25 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, December 31st to January 2nd

Please note: Due to COVID-19, BC vaccine cards and / or masks may be required for access to certain personal events.

FRIDAY: New Year’s Eve Variety Show on Queen Elizabeth Theater features acrobats, aerialists, comic jugglers and live music by Tim Sars Band.

FRIDAY: screening on Rio Theater by Jonathan Demme’s concert documentary from 1984 Stop making sense, with Talking Heads.

FRIDAY: screening at Vancity Theater by Japanese director Makoto Shinkai’s 2019 anime film Weather with you, in Japanese with English subtitles.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: that Vancouver Welsh men’s choir presents performances of his program Sing We Now of Christmas online until January 1st.

Heather Graham portrays “Rollergirl” in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: screenings on Vancity Theater of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 drama Boogie nights, with Mark Wahlberg in the lead role as the 70’s porn star DIrk Diggler.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: free online views of The reality of a dream: a nutcracker documentary, presented by the Goh Ballet, until January 10th.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: an expansive solo show of Steven Shearer’s works is on display at North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery until February 13, 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: at Canyon Lights the world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park illuminates end-to-end with a multicolored light display.

Imagine Picasso showing the Spanish artist’s work in ways that have never been seen before.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Imagine Picasso, an immersive exhibition with massive projections of the groundbreaking work of the Spanish artist, runs on Vancouver Convention Center until January 8th.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in collaboration with Winnipeg Art Gallery, on Museum of Vancouver presents the travel exhibition Boarder X until October 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Robson Square Ice Rink offers free ice skating in the heart of Vancouver city center, with skate rental and grinding available.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh by Vancouver Maritime Museum features works by 20 indigenous artists and carvers along with historical images and information that tell the story of the indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength through the war canoe and all that it represents. The exhibition is curated by the original artist and cultural historian Roxanne Charles and lasts until July 3, 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: take a walk through the sight glass with Replacement of theater‘s ninth annual East Van Panto. Please note: online performances only due to COVID-19.

The Light Walk is part of Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas event.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Rypebjerg‘s annual Peak of Christmas features family activities such as Santa’s workshop, the light walk and the ice rink until 3 January.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition–which offers a close-up of Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece – shows Vancouver Convention Center East Building.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sho Sho Esquiro: The Doctrine of Discovery is a solo exhibition by designer, artist and activist Sho Sho Esquiro showcasing carefully crafted couture dresses, textiles, paintings and photographs to celebrate the beauty and resilience of First Nations communities. The exhibition runs at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art until June 5, 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: GROWING FREEDOM: The Instructions from Yoko Ono / The art of John and Yoko runs by Vancouver Art Gallery until May 1, 2022. The exhibition is divided into two parts, the first of which dives into Ono’s artistic process, reflecting her radical and unconventional approach, and the second highlights Ono and her late husband John Lennon’s collaborative art projects, which aim to promote peace.

The VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights offers over a million lights.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: that VanDusen Botanical Garden beloved holiday event, the Festival of Lights, runs until January 3 and features over a million multicolored lights that decorate 15 acres of the garden.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sankofa: African routes, Canadian roots, an exhibition exploring the relationship between traditional and contemporary African art and black Canadian contemporary art, runs until March 27, 2022 at MOA.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: AND Punk, runs at North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery until January 2, 2022, capturing the ethos of punk subculture by the Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein.

SATURDAY: showing at Rio Theater by directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 comedy The great Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges as “The Dude”.

Michael Palin leads the knights who say “Nine!” in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

SATURDAY: afternoon viewing at Rio Theater by directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones’ 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

SATURDAY: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents A greeting to Vienna, Which one brings Johann Strauss’ music to life, by Orpheum Theater.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: The classic story of Alice in Wonderland is brought to life in Crystal Weltzins Alice in Wonderland: A Panto at New Westminster’s Massey Theater.

SUNDAY: day-long film marathon at Rio Theater featuring Peter Jackson That Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended editions).



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