Christmas Crunch in the Tri-Cities

If you’re anything like me, you’re all wrapped up in wrapping right now. Also shopping, decorating and school Christmas concerts. But there’s still plenty to do here in the Tri-Cities to get you out of the house and help you celebrate the festive season. Read on to find out what’s cooking this week!

What: Christmas Pops 2010
When: Thursday, December 16 – Sunday, December 19
Where: Terry Fox Theatre [map]
The skinny: Now in its 12th year, James Productions features a dynamic chorus of 14 singers and the fabulous 15 piece JP Orchestra, along with two guest stars – recording artist Diane Lines and Vancouver Jazz vocalist Jennifer Hayes. The show is a two-hour collection of many popular Christmas songs. Musical styles vary from full production numbers, to 60s swing, to beautiful ballads and even a little rock ‘n roll!
More info: 604.468.9403

What: Noons Creek Bridge Opening
When: Friday, December 17 from 3:30-4:00pm
Where: Meet in the parking lot of the re-chlorination facility [map]
The skinny: Join Mayor and Council as they officially open the new Noons Creek Bridge. Artists Fae Logie and Rainer Daniels will introduce the City’s newest public art piece “Journey” – a metal sculpture integrated into the bridge.
More info: 604.469.4500

What: Corbin: My Last Song For You
When: Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18 at 7:30pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: An evening of song and holiday inspiration with Corbin Vanderzalm. Presented by Theatrix Youth Theatre.
More info: 604.927.6555

What: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Arrives in Port Moody
When: Friday, December 17 from 8:00-10:30pm
Where: Queen Street Plaza [map]
The skinny: The 12th annual CPR Holiday Train comes to Port Moody. The Port Moody Community Six Piece Concert Band, Jazzabelles, and a popular duet all kick off the event at 8:00 with the train arriving at 9:15pm. The Odds will entertain the crowds again this year. This is a fundraiser for the SHARE Food Bank so make sure give a donation when you enjoy your hot chocolate, chili and gingerbread decorating. All are welcome!
More info: Check out the Holiday Train Website

What: Christmas Concert
When: Saturday, December 18 from 2:00-2:45pm
Where: Poirier Library [map]
The skinny: Ring in the season with the festive spirit of the Dogwood Songsters! Join the Coquitlam Public Library for Christmas songs and light refreshments. Registration is not required for this free program – just drop-in!
More info: 604.937.4141

What: Christmas with the Rat Pack
When: Saturday, December 18 at 8:00pm
Where: Red Robinson Show Theatre [map]
The skinny: The legendary Rat Pack lived and died the high life of booze, broads and bright lights, always projecting a sense of utter detachment and serenity along with a few other chosen ones who breathed the same rarefied air. They sold out almost all of their appearances, and people would come pouring into Las Vegas, sometimes sleeping in cars and hotel lobbies when they couldn’t find rooms, just to be part of the Rat Pack entertainment experience. The marquees of the hotels at which they were performing as individuals would read, for example, “DEAN MARTIN… MAYBE FRANK… MAYBE SAMMY” which only added to their demand. Don’t miss the #1 Las Vegas Rat Pack Experience!
More info: 280.4444

What: Skate with Santa
When: Sunday, December 19 from 12:45-4:00pm
Where: Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex [map]
The skinny: Join the Parks and Recreation Arena Attendants for some Christmas fun. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa on the Zamboni, make a Christmas craft and warm up with hot chocolate after skating with family and friends.
More info: 604.927.7970 or

What: Holiday Tea
When: Sunday, December 19 from 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum [map]
The skinny: This December bring your family for some old fashioned holiday fun at the Port Moody Station Museum. They’ll be serving tea and hot cocoa on our 1920s train car. Enjoy watching the festive holiday lights on the station or listening to classic holiday music while cozying up to a hot drink and sweet treat. $5 per person, no reservations required.
More info: 604.939.1648

What: Celebrate the Season
When: Tuesday, December 21 from 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Inlet Theatre [map]
The skinny: Join Port Moody Public Library for their annual Christmas celebration with stories, carols, and refreshments. For families and kids of all ages. General seating.
More info: 604.469.4575

Have a great week!

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