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holidays

Hot Shopping: Holiday Charms from Thomas Sabo

Thomas Sabo holiday charms

The season’s a-jingle with sounds of joy as loved ones open gifts filled with dazzling charm bracelets and necklaces from Thomas Sabo. Choose from hundreds of different charms—there’s something for every special occasion—including holiday-themed gingerbread men, angels, snowflakes and good ol’ Saint Nick. On that note, with such thoughtful gift giving, you might just secure a spot on Santa’s nice list.—Nicole Capelo

Hot Shopping: Local Cards Are a Cut Above

Die-cut cards by Nib & Tuck

Looking for an elegant way to send your holiday greetings this year? Visit Nib & Tuck to find distinctive die-cut and laser-cut cards. Made right here in Vancouver, these cards feature timeless designs such as a dove, snowflake (pictured) and poinsettia. Your only challenge will be finding postage stamps pretty enough to match.—Sheri Radford

Hot Entertainment: The Top Vancouver Holiday Events in December

VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights. Photo by R. Chan

Ho ho ho! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with a chill in the air and seasonal festivities filling up the calendar.

Larger-than-life characters encourage singing along in The Magic of Santa! (Dec. 21 to 22).

Irving Berlin classics such as “Blue Skies” and “Sisters” sparkle in White Christmas: The Musical (to Dec. 23), based on the beloved film.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts a uniquely Canadian spin on a Christmas classic in The Nutcracker (Dec. 14 to 16).

David Sedaris reveals the down-and-dirty truth about surviving a job as a Macy’s elf in SantaLand Diaries (to Dec. 22).

The Christmas Carol Project (Dec. 16 to 18) is a musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim.

The Festival of Lights (Dec. 7 to Jan. 1) fills VanDusen Botanical Garden with more than a million twinkling lights.

Winter Harp celebrates the season with several concerts of harps and rare medieval instruments (Dec. 12, 13, 16, 22).

Click here for more Christmas event listings.—Sheri Radford

Where Vancouver’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Under the tree or in a stocking, here are some great gifts to give and get

By Jennifer Patterson

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