In the event of monsoon, heat wave or blizzard please go to the indoor venues at 7:00 PM
THURSDAY DECEMBER 21, 2017
PROCESSIONS 6:00 pm
See route map.
Note: Due to seawall construction the traditional procession from Leg-In-Boot Square is cancelled.
- Granville Island Ocean Artworks - 6:00 - 6:20 PM Urban Haidas perform - 6:20 PM Carnival Band leads the procession to festival activities
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre - 6:00 PM - YogaDrum leads the procession to Granville Island
These 2 processions converge at the Water Park on Granville Island and are greeted by the traditional torch-lit Song Of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men. Participants may then proceed to either of the indoor venues outlined below:
A free family event, with some ticketed venues. Suggested donation of $5/person gratefully accepted.
1218 Cartwright St.
LABYRINTH OF LIGHT 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The labyrinth has long been used for meditation, prayer and sites of ritual in various cultures around the world. Created with over 600 pure beeswax candles, the winter solstice labyrinth invites you to warm yourself in a self-guided ceremony intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities as the darkest night of the year births a new season. Beautiful crystal bowl toning by Christine Paton.
To ensure a space in the Labyrinth and to minimize wait times, it is strongly recommended that you purchase your TIMED TICKET online.
Click the "PURCHASE" button to make your timed ticket selections and then complete your transaction. Please arrive at the labyrinth 15 minutes before your scheduled time slot.
ONLINE TICKET SALES
$8 - Children under 13 FREE. Please visit on-site box office for complimentary tickets for eligible children. Advance online ticket sales end Dec 20, midnight. Ticket purchases are non-refundable. All sales are final.
TICKETS AT THE DOOR
$8 - Tickets are available at the door from 5:30 PM onward. Cash only. Children under 13 FREE.
FALSE CREEK COMMUNITY CENTRE
1318 Cartwright St.
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
After the procession, warm up inside with delicious food from Ianna's Kitchen and a wonderful array of diverse performances and music. If you're curious about the origins of solstice, look for the lady in the top hat: that's Ritual Historian Shaughna Born who will tell you the sometimes bloody and epic stories ancient peoples told each other to explain the loss of the light. Enjoy Django-style jazz by the Hot Club of Pluto or get your feet moving at the community dance with Paul Silveria and The Woolly Bears, or get swept away to Eastern Europe with the songs of Zlatna Mountain. Make magical solstice shadows with Heather Jones and her gorgeous light projections, and be sure to experience Welsh Border Dances by The Vancouver Morris Men, who have been an essential part of this festival for the entire 24 years! For those interested in quieter pursuits you can make your own Nature Lantern with pressed flowers, twigs and leaves, or an expressive Organic Headdress made of ivy and evergreens.
9:15 PM - PROCESSION TO THE FIRE FINALE*
The Carnival Band will gather folks from throughout the community centre and head out on a short procession along the boardwalk to Ron Basford Park where MythMaker performers weave their fiery magic as a flaming sun sculpture lights the darkest night.