12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN LEIGH SQUARE
Nov 30 – Dec 12
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Just like the song, Leigh Square Community Arts Village offers a dozen days of wonderful festive holiday events. As a gift to the Port Coquitlam community, the 12 Days of Christmas programs and events will be offered free or low-cost. Come experience the spirit of the holidays and attend musical performances, holiday or portrait workshops, theatre performances, Christmas movies and a visit from Santa! Everyone Welcome!
CHRISTMAS IN LEIGH SQUARE ANNUAL LIGHTING
Sat, Nov 30 | 1:00-4:30pm | FREE
Come celebrate the spirit of community and the start of the holiday season with the 12 Days of Christmas Kick Off! Families can visit Santa for photos, take part in art making and listen to holiday tunes before the Annual Lighting event. Leigh Square Community Arts Village will showcase a unique mobile installation of floating doves in our Sculpture yard. We invite the community to add to the installation by making a holiday wishing dove or star and create a lantern to take home!
End the afternoon with the Christmas in Leigh Square Annual Lighting Event, a traditional community favourite in Port Coquitlam. Join the mayor as he “flicks” the switch and presents the debut of the holiday season through the illumination of magical Christmas lights.
CENTENNIAL HOLIDAY TREE FESTIVAL
Nov 28-Dec 19
Festival Partner Sites: Leigh Square, Terry Fox Library, Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre.
The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society is launching the Centennial Holiday Tree Festival this December in celebration of Port Coquitlam’s 100th birthday. The festival is an opportunity for businesses and community groups to enter their holiday trees in a city-wide contest with public voting for the best decorated. Participating groups are encouraged to be creative and share their story visually through the trees. Community Trees are free and the cost for businesses to enter or sponsor a tree is $100. Contest trees can either be at the entrant’s location or at one of the Festival partner sites.
For more information and to vote online: www.placeweave.com/festival.
CHRISTMAS TEA AND HOLIDAY ART CARD WORKSHOP
Leigh Square | Sun, Dec 1 | 12:45-2:00pm | FREE
Presented by Leigh Square & Port Coquitlam Heritage
The Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Society hosts a complimentary tea in celebration of the season which includes the draw for the “Birds in the Air” Raffle Quilt. Leigh Square Community Arts Village also offers a Heritage Holiday Artist Trading Card Workshop, where artists and non-artists alike create vintage and traditional inspired art card keepsakes with holiday wishes to trade with new friends. Come enjoy a Heritage tea, celebrate the season, create holiday art cards, learn Port Coquitlam’s stories and choose your favorite holiday community tree.
ENCHANTED—The SFU Choir Quartet
Leigh Square | Sun, Dec 1 | 2:15-3:15pm | FREE
Join the renowned SFU Choir Quartet at Leigh Square and prepare to be enchanted as your favourite holiday classics come alive. The SFU Choir, founded in 1992, is well-known in Metro Vancouver for their cultured and diverse repertoire. Start the season on a cheerful note with an intimate holiday concert for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Everyone welcome.
TIPS FOR TAKING BETTER FAMILY PORTRAITS
Leigh Square | Mon, Dec 2 | 7:00-8:30pm | $5.00
Presented by Meagan Baker Photography
‘Tis the season to be SNAP HAPPY! Learn how to be happier with your holiday portraits from professional photographer, Meagan Baker. Photographers of all levels of experience will learn simple photography strategies to enhance their skills and portraits in this upbeat and fun 60 minute Photography 101 workshop. Meagan provides tips on camera equipment, protecting your memories, and five steps to happy results in portraiture. Parents, come learn to use your camera to create more successful holiday portrait memories of your children!
Pre-Registration required by Thursday, November 28 at www.experienceit.ca or call Leigh Square at 604-927-8400.
HOLIDAY WREATH AND ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP
COMMUNITY TREE DECORATING
Leigh Square | Tue, Dec 3 | 3:30-7:30pm | $5.00 Drop In
Create a traditional wreath or swag to decorate your front door and ornaments to decorate your tree for the holidays! Leigh Square will provide gorgeous pine, holly, cedar boughs, pine cones and decorative materials to create unique holiday décor. Is your mistletoe or holly bush too big? Participants are invited to bring garden clippings to share if they wish.
As part of the Centennial Holiday Tree Festival, families are invited to join Leigh Square in creating decorations for the “Community Tree” or bring holiday ornaments that represent their family’s traditions and to create a Community tree that is distinctly Port Coquitlam!
CELEBRATING HANUKKAH—Understanding Jewish Holiday Traditions
Leigh Square | Wed, Dec 4 | 7:00-8:30pm | Free
Learn how people of different beliefs and backgrounds celebrate the holidays. Hanukkah means dedication at the darkest time of the year and is celebrated by the kindling of eight lights. Join Port Coquitlam Rabbi David Jacobs as he shares the meaning and traditions of Hanukkah. Experience today's traditional observations of food, candles, and games. Learn about Hanukkah’s pagan origins and its place in the preservation of the Jewish culture. Children will have fun creating dreidels and learning how to play dreidel games. Everyone Welcome!
