What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: CP Holiday Train, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol and More!

CP Holiday Train Port Moody 2012

Can you feel the magic in the air?  Peter Pan is flying by, a magical closet is popping up at Evergreen, a dazzling, lit train will be pulling into Port Moody, and a jolly, red man who can make wishes come true will be making appearances throughout the Tri-Cities.  Ebenezer Scrooge will also be making an appearance and Guess Who else will be stopping by?  Burton Cummings!  Christmas is coming early for some of you.  As for the rest of us, 13 more sleeps until stockings are filled!

What:  Peter Pan
When:  Thursday to Saturday, December 13-15 at 1pm and 7pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Theatrix Youtheatre Society presents an original musical adaptation based on the classic children’s story from James M Barrie. Created by the cast, this original production features the story of a lost boy who flies Wendy to the mythical Never land for a grand adventure with mermaids, lost kids and pirates, only to find that she believes in the power of fairy dust from Tinker Bell. For Ages 5+/Grades K+
More info:  theatrix@theatrixyoutheatre.com

What:  Annual Holiday Wine & Cheese Salon
When:  Thursday, December 13 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St John’s Street (map)
The skinny:  Get ready for the holidays enjoying an evening tasting incredible seasonal holiday wines, including some value selections! Guests will sample 16 wines from around the world all matched with gourmet cheeses, artisan spreads, and rustic breads during this unique holiday tasting. This is not a typical structured workshop, it is a stand up salon style self-guided tasting. The room will feature four stations including one for sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, and dessert wine. Local Wine Expert, John Gerum, will be on-site with his event team pouring the wines and talking about the unique food matches.  Tickets are $32 each (includes HST)
More info:  604.463.1998

What:  SFU Philosophers’ Café
When:  Thursday and Monday, December 13 and 17 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Thursday at Coquitlam Public Library 575 Poirier Street Coquitlam, BC (map) and Friday at #1100–2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, BC (The Gathering Place) (map)
The skinny:  Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés, and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. Registration and experience are not required and admission is free.
On Thursday in Coquitlam:  “Rising healthcare cost and our aging society” There will be enormous consequences for Canada when our largest demographic starts to age. What will some of the consequences be and how should we deal with it?
On Friday in PoCo:  “Science and religion: An unholy alliance?” Many people believe that science and religion occupy two separate worlds and that never the twain shall meet—yet they both claim to be the truth. How do we honour the claims of both science and religion? Can and should they both play a part in modern life? Has science cancelled religion?
More info:  778.782.5215

What:  Seniors Christmas Tea Party
When:  Friday, December 14 from 2:00-3:00pm
Where:   Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road
The skinny:  Spread some holiday cheer! Listen to Christmas stories, sing carols, drink some tea and get into the Christmas spirit. All are welcome. Registration required for this program.
More info:  604.927.7999

What:  Inlet Theatre Movie: Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
When:  Friday, December 14 from 7:30-9:30pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  Port Moody Film Society presents “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself”. The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless, suicidal little brother Wilbur. When they are in their thirties their father dies and the brothers inherit his second-hand bookshop. One day Alice enters the shop with her little daughter. Alice is a cleaning lady at the nearby hospital and she sells the books that the patients leave behind. Harbour falls in love with Alice and soon all four of them are closely intertwined in each other’s lives – and perhaps even deaths. Comedy, Drama Rating: 14A  Tickets are only available at City Hall Galleria after 6:45 pm on film nights. No presales. Show time is at 7:30pm. Theater doors open at 7:15pm Admission: $5.00 (plus $5.00 annual membership fee is not already a member)
More info:  www.pmfilm.ca

What:  Burton Cummings
When:  Friday, December 14 8:00-10:00pm
Where:  Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Blvd. (map)
The skinny:  Few artists have achieved the level of public success and critical acclaim that Burton Cummings has enjoyed in a remarkable career spanning more than forty years. Whether as lead singer and songwriter with The Guess Who or on his own, Cummings has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history. Tickets: Orchestra $79.50 | Golden Circle $89.50 | plus service charges Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 1-855-985-5000 or online
More info:  604.523.5361

