• Shine Bright and unite in the spirit of the season!

    Everyone in the community is encouraged to put up holiday lights and engage in a variety of activities to enjoy the winter holiday season.

    December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023, Various Locations in New Westminster

    Shine Bright Highlights include:


    Shine Bright New West received multiple awards in 2022. Learn more.

  • Shine Bright Light Displays

  • Reasons for the Seasons

    Reasons for the Seasons

    8 Parks, 12 Eco-art Sculptures December 1, 2022 -January 31, 2023

    Find twelve eco-art sculptures named for reasons to enjoy the seasons, such as love and generosity.

    Created by local artist, Nickie Lewis, the sculpture will “Shine Bright” with lights at night in New Westminster Parks. Lewis’s art installations focus on nature and sustainability. Her sustainable mythical creatures and sculptures are made from materials found in local parks, green waste, and natural jute twine.

    Find them on the Map

    Explore New Westminster Parks, and find each of the 12 reasons that make the holidays special!

    • Love: Lex the Love Monster will melt your heart with its adorable giant head and dazzle your senses with lights and woven tactile hearts. This nearly 10ft tall beacon of love reminds us what the holidays are all about. Location: Ryall Park
    • Generosity: Gili is the most generous Llama you will ever meet! This holiday Llama reminds us the most important gifts we can give are gifts of time, compassion, and empathy. Location: Ryall Park
    • Awe: Aster is a 20ft dragon who has been slumbering in the park for a few months. Her size and scale make are a striking reminder we are but a small part of a greater community. Location: Ryall Park
    • Unity: Ulysses is a Penguin with a goal to bring people together to celebrate hope and joy. His lights and joyful out-stretched flippers encourage togetherness. Location: Port Royal River Trail
    • Compassion: Cloe the Compassionate Owl is the kindest creature with the biggest heart. Her big owl eyes are a reminder to notice that everyone experiences life differently, and to always find compassion for those in who need it. Location: Library Main Branch
    • Friendship: Fancy is a beautiful winged lion. Making friends, and connecting friends, is Fancy's favorite pastime. This creature reminds us there are no strangers, only friends we haven't met yet. Location: Tipperary Park, Friendship Gardens
    • Magic: Misha is a beautiful flying horse who finds magic in every moment. She encourages her friends, family, and all she meets to do the same! Location: Sapperton Plaza
    • Play: Meet Fifi the Lion club, Mimi the mini Pegasus, and Coco the Owlette. Three of the large creatures have dropped their kids off to play in the park. These smaller versions remind us to be young no matter our age, and that you are never too old to play! Location: Moody Park
    • Time: Tony is a very slow snail. He is OK with being slow, as it allows him to enjoy every little thing he encounters along the way. Tony encourages everyone to slow down and enjoy the journey. Location: Hyack Square
    • Joy: Jinny loves to spread joy! His quirky personality, goofy smile, and kind eyes invite all who look upon the 6ft tall jackalope to find, and spread joy whenever possible. Location: Queen’s Park

    Special thanks to the City of New Westminster Parks and Recreation Horticulture team for their enhancement of these displays. 

  • Shine Bright Downtown

    Hyack Square and throughout Downtown New Westminster
    December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

    Shine Bright Downtown is a celebration of the holidays in New Westminster’s historic Downtown. The event highlights different lighting installations in the Downtown including the:

    • light tunnel on the overpass to River Market
    • eco-art sculpture with lights at Hyack Square
    • Instagram-worthy star and snowflake lights along Columbia Street.

    The lights can be enjoyed by folks from all backgrounds to festively acknowledge this time of year. Presented by the Downtown New West Business Improvement Association

  • Winter Reflections

    Westminster Pier Park December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

    Reflect on the past and look to the future while viewing the lights on “Lytton Square” reflect in the Fraser River. 

    The grand structure named “Lytton Square” was built at Westminster Pier Park to represent New Westminster’s first City sponsored public market, which started in 1892. The historic “Market Day” at Lytton Square brought people together to meet and barter local goods and crafts. 

    Honour the evolution of commerce through barter and trade this season, by visiting the park and reflecting on that history, and supporting local downtown businesses who need your support now more than ever. 
  • Uptown Holiday Lights

    Uptown New Westminster
    December 1 - 31, 2022

    Celebrate the holiday season with brilliant light displays throughout the Uptown business area. Support local businesses while exploring the holiday lights. Find two new photo-worthy arches located in front of Royal City Centre and Westminster Centre.

