Holiday Events in Vancouver

With Christmas around the corner, there are many events going on around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.Here are the events you don’t want to miss!

ÖLights at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver

Sails of Light Christmas at Canada Place
Date: now until Dec 30
What’s happening: different kinds of activities.See  beautiful colours on the 90-foot sails,  15 beautifully Xmas trees and some Woodward’s window displays. Complimentary hot drinks!!!
Charities: all in support of Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children Program.

3rd annual Vancouver Christmas Market
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza at 650 Hamilton
Date/Time: now until Dec 24th
What’s happening: vendors selling edible treats, gifts, authentic wooden decorations  Enjoy the lights, decorations, entertainment
Tickets: Admission Rates (including HST)
Adult (13 + years) $5 Mon – Fri 4pm-9pm & 11am-9pm weekends
Adult (13 + years) $2 Special! Mon – Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7 – 12 years) $2
Child (0 – 6 years) FREE
Carousel Rides $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets
Buy 1 entry ticket and have unlimited re-entry til closing night, Dec 24th @ 6pm.

Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas
What’s happening: Meet Santa’s reindeer, Dance & Vixen (9am-10pm) in the Wildlife Refuge. The Grouse Mountain Chalet will be lit up with new Gingerbread Village. Experience sleigh rides, ice skating, Christmas-themed movies, and complimentary skating lessons.
Charities: Proceeds from Chalet’s light up in support of SOS Children’s Village – international children’s charity, providing long-term care for children in need. Proceeds from skate rentals will be donated to the Karen Magnussen Foundation, to put more of BC’s youth on the world stage now and in years to come.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Date: now until Jan 5th, holiday activities running from 4pm-9pm daily.
What’s happening: Check out the 450-foot long, 230-foot high Capilano Suspension Bridge!  Lights will be lit, decorating the forest and bridge, Scavenger hunts, cookie decorating, caroling and glass blowing demonstration.
Adult ………………………………………… $31.95
Senior 65+ ………………………………….. $29.95
Student 17+ with ID ………………………. $25.95
Youth 13 – 16 ………………………………. $19.95
Child 6 – 12 ………………………………… $12.00
Family Rate* ……………………………….. $65.00

Lost Lagoon Fountain in Stanley Park
6,000 multi-coloured lights. Is easily visible form the Georgia St. Causeway from 3:30pm til midnight, until Jan 7th.

The Elm Grove at English Bay
12,000 lights cover six elm trees at the corner of Beach Ave at Bidwell St. On from 3:30pm  to midnight, until Jan 7th.

15th Bright Nights at Stanley Park
What’s happening: 2 million lights light up the park. Miniature train though winter wonderland!
Date: now until Jan 1 (closed Xmas Day) and is open 3-10pm, Sun-Thurs, 3-11pm Fri+Sat and 11am-3pm Wed, Sat and Sun.
Charities: BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.

Jewel Box of Lights at Bloedel Conservatory
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park: Bloedel Conservatory 4600 Cambie St. Vancouver
What’s happening: light decorations in the conservatory.
Date: 4:30-9pm now until Jan 1st (closed Xmas Day).
Adult (19-64 years)  $7.00 | Senior (65+ years) $5.00 | Youth (13-18 years) $5.00 | Child (3-12 years)  $3.50
Family (1-2 Adults of the same household and their children  $16.50

Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights
Date: now until  Jan 1 (closed Xmas Day)
Location: 5251 Oak St. Vancouver
What’s happening: tons of lights decorate the garden. Every 30 minutes there is the Dancing Lights Show on Livingstone Lake, live holiday music,  festive food, meet Santa, entertainment, and choir concerts
Tickets: Adult (19-64)  $14.25 | Senior (65+)  $10.50 |  Youth (13-18)  $10.50  | Child (3-12)  $7.75
Family (two adults and their children under 19)  $32.50
Members  $11.25  VanDusen Family Members (two adults and their children under 19)  $27.25
Children under age 2  Free

St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope
Location: St. Paul’s Hospital 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
What’s happening: 10 km of lights
Charities: donations are used for a variety of projects from purchasing life-saving equipment to world-leading research

Granville Island
Musicians, horse-drawn trolley rides & drink some delicious hot chocolate. Variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. Check out their website for more info.

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Date: Dec21 6pm-9pm
What’s happening: Come celebrate the 19th annual festival. The lantern procession starts at the Strathcona Community Centre, and will make its way to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. There will be lantern creations, tea ceremonies and live music. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Hope you get a chance to check out some of them! Happy holidays! 😀


IKEA Karlstad Sofa

So when I was a student a few years back. My sofa in the living was composed of foam mattresses and blankets rolled up into sort of a ‘sofa’. Of course, since it was tied together with strings, it kept falling apart. Once I graduated, I bought a small compact SOLSTA sofa-bed from IKEA. $169 + tax and delivery. (see how I sold it for $80 on Craigslist in my other blog post)

My old Solsta sofa bed in living room

Karlstad sofa and chaise at IKEA showroom

However, although it was nice, it was time for an upgrade. So…we recently went to IKEA and got the ‘buy one sofa, get the second on 50%’ deal 🙂 Because my living is so small, I had to pick carefully.
Luckily, IKEA has a wide selection of different sizes, styles, colours and prices.

