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Van­cou­ver’s favourite hand-clap­ping, foot-stomp­ing hol­i­day con­cert is back. On Dec. 14 and 15, fol­low your dancin’ feet over to Good Tid­ings! A Good Noise Gospel Christ­mas (page 53). The 90-voice gospel choir—which has per­formed with the likes of Bar­bra Streisand and Josh Groban—joins forces with award-win­ning Cana­dian jazz pow­er­house Mau­reen Wash­ing­ton to belt out beloved Christ­mas songs in the spec­tac­u­lar Christ Church Cathe­dral. It’ll have you danc­ing in your seat (or in the aisles).—Chloë Lai

fig­ure skaters com­pete in the con­clud­ing event of the ISU Grand Prix of Fig­ure Skat­ing cir­cuit. Doug Mitchell Thun­der­bird Sports Cen­tre, 6066 Thun­der­bird Blvd. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. www.skate­canada.ca X Map 4: D1

Dec 26-Jan 5 2019 IIHF WORLD JU­NIOR Cham­pi­onship Van­cou­ver and Vic­to­ria share the host­ing du­ties for this year’s hockey tour­na­ment. Van­cou­ver games take place at Rogers Arena, 800 Grif­fiths Way. www.hock­ey­canada.ca X Map 1: D6

THE­ATRE

To Dec 8 HIR This darkly comic play ex­plores the dy­nam­ics of a fam­ily deal­ing with PTSD, iden­tity crises and gen­der pol­i­tics. $28-$34. The An­nex, 823 Sey­mour St., 2nd floor. 604-872-1861. www.pithe­atre.com/hir X Map 1: C5

To Dec 14 Doubt: a Para­ble Pulitzer Prize–win­ning drama about a nun who sus­pects a priest of im­proper be­hav­iour with one of his male stu­dents. Tu-F 7 pm, Sa-Su 4 pm. $32. Tyrant Stu­dios, 1019 Sey­mour St. www.tyrantstu­dios.com Map 1: D5

TO DEC 29 THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE A mag­i­cal reimag­in­ing of C.S. Lewis’s clas­sic tale of hope, change and sac­ri­fice in a world where it is al­ways win­ter and never Christ­mas. W-Sa 8 pm. Mati­nees Sa 2 pm. $20-$36.50. Pa­cific The­atre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. at Hem­lock. Tick­ets 604-731-5518. www.paci­ficthe­atre.org X Map 4: D3

To Dec 30 BLIND DATE One ac­tor, one au­di­ence mem­ber, one blind date— re­sult­ing in a dif­fer­ent show ev­ery night. $29+. Gold­corp Stage at the BMO The­atre Cen­tre, 162 W. 1st Ave. 604-687-1644. www.artsclub.com X Map 1: E7

Dec 1-Jan 6 DIS­NEY’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST The beloved fairy-tale mu­si­cal re­turns. $39+. Stan­ley In­dus­trial Al­liance Stage, 2750 Granville St. 604-687-1644. www.artsclub.com X Map 4: D3

Dec 1-Jan 6 EAST Van PANTO: WIZ­ARD OF oz Dorothy and Toto em­bark on a jour­ney to the world’s green­est city, in search of brains, heart, courage—and yoga pants. $24+. York The­atre, 639 Com­mer­cial Dr. Tick­ets 604-251-1363. www.thecultch.com Map 4: D4

Dec 5-15 BOM­BAY BLACK The lives of an In­dian ex­otic dancer and her em­bit­tered mother are al­tered when a blind stranger vis­its them. Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre, 280 E. Cor­dova St. 604689-0926. www.fire­hal­larts­cen­tre.ca X Map 1: C8

Dec 14-Jan 5 KING ARTHUR’s COURT Bring the whole fam­ily to this tra­di­tional Christ­mas pan­tomime. Metro The­atre, 1370 SW Ma­rine Dr. 604-266-7191. www.metrothe­atre.com X Map 3: B3

AT­TRACTIONS

CAPI­LANO SUS­PEN­SION BRIDGE Van­cou­ver’s old­est at­trac­tion has thrilled vis­i­tors since 1889. Cross the sway­ing planks of the bridge sus­pended above the Capi­lano River and wan­der among tow­er­ing ever­greens in a West Coast rain­for­est. Ex­plore the Clif­fwalk, an adren­a­line-pump­ing se­ries of nar­row sus­pended stairs, bridges and walk­ways (year-round). Free shut­tle from down­town Van­cou­ver. Open daily ex­cept Dec 25. $46.95, se­nior $42.95, stu­dent $34.95, 13-16 $27.95, 6-12 $14.95, un­der 6 free. 3735 Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-985-7474. www.cap­bridge.com Map 4: B4

FLY­OVER CANADA Get im­mersed in Canada’s beauty with this vir­tual flight ex­pe­ri­ence. Strap into a seat in front of the spher­i­cal screen and let the sights, sounds and scents of the coun­try sur­round you (year-round). Open daily ex­cept Dec 25. $27, s/s $21, 4-12 $17. 999 Canada Place Way.

