18 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Wednesday, December 11

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      The Jerry Granelli Trio recall the history behind the classic animated seasonal favourite at Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas featuring the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

      Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, 8pm, $15-36


      The Vancouver Men’s Chorus celebrates the sounds of the season whether you celebrate the Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa.

      St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis, 8pm, $40-45



      At Early Music Vancouver's Festive Cantatas: Christmas in Gabrieli's Venice, audiences will be transported to the mosaic-covered vaults of St. Mark’s Basilica to enjoy the sounds of motets from two to fifteen voices, as well as dazzling sonatas and canzonas for cornetti, trombones and strings.

      Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd., UBC, 3pm, From $23


      Vancouver’s beloved eatery returns for Holiday at the Elbow Room Café. Join Bryan, Patrick, and their wacky customers as they get snowed in at the iconic eatery. Featuring songs from the original musical, by Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky, as well as seasonal favourites.

      Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables, 7:30pm, From $26



      Story Story Lie: Hot and Heavy, the annual x-rated show, performers share their most unbelievable sex stories, so extreme you won't believe they are true. Your job is to spot the liars among the panel made up of Sasja Smolders, Paul Anthony, Emily Bilton, Ryan Lachance, Justine Warrington, and Randy Myers. Hosted by Jo Dworschak.

      Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, 7pm, $12/14



      Themes of transition, conflict, and hope are explored in Bygones. Part of The Dance Centre's Global Dance Connections series.

      Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie, 8pm, $35/25


      The VanDusen Festival of Lights has a dancing lights show every 20 minutes, a carousel ride, Santa's Lodge for pictures with the jolly fellow, a heated fireside lounge, music, food and drink, all against a backdrop perfect for photos.

      VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak


      Celebrate the holidays with The Shoe Must Go On—A Cinderella Musical, an irreverent take on the classic tale of rival Fairy Godmothers, a horrible hotel, magic potions, and the daintiest glass slippers.

      Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright, Granville Island, 8pm, $25


      Experience 150 free-flying exotic birds, an array of lights, colourful plant displays, festive music, a scavenger hunt, and more at Festivale Tropicale at the Bloedel Conservatory. 

      Queen Elizabeth Park, 4600 Cambie, 10am - 9pm


      The Robson Square Ice Rink is open to the public for the winter skating season. Skaters can expect festive décor, music, and entertainment.

      Robson Square Ice Rink, 800 Robson, 9am–9pm, Free



      The 22nd annual Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital returns with over 200 glimmering stars in this seasonal event. New this year is the Living Light, an interactive art piece that shines brightly when you donate and fades when it goes too long without support. 

      St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard


      One of the most powerful and romantic musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, the spirited Maria leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. The musical brims with beloved tunes such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and Edelweiss.”

      Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville, 7:30pm, From $39


      The 10th annual Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza and runs through December 24 with countless festive treats, activities, and entertainment for the entire family.

      Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place


      Find a gift for a child in need and place it under the Tree of Giving at Kingsgate Mall.

      Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway


      Soak up the Season at the Aquarium. See Scuba Claus diving with the fish and posing for photos, stand in the glow of the eel-powered Christmas tree, take a snap in front of a jelly snow globe, and catch the 4D movie, The Polar Express.

      The Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way


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

      Hastings Park, 2901 East Hastings


      Snatch Game at Junction is a Queerprov Fundraiser for Rainbow Refugee. Catch drag performers Alma Bitches, Boss and Continental Breakfast with Burlesque and Dirty Betty, Claire Pollock, and a couple of young refugees doing drag for the first time.

      The Junction, 1138 Davie, 8pm, $10


      Trivia Night at the Dubh has prizes for teams that know the most about categories like music, movies, sports, and all things pop culture.

      Dubh Linn Gate Main Street, 1601 Main, 7:30pm, Free


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