This weekend in Vancouver is the last one before Christmas! Better make it count by starting to prepare for holiday feasts by eating a lot and drinking a lot! Or, you can stress out and spend lots of money on gifts. OR, you can have some fun at one of these excellent events happening in Vancouver this weekend:

eastside flea market 2016

Eastside Flea Market

When: Friday, Dec 16 – Sunday, Dec 18
Where: Ellis Building (1024 Main Street)
What is it: Holiday season is almost here, come do your shopping early and beat the crowds!! Featuring over 50 local vendors, local food trucks, a live deejay, seasonal drink specials, pinball, pool & more! (more info)

Keithmas A Food Bank FundRAGER

When: Friday, December 16 at 8pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre (254 E Hastings)
What is it: Keithmas is a marriage made in Heaven (or Hell depending on your perspective) of Keith Richards and Christmas. All proceeds go to the Vancouver Food Bank and bands will be performing all night long! (more info)

Solstice Market

When: Friday, Dec 16 – Sunday, Dec 18
Where: The Toast Collective (648 Kingsway)
What is it: The Solstice Market will focus on handcrafted goods from local witchy artists and craftspeople. They hope to shine the spotlight on lesser known artists/crafters, and will aim to carry a wide variety of products at a wide variety of price points.  (more info)

santa day whistler 2016

Santa Day at Whistler

When: Saturday, December 17
Where: Garibaldi Lift Company at Whistler
What is it: Dress up like santa and head to Whistler, you could get a free lift ticket to take part in the great Santa ski/snowboard event on Saturday! (more info)

Potted Potter

When: All weekend
Where: The Vogue Theatre
What is it: Playing to sold out houses all over the world, this production takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. (more info)

Pancakes and Jam Christmas Party

When: Sunday, December 18
Where: The Woods Studio (7 West 2nd)
What is it: Pancakes and Jam is an inclusive community building event / brunch / live music dance party featuring local music acts. (more info)

The Big Elf Run

When: Sunday, December 18
Where: Stanley Park
What is it: A holiday themed 5k fun run and 1k wee elf run in Stanley Park benefiting the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. A elf toque is included.. (more info)

kitty nights burlesque vancouver

Kitty Nights Burlesque

When: Sunday, December 18
Where: Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St)
What is it: Kitty Nights Burlesque introduces a NEW holiday tradition! Get your groove on at our Winter SOUL-stice bash! Featuring eight titilating performances of funk, soul, disco and R&B burlesque to put you in the funky holiday spirit! (more info)

The Sunday Service: Weekly Comedy Night

When: Sunday, December 18
Where: Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street)
What is it: Every week, come laugh with the funniest kids in town, the Sunday Service. For comedy lovers in Vancouver the Sunday Service is a weekly ritual.  (more info)

Ongoing Christmas Events

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain (until Jan 2), Enchanted Nights at Bloedel (until Jan 2), Vandusen Gardens Festival of Lights (until Jan 2), Vancouver Christmas Market (until Dec 31), Enchanted Christmas Maze and Market (until Dec 31) Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge (until Jan 8), Free ice skating at Robson Square (until Feb 14), Scuba Claus at Vancovuer Aquarium (until Jan 2).

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