Competitive carolers battle for Christmas cheer at annual Yule Duel

And four other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

Yule Duel

This chorale carol showdown on Vancouver streets is a must-experience event. If you missed it last Christmas, be sure to come (all ye faithful) this time around. It’s the most wonderful time of year, right? Dozens of local choirs and singing groups go head to head in a sing-off fundraiser benefiting May’s Place. Fans can cheer on their favourites, while a panel of judges cast their votes for their picks for the best of the angelic voices.

When: Dec. 5, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, 750 Hornby St.

Festivale Tropicale at Bloedel Conservatory

Photo Dan Toulgoet
Photo Dan Toulgoet

Vancouver’s iconic Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park marks a milestone birthday this year as they hit the big 5-0. As part of ongoing celebrations, Bloedel Conservatory hosts Festivale Tropicale, a holiday season event that promises fun for all ages. You’ll find 150 free flying exotic birds, magical lights, colourful plant displays, festive music, a scavenger hunt and more.

When: Dec. 7 to Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Bloedel Conservatory, 4600 Cambie St.

Free Christmas Movies on Cineplex Community Day


For this year’s Community Day, Cineplex has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures Canada to offer a lineup of favourite holiday flicks Dec. 7 for movie-lovers of all ages, including A Christmas Story, Elf, The Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. No tickets are required for this annual fundraiser — doors open at 9 a.m. at all participating Cineplex theatres and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

When: Dec. 7. Doors at 9 a.m. All screenings begin at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Cineplex Marine Gateway, Cineplex Odeon International Village and Scotiabank Theatre plus other Cineplex locations in Metro Vancouver and B.C.

Vancouver Gem and Mineral Show 

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Gem and Mineral Show
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Gem and Mineral Show

Your chance to enjoy things that sparkle and shine isn’t limited to Christmas lights and festivities. The Vancouver Gem and Mineral Show takes place this week at the PNE Forum, bringing with it fossils, crystals, precious metals, art and jewelry and more.

When: Dec. 6 to 8

Where: PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings St.

Got Craft? Holiday Edition

Photo courtesy of Got Craft
Photo courtesy of Got Craft

If you’re looking to shop local this season, take note that it’s prime market season. Got Craft? Is a curated marketplace featuring 95 local artists, makers and small shops. They’ll have a full range of goods for you to shop from including clothing, baby and kid items, jewelry, artisanal food, paper goods, ceramics, textiles and more. Plus, Tacofino and Kafka’s Coffee will be on site to keep you fueled.

When: Dec. 7 to 8

Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr.


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