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The great big list of things to do for Christmas in New West

This weekend will bring Carols and Bells, Amabilis Singers, A Wonderheads Christmas Carol and the New West Farmers Holiday Market — just for starters.

With the weather turning frosty and still more snow in the forecast, it seems like the perfect time to plan your Christmas outings in New Westminster.

Not sure where to start? We've got your back. We're compiling this ongoing list of holiday events in New West — and we're inviting you to continue sending in your submissions. If your group, organization or school is planning something you want New West folks to know about? Then be sure to let us know. 

Email your submissions to reporter Julie MacLellan.

Meanwhile, check out this list to see what you should add to your calendar. Whether you're into craft fairs, dance performances, choir concerts or kids' stuff, there's bound to be something here to appeal to just about everyone.

Ongoing to Wednesday, Dec. 21

Winter Solstice: Enjoy a group exhibition at the Gallery at Queen's Park (Centennial Lodge), open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: www.acnw.ca/galleryexhibit.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Jazz at the Anvil: Catch a holiday instalment of the Piva Presents: Jazz at the Anvil series with A Jazz Christmas, 7 p.m. at the Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St. Tickets at www.ticketsnw.ca or call 604-521-5050.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

VSO's Traditional Christmas: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra returns to the Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.) for a 7:30 p.m. concert, led by assistant conductor David Bui and hosted by Christopher Gaze. The concert features music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Disney's Frozen and a collection of classic Christmas carols, with soprano Mariana Moreno and baritone Odyn Mulder. Tickets $48 to $56, buy through www.ticketsnw.ca.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 8

Christmas Dinner Cruise: Enjoy a three-hour tour on the Fraser River aboard the M.V. Native, from Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, featuring a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, plus beverages and other refreshments available for purchase. Board at 5:30 p.m.; tour from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets from $49.95; book online.

Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10

Voces Angelorum: Amabilis Singers presents a Christmas concert at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church, 8255 13th Ave., Burnaby. Artistic director Frank Lee and pianist Ingrid Verseveldt lead the choir in a program of music from traditional to contemporary, featuring harpist Dr. Elizabeth Volpe Bligh and instrumentalist Elliot Lo (percussion/guitar). Special guest choirs: Burnaby Central Chamber Choir (Friday) and St. Thomas More Collegiate Chamber Singers (Saturday). Tickets $25; free for children 12 and under. Book via Eventbrite.ca or find more information at www.amabilissingers.org.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Carols and Bells: Enjoy the 23rd annual Christmas concert at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave. The performance features five handbell choirs of all ages: Sound Wave, from Burnaby; Sacred Bronze, from Maple Ridge; White Rock Christian Handbell Choir; Memorial Bell Ringers; and a newly formed children’s handbell choir (ages seven to 14). Also performing will be the Rainbow Chorus of New Westminster, the Queens Avenue United Church Choir, and organist Rachel Alflatt. Tickets $20 general admission; $15 students/seniors; $10 children (plus fees) via Eventbrite.ca or call 604-522-1606.

A Wonderheads Christmas Carol: Giant masks and whimsical, larger-than-life puppets bring the Charles Dickens classic to life at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.) once again, in a 7:30 p.m. performance. Recommended for ages seven and up. Info and tickets: www.ticketsnw.ca.

Festive Treasures: Head to Van Dop Gallery for a cup of hot cider and a chance to browse new works by Carole Arnston, Lori Bagners, Leanne Christie, MOTOKO, Megan MacDonald and more, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 421 Richmond St. Info: www.vandopgallery.com.

Pawliday Photos: Head to Wonderpup Academy (9 Sixth St.) to get your pet's photo taken with Santa, with 50% of proceeds to the New Westminster Animal Shelter's holiday list and 50% to Northern Hope Dog Rescue. Photos $20, email team@wonderpupacademy.com to book a spot. Walk-ins will also be taken between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Christmas bake sale: Head to Visions Bookstore (330 Sixth St.) for a festive bake sale in support of families in recovery from addiction, through the Family Recovery Society of Canada, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11

New West Farmers Market presents its third annual holiday market in front of New Westminster City Hall (Sixth Street and Royal Avenue), featuring more than 90 local artisan and food vendors, plus food trucks, live music, entertainment and kids’ activities. It’s family-friendly, dog-friendly and accessible, and it runs rain, snow or shine, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Cost: recommended $5 minimum donation, to be split with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Info: www.newwestfarmers.ca.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Christmas concert for choir and band: Holy Trinity Cathedral presents its annual concert featuring the Cathedral Choir and the Royal New Westminster Regimental Band in a program of seasonal favourites, old and new. The program includes choir carols from around the world and joyful selections from the band. It's at 3 p.m. at the cathedral, 514 Carnarvon St. Admission is by donation to church programs, and the doors open at 2:30 p.m. Info: 604-521-2511.