What:  Glen Pine Festive Christmas Variety Show
When:  Saturday, December 15 from 1:00-3:30pm
Where:  Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court (map)
The skinny:  Celebrate Christmas with a wonderful variety show by the Glen Pine singers, the Silver Pine Players, the Mixed Bag Band, the Kindred spirits, and surprise guests. Let this talented group of people entertain you with their lively songs, skits and dances. Family, friends and grandchildren are encouraged to attend. Light Refreshments will be served. This project is funded in part by Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. Registration Fee: $2.00-$6.00.
More info:  604-927-4386

What:  Christmas: Pajama Morning with Santa
When:  Sunday, December 16 from 8:30-11:00am
Where:  Poirier Community Centre, 640 Poirier St. (map)
The skinny:  Come and enjoy a family morning in your pajamas with Santa. Music, crafts and breakfast (pancakes) will fill your morning full of fun. This is a pre-registered event only. All family members who will be attending the event must register. Parent participation is mandatory. No Drop-ins at the door.
More info:  604-927-4386

What:  Port Moody Winter Farmers Market
When:  Sunday, December 16 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where:  Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road (map)
The skinny:  The Port Moody Winter Farmers Market is held every second Sunday until April 21, 2013. It is a market bursting with fresh local produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and beautiful artisan crafts. There is a great line up of new vendors, offering a variety of prepared foods, produce, and craft items. Of course your favorites from the summer markets will be here as well. There is lots to explore and discover! Be sure to come by the market for some delicious lunch selections from participating food vendors.
More info:  604.318.8966

What:  Winter Solstice | Owl Lantern Workshop
When:  Sunday & Wednesday, December 16 at 11:30am and December 19 at 6:00pm
Where:  4Cats Arts Studio, 2619 St. Johns Street (map)
The skinny:  Create an awesome owl lantern and bring it to the Winter Solstice Celebration at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody on Friday, December 21 from 5:45-7:45pm. Everyone welcome! Cost: $15 + can of food Register: Online www.4cats.com/portmoody-workshops
More info:  604.917.0136

What:  A Christmas Carol – Monster Theatre
When:  Sunday, December 16 from 2:00-4:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  On opening night of a huge stage production of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story about Ebenezer Scrooge, the entire cast quits, leaving only the producer and one remaining actor to try and perform the entire play themselves! Over 50 characters, puppets, songs, dance numbers, flying ghosts, and a heartwarming finale all performed by just two actors. This is business as usual for Monster Theatre, who have toured hilarious and energetic 2-person versions of classic works of literature for the past 13 years. www.monstertheatre.com Tickets: $18, $14 | Family of 4: $54
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
When:  Tuesday to Saturday, December 18-22 with matinee and evening performances
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Evergreen presents Pacific Theatre’s adaptation of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C. S. Lewis. This splendidly theatrical invention preserves all the magic of the twentieth century’s best-loved fantasy classic. Four young adventurers pass through a doorway to a land in the grip of an icy queen, where it’s always winter and never Christmas. 20 years after the adventure ended, Peter and Lucy have made their way back to the room where it all began only to discover that there is still magic lingering. Tickets: $39, $30, $15
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  2012 CP Holiday Train
When:  Tuesday, December 18 from 8:00 to 10:00pm
Where:  300 Ioco Road (behind the Port Moody arena and Recreation Centre) (map)
The skinny:  Sip hot chocolate, snack on chili, or decorate cookies by donation with all proceeds benefiting the Port Moody SHARE Food Bank. Pre-train entertainment includes singing Christmas duo Tom & Emily, and the Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band under the Remax tent. Santa will be on hand to spread Christmas cheer, kids can get their faces painted and meet the SHARE Bear too! The CP Holiday Train arrives at approximately 9:05pm followed by performances on the train stage by Doc Walker, Miss Emily and Brothers Dube. The Recreation Complex and City Hall/Library parking lots will be very busy, so we strongly encourage everyone to take transit or walk down to the event. Cost: Free (but all food & monetary donations raised at the event go to the SHARE Food Bank).
More info:  604.469.4500


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  1. Oksana Kunina says:

    Have you heard about Santa sailing this year? When and what time?