5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (December 4-10)

A mariachi band in Gastown, a holiday puppy hang in Burnaby and a unique holiday market for the weirdos.

Here’s your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to kdonaldson@canadawide.com.

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1. Get into the Howliday Spirit at Accent Inns’ Puppy Playdates

December 7

This Thursday, from 1-3 p.m., the Accent Inns in Burnaby is playing holiday host to the BC Humane Society’s free puppy playdates. (Think: speed dating but for a new best fur-iend… or you can also make a donation if your apartment is pet-unfriendly like mine. Also in attendance: Todd the llama. (This is not a drill!)

When: December 7
Where: Accent Inns in Burnaby
Cost: Free (with an opportunity to donate)
More Info: accentinns.com/offers/howlidays


2. Step into the Glossy ’80s at Roslyn Dreamhouse’s Opening Night

December 7

Flashback to the ’80s at Roslyn Dreamhouse’s opening soiree. It’s Barbie meets Miami Vice in furniture form. RSVP and get first pick on glossy, geometric home furniture pieces (think ’80s glam vanities, desks, tables, cushions and artwork) while enjoying some light refreshments to help you justify all these obviously-must-have purchases. Can’t make the party? Don’t sweat it. From December 12-21st (except for the 17th) you can shop all the retro-chic home decor while it lasts.

When: December 7
Where: Umeglow (261 E Pender)
Cost: Free
More Info: eventbrite.com

3. Enjoy the Carol of the Bells Ukrainian Christmas Concert for a Cause

December 5

Not just “Jingle Bells'” nemesis for “Best Festive Song With the Word Bell In It,” Carol of the Bells is also the Ukrainian Christmas concert happening this week at the Annex. Enjoy holiday music by Anna Sagalova and Denys Panchenko, shop for Ukrainian crafts and support kids in the Ukraine. Bring a gift, enjoy a festive drink and dive into a night of culture and charity. Be there with bells on.

When: December 5
Where: The Annex
Cost:$100-$250 (with VIP options)
More Info: vtixonline.com


Pictured: UltraViolet Oddities at the Weirdos Market 2022

4. Get Weird at the Unconventional Weirdos Holiday Market

December 8-10

The Weirdos Holiday Market is back, boasting the region’s quirkiest gifts. Discover 50 artists’ oddities ranging from doll-head planters to wasp nest art. This weirdo market has it all: a Freaky Friday Night Market for the bold (19+), sword-swallowing, Tarot readings, a creepy “Weird Santa” photo op, unique treats from Punk Rock Pastries and Midnight Joe’s food truck, and of course, a WeirDogs Costume Contest where you can dress up your pup for a chance to win prizes.

When: December 8-10
Where: Russian Hall
Cost: $5 (Ages 10 and under, Free)
More Info: facebook.com/Weirdos.Market


5. Get Festive at Gastown Thursday Nights

December 7-21

Get into the holiday spirit with your favourite steamclock-boasting ’hood. Expect whimsical things like ballet, live bands (this Thursday, it’s Los Dorados Mariachi Band) and lots more unique fun taking over the cobblestone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Shop, dance and mariachi this Thursday (and every Thursday until December 21st).

When: December 7-21
Where: Gastown
Cost: Free
More Info: gastown.org/thursdaynightsholiday