‘Tis the season, so the December calendar of events is all craft fairs and light celebrations. Here are the least vomit-inducing upcoming holiday events.
Object + Handmade
157 West Hastings
December heralds the season of craft fairs and Christmas markets. What makes this design show different is that you won’t find tacky Santa figurines and glitter-splattered candles.
Object + Handmade is a fine art and design show featuring the handmade works of local artists, with everything from natural perfumes to vintage-inspired aprons on sale. If you missed the Eastside Culture Crawl, this is a second chance to check out some local talent and, dare I say, stock up on original Christmas gifts?
Film Church: Bad Santa
Those who hate the holiday season love Bad Santa. Maybe because the Christmas tunes everywhere also make them want to spend the entire month drunk like Billy Bob Thornton. Whatever your reason for loving this wonderfully despicable flick, the Waldorf is showing it as a part of Film Church, a series of interactive screenings of noteworthy films. There will be food, drinks and prizes for the worst Santa costumes.
Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
The Secret Lantern Society lights up the neighborhoods of Strathcona, Chinatown, Yaletown, Southeast False Creek and the East Side to celebrate the longest night of the year. This community-based event is in its 19th run this year, and unlike many other light celebrations around town has a very inclusive nature. You can become part of this illuminating experience by picking up a lantern for yourself and joining the procession, or escape the dark in the Labyrinth of Light, made of over 700 beeswax candles.[hr]