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For that fes­tive feel­ing, head to Capi­lano Sus­pen­sion Bridge’s Canyon Lights (to Jan. 27; page 51). There, daz­zling light dis­plays take hun­dreds of thou­sands of twin­kling bulbs to new heights—from the glit­ter­ing bridge to daz­zling decked-out Dou­glas firs, eight of the world’s tallest Christ­mas trees. To keep the whole fam­ily merry and bright, there’s gin­ger­bread dec­o­rat­ing, scavenger hunts and sing-along car­ols. And with par­tial pro­ceeds sup­port­ing the BC Pro­fes­sional Fire Fight­ers’ Burn Fund, the real spirit of the sea­son is cel­e­brated, too. Very merry.—Jill Von Sprecken

Van­cou­ver Art Gallery (Map 1: C5). www.van­cou­ver­san­ta­claus­pa­rade.com

Dec 2 CHRIST­MAS WITH THE BACH CHOIR More than 400 singers raise their voices in joy­ful song for a heart­warm­ing af­ter­noon of Christ­mas car­ols that il­lu­mi­nate the true spirit of the sea­son. 2 pm. $31-$61. Or­pheum The­atre, 601 Smithe St. 604-872-8789. www. van­cou­ver­bach­choir.com X Map 1: C5

Dec 3 THE TENORS The Juno Award– win­ning vo­cal su­per­group per­forms Christ­mas favourites. 8 pm. $36-$125. Or­pheum The­atre, 601 Smithe St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C5

Dec 4-22 LIT­TLE DICK­ENS This hol­i­day treat fea­tures Ron­nie Bur­kett’s

beloved Daisy The­atre mar­i­onettes tack­ling A Christ­mas Carol, in an im­pro­vised show burst­ing with bur­lesque, sul­try jazz so­los and rau­cous hu­mour— def­i­nitely for adults only. $24+. The His­toric The­atre at The Cultch, 1895 Ven­ables St. Tick­ets 604-251-1363. www.thecultch.com X Map 4: D4

Dec 6 YULE DUEL Choirs rang­ing from bar­ber­shop har­mony to gospel try to win favour with the crowd—and a crew of sea­soned judges—in this street­carolling com­pe­ti­tion to raise money for char­ity. 6-9 pm. $5 to cast a vote. Wa­ter St. in Gas­town. www.yule­duel.com Map 1: C7

Dec 6-31 IT’S A WON­DER­FUL LIFE The time­less hol­i­day clas­sic is set to songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. $29+. For ages 9+. Gate­way The­atre, 6500 Gil­bert Rd., Rich­mond. Tick­ets 604-270-1812. www.gate­waythe­atre.com Map 3: D3

Dec 7 HAN­DEL’S MES­SIAH Hear the peren­nial Christ­mas favourite per­formed by the Van­cou­ver Cham­ber Choir, Paci­fica Singers, Van­cou­ver Cham­ber Orches­tra and a stel­lar ros­ter of Cana­dian vo­cal soloists. 8 pm. $20.50-$55. Or­pheum The­atre, 601 Smithe St. 604-738-6822. Tick­ets 1-855-985-2787. www.van­cou­ver­cham­ber­choir.com X Map 1: C5

Dec 7-9 NUTCRACkER Bal­let BC presents the Royal Win­nipeg Bal­let’s uniquely Cana­dian retelling of the beloved hol­i­day clas­sic. F 7:30 pm, Sa-Su 1 and 6:30 pm. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-9852787. www.bal­letbc.com X Map 1: C6

Dec 7-Jan 3 CHRIST­MAS AT CANADA PLACE Ad­mire the his­toric Wood­ward’s Win­dows filled with hol­i­day scenes, the av­enue of Christ­mas trees, fes­tive decor and more. Free. Canada Place, 999 Canada Place Way. 604-665-9000. www.canadaplace.ca X Map 1: B6

Dec 8 CAR­OLLING WITH CAROUSEL Sing along with The Gin­ger­bread Men. Hol­i­day crafts and treats avail­able be­fore and after the show and dur­ing in­ter­mis­sion. 8 pm. $35, youth $18. Water­front The­atre, 1412 Cartwright St. Tick­ets 604-685-6217. www.carouselthe­atre.ca X Map 6: D4

