12/12/2014 04:44 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 05:59 EST

5 weekend events in the Lower Mainland, December 12-14

As Christmas draws ever closer, events in the Lower Mainland are all about the festive season this weekend. Whether you love creative crafts or dazzling dance, there's something for everyone. 

1) The Lumière Festival Vancouver 

The Yaletown and West End Business Improvement Areas, in tandem with the Lumiere Festival Vancouver Society, have put together a series of events to get people in the holiday spirit, and perhaps shopping at some of the local stores! There's a drag trolley tour, Santa and Mrs. (Drag) Claus, lighting installations, and the Comox Winter Jam light parade, plus lots of live entertainment. 

- Dec. 11-13 

- Various Vancouver venues, in Yaletown and the West End

2) The Nutcracker Ballet

We always look forward to this annual favourite, full of fun, frivolity and a familiar cast of characters. Go on a journey with the Mouse King, the Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy and of course little Clara. Forget those stresses of shopping and party-planning and allow yourself to be immersed in the beautiful soundtrack by Tchaikovsky and the beautiful spectacle on stage. 

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, while the Royal City Youth Ballet will be dancing the same ballet at the Surrey Arts Centre on its tour of the Lower Mainland. 

- Dec. 12-14

- Queen Elizabeth Theatre

- Dec. 12-14 - 

- Surrey Arts Centre

3) Got Craft?

Celebrate Vancouver's vibrant do-it-yourself culture and get some gifts ticked off your list. The annual event features 75 local handmade designers and craft workshops to learn to make your own ornaments and holiday tags, plus tasty treats and music.

It's usually a bit less daunting as it is smaller and more intimate, but there are still plenty of handmade designs to choose from. If you like meeting the person making the merchandise, this is a good bet.

- Dec. 13-14

- Maritime Labour Centre

4) James And The Giant Peach

This was a Roald Dahl childhood favourite for us. Carousel Theatre for Young People brings the story to life, telling the tale of a boy who finds a magical giant peach and makes friends with all the fantastical creatures that live inside it. The lyrics are from Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and the cast is full of strong local actors. 

- Until Jan. 4

- Granville Island, Waterfront Theatre

5) Holiday Skating Party

Head to the Richmond Olympic Oval with your skates, your family, and some wishes for Santa. The kid-friendly event will offer Christmas card crafts, candy canes, and an appearance from Kris Kringle himself. Bring a non-perishable food to donate to the Richmond Food Bank Society.

- Dec. 13

- Richmond Olympic Oval