With cooler temperatures drifting across the region, it’s tempting to stay indoors and nibble on the last of the Christmas goodies. But the best way to tackle your Yuletide belly bulge is to get up and stretch your legs with a few off-the-couch excursions. Luckily, there’s a diverse array of activities in the city this January, ranging from an art gallery evening to Chinese New Year festivities. And while you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled on the local flora for some early signs of spring—it really is just around the corner.
Head to Lipont Place before January 11. | Photo: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Winter Wonderland Skating at Minoru Arenas
Daily until January 6
Regular admission rates apply
The perfect way to eke out the magic of the festive season for a little while longer—while also working up a sweat—this all-ages activity is ideal for those who love nothing better than gliding around on the ice in winter. The venue is fully decorated for the holidays, with sparkling Christmas trees, thousands of twinkling lights, and snow banks to make you feel like you’re zipping across a lake in a remote ice-draped wonderland. Best of all, your skate is accompanied by a full-on soundtrack of holiday music to keep you in the Christmas mood for as long as possible.
TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION
Daily until January 11 (10:00am – 6:00pm; last-entry 5:30pm)
Admission: adult $17.95; senior (65+) $15.95; student and youth $13.95; children under 5 free
There isn't much time left to check out this fascinating exhibition at Richmond’s Lipont Place, featuring 120 authentic RMS Titanic artifacts—each recovered from the world’s most famous shipwreck. View everything from dishes and luggage to cutlery and a rivet-studded hull section, along with recreated cabins and an ‘iceberg wall’ to evoke the iconic tragedy.
Drink & Draw at the Richmond Art Gallery
January 18 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
Admission is free (must pre-register; cash bar)
If one of your New Year resolutions is to fully explore your artistic side, head to Richmond's public art gallery for this brilliant sketch-based social event for adults. Aimed at artists, illustrators, sketchers, and doodlers of all abilities, you’ll meet like-minded creatives over a drink or two, chat about your artsy inclinations, and then hit the paper—drawing materials provided. Music will also be served up by DJ Shamik while guest artist Sandeep Johal will be on hand to offer her sage artistic advice. This event is for ages 19+ (photo ID required) and while entry is free, pre-registration is required.
Year of the Pig Chinese New Year Events at Yaohan Centre
January 21 to February 4
The biggest date in the Chinese calendar is on February 5 in 2019 but one of Richmond’s oldest Asian shopping malls is serving-up a full menu of festivities from January 21 onwards. From lion dances to stage performances and from firecrackers to promotional giveaways, there are lots of reasons to drop by and mark this auspicious time of year. Yaohan Centre is also hosting its colourful Flower Market during this period, complete with lots of enticingly festive stalls. Nearby, Aberdeen Centre is presenting its own New Year Flower and Gift Fair from January 30 to February 4 (its hours are extended to 12:30am on the final night).
Rustic Sign Night at Britannia Brewing Company
January 29 (6:00pm to 9:00pm)
If 2019 feels like your year to be as creative as possible, gather a group of friends for this fun interactive sign-making party at Steveston’s Britannia Brewing. During the friendly three-hour event, you’ll apply a pre-cut stencil saying—from “Happiness is Homemade” to “Laundry Today or Naked Tomorrow” to dozens of other options—onto a section of grain-striped reclaimed wood, adding extra stencil and painted embellishments to create your very own one-of-a-kind artwork to take back home with you. Sound like fun? Register here.