Dec 10-11, 16-18 CHRIST­MAS PRES­ENCE Usher in the hol­i­day spirit with po­ems and prose that range from the heart­felt to the hi­lar­i­ous, mixed in with songs both old and new. 8 pm. Pa­cific The­atre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. at Hem­lock. Tick­ets 604-731-5518. www.paci­ficthe­atre.org X Map 4: D3

Dec 12-22 A TRA­DI­TIONAL CHRIST­MAS WITH THE VSO The Van­cou­ver Sym­phony Orches­tra’s pop­u­lar Christ­mas con­certs sell out ev­ery year. In Delta: (Dec 12). 7:30 pm. South Delta Bap­tist Church, 1988 56 St. Map 2: G3 In West Van­cou­ver: (Dec 13). 4 pm. Kay Meek Cen­tre, 1700 Mathers Ave. Map 4: B3 In North Van­cou­ver: (Dec 14). 4 pm. Cen­ten­nial The­atre, 2300

Lonsdale Ave. X Map 4: B4 In Sur­rey: (Dec 15). 4 pm. Bell Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, 6250 144th St. Map 2: F5 In Burn­aby: (Dec 16). 7:30 pm. Michael J. Fox The­atre, 7373 MacPher­son Ave. Map 2: D4 In Van­cou­ver: (Dec 20-22). Th 7:30 pm, F-Sa 4 pm. St. An­drew’sWes­ley United Church, 1022 Nel­son St. Map 1: C5 Tick­ets 604-876-3434. www.van­cou­ver­sym­phony.ca

Dec 14 A Joy­ful CHRIST­MAS The Van­cou­ver Cham­ber Choir per­forms a di­verse Christ­mas reper­toire, in­clud­ing Poulenc’s “Hodie Chris­tus na­tus est” and Brit­ten’s “A Hymn to the Vir­gin.” 8 pm. $29-$33. Pa­cific Spirit United Church, 2205 W. 45th Ave. 604-7386822. Tick­ets 1-855-985-2787. www. van­cou­ver­cham­ber­choir.com Map 4: E3

Dec 14-15 GOOD TID­INGS! A GOOD Noise Gospel CHRIST­MAS A glo­ri­ous pro­gram of gospel, soul and jazz Christ­mas hits. F 8 pm, Sa 3 and 8 pm. $30, s/s $25, un­der 13 $10. Christ Church Cathe­dral, 690 Bur­rard St. at Ge­or­gia. Toll-free 1-800-838-3006. www.good­noi­sevgc.com Map 1: C5

Dec 14, 16, 17 CHRIST­MAS with Chor LEONI The lo­cal men’s choir per­forms sea­sonal songs, new works and a cap­pella har­monies. St. An­drew’s Wes­ley United Church, 1022 Nel­son St. www.chor­leoni.org Map 1: C5

Dec 15 WIN­TER HARP Mu­si­cians and singers, clad in me­dieval at­tire, per­form mu­sic that ranges from fa­mil­iar Christ­mas car­ols to Celtic and me­dieval mu­sic. 7:30 pm. St. An­drew’s-Wes­ley United Church, 1022 Nel­son St. at Bur­rard. 604-684-2787. www.win­ter­harp.com Map 1: C5

Dec 21-23 the NUTCRACKER Goh Bal­let takes you on a mag­i­cal jour­ney through the Land of Snow to the King­dom of Sweets where she is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. F 7:30 pm, Sa 2 and 7:30 pm, Su 1 and 5 pm. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-2787. www.gohnutcracker.com X Map 1: C6

Dec 22 CHRIST­MAS reprise XVI The Van­cou­ver Can­tata Singers’ pop­u­lar an­nual con­cert brings true com­fort and joy dur­ing the bus­tle of the hol­i­day sea­son in one of the city’s most beau­ti­ful spa­ces. 2 pm. $10-$35. Holy Rosary Cathe­dral, 646 Richards St. 604-7308856. www.van­cou­ver­can­tatasingers.com Map 1: C6

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