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Vancouver Events in January

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January 2014 is a month full of annual favourites and new, fun activities. Get ready for Dine Out Vancouver, the PuSh Festival, and more!

Ongoing through January 4
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
What: Every year, the Capilano Suspension Bridge transforms into a celebration of light for the holidays, with live music, kids activities, and more.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $31.95 for adults; $12 - $19.95 for kids

Ongoing through January 4
VanDusen Botanical Gardens' Festival of Lights
What: The gorgeous VanDusen Garden turns festive with elaborate light decorations, a Candy Cane Tree, Gingerbread Walk, Santa's workshop, and much more.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Cost: $14.25; $10.50 for seniors & youth; $7.75 for kids 6 - 12; $32.50 for families

Ongoing through January 5
Bright Nights at Stanley Park
What: Stanley Park's Bright Nights is an annual Vancouver holiday tradition where over a million twinkly lights transform the forest around the famous Miniature Train into a winter wonderland.
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Cost: $6 - $11; $7 for seniors & kids 3-18

Ongoing through January 22
Luminescence: A Celebration of Aquatic Light at the Vancouver Aquarium
What: Luminescence returns to the Vancouver Aquarium to celebrate the season with a special exhibit on the fascinating ways in which animals create and reflect light.
Where: Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver
Cost: $21; $16 for seniors & students; $13 for kids 4 - 12; free for children 3 and under

Wednesday, January 1
94th Annual Polar Bear Swim
What: The annual Polar Bear Swim Club—and anyone who wants to join them—take a cold plunge into English Bay every New Year’s Day since 1920. Highlights include a 100-yard swim race and lots of costumes. Register or just watch at the English Bay Boathouse; registration is 12:30pm – 2:30pm.
Where: English Bay Boathouse, English Bay Beach, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free

Tuesday, January 14 – Sunday, February 2
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
What: One of Vancouver’s signature festivals, the PuSh Festival is 20 days of groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and other, hybrid forms of performance.
Where: Various sites around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Tuesday, January 21
Taste BC
What: Liberty Wine Merchant's annual fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital brings together over 70 of BC's best wineries, breweries and distilleries for an evening of drink and food. Also included: live music, door prizes, and a silent auction.
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver
Cost: $49.99; tickets available at Liberty Wine Merchant locations

Friday, January 17 - Sunday, February 2
Dine Out Vancouver Festival
What: Vancouver's annual restaurant event from Tourism Vancouver has 200 participating restaurants offering discount menus for $18, $28 and $38, plus street food promotions and lots of special foodie events and tours.
Where: Various locations throughout Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Set menus of $18, $28 and $38 per person; additional cost for special events

Saturday, January 18 - Friday, February 14
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
What: 25 Vancouver chocolate makers and artisans come together for this festival that brings 60 new and unusual hot chocolate flavours to Vancouver.
Where: Various locations throughout Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Wednesday, January 22 - Sunday, January 26
Street Food City
What: Part of the Dine Out Festival, this event brings together a wide variety of popular Vancouver Street Food carts in one location: the Vancouver Art Gallery's North Plaza.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free

Sunday, January 26 - Sunday, February 2
WinterPRIDE 2014
What: Whistler's annual winter Pride event, promoted by Gay Whistler, includes parties, dances, tours, "apres ski" events, comedy shows, and--of course--skiing and snowboarding.
Where: Whistler, B.C.
Cost: Various; see site for details

Ongoing through February 2
Charles Edenshaw at the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: VAG presents the most thorough survey of Haida artist Charles Edenshaw ever, assembling together over 200 pieces from public and private collections from around the world.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Cost: $10; discounts available for kids, seniors and families; by donation on Tuesdays after 5pm

Ongoing through February 28
Free Ice Skating in Robson Square
What: The free Robson Square Ice Rink opens for the winter 2013/2014 season, offering free ice skating outdoors in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Where: Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free; skate rentals $4

Saturdays through April 26
Vancouver Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Shop for fresh produce and more at Vancouver's winter farmers market.
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver
Cost: Free

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