    Presented by the Uptown Business Association.

  • Gardens of Light

    Gardens of Light

    Multiple Locations
    December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

    Gardens of Light

    Find lights in public and park spaces at the list of locations below. Presented by the City of New Westminster with special thanks to the Parks and Recreation Horticultural team.  Be sure to share your photos and tag @newwestrec!

    • Friendship Gardens
    • Library Main Branch*
    • Moody Park
    • Queen’s Park*
      • Rose Garden, Sportsplex
      • Centennial Lodge
      • Garden south of the greenhouse
      • Garden bed near 1st & 3rd
    • Ryall Park*
      • Driveway
      • Queensborough Community Centre Entrance
    • Sapperton Plaza*
    • Waterfront Esplanade
    • Westminster Pier Park

    *These sites also include eco-art sculptures

  • Shine in Creativity - Free Events

  • Holiday Hellos (All Ages)

    New Westminster Public Library
    November 1 - December 31

    Create non-religious cards, letters & pictures to be delivered to members of the library’s Home Library Service and other isolated community members. Visit nwpl.ca/kids to find out how you can participate! 

    New Westminster Public Library                                     604.527.4677
    Queensborough Branch                                                     604.636.4450

    November 1 - December 31

    Drop - in Fee: Free

  • A Flurry of Good Reads (All Ages)

    New Westminster Public Library
    December 1 - January 31

    Decorate a snowflake with your favourite book recommendation and add it to our community display!

    New Westminster Public Library                                     604.527.4677
    Queensborough Branch                                                     604.636.4450

    December 1 - January 31

    Drop - in Fee: Free

  • Stained Glass Church Tour (All Ages)

    5 Churches Saturday, December 3

    Learn the history, values, and aspirations of five local churches though the stories their windows tell. Stained glass windows have been a traditional part of church architecture for centuries. Without text or artificial light, their imagery conveys values and lessons to the viewer.

    Join in the spirit of the winter holidays by visiting local churches to view their beautiful stained glass windows.

    Free Event

    2:00 - 5:00 pm

    • St. Aidan’s Presbyterian Church (1320 Seventh Avenue)
    • St. Barnabas Anglican Church (1010 5th Avenue)
    • Knox Presbyterian Church (403 Columbia Street E.)

    2:00 - 4:00 pm

    • Holy Trinity Anglican Church (514 Carnarvon Street)
    • St. Mary the Virgin, Sapperton Church (121 E. Columbia Street)
  • Winter Craft Sale (All Ages)

    Century House
    December 3

    Shop the Winter Craft Sale. Everything made by Century House activity groups quilting, crafts, pottery, baking, and more.

    Century House                                                                        604.519.1066

    Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    December 3

    Free Event

  • New West Craft Market (All Ages)

    River Market
    December 17

    New West Craft Market (All Ages)

    New West Craft has your holiday shopping covered. Shop a curated collection of over 35 local makers and artisans. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. Presented by Arts Council of New Westminster.

    River Market

    Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    December 17

    Free Event

  • Holiday Night Market (All Ages)

    River Market
    December 3

    The New West Craft Holiday Night Market is back! Everyone's favourite local market returns for a fun holiday shopping experience. The market will feature over 50 artisans inside River Market offering perfect holiday gift giving ideas. Enjoy delicious food and drinks from River Market restaurants. Presented by Arts Council of New Westminster.

    River Market

    Saturday, 3:00 - 9:00 pm
    December 3

    Free Event

  • Winter Solstice Exhibition (All Ages)

    The Gallery at Queen’s Park
    December 7 - 21

    The Gallery at Queen's Park will be hosting a Winter Solstice Exhibition featuring work from over 30 local artists, and looks to embrace this magical season. The short days and long nights of winter are imbued with moody ambiance and spiritual significance. It is a time for contemplation, but also for celebration. Visit the gallery and celebrate the season through art. Presented by Arts Council of New Westminster. Find out more at: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/gallery/

    The Gallery at Queen’s Park

    December 7 - 21

    Free Event

  • Holiday Jazz Cats Social (12+ years)

    New Westminster Secondary School December 10
  • Winter Solstice Celebration (All Ages)

    The Gallery in Queen’s Park, Centennial Lodge
    Wednesday, December 21

    Celebrate the longest night of the year with music, art, storytelling and light. Explore the Winter Solstice exhibition and partake in family - friendly, winter - themed rituals and activities. Presented by New West Family Place and the Arts Council of New Westminster. 

