Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker with live music by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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Ballet BC is proud to present the return of Alberta Ballet in their exquisite production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with performances from Thursday to Saturday, December 28 – 30 at 7:30pm and Friday & Saturday, December 29 & 30 at 2pm.

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The Vancouver Christmas Market opens today at Jack Poole Plaza

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The city’s signature yuletide celebration returns to its expansive seaside home, November 22  December 24, 2017 at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron) offering its largest, authentic German festivities to date. The cherished holiday tradition will feature more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, coupled with a multitude of festive family activities and live entertainment. Attracting a record number of more than 215,000 visitors last season, the Vancouver Christmas Market remains one of the city’s beloved holiday experiences.  Continue reading

Top Five: Best Christmas Netflix Movies

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It’s Christmastime once again, and as always Netflix has created a Holiday Favourites section on their site. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of crap on there, so we’re hear to sift through all of that and find the best options for your Christmas evening.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There’s the classic animated version, and then the Jim Carrey adaptation. Personally, I really enjoy Carrey’s live action edition as the world is developed so much more fully and you get a look at way more of the Whoville characters.
  2. The Legend of Frosty the Snowman. Just like the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie, it’s a classic. You basically have to watch it every year. Unfortunately, Rudolph isn’t on Netflix so I can’t watch my favourite unless I find it on TV, but this is a good backup.
  3. Nightmare Before Christmas. Some disagree whether this is a Christmas or Halloween movie, but why not watch it for both?
  4. Arthur Christmas. Animated movies are certainly stealing this list, but that’s more because Netflix is lacking in the best movies than anything else. This is a fun, recent film that the kids will enjoy and parents won’t get annoyed by.
  5. Christmas with the Kranks. Admittedly not fantastic, but it’s a fun modern adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas Carol. We all get frustrated with the Christmas hype sometimes, so why not revel in it.

Netflix doesn’t have a big list of Christmas movies, and most of them aren’t that great. Hopefully you have Love Actually and Die Hard, my two personal favourites, and can round out a good Christmas movie night.