Friday, Nov. 22
Vendors will sell their art, crafts and food at the Winter Artisan Market, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leigh Square (beside Port Coquitlam city hall). The free fair also includes performances by the Felice Choir and gingerbread decorating. Visit pocochristmasfair.com.
Take a selfie with Santa and shop for festive gifts at the Christmas market at Maple Creek middle school (3700 Hastings St., Port Coquitlam) from 6 to 9 p.m. The fair also includes a kids colouring corner, face painting and entertainment by the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra. Entry is $2. Visit facebook.com/events/398617707475552/.
See the puck drop at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) for a BCHL game between the Coquitlam Express and Surrey Eagles, at 7 p.m. The teams meet again on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Poirier. Visit coquitlamexpress.ca.
Saturday, Nov. 23
The Coquitlam Presbyterian Church (948 Como Lake Ave.) has a white elephant sale, silent auction and lunch at its Christmas bazaar, happening from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 604-939-6136.
LIGHT THE ‘SHELL
Head over to Leigh Square (beside Port Coquitlam city hall) for a full day of family fun. The Winter Artisan Market continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. while Santa will be in The Outlet for photos between noon and 4 p.m. (cash only) courtesy of PoCo Heritage. The Downtown PoCo BIA will serve hot chocolate and treats by the bandshell from 1 to 5 p.m. and, at 4:45 p.m., the city will flip the switch to light up the area with Christmas colours. There will also be performances by the Silver Chord Choir, the Tri-City School of Music, Phat Santa Swing and the Beauty Shop Dolls. Visit portcoquitlam.ca.
Seaview elementary has its fifth annual holiday market and craft fair — featuring 45 vendors, door prize raffles and photo shoots — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school (1215 Cecile Dr., Port Moody). Entry is $2; no cost for kids ages 12 and under. Call 604-936-9991.
Tour the civic facilities in Port Coquitlam for the seventh annual Christmas Tree Festival, a fundraiser for PoCo Heritage that launches today. Vote on your favourite tree via pocoheritage.org and take part in a scavenger hunt for a change to win a prize. Use the hashtag #pocotreefest for the selfie contest.
The new exhibit at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, called Something More than Nothing, is the inspiration for the Westminster Savings Family Day this month at the facility (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Drop in from 1 to 4 p.m. to create a piece of art based on the display; a gallery tour is at 2:30 p.m. Visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Heat up the dance floor in the rehearsal hall at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) where the Hot Salsa Dance Zone will spin Latin beats from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; a beginners dance class starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Visit hotsalsadancezone.com.
Help the Crossroads Hospice Society reach its goal of $100,000 at its biggest fundraiser of the year: Treasures of Christmas. The 26th annual gala, which is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News, takes place at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) and starts with a champagne reception at 5:45 p.m. Live and silent auction packages are up for grabs. For tickets at $140 or $1,300 for a table of 10, call 604-554-0542 or visit treasuresofchristmas.ca by 10 a.m. Friday.
Sunday, Nov. 24
Handcrafted items by members of Coquitlam’s Glen Pine Pavilion, a seniors centre, are up for sale at a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the city venue (1200 Glen Pine Crt.) Admission is free. Call 604-927-4386.
Check off the arts on your bucket list by dipping into a visual arts or music class at the Port Moody Arts Centre’s open house, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the venue (2425 St. Johns St.). Classes run from $4 to $10. Visit pomoarts.ca.
Tri-City teenagers (ages 13 to 17) can join the Youth Arts Council’s Teen Day at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). The free social and arts event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit placedesarts.ca.
Kids ages 7 to 19 who passed the semi-finals last month in the Youth Talent Search BC contest will compete in the finals, which takes place at 3 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody). See the stars of tomorrow — and the judges’ winner — shine in their respective fields. For tickets, go to youthtalentsearchbc.com.