    The Gallery in Queen’s Park, Centennial Lodge        604.525.7388

    Wednesday, December 21
    3:00 - 3:30 pm                                                                                     166422
    3:30 - 4:00 pm                                                                                     166425
    4:00 - 4:30 pm                                                                                     116426
    4:30 - 5:00 pm                                                                                     166434
    5:00 - 5:30 pm                                                                                     166428
    5:30 - 6:00 pm                                                                                     166427
    6:00 - 6:30 pm                                                                                     166429
    6:30 - 7:00 pm                                                                                     166430
    7:00 - 7:30 pm                                                                                     166431
    7:30 - 8:00 pm                                                                                     166432
    Free Event

  • Teen Bakes (Ages 12+)

    New Westminster Public Library
    December 22

    Whip up some festive treats at the library, then take them home to bake! Call or email to register

    New Westminster Public Library                                     604.527.4677

    Thursday, 2:00 - 3:00pm
    December 22

    Registration Fee: Free

  • Family Fun with Coding Robots (All Ages)

    New Westminster Public Library
    December 29

    Enjoy some free family fun at the library this winter break! We’ll be learning coding skills and guiding our robots, Spheros and Code - a - pillars through a wintry maze. Call or email to register.

    New Westminster Public Library                                     604.527.4677

    Thursday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    December 29

    Registration Fee: Free

  • Fortune in your Hands Workshop (6+ years)

    Queensborough Community Centre
    Sunday, January 15

    Celebrate Lunar New Year and the year of the rabbit with a traditional paper cutting art experience. Create your own, unique ‘fortune’ banner decoration. All supplies are included and parent participation is required.

    Queensborough Community Centre 604.525.7388
    Sunday, January 15
    11:00 am - 12:15 pm #170024
    1:00 - 2:15 pm #170025

    Registration Fee: Free

  • Family Sky Lantern Workshop (All Ages)

    Anvil Centre Main Level
    January 15

    Listen to a storytelling, celebrate the year of the rabbit, and decorate your own sky lanterns. Open to anyone wanting to drop-in, learn, and light up the sky! All supplies included. Instructor provided by ACSEA Asian - Canadian Special Events Association.

    Anvil Centre Main Level

    Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
    January 15

    Free Event

  • Shine in Creativity - Activities

  • Handmade Heritage: Holiday Gifts (14+ years)

    Irving House November 27 & December 4

    Make heritage-inspired holiday gifts and crafts. Over two cozy Sunday afternoons, join our experienced instructor to make hand-sewn ornaments, delicately cut cards, music lights, hand crafted paper gift bags, and more. All supplies included. Instructor: Tracy Golling.

    Irving House 604.527.4640
    Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    November 27 & December 4
    Registration Fee: $45.00 #164549

  • Shine Bright: Holiday Cookie Social (50+ years)

    Queensborough Community Centre
    December 7

    Have some festive fun with friends rolling out and decorating gingerbread and sugar cookies.

    Queensborough Community Centre                              604.525.7388

    Wednesday, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
    December 7

    Drop-in Fee: $10.00 / 1 class

  • Holiday Cheer (All Ages)

    Irving House
    December 10, 11, 17, 18

    Enjoy Victorian splendor with holly, ivy, and live music with a variety of local performers in our parlour. Visitors can also make a small decoration for one of the house trees.

    Irving House 604.527.4640
    Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
    December 10, 11, 17, 18
    Drop-in Fee: Suggested Donation: $5

  • Shine Bright: Family Holiday Movie Night (5+ years)

    Queensborough Community Centre
    December 11

    Bring the family and celebrate the season with a holiday themed movie. Light refreshments will be provided. Each family member attending must be registered.

    Queensborough Community Centre                              604.525.7388

    Saturday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm                                                                              
    December 11                                                                                                    

    Registration Fee: $5.00                                                                   164166

  • Shine Bright: Holiday Hoopla (All Ages)

    Centennial Community Centre December 17

    Share holiday traditions with the whole family, such as games, crafts, music, and treats.