Because we had a mini-van and transported it ourselves this time, we didn’t have to pay for delivery. 🙂

Tadaaa~! The new Karlstad Sofa and Chaise!! in Lindo Beige. Originally $1199.99 + tax = $1343.99. But with the promo, it came out at $1041.00 with tax! Big savings! 😀 It took a few hours to put it together and put the covers on, but it was well worth it!! Yay!!

My new Karlstad sofa and chaise in my living room!

Smart Canucks Website

I just found a cool website that I felt I needed to share with you. You already know that I love discount and bargains, so this site was a sweet find.

It’s The website is pretty extensive with forums, coupons, flyers, and a freebie section! There’s tons to choose from, so it’ great! I live the flyer section since I get to see the flyers I want to see in one section instead of going to each retail’s website to see their flyer. I also don’t have to fill my physical mailbox with real flyers. Let’s be eco-friendly!

The freebie section has free samples from various big name brands like Calvin Klein, Burt’s Bees, Herbal Essence, and so on!

I have only started to scratch the surface of the website…so go check it out yourself and save! 😀

Red Door Warehouse

So, the hunt for the 3 kitchen appliance begins.

When I mentioned that I was looking for appliances for a great deal, two people mentioned Red Door, so I wanted to check it out. First of all, out of the three places I will be looking at (the other two are Richmond Whole Sale Appliances and Appliance Outlet), this one had the least information available on their website. For one, their form on their contact page doesn’t even have the submit button, so can’t send anything through there. However, they had listed their email address, so I emailed them asking some questions. However, they never replied, while Richmond Whole Sale did within a day. Appliance Outlet had some of my questions answered on their site.

It’s located 165 West 4th Ave, near the Canadian Tires and Home Depot on Cambie. It’s a bit hard to miss with a red door hanging out from the second floor.

The store is nothing fancy. More like a warehouse. Walls and roof to keep the appliances dry from the rain. The guy that was there wasn’t a good salesman. He kept telling me to go to Samsung and LG website to see what I wanted or liked, when I told him several times that I wasn’t too picky on the brand and look. I came to Red Door to get a deal.

I was limited to the size restrictions of my kitchen, so it wasn’t like I could get any cheap appliances. I did see a couple of ones that I was interested in, but they already had the sold stickers on them. But at least I kind of got an idea on the price ranges and what they carried.

The size for the fridge became a problem, since the height of my current fridge of 65″ is an old size. Apparently, all new ones are usually 67-69 or taller. The problem is that I have cabinet shelves above my fridge, so anything bigger than a 65″ would mean that the cabinets had to be altered.

Contact us by E-Mail:      |       165 West 4th Ave
Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Friday ( 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday ( 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday ( 12:00pm – 5:00 pm

Right afterward, we went to Home Depot for something else, but we checked out the appliance section since we were already there. We actually found one fridge that was 65′” and stainless steel. The price was also good – in the $600s.

Fridge at Home Depot

However, it still looked dated, and now wondering if it’s better to lift the cabinets several inches up to put in a more modern and energy efficient fridge by forking out $300+ more.

The hunt continues!

Bel Cafe

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I went to Bel Cafe the other day to purchase their tea that’s partnering up with Karma Exchange, a social enterprise helping people in Ghana gain access to clean water and education.

I know their bags aren’t printed by them. The Bel Cafe logo is a sticker placed on those generic black bags. But still! Very cute, modern and simple. Love it!!

I had the privilege of taking Bel Cafe‘s tea’s and adding the Karma Exchange‘s hearts and info!!!
“Treat yourself to some Karma Tea from SPOT Tea at Bel Cafe. A delicate blend of ginger, mint, and citrus, this organic tea is a perfect blend of relaxation and joy that is sure to melt stress away. Each time you purchase a cup ($2.50) or a canister of Karma Tea ($11.00) from Bel Cafe, 25% of your puchase will go toward the Sanga Primary School Water Project.” Click here to see more about the deal and supported charity.

Here is what the tin looks like aligned with all the other flavours available on their shelf!
To get your Karma Tea, go to Bel Cafe at 801 W. Georgia St. Vancouver, BC!!!

Bel Cafe‘s other products on their shelves.

Very stylish design!

Jukebox Printers

Woo hoo! is just right! Excited to receive my own free sample pack from Jukebox!

The woo~ continues with metallic printing on the back of the envelope. Closed with a happy smiley sticker!

Open up the envelope and it’s a compartment with different business cards and postcards in the pouch!  Very well packaged!
An impressive sample pack!

Even includes a nice discount card for your next print order 😀

Plus, a personalized letter – with again, metallic printing on the side…shiny!

Woooo! So many good samples. Good to see a variety!

Ah! You can’t see it well, but the pattern is all gold metallic! Very lovely.

So it looks like a regular black card. So what right? Wrong! It’s actually suede! It feels fuzzy~! 😀

Go check out their website: and get your prints done at Jukebox today!