56 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, December 15

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 56 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 15.

       

      CONCERTS

      Sunday for Sinners Music Saloon is a country-blues music afternoon hosted by Ana Bon-Bon at the Princeton Pub.

      Iconic '60s folk singer and activist Judy Collins plays Kay Meek Arts Centre.

       

      BENEFITS

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      Downward For the Dogs is a charity yoga class to raise money for MARO—Mayari Animal Rescue Organization and Island Sanctuary Santa Fe dog rescues in the Philippines.

       

      ETCETERA

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

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

      The West End Pottery Club's three-day Holiday Pottery Sale at the West End Community Centre features works by more than 20 local artisans.

         

      KIDS' STUFF

      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.

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

      Final 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.

       

      COMEDY

      Twelve comedians share real dating stories at Tinder Tales: 12 Dates of Christmas, hosted by Alannah Brittany (above) at Yuk Yuk's Vancouver

      The Scrawny Show at the ANZA Club is a comedy benefit for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

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

      Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, the annual artist-curated collection of fine art, craft, and design, hosts its final two-day farewell show at the Heritage Hall.

       

      DANCE

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      Mixed Nuts at the Vancouver Playhouse updates the beloved holiday favourite The Nutcracker with local stories. 

      Small Stage Urban Ballet at the Shipyards in North Van features dance inspired by Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballets.

        

      MUSIC

      The Laudate Singers presents their annual concerts for young kids and their families at West Vancouver Memorial Library and St. Andrew's United Church.

       

      THEATRE

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

      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 its final performance of The Tragic Comedy of Macbetha comedic take on Shakespeare's play, at Jericho Arts Centre.

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

      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, a reimagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of the holiday musical pantomime Alice In Wonderland: The Panto.

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

       

      GALLERIES

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

      Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries at the Vancouver Art Gallery is drawn primarily from the gallery’s permanent collection.

      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.

      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.

      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.

       

      MUSEUMS

      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.

      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. 

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

       

      MOVIES

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of City of God director Fernando Mereilles's drama The Two Popes, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of director Victor Fleming's 1939 family classic, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Noah Baumbach's divorce drama Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

      The Sunday Night Movie Series at Bells and Whistles Restaurant features Chris Columbus's 1990 Christmas comedy Home Alone, starring Macauley Culkin.

       

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