    Centennial Community Centre                                         604.777.5100

    Saturday, December 17
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm                                                                         164413
    1:00 - 2:30 pm                                                                                     164416               

    Registration Fee: $4.00 

  • Shine Bright: Winter Holidays (3 - 5 years)

    Centennial Community Centre
    December 22

    Make crafts celebrating African Kwanzaa, Japanese Omisoka and Lunar New Year. Enjoy painting, story time, and movement activities.

    Centennial Community Centre                                         604.777.5100

    Thursday, December 22
    12:30 - 2:00 pm

    Registration Fee: $20.00 / 1 class                                               164409

  • Shine Bright: Winter Solstice Art (6 - 10 years)

    Centennial Community Centre
    December 22

    Explore cultures from around the world to celebrate winter solstice. Us watercolour, chalk and printmaking to create projects celebrating light, outdoors, and ancient structures. Make snowflakes, lanterns, and natural tree ornaments.

    Centennial Community Centre                                         604.777.5100

    Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 am
    December 22

    Registration Fee: $20.00 / 1 class                                               164410

  • Shine Bright: Lunar New Year Cooking (6 - 12 years)

    Centennial Community Centre, January 14
    Queensborough Community Centre, January 21

    Learn to cook a flavourful, and delicious meal to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

    Centennial Community Centre                                         604.777.5100

    Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm                                                     164290
    January 14                                                                                                          

    Queensborough Community Centre                              604.525.7388

    Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm                                                     164286
    January 21                                                                                                          

    Registration Fee: $20.00 / 1 class

  • Explore Chinese heritage through food. Make fried sesame smiley balls for Lunar New Year. Cook together, explore cultural heritage, and taste the recipe! In partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Instructor: Eva.

    Olivet Baptist Church Community Kitchen 604.527.4640
    Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
    January 19
    Registration Fee: Free #165751

  • Shine Outdoors

  • Operation Frosty Donation Drive

    Queensborough Community Centre, Centennial Community Centre, Century House, Youth Centre
    December 1 - 19

    Help the homeless and street entrenched stay warm outdoors this winter. Donations will be handed out by a local community organization. Check - in with staff before donating to be entered to win one of four prize packs (each including a $50.00 gift card to a local business have been provided by Tourism New Westminster.)

    Adult items needed: 

    • warm coats  (new and gently used)
    • new socks (wool only)
    • scarves
    • and hats (new or gently used)
    • boots

    Drop-off locations:

    • Queensborough Community Centre
    • Centennial Community Centre
    • Century House
    • Youth Centre

    December 1 - 19

  • Lighting of the Queensborough Fire Hall (All Ages)

    Fire Hall 3, 1011 Ewen Avenue
    December 3

    Join a beloved Queensborough tradition and convene at the Fire Hall for holiday fun. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank. Presented by New Westminster Fire Services and Queensborough Special Programs Committee.

    Fire Hall 3, 1011 Ewen Avenue

    Saturday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    December 3

    Free Event

  • Shine Bright Downtown Shop Nights

    Downtown New Westminster
    December 8, 15, 22

    Take part in an elevated shopping experience alongside the wonderful lighting installations around Downtown. There will be Instagram contests during Shop Nights where shoppers can share photos of their favourite items, themselves in stores, and of course, with the lights for the opportunity to win some amazing prizes which will be comprised of items from our many Downtown New Westminster businesses. As this is the season of giving, there will also be opportunities to donate to very important causes in Downtown. Presented by the Downtown New West Business Improvement Association. Find out more at: https://www.downtownnewwest.ca/

    Downtown New Westminster

    Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00pm
    December 8, 15, 22

    Free Event

  • Downtown Carolers

    Downtown New Westminster December 8, 15, 22

    Holiday carolers will be touring the Downtown area this season! The carolers are presented on behalf of the motion picture industry and the Motion Picture Community Initiative as a thank you for the ongoing support to the film industry.

