VanDusen Festival of Lights
Until Jan. 7, various times | VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak
Tickets and info: vandusenfestivaloflights.ca
Well there’s no place like VanDusen for the holidays. Whether it’s Halloween or the winter season, the garden grounds look spectacular decked out in thousands of lights. Over 15 acres of the park will be lit up for the 33rd annual event. As ever, there will be live indoor and outdoor entertainment, the Dancing Lights Show on Livingstone Lake, selfies with Mr. The Claus, the licensed fireside lounge, Air France carousel and much more. Dress warmly and know that you are helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation by buying a glow star necklace or donating in the candle grotto location.
Dec. 16, 9 p.m. | The China Cloud, 524 Main
Tickets and info:facebook.com/liveatthechinacloud/
A collaboration between singer Julia Ulehla and guitarist Aram Bajakian which explores the folk music of the Czech state of Moravia and the place where it meets modern improvisation. Quite simply one of the most exciting bands in the city at the moment with its unique blend, freewheeling approach and fearsome chops. This is the only chance to hear the whole band for the Fall/Winter season and they say that it will be a good opportunity to hear what some of the ideas it has been cooking up sound like.
A Christmas Carol
Until Dec. 24, various times | Gateway Theatre, Richmond
Tickets and info: From $29 at tickets.gatewaytheatre.com
The beloved Charles Dickens classic is adapted by playwright Michael Shamata in this production directed by Rachel Peake. As always at the Gateway, the production crew comprises some of the top names in the region’s musical, lighting, costume and other types of stage design. Russell Roberts appears as the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge, one of the world’s most famous snarky personalities. Watch as he goes from glum to a chum after a series of very telling moments change his world view.