Christmas train and market open

View from Christmas Train at Stanley Park Photo by jan zeschky/CC, Flickr

View from Christmas Train at Stanley Park
Photo by jan zeschky/CC, Flickr

The Christmas Train (also called “Bright Nights”)
opens today, November 27, 2014.
See its Facebook page here.

Take a break and enjoy yourself this weekend.
There are millions of lights at Stanley Park.
You can ride the train or just walk around.
Click here for hours and costs.

Christmas market decorations Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt /CC, Flickr

Christmas decorations at the Christmas Market
Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt/CC, Flickr


The Vancouver Christmas Market
opened on November 22, 2014.

Over 50 vendors – food and gifts, live music and fun activities for children
Click here for the address, dates and costs

Pretzels as decorations and food Photo by

Pretzels as decorations 
Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt/CC, Flickr

Send us information about Christmas markets and events in your town or city.
We will post them here and on Facebook, and tweet them.

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Seven-year-old wants to help

Joshua Smith has helped homeless people for two years. Photo by Wayne Leidenfrost/The Vancouver Sun

Joshua Smith has helped homeless people for two years. He is seven years old.
Photo by Wayne Leidenfrost/The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul

Joshua Smith is only seven years old.
But he plans to feed over 500 homeless people
this Christmas Eve.
Joshua and his mother, Traci Smith, have helped
feed homeless people for two years.

“He’s an average kid,” says his mother.
“He’s bratty. He’s sassy.
Doesn’t want to do his homework.”
He’s no different than any other child.
But something changed Joshua.
Something affected him. Continue reading

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The Choi Project

Chinatown Supermarket owner Ken Lau, left, and Bao Chau and Mei Dong Photo by Nila Gopaul

Chinatown Supermarket owner Ken Lau, left, and Bao Chau and Mei Dong
Photo by Nila Gopaul

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
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In 1886, business started in Chinatown in Vancouver, B.C.
For 100 years, most customers were Chinese-speaking.
Now Chinatown is changing.
Ken Lau says, “Some only speak English.”
So Ken makes English signs.
He puts them beside his vegetables.
“Now business is getting better,” says Ken.

The Choi Project
Claudia Li started the Choi* Project.
She wants more B.C. farmers to grow choi.
People like local vegetables, says Claudia.
And many vegetables at Ken’s store
come from B.C.
*choi (or choy) means “vegetables” in Chinese

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Photo of Ken Lau – Arlen Redekop/The Province
Photo of Claudia Li – Gerry Kahrmann/The Vancouver Sun
All other photos by Nila Gopaul

Interview with Ken Lau by Nila Gopaul

Special thanks to Ken Lau, owner of Chinatown Supermarket.
Click here for directions and address of Chinatown Supermarket
Recipe on next page. Continue reading

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