    Downtown New Westminster
    Thursday, December 8: 5:00 - 8:00 pm – Caminando Carolers
    Thursday, December 15: 6:00 - 8:00 pm – Quayside Voices
    Thursday, December 22: 5:00 - 8:00 pm – Caminando Carolers

  • Nature Art Hunt (All Ages)

    Moody Park
    December 9

    Moody Park will come to life for the night with over a dozen glowing lit sculpture friends located throughout the Moody Park Trails. Meet artist Nickie Lewis, win a prize for completing the art hunt and enjoy local music in the park.

    Moody Park 604.525.7388                                                                          
    Friday, December 9
    5:00 - 5:30 pm #170007
    5:30 - 6:00 pm #170008
    6:00 - 6:30 pm #170009
    6:30 - 7:00 pm #170014
    7:00 - 7:30 pm #170015
    7:30 - 8:00 pm #170016
    Registration Fee: Free

  • Holiday Market (All Ages)

    City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue
    December 10, 11

    Visit the New West Farmers' Market's 3rd annual Holiday Food and Craft Market. Featuring over 90 local, small businesses selling everything you'll need for the holiday season. Find produce, baked goods, prepared foods, alcohol, crafts, gifts, and more! We'll have food trucks, live music, and a free childrens area at our Sprout Club tent. Rain or shine, come grab your last minute gifts and stock up your pantry for the holidays! 

    City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue

    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    December 10, 11

    By donation

  • Winter Discovery Days (All Ages)

    Fraser River Discover Centre
    December 17, 2022 - January 2, 2023

    Winter has arrived at the Fraser River, and we invite you to celebrate the season at the FRDC’s Winter Discovery Days! Enjoy family-friendly fun that explores some of the wondrous changes this season brings to the outdoors!

    Find out more at: https://fraserriverdiscovery.org/winterdiscovery/Fraser River Discover Centre

    December 17, 2022 - January 2, 2023

  • Sapperton Sing and Shop

    Sapperton Plaza
    December 19

    Celebrate the season with song and dance! Join a lively shopping experience accompanied by holiday songs, treats, and visitors from Arendelle (Anna and Elsa).

    Sapperton Plaza
    Monday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    December 19

    Free Event

  • Uptown Holiday Market

    Royal City Centre and Westminster Centre
    December 23

    Find twenty artisan vendors will be inside and out at Royal City Centre and Westminster Centre. Enjoy hot chocolate from Blenz, Hot Gløgg beverage with almonds and raisins from The Cooperators, music from Quayside voices and Casey Thomas Burns duo, craft workshop with Arts to Go and more! Get your last minute shopping done while shopping local and small and being extra merry! Presented by New West Craft, Arts Council of New Westminster, and the Uptown Business Association.

    Uptown, Royal City Centre and Westminster Centre
    Friday, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
    December 23

    Free Event

  • Street Brass Roving Christmas Music (All Ages)

    Sapperton & West End Neighbourhoods
    December 19 & 20

    Bring on the holiday spirit with Noxious Obs Society. The jazz marching band group will be roving in two neighbourhoods playing a variety of Christmas music. Come out and sing-a-long, or cheer them on as they stroll pass your home. Weather dependent.

    West End, New Westminster
    Monday, December 19, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Sapperton, New Westminster
    Tuesday, December 20, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Free Event

  • Christmas Tree Chip

    City Hall, 511 Royal Ave
    January 7, 8

    Join the New Westminster Firefighters Charitable Society for this event in front of City Hall. Bring your Christmas tree for chipping.

    City Hall, 511 Royal Ave

    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    January 7, 8

    By donation

  • Shine On-stage

  • Confessions of a Grocery Clerk (All Ages)

    Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen's Park
    December 1-18

    A funny, family-friendly story follows the lives of five women working at a grocery store, based on the real life adventures of playwright and director, Lauren Trotzuk. Presented by Vagabond Players and Capricorn Theatre Productions present.

    Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen's Park
    December 1-18
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    Tickets: $12.00 - $17.00
    Information and tickets at: https://www.vagabondplayers.ca.

  • Quayside Voices (All Ages)

    Century House
    December 14

    Enjoy a concert by local A Cappella band, Quayside Voices, in the glow of holiday lights. Cookies a hot chocolate included. Call to register. 

    Century House  604.519.1066

    Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    December 14

    Free Event  

  • Winter Celebrations

    Anvil Centre
    December 21 - 31

    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 event mainstage also features ticketed events that offer something for everyone with plenty for families and art lovers alike. The show dates are listed below.

