If you're looking for some fun events to enjoy in Vancouver this weekend, there's no shortage of things to check out -- and plenty of them are holiday-themed now, too.
For those looking to score deals on things like arcades, bowling, and movies, check out these cost-conscious tips for a fun night out.
From a German Christmas market to a Turkish Film Festival, Disney On Ice to a holiday-themed aquarium featuring a diving Santa Claus, here are the "don't miss" events in Vancouver this weekend:
Co-presented with SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, the 10th Annual Turkish Film Festival runs from Friday, Nov.24 to Nov. 26 at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Attendees can watch a range of Turkish movies, including contemporary and classic takes in eight feature films and two documentaries.
When: Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, Various times based on film schedule.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts - 149 W Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: $13.05 to $65.23 for festival pass; $70.56 for opening gala. See tickets.
The beloved, animated Disney children's film takes to the ice for a musical performance in Vancouver over several days in the final weekend of November.
The event description remarks that the awe-inspiring ice skating performance will transport guests "to Arendelle to be a part of Anna’s adventure to find Elsa, whose icy powers unleashed an eternal winter."
When: Nov. 22 - Nov. 26, various show times during the day and evening.
Where: Pacific Coliseum - 100 N Renfrew St., Vancouver
Cost: $25.00 to $140.00 (plus fees). See tickets.
The holiday event kicks off on Nov. 16 with a mix of local and German vendors serving up confectionery and Bavarian delicacies like pretzels, bratwurst, raclette, waffles, and of course, Glühwein (mulled wine) alongside B.C. craft cideries and distilleries.
When: Nov. 16 and runs until Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza - 1055 Canada Place
Cost: Advance bookings from $19.99
Santa's elves will be bustling around the speakeasy serving festive tipples from winter warmer drinks to themed cocktails. Non-alcoholic sips are also available.
Tickets for a 90-minute session cost $15 per person and include a themed drink upon arrival.
When: Nov. 22 through Dec. 30, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Le Soleil Hotel - 567 Hornby St., Vancouver
Over one million twinkling lights will adorn the grounds of VanDusen Botanical Garden during its annual Festival of Lights.
The 15 acres of glittering gardens will include a glowing display inspired by the vibrant colours and unique plants and animals from B.C.'s endangered Garry oak meadows as well as the infamous Dancing Lights and other themed light areas.
When: Nov. 24 through Jan. 7, 2024, from 4 to 10 p.m. with the last entries between 8:30 and 9 p.m. The festival will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden - 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Cost: Costs vary. Buy tickets.
Scuba Claus will dive into the not-so-murky but oh-so-festive depths of the aquarium to wave at holiday visitors of all ages. His merry dives take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. through Dec. 24.
Visitors can also check out the 4D Polar Express Experience and soak in the festive decor with 65,000 fascinating animals.
When: Now through Jan. 7, 2024
Where: Vancouver Aquarium - 845 Avison Way
Cost: Regular Plan Ahead Pricing: Ages 13 to 64 - $39.95 - $51.95
This world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge is lit up over the holiday season with an awe-inspiring display of colourful twinkling lights -- but that's not all.
The park is also home to the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world, as well as the exciting Treetops Adventure walk. Partial proceeds from the event tickets go toward the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, too.
When: Now through Jan. 21, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). Guests can stay in the Park an hour past closing time.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver
Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Dine inside magical winter domes that feature "gilded glamour and opulent evergreen elements" on the patio of H Tasting Lounge at the Westin Bayshore. Each dome has an independent sound system, as well as a heater for chilly nights.
When: Open Daily: 11:30 am – Midnight
Where: H Tasting Lounge (Westin Bayshore) - 1601 Bayshore Dr.
With files from Maria Diment and Lindsay William-Ross.