What to do on the weekend

It’s weekend again and it’s the first weekend of December, so of course we’ve also included some Christmas events worth visiting. Let’s just call it a Christmas special. December is always an expensive month, so these suggestions will help you get through December without getting totally ripped.

This Friday, December 5th, a big Christmas tree will be lit up by 64,700 light bulbs! This will happen on Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver right next to Vancouver Convention Centre. It’s the 8th consecutive year that this event takes place, and it’s being said to be bigger than ever. Imagine the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York… this will be something similar, so there’s definitely something to look forward to. The event will also put focus on the improvement of the mental wellbeing of children and youth. And it’s for free! Click here to get more information.

A lot of great markets are open during December, and luckily most of these markets have free entrance. Go to the Lonsdale Quay Christmas party in North Vancouver. Here you can buy special Christmas presents, you can enjoy live music and of course you can also visit Santa Claus. Check out this site for more information.

Another free event is taking place on Sunday, December 7th. It’s the River District 2014 Winter Craft Fair. Here you can support local artisans and do your Christmas shopping. Ok, so it’s not totally free in case you choose to buy something but you’re not getting charged any annoying entrance fees. Aaand of course it’s up to you how much you want to spend. Check out the location and get more information here.

Finally on Sunday, December 7, it’s time for the Santa Claus Parade. Get ready to watch this massive parade together with around 330,000 spectators!  Of course it’s for free. The parade includes more than 3,500 participants and has 65 marching bands. The parade will start at 1pm in downtown Vancouver. Click here to get more detailed information on the route of the parade.

Enjoy your weekend.

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Illuminate Yaletown / Olympic Winter Games Anniversary Events – Review

Last weekend was fully packed with great events! Nooo….not only the phenomenal INTERNeX Karaoke Night on Saturday Night! 😉

On Friday, Vancouver got warmed up for an exciting weekend by Illuminate Yaletown. Taking place on two nights, Hamilton and Mainland Street were illuminated by unique art installations. Building frontages were shining in all colours imaginable, artists performed fanciful shows in front of ice sculptures and so on… I went to this event and although it was raining heavily, I was immediately caught by this mystic atmosphere that the combinations of light, sculptures and animations were creating.

Saturday was fully packed with events all around the 1st Anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games.

And because it is an event that most of us, may it be intern or candidate, will probably not experience a second time, I grabbed my umbrella, took the Skytrain to downtown and was truly surprised about how many people were actually going to the events, although it was such bad weather.

 

A part of Granville Street was cordoned off and artists were performing shows, one could play street hockey, hold an Olympic torch and even meet the athletes! That was really cool! The best moment of the day was probably the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza at 4pm. Luckily, I was on time and got one of the best spots! More and more people pilgrimage to the plaza, a lot of them wearing the famous blue jackets. As we were all waiting, suddenly somebody started to sing the national anthem of Canada and one after another, everybody was joining until the whole place was filled with the sweet sound of “Oh Canada!”. It did not happen only once but 3 or 4 times that the anthem resounded by the Canadians around me. It gave me a really good feeling since among all the locals, I (the German girl from far far away) felt like one of them…

Finally, at 4.30pm, one of the officials entered the Plaza, followed by a big group of former volunteers. He held a short speech and then…. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3…2…1…..BAM! The cauldron got ignited and thousands of people were going crazy! Everybody was cheering, singing, dancing!

It is hard to describe this moment, therefore I filmed it! 😉 Check I out if you missed out on Saturday.

For more pictures visit our Flickr page! 🙂

 

Cheers,

Ziska

 

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