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'Making Spirits Bright'

Vancouver Men's Chorus' Annual Christmas Concerts The VMC's website says the 106-year-old "acoustic perfection" of St. Paul's Anglican Church has long been the home of the chorus' holiday concerts. Better buy your tickets now. This concert series usually sells out. Performances: Dec. 8, 10, 10 and 12 beginning at 8 PM; Dec. 11 at 3 PM. Cost / Tickets: $30 for general admission and $80 for reserved patron seating (including a tax receipt for $50 of the ticket price). Tickets purchased online will be ready for pick-up at the church 45 minutes prior to each concert. Tickets will not be mailed.

Location: St. Paul's Anglican Church, corner of Pendrell and Jervis (1130 Jervis), one block north of Davie Street, West End neighbourhood, Vancouver. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 604-669-7464.

2011 Lights of Hope

One year, when my husband and I lived only a block away from St. Paul's Hospital, we had a photographer take our holiday photo in front of the St. Paul's Hospital's Lights of Hope. A blaze of colour fights-off the late fall/early winter's dark nights for this downtown hospital's annual fundraising event.

Since 1998, donors in our community have given more than $16 million to the hospital through its annual Lights of Hope campaign. The front of the St. Paul's is decorated with thousands of lights and it takes a small army of volunteers to put up the display in early November. Money raised goes towards "enhanced patient care, capital projects, research and teaching" at the hospital. This year's goal is $1.9 million.

Performances: Every night, from Nov. 24 until Jan. 6 (Epiphany).
Cost / Tickets: Free
Location: The front of St. Paul's Hospital, Burrard and
Comox (1081 Burrard), Vancouver.

Christmas Parade of Lights

We chuckled when Xtra! West dubbed New Westminster the 'new West End' a couple years ago. However, you'll see (and maybe bump into) more and more gays and lesbians who call New West. Home these days. If you missed Vancouver's Santa Claus Parade Nov. 19th, come to the Royal City – so named by a famous queen: no not Elton John but Queen Victoria - and you may see the jolly old man in this city's Christmas Parade of Lights.

Years ago, the parade's festival sponsor wrote "Enjoy floats, music and Santa himself" (I think they meant SEEING him, not ENJOYING St. Nick personally. But you never know after the parade...).

A new franchise coffee house, Waves, at the corner of Begbie and Columbia streets, is a great place to watch people come and go before or after the parade. Take note of the big 'hole' (no, we don't mean THAT kind of hole...) across the street: site of the city's new 10-storey Civic Centre.

Performance time: Sat., Dec. 3 at 4 PM
Cost / Tickets: Free
Location: Parade begins at 4th and Columbia in downtown New
Westminster
Contact: Hyack Festival, 604-522-6894

Home for the Holidays

The Sutton Hotel lobby "twinkles with magic and cheer this holiday season" says their website with trees designed by local decorators, designers and retailers. A benefit for Canuck Place Children's Hospice, vote for your favourite tree with your $5 donation and name entered into a drawing for prizes.

Performance time: From Nov. 21 until Jan. 2nd
Cost/ tickets: By Donation
Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard, Vancouver
Contact: 604-682-5511

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