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Saturday, December 2nd

Nanaimo's Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:00pm | Free

Come and see your Annual Nanaimo Lions SANTA CLAUS PARADE. On December 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm in Downtown Nanaimo. It is from Victoria Rd to Victoria Cr to Commercial St to Front St and Comox Rd. Visit Santa before the parade at Gingerbread Village in V.I.C.Center 101 Gordon St. If you wish to...

Monday, December 4th

Open Mic/Jam

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 9:00pm | Community, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Music

Monday Nights at the Nanaimo Bar are Open Mic/Jam Nights. Starting at 9pm, no cover charge, each night is hosted by someone different. Nov. 13 - Hosted by Brandon Mason Nov. 20 - Hosted by Joanne Dec. 4 - Hosted by Brandon Mason Dec. 11 - Hosted by Brennan Dec. 18 - Hosted by Joanne

Wednesday, December 6th

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 9:30am | Charity Fundraiser, Community, Family Friendly, Free, Seniors

From now until Dec. 23 you will see different volunteers set up at 26 different locations throughout Nanaimo. They are busy spreading Christmas cheer while taking in donations for those who are in need during this holiday season. We will wrap up on Dec 24th where everyone will be at Costco. From 9:...

Golden Gamers

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 2:00pm | Entertainment, Free, Seniors

Love Scrabble, Cranium, Crib, or Trivial Pursuit? Come join a group of seniors to play new and classic board games. Meets the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Winter Farmers Market

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 3:00pm | Community, Family Friendly, Food & Drink, Free, Health & Fitness, Markets

Local, fresh produce, meat, baking, preserves, spices, eggs, prepared meals, coffee, natural remedies, soap, lotions, and much more!! Nanaimo's only winter farmers market. Leading up to Christmas, we will also have artisans join us so you can buy everything including gifts in one place!...

Thursday, December 7th

VIU Students' Union Pub Open Mic Night

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:00pm | Community, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Music

Come share your passion for music on the VIU campus every Thursday night. Players and singers skip the line. Join us for the most enthusiastic open mic crowd in Nanaimo.

"Live At Longwood" a Free Concert Series

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:00pm | Community, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Music

Every Thursday night a free live concert series featuring great local and touring musicians. Showtime at 8pm. Nov. 23- Tora Leigh, Lauren Eliza Nov. 30 - Paul Mitchell and Myc Sharratt Dec. 7 - Brandon Stone and Julian Bakker Dec. 14 - Cara McCandless, Marty Douglas No shows Dec. 21 or 28, will...

Friday, December 8th

NOV 30-JAN 10 - Festival Of Lights 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:00pm | Arts, Business, Children, Community, Entertainment, Family Friendly, Festivals, Free, Major Events, Seniors, Shopping & Fashion, Teens

From Nov 30 - Jan 10, Ladysmith will be ignited with the life of thousands of twinkling Christmas lights to get you into the Christmas spirit. This magical event kicks-off downtown Ladysmith Thurs. Nov 30th, 3pm! Santa will arrive 6:30pm with the Parade at 6:45pm followed by the Aggie Hall &...

Saturday, December 9th

Harbour City Football Saturdays

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am | Children, Community, Entertainment, Family Friendly, Free, Health & Fitness, Sports, Teens

Come out on Saturdays from 9am-4pm where we will have games ongoing from U7 to U11 at Beban Park Fields and U12-U18 at Merle Logan Field.

"Handmade for the Holidays" Craft Fair

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am | Arts, Charity Fundraiser, Children, Community, Family Friendly, Free, Markets, Shopping & Fashion

“Our ‘Handmade for the Holidays’ market (10am-4pm) will feature handmade crafts from over 70 Island-based artisans. Check out crafts like handmade cards, decorations, scarves, jewellery, soap, candles and more! Raffles will be held for a variety of gift baskets, and children will be able to write a...