Etsy does it at winter market

And four other events that make Vancouver awesome this week

Etsy Vancouver Market Winter 2018

Support talented crafters and artisans while you shop and enjoy a family-friendly weekend of holiday-themed fun at the Etsy Vancouver Market’s winter edition. Taking place both Saturday and Sunday, the Etsy Vancouver Market features handcrafted goods including jewelry, home décor, skincare products, artworks, fashion and more. To keep things festive, you can also enjoy carolers, a holiday scavenger hunt, balloon display, a tree display, horse-drawn carriage rides and photos with Santa.

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When: Dec. 1 to 2

Where: Wesbrook Community Centre, 3335 Webber Lane


Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting

Sure, it’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas on retail shelves and on the houses of a few eager folks who’ve fired up their light displays already. But it really starts to look like Christmas in Vancouver when the city’s massive 76-foot Christmas tree is lit at a fun, festive, family-friendly event. The tree-lighting event also features live entertainment and music from Side One and the Soul Gospel Choir, plus free cookies and hot chocolate. Santa will also be on hand for photo ops.

When: Nov. 30, 6 to 7 p.m. (tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Robson Square


Cosmic Nights: Ice Worlds

Leave the kids at home and hit up the Space Centre for a grown-up night under the stars. This “spacetacular” event features a custom planetarium show, guest lecturer, music, drinks, science demonstrations and games. The planetarium show explores ice worlds such as Europa and Enceladus, and discusses NASA’s InSight mission to Mars. Did we mention the drinks happen to be beer and wine?

When: Nov. 29, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St.


Yukon Blonde and the Zolas

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Kelowna-based alt-rockers Yukon Blonde hit the stage at the Commodore as part of their tour in support of their 2018 album Critical Hit. Opening for Yukon Blonde are Vancouver’s the Zolas.

When: Dec. 5, doors: 8 p.m., show 9:30 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.


The Vancouver Foodster and Tasting Plates Holiday Edition

It’s the most delicious time of the year, and you can embark on an epic night of holiday eating during this one-night roving tasting event. The evening features several stops at markets where vendors will have samples for guests to enjoy. Rove from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, with stops at Be Fresh in Kitsilano, Silk Road in Kitsilano and Espressotec in East Vancouver. The Main Street Honey Shoppe in Mount Pleasant is the starting point for the night, where you’ll pick up your tasting “passport” you’ll take with you to the markets to get your eats and drinks.

When: Dec. 5, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Begin at the Main Street Honey Shoppe, 4125 Main St.

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