     

    Stage New West

    A variety of student groups of various ages perform musical theatre songs from this local musical theatre school. Unlocking the courage and resilience in each student so that they may achieve their highest potential in the arts and in life. Every student who walks through our doors is inherently creative and carries within themselves talents and ideas that are important to bring to the world. No matter their experience every student brings value to their classes, and we are honored to have them as members of our Stage family.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Wednesday, 4:00 - 4:20 pm, 5:00 - 5:20 pm, 6:00 - 6:20 pm
    December 21
    Free Event

     

    Chris Clute and Victoria Groff

    Acoustic duo (vocals and guitar) featuring a blend of originals and covers.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Wednesday, 4:30 - 4:50 pm, 5:30 - 5:50 pm, 6:30 - 6:50 pm
    December 21
    Free Event

     

    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. This Kwantlen First Nations tale follows a sly Mouse (Kw’at’el) who is caught stealing cheese from this feast dish. To appease an angry Th’owxiya, Kw’at’el embarks on a journey to find two children for the ogress to eat, or else! Come enjoy the traditional Coast Salish and Sto:lo music, masks, and imagery while learning how Raven (Sqeweqs), Bear (Spa:th), and Sasquatch (Sasq’ets) trick a hungry spirit and save Kw’at’el and their family from becoming the feast!

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Thursday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    December 22
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/thowxiya-the-hungry-feast-dish/

     

    Kutapira

    This high-energy performance features Zimbabwean Marimba, Afro-Cuban & West African rhythms, Reggae, Samba, Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Kizomba, Cumbia, Disco and Hip Hop all contribute to a fusion of styles intelligently selected, seamlessly blended and brought to you by Kutapira. 

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
    December 22
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/kutapira/

     

    Uzume Taiko

    Uzume Taiko celebrates the rhythm of life itself with its uniquely theatrical blend of music and movement. Using a diverse collection of percussive and melodic instruments as well as taiko drums, Uzume Taiko has developed a dynamic fusion of old and new styles of drumming - bringing a vibrant, contemporary sensibility to an ancient art. With the choreographed physicality of martial arts, the heart-stopping pulse of the O-Daiko and the rhythmic sensitivity of a jazz ensemble, the drummers of Uzume Taiko create an exhilarating sensual experience.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Friday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    December 23
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/uzume-taiko/

     

    O Come All Ye Soulful

    Join two award-winning powerhouses - vocalist, Dawn Pemberton and bassist/bandleader, Jodi Proznick and an all-star band as they bring a joyful and soulful bounce to your favorite holiday classics. The music includes holiday classics made famous by Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, John Legend, Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding, Darlene Love, Vince Guaraldi, and more!

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Friday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
    December 23
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/o-come-all-ye-soulful/

     

    Jason Qiu

    Holiday ballads performed acoustically on keyboard and vocals. Performing in both Chinese and English, Qiu’s songs are introspective monologues and musings on impactful life experiences conveyed in vulnerable, emotion-laden vocal lines.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Saturday, 11:00 - 11:20 am, 12:00 - 12:20 pm, 1:00 - 1:20 pm
    December 24
    Free Event

     

    Ed and Salve Jazz Duo

    Two members of this trio (Jeff and Salve) performing holiday easy listening jazz covers (New West locals).

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Saturday, 11:30 - 11:50 am, 12:30 - 12:50 pm, 1:30 - 1:50 pm
    December 24
    Free Event

     

    MUSICXCONNECT String Quartet

    String quartet playing various pieces by classical composers. Featuring Kevin Lam, Mark Kim, Cassandra Feltrin and Joey Ye.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Tuesday, 4:00 - 4:20 pm, 5:00 - 5:20 pm, 6:00 - 6:20 pm
    December 27
    Free Event


    Wazaman Guitar Duo

    New West guitar teachers playing a selection of light pieces from classical to their own compositions. Featuring Matt Silverman and Sara Wazani.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Tuesday, 4:30 - 4:50 pm, 5:30 - 5:50 pm, 6:30 - 6:50 pm
    December 27
    Free Event
     

    Devon More

    New West singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist playing her own music.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    December 28
    Free Event

     