FAMILY PORTRAITS WITH OLD WORLD SANTA
Leigh Square | Thu, Dec 5 | 6:00-8:00pm | $15.00/Family
Presented by Leigh Square & Port Coquitlam Heritage
Bring your family to Leigh Square for a unique opportunity to have a professional vintage-inspired family portrait with Old World Santa! Create an instant classic family holiday portrait with professional photographer Meagan Baker and leave with memories worth a thousand words. Digital images will be available for download on Meagan Baker Photography’s Facebook page. Great for sharing! Maximum 8 people per family portrait.
Pre-Registration required by Monday, December 2 at www.experienceit.ca or call Leigh Square at 604-927-8400.
“ELF” MOVIE PRESENTATION AT FRIDAY PUBLIC SKATE
Movie @ PoCo Recreation Complex | Fri, Dec 6 | 6:45-8:15pm | FREE
Lobby Skate @ PoCo Recreation Complex | Fri, Dec 6 | 6:45-8pm | Regular Admission Green Arena
Leigh Square Community Arts Village presents the modern holiday classic movie “Elf” with Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel at Port Coquitlam’s Public Skate! Enjoy a fun family event and watch ELF on screen in the Lobby at the Rec Complex during the public skate. Free hot chocolate and goodies will be offered courtesy of Leigh Square and the Port Coquitlam Youth Centre.
SECOND STOREY THEATRE PRESENTS: CHOOSE YOUR OWN XMAS ADVENTURE
Second Storey Theatre | Sat Dec 7 | 2:00-3:00pm | $5.00/family
Join Second Storey Theatre for an interactive holiday performance! Create and choose your own X-mas adventure, its twists and turns and YOU decide the outcome! The Second Storey Holiday experience includes puppets, music and plenty of laughs. A great show for families. Tickets can be purchased at: www.SSTimprov.com.
EXHIBIT OPENING: AN ARTIST’S VIEW OF PORT COQUITLAM
Leigh Square | Sat, Dec 7 | 2:00-4:00pm | FREE
Featuring artists Michael King, Denise Maxwell and Catherine Dumaine
Join Leigh Square for the opening reception of An Artist’s View of Port Coquitlam in celebration of the spirit of Port Coquitlam’s 100 year birthday. Live musical performance by Charles Wes & Avery Croft as well as complimentary snacks and refreshments.
Artists Michael King, Denise Maxwell and Catherine Dumaine aim to shed a new light on Port Coquitlam. This exhibition is intended to surprise local viewers by presenting an artist’s perspective of their beloved place of residence in a way that many may forget exists. The paintings represent residential, rural, industrial, and urban Port Coquitlam locations throughout the seasons. Michael King’s paintings encourage the local viewer to look at their city and streets with the same sense of wonderment as one does when traveling different lands. Every moment is as memorable as you make it.
I AM SOMEONE Walk to End Bullying – one step at a time —SPECIAL GUESTS Bobs & LoLo
Leigh Square and PoCo Trails | Sun, Dec 8 | 1:00-4:00pm | FREE
Leigh Square and the City of Port Coquitlam ask the community to step out and BE SOMEONE by supporting Port Coquitlam's own I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society. Participants will meet at Leigh Square at 12:30pm and join the procession walk along the river, to Lions Park and then back to Leigh Square via Shaughnessy. Leigh Square Community Arts Village will symbolically adorn 7 trees on site in pink and white—the colours of the anti-bullying movement. The community of Port Coquitlam and I AM SOMEONE Walk participants are encouraged to show their support by attaching their wishes to these commemorative art trees. Special Guests, Bobs and LoLo’s will perform after the walk at Leigh Square alongside numerous other performers, entertainment, and speakers.
LITTLE ELVES HOLIDAY CARD AND BOOK-MAKING (5-12 yrs)
Leigh Square | Mon, Dec 9 | 5:00-7:00pm | $5.00 Drop In
Parent participation required
Children will learn the most special gifts are not store bought but handmade themselves. Create handmade cards from old holiday cards, stationery and other materials to keep the joy of seasons past alive and to learn the art of upcycling. Bring old cards and other materials if you wish or use our supplies. At the end of the workshop, these young artists take home a very unique and special gift of a handmade book for friends and family!
HANDMADE GIFTS ANYONE CAN MAKE (13 yrs +)
Leigh Square | Tue, Dec 10 | 7:00-9:00pm | $5.00 Drop In
What could be more heartwarming and personal than a handmade gift from a dear friend or loved one? Bring a friend and create unique handmade gifts together for your holiday gift giving. Make beautiful collaged, painted or bejeweled votives or a personalized art collage décor plate. Please bring photographs to photocopy or any paper mementos special to you or the gift recipient to collage on the plate.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE MOVIE NIGHT
Leigh Square | Wed, Dec 11 | 6:30-8:00pm | FREE
Come watch the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life with Leigh Square. Bring your family and friends and start a new tradition. Connect with your community, meet new people and share the joy of the holiday season! Just like our Cinema Under the Stars series, we invite people to bring all their own snacks, goodies and beverages.
FELICE WOMEN’S CHOIR PERFORMANCE
Leigh Square | Thu, Dec 12 | 6:30-8:00pm | FREE
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy the incredible Felice Women’s Choir as they harmonize classical and holiday tunes. The choir is back by popular demand and their repertoire is better than ever. Everyone Welcome.