604-620-8455. www.fly­over­canada .com X Map 1: B6

GROUSE MOUN­TAIN Panoramic views un­fold as the Skyride ae­rial tram whisks vis­i­tors 1,130 m (3,700 ft) above the city to the moun­tain­top chalet. Grouse is pop­u­lar for ski­ing, snow­board­ing, snow­shoe­ing, ice skat­ing, sleigh rides, a slid­ing zone and Peak of Christ­mas sea­sonal fes­tiv­i­ties. Skiers and board­ers choose from 33 runs. Skyride de­parts ev­ery 15 min­utes (year-round). Night ski­ing avail­able. Top of Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-980-9311. Snow phone 604-986-6262. www. grouse­moun­tain.com Map 4: A4

SCI­ENCE WORLD AT TELUS WORLD OF SCI­ENCE Ex­plore in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, watch sci­ence demon­stra­tions, catch a show in the Sci­ence The­atre and im­merse your­self in the domed OMNIMAX The­atre(year­round). Open daily ex­cept Dec 25. Fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tion (surcharge ap­plies): The Sci­ence Be­hind Pixar Par­tic­i­pate in fun hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and learn about the pro­duc­tion pipe­line and con­cepts used at Pixar ev­ery day (to Jan 6). Ex­hi­bi­tion: Game Chang­ers Ex­plore the fas­ci­nat­ing world of video games, from Pong to Zelda (to Jan 7). 1455 Que­bec St. 604-443-7440. www.sci­ence­world.ca X Map 1: E7

SEA TO SKY GON­DOLA The ad­ven­ture be­gins with a 10-minute ride on a cable sus­pended 885 m (2,903 ft) above Squamish. Take in views of Howe Sound from view­ing plat­forms, re­fuel in Sum­mit Lodge, tra­verse the sus­pen­sion bridge, or use the ride up as a jumpin­goff point for hik­ing, rock climb­ing, moun­tain bik­ing and other back­coun­try ad­ven­tures (Dec-Oct). $41.95, se­nior $39.95, 13-18 $25.95, 6-12 $15.95, un­der 6 free, fam­ily $103.95. Off the Sea-to-Sky Hwy (Hwy 99), 2 km south of Squamish. Daily shut­tle ser­vice from Van­cou­ver; ad­vance book­ing re­quired. Toll-free 1-855-732-8675. www. seatosky­gon­dola.com X Map 2: B8

STAN­LEY PARK Van­cou­ver’s 400-ha (1,000-acre) park was named for Lord Stan­ley in 1888 when he was Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors walk, bike or blade the 8.8-km (5.5-mi) sea­wall, tak­ing in spec­tac­u­lar scenery. At­tractions in­clude the aquar­ium, rose gar­den, totem poles, Lost La­goon and Si­wash Rock (year-round). En­ter park via west end of Beach Ave., Nel­son St. or Ge­or­gia St. In Van­cou­ver 311, out­side Van­cou­ver 604-873-7000. www.van­cou­ver.ca Par­tial X Map 5

VAN­COU­VER AQUAR­IUM Home to more than 50,000 strange and won­der­ful crea­tures from the Arc­tic, Ama­zon, Trop­ics and Canada’s wild West Coast. Watch shark feed­ings and sea ot­ter play­times (year-round). Ex­hi­bi­tion: Vor­tex Cel­e­brated lo­cal au­thor/artist Dou­glas Cou­p­land ex­plores the plas­tic-pol­lu­tion cri­sis in oceans around the globe and the evolv­ing hu­man re­la­tion­ship with plas­tic in a provoca­tive and in­spi­ra­tional way (to spring 2019). Open daily. $38, s/s and 13-18 $30, 4-12 $21, un­der 4 free. Lo­cated in Stan­ley Park. 845 Avi­son Way. 604-659-3474. www.vanaqua .org X Map 5: B5

VAN­COU­VER LOOK­OUT AT HAR­BOUR CEN­TRE Sight­see­ing atop a 169-m (553-ft) tower on the edge of Gas­town. Reached via glass el­e­va­tors, the ob­ser­va­tion deck of­fers spec­tac­u­lar 360-de­gree views of the city, har­bour and moun­tains. Ad­mis­sion tick­ets are valid all day and evening, al­low­ing same-date re­turn vis­its (year-round). Open daily. $17.50, se­nior $14.50, stu­dent $12.50, 6-12 $9.50, un­der 5 free. 555 W. Hast­ings St. 604-6890421. www.van­cou­ver­look­out.com X Map 1: C6

VAN­COU­VER PO­LICE MU­SEUM Chron­i­cles lo­cal polic­ing through case his­to­ries, street weapons and dis­plays in a one-time morgue. Lo­cated in the his­toric former coro­ner’s court (year-round). Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm. $12, s/s $10, 6-18 $8, un­der 6 free. Guided tours by app’t. Movies in the Morgue: The Ital­ian Job (Dec 11). 7 pm. $10. 240 E. Cor­dova St. 604-665-3346. www. van­cou­ver­po­lice­mu­seum.ca Map 1: C8

Tours & Leisure Ac­Tiv­i­Ties Boats FALSE CREEK FER­RIES Hop aboard these mini-fer­ries to dis­cover des­ti­na­tions such as Granville Is­land, Yale­town, Sci­ence World and Vanier Park. The 25- and 40-minute mini-cruises sail ev­ery 15 min­utes. Also of­fers reg­u­larly sched­uled ser­vice be­tween nine ferry

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