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You've no right to be bored: 4 things to do in Metro Van this weekend

Metro scans the weekend for things to do—from outdoors events to arts festivals and ways you and your family can make a difference!

This Friday, the five-week Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival kicks off at the PNE

Courtesy Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

This Friday, the five-week Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival kicks off at the PNE

Living in the Lower Mainland, there's a mind-boggling array of things to get out and do, no matter how you get around or your budget (and even if it's raining!). Metro scans our region's dozen cities for just a few of the things you could try out this weekend — from outdoors events to arts festivals and ways you and your family can make a difference!

Bah Humbug!

Courtesy Vancouver Moving Theatre

Every year the annual Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol play in Vancouver adapts its script nimbly to the events of the year — and what's on people's minds — to great heart-warming effect. Dickens' classic morality story of greed and redemption is as timely as ever, and opens this weekend with four all-ages performances accompanied by the beautiful harmonies of St. James Academy Youth Choir. Tickets are $20 online. Shows Friday, 7:30; Saturday 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre.

Charity Christmas craft sales in Burnaby and Surrey

Courtesy South Side Community Church

Fear not if you haven't yet managed to get all your holiday shopping done, and head to two charity craft markets: Saturday in Surrey, and Sunday in Burnaby. The two "Out of the Cold" markets are fundraising for Surrey's Nightshift homeless outreach and Burnaby's Task Force on Homelessness respectively, plus local primary school programs, and an orphanage. Both events 3-8 p.m., free entry — and feature carols! Saturday: 12642 100 Ave., Surrey; and Sunday: 7135 Walker Ave., Burnaby.

Pitch in to clean up Vancouver's coast

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Want to do your part of our oceans and beautiful beaches of Vancouver? Sure it's not suntanning season any more, but our waterfront needs some love year-round — from the scourge of cigarette butts and garbage — and the Surfrider Foundation invites you to show it on Saturday with a community beach clean-up along Vancouver's iconic English Bay. Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet on the Seawall in front of Cactus Club. (1790 Beach Ave.), or make a donation online.

Revel in the glow of Chinese lanterns

Courtesy Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Marvel at the luminescence of 35 massive lanterns, captivating storytelling, and a Chinese marketplace. This Friday, the five-week Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival kicks off Friday and is open all weekend at the PNE (2901 E. Hastings St.). The fest also includes half-hour live performances every night, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — everything from acrobats, folk dancers, Chinese musical instrument demonstrations, even plate-spinning and unicyclist bown-kickers. Open until Jan. 21 every Friday and Saturday 5-11 p.m., weekdays 5-10 p.m. Tickets $19 (adults), $15 seniors, $13 kids up to age 12. Tickets online.

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