    Dandy, Phyllis and the Times: Walkin in a Winter Wonderland

    Join Dandy, Phyllis and The Dimes on a wintery stroll this Christmas season! You will be taken on a musical memory tour of your favorite holiday songs. This nostalgic Christmas show will make you feel tasty warm even if it's cold outside. Dandy and Phyllis will deliver brilliant comedy sketches intermingled with musical appearances by retro vocal trio The Dimes. With laughter and song, you will be transported back to the Christmases of your childhood. This music-centric variety show is for all ages and for all that love candy canes, snowflakes, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and the joy of the season.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/walkin-in-a-winter-wonderland/

     

    Pico and the Golden Lagoon

    Pico and the Golden Lagoon' is an enchanting adventure story about courage, new friendships, and the wonders of nature. Pico is a world traveler who flies around in a yellow bi-plane. On her adventures, she is introduced to new eco ideas through the characters in the stories. Pico is in the middle of a mail run when all of a sudden, her plane runs out of fuel, and she is forced to make a crash landing on a nearby island. Here she meets David, a marooned naturalist, who shows her the charms of the island. Pico meets many wonderful characters including Lou a dragon who lives in a cave at the edge of the lagoon. Does Lou guard the solution to Pico’s empty fuel tank? How will the story unfold? Created from re-purposed and recycled materials, using puppetry, live music, and storytelling.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Thursday, 11:00 - 11:45 am, 2:00 - 2:45 pm
    December 29
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/pico-and-the-golden-lagoon/

     

    Molly’s Comedy Cabaret

    This Cabaret show is a musical variety show featuring the powerhouse vocals of actress and singer Molly Wilson. With a splash of comedy, a shot of zaniness, and a large pour of your favourite songs from Broadway, Pop, Rock, and Motown, the show mixes up a cocktail of deliciously funny entertainment. “This show is great for everyone,” says Wilson. “It is engaging, interactive and guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.” Molly’s Comedy Cabaret promises an evening of fun and laughter.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
    December 29
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/mollys-comedy-cabaret/

     

    Ceilidh featuring Blackthorn

    A Ceilidh is a social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling and this Winter Celebrations tradition once again features Blackthorn! This event will also include a dance lesson for all led by dance-caller Alison Moen! Blackthorn features four talented musicians, three of whom share lead vocals, bringing a refreshing diversity of character to the group’s polished sound and all four contribute a mastery of a colourful variety of instruments. The results of their collective musical backgrounds, skills and experience are witnessed in the high-calibre, entertaining performances they consistently deliver to audiences of all ages. Blackthorn’s extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. Their repertoire has expanded to include creative original compositions that reflect the influences of these traditions. From lively jigs and reels to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Friday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
    December 30
    Ticket Link: https://anviltheatre.ca/event/family-ceilidh-blackthorn/

     

    Maple Leaf Singers

    Twenty five singers from all over the lower mainland perform in this "show chorus" with 6-part harmony and choreography. The maple leaf singers originated in 1968 with 24 members under the creative leadership of George and Marie Gillis. The group is made up of individuals ranging in age from 18 to 80 years of age. The maple leaf singers draw its members from all parts of metro Vancouver and the lower mainland.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00pm
    December 31
    Free Event

     

    Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha

    New West musician Cassius Khan performs classical ghazal/thumri singing and on the tabla. He performs with his wife Amika Kushwaha, a kathak dancer. Canada’s most recognizable Indian Classical musician, the globally renowned Cassius Khan is a performer of combining the Classical styles of Ghazal/Thumri singing and the Tabla, the North Indian pair of drums and presents both, simultaneously. Amika Kushwaha is a performer, choreographer and instructor of Kathak. She is one of the few Kathak artists in Canada who pairs her performances with live musical accompaniment. This live collaboration between dancer and musician enables moments of spontaneity and thus no two performances are ever the same.

    Anvil Centre Ballroom
    Saturday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
    December 31
    Free Event

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    Sponsors

    This project has been made possible thanks to the support of many community organizations.

    Presenting Sponsors: Downtown New West Business Improvement Association and the Record.

    Community Sponsors: Arts Council of New Westminster, Fraser River Discovery Centre, Queensborough Special Programs Committee, Motion Picture Community Initiative,  New West Family Place, New West Farmers Market Association, Tourism New Westminster, Uptown Business Association, Uptown Swing Collective and Vagabond Players.