Phoenix Chamber Choir: Join the renowned ensemble for its Christmas Around the World concert, 3 p.m. at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave., with special guests the Pacific Academy Choir. The program features seasonal choral music, mixed with music and readings from authors and composers around the world. Tickets $35 regular, $25 students/seniors, $15 youth, with a limited number of reduced-cost $10 tickets available; buy online or at the door (cash or card). Bring a donation of a children’s, men’s and women’s socks, other winter accessory, or personal hygiene item for First United Church Community Ministry Society and Atira Women’s Resource Society (and use the code SOCKS2022 at checkout for 10 per cent off).

Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 15

Christmas Dinner Cruise: Enjoy a three-hour tour on the Fraser River aboard the M.V. Native, from Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, featuring a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, plus beverages and other refreshments available for purchase. Board at 5:30 p.m.; tour from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets from $49.95; book online.

Thursday, Dec. 15

Winter Harp: Join Winter Harp, with its classical and Celtic harps, flutes and rare medieval instruments, for a night of poetry and song at Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon St.), 7 p.m. Tickets $45.57; buy through Eventbrite.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Christmas Reprise: The Vancouver Cantata Singers return to New Westminster for their 19th Christmas Reprise, featuring traditional carols and contemporary Christmas compositions for unaccompanied choir, 7:30 p.m. at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave. Tickets $10 to $35; book through www.vancouvercantatasingers.com.

The Nutcracker Gala: Royal Principal Ballet Academy stages its first-ever Nutcracker Gala at the Anvil Theatre (777 Columbia St.), featuring students of all ages in a performance that features the classic Tchaikovsky soundtrack with original choreography by academy teachers in both contemporary and ballet styles. Matinee at 2:30 p.m., evening show at 6 p.m., buy tickets through www.ticketsnw.ca.

Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas: Join Zachary Stevenson, as Buddy Holly, in a performance featuring tribute artists Ben Klein (Elvis) and Cassandra Jean (Brenda Lee), with big hits plus favourite seasonal tunes, performed with the backing of the Legends All-Star Band, 7:30 p.m. at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.). Tickets $55 plus service charges, buy through www.ticketsnw.ca.

New West Craft: The Arts Council of New Westminster’s handmade market, featuring local artisans and makers, returns to River Market (810 Quayside Dr.), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18

The Nutcracker: Royal City Youth Ballet brings its annual holiday favourite back to the stage at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.), with dancers of all ages featured against a backdrop of Tchaikovsky’s music and extravagant sets and costumes. Two shows: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets $44 to $59, plus service charges, buy through www.ticketsnw.ca.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 to Saturday, Dec. 31

Winter Celebrations: The Anvil Centre once again hosts its Winter Celebrations, with a variety of events, activities and performances over the 11-day celebration. The first floor of Anvil Centre will come alive with the Winter World lantern labyrinth and performances.  Winter World visits are free and include community performances and activities. The mainstage features ticketed events offering something for everyone, including Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish and the always popular ceilidh featuring Blackthorn. Info: www.anviltheatre.ca/winter-celebrations-2022

Thursday, Dec. 22

Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish: Immerse yourself in the legend of the basket ogress, Th’owxiya, an old hungry spirit that inhabits in a feast dish full of bountiful delicious foods, in this presentation of the Kwantlen First Nations tale, 2 p.m. at Anvil Centre ballroom (777 Columbia St.). Tickets ($5 to $15) and info at www.anvilcentre.ca.

Friday, Dec. 23

O Come All Ye Soulful: Join powerhouse vocalist Dawn Pemberton and bassist Jodi Proznick for this festive concert as part of the Anvil Centre's Winter Celebrations, 7:30 p.m. in the Anvil Centre ballroom, 777 Columbia St. Tickets ($15 to $30) and info: www.anvilcentre.ca.

Thursday, Dec. 29 and Friday, Dec. 30

Christmas Dinner Cruise: Enjoy a three-hour tour on the Fraser River aboard the M.V. Native, from Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, featuring a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, plus beverages and other refreshments available for purchase. Board at 5:30 p.m.; tour from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets from $49.95; book online.

Friday, Dec. 30 to Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023

The Snow Queen – a Frozen Adventure: The Royal Canadian Theatre Company brings its holiday pantomime to the stage for family-friendly fun in traditional British panto style. Shows are on Friday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. The Sunday matinee is a relaxed, sensory-friendly performance. Tickets via www.ticketsnw.ca or by phone at 604-521-5050 (call by phone for family tickets of four or more, or for groups of 10 or more). Info: rctheatreco.com.

Follow Julie MacLellan on Twitter @juliemaclellan.
Email Julie, jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca

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