5 reasons every New West resident should head to Anvil Centre this weekend

The 12 days of Christmas aren’t over yet – and neither is the fun at the Anvil Centre’s Winter Celebrations.

The family-friendly festivities continue at the Anvil Centre up to and including Sunday, Jan. 5. It's closed today (New Year's Day, Jan. 1) but reopens tomorrow, Jan. 2, for a final weekend of fun.

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So if you’re looking for a way to wind up the holiday season with a bang, then be sure to drop in. Each day includes a roster of free entertainment and family activities, starting at 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends.

Here are five reasons to head down for the final days of fun this coming weekend.

1. Al’s Story-Time Diner:

Join storyteller Allan Morgan on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to noon, for some storytelling fun. Morgan, the Massey Theatre’s current artist-in-residence, is inviting everyone to “gather round the table and dine on the stories you love.


2. Ceilidh with Blackthorn:

Bring the whole family down on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a family party featuring the four-member band Blackthorn. Three of the members share vocals, and the musicians all contributed an array of instruments for the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, and the folk music of English and French Canada - from lively jigs and reels to heart-wrenching airs and ballads


lantern labyrinth, Winter Celebrations, Anvil Centre
The lantern labyrinth is a highlight of the Winter Celebrations at Anvil Centre. - Jennifer Gauthier

3. The Lantern Labyrinth:

Take a moment of peace amidst the hustle and bustle and walk the beautiful lantern labyrinth, which returns as a focal point on the Anvil Centre’s main floor. It opens up at 10 a.m. on the weekends for you to wander at leisure.


4. It’s a Wonderful Life:

If you haven’t already seen this heartwarming musical adaptation from Patrick Street Productions (or even if you have), then get your tickets now for the closing weekend of the musical that has audiences oohing and aahing and filled with the warmth of the holidays. It’s on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. It’s on in the Anvil Centre Theatre as a featured, ticketed event; buy tickets through www.ticketstonight.ca, or get all the details at www.patrickstreetproductions.com.


5. Family Dance Closing Party:

Bring the small folks down and work out the wiggles at the Family Dance Closing Party, running Sunday, Jan. 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Enjoy and interactive and hands-on DJ experience with TableTutors (and burn some of those holiday calories while you’re at it).


The Anvil Centre is at 777 Columbia St. (corner of Eighth and Columbia streets), downtown (right by the New Westminster SkyTrain station). See www.anvilcentre.com for full details.

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