.

      The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza is an authentic German market featuring more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures.

      The three-day Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair at the Poirier Forum features a variety of creations handmade by local artisans.

      The two-day Deck the Hall Fair at Heritage Hall features handcrafted works by over 50 local artisans.

      Reflections: A Holiday Mosaic at Coquitlam's Mackin House Museum features carol singing, heritage crafts, baking, hot chocolate, and a performance by Amy Newman & The Christmas Revelers.


      FOOD & DRINK

      Local cook, pasta aficionado, and actor Peter Ciuffa (Pasta Boy Peter) leads a pasta-making workshop at Kitsilano Community Centre.



      The Polar Express at Squamish's Railway Heritage Park is a 50-minute train ride with cookies and hot chocolate, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and gingerbread-cookie decorating.

      Performance at North Van's Presentation House of Where the Wild Things Are, an interactive, guided play experience for ages three to six.

      Once Upon a Fairytale at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre is a family friendly musical-comedy about unlikely heroes who team up to save a kingdom from an evil plot.

      Scuba Claus makes daily dives with the fishies as part of the holiday program at the Vancouver Aquarium until December 24.




      The Vancouver Giants take on the Tri-City Americans in Western Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.




      Join Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi for a tour, in Mandarin, of the current exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery.

      Cirque du Soleil presents a performance of Luzia under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Concord Pacific Place.



      Book launch for Bawaajigan: Stories of Power, an anthology of dream-themed stories by Indigenous writers, at Café Deux Soleils.



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      The Laudate Singers and Baroque Chamber Orchestra perform French Baroque music at North Van's Highlands United Church.

      The Gallery Singers perform Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Midnight Mass at Pacific Spirit United Church.

      The Vancouver Oratorio Society performs Schubert’s Magnificat, the Song of Mary and excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Richmond's Fraserview MB Church.

      Canadian pianist John Stetch fuses classical technique with jazz imagination at Roedde House Museum.

      The Postmodern Camerata performs carols and songs from the golden age of American songwriting at the Canadian Music Centre.



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      Performance at the Waterfront Theatre of Bad Hats Theatre's adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.

      Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of FADO: The Saddest Music in the World, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity.

      Theatre Replacement presents a performance at the York Theatre of the East Vancouver-set family show East Van Panto: Pinocchio.

      Performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of the romantic musical The Sound of Music.

      It’s a Wonderful Life meets Modern Family in the Canadian comedy It's a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Ron Reed embodies Scrooge and 43 other characters in the classic holiday story A Christmas Carol at Pacific Theatre.

      Literary Larceny Collective presents a performance of The Tragic Comedy of Macbetha comedic take on Shakespeare's play, at Jericho Arts Centre.

      Untold Wants presents a performance of Cock, William Bartlett’s uproarious battle of wit and persuasion, at the Historic Theatre.

      Theatre In the Raw presents Wound Up in One-Acts, a set of original one-act plays, at Spartacus Books.



      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

      Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day, with selections from each of her major series, including new and rarely seen works.

      Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.



      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

      Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC showcases ceramic works by 11 B.C.-based artists expressing strong opinions on urgent social issues.

      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      Ship's Company: The Royal Canadian Navy at Work & Play at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features photography by Kathryn Mussallem celebrating the diverse humanity of Canadian naval forces. 

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



      North Vancouver's Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

      Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge features festive light displays on the suspension bridge, Cliffwalk, and Treetops Adventure areas, until January 26.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, plus ziplines, skiing and snowboarding, a sliding zone, snowshoeing, and a skating pond.

      Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland with over one-million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden, until January 5.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      West Vancouver's 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.

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.



      Screening at the Cinematheque of Sean Baker's 2012 drama Starlet, about an intergenerational friendship between two searching women. 

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Noah Baumbach's divorce drama Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.


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