December Community Newsletter


Take out your mittens and sweaters, bundle up and come enjoy a crisp day along the Fraser River. Our view of Mount Baker is especially beautiful these days! As we welcome the holiday season, we have plenty of events to share with you:  Christmas Drive-In, River District Winter Craft Fair, Christmas crafts with Champlain Heights Library, Munchkin Matinee and Ladies’ Night. We hope you can join us and celebrate the holidays at River District.



Our River District Drive-in is back just in time for Christmas. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than gather a carload (or two!) of friends and watch some of your favourite holiday flicks!

Make it a Festive Friday on December 11th, with How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 7:00 PM and A Christmas Story at 9:30 PM.

Celebrate Santa Saturday on December 12th with The Polar Express at 7:00 PM and Elf at 9:30 PM.

Carload Pass (+ 8 people per car) is $20. Gates open at 6:00 PM Nightly. There will be a selection of Food Trucks on site. Wesgroup will be serving up popcorn for the 7:00 PM showings on Friday and Saturday.popcorn-300x206

Don’t miss Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday.

The Drive-In is located at 3650 East Kent Avenue North, Vancouver.

1/2 block south of the intersection of Marine Way and Boundary Road

Purchase your Tickets Online here


River District Events


There’s only four (4) more Sundays left for the River District Winter Craft Fair. Whether you’re just starting your Holiday shopping or almost done, the River District Winter Craft Fair has something for everyone plus you’re supporting our local artists.

Dates: Sundays, December 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Free admission
Location: River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street

For more information about the market and to see our list of vendors, visit here

Vendors featured in the pictures above include:

The Fly Box and Stepping Stones Bakery.


Holiday Events at the River District Centre

In addition to the River District Winter Craft Fair on Sundays, we’re offering a Saturday Holiday Series and invite you & your family to join us at the River District Centre:

  • Saturday, December 5th: Open House & Tree Decorating from 2:00 to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, December 12th: Holiday Crafts with the VPL’s Champlain Branch from 1:00 to 2:00pm (then stay for Munchkin Matinee)
  • Saturday, December 19th: Last Minute Easy Holiday Gifts from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Take time out of your busy schedule and drop in for some holiday cheer and enjoyment. For more information, please click here


mittenclipsRiver District Ladies Night

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 16th
Location: River District Centre
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Event: Christmas Crafts
Join us for our 2nd Ladies Night Event! Walk over with a friend to enjoy an evening with other ladies from the neighbourhood. We’re are going to get a little bit crafty and channel our inner Martha Stewart with some DIY Christmas wrapping ideas. You may even want to bring a few of your gifts that need wrapping. Details here.

River District News

familyplaceSouth Vancouver Family Place hosts Mother Goose Rhymes & Songs

For River District/ Fraserlands’ parents and babies (12 months and younger), South Vancouver Family Place is hosting Mother Goose Rhymes & Songs starting Wednesday, January 13th. Come learn new ways to communicate with your baby through a 6 week program focusing on songs and rhymes.

To register call 604.325.5213 or email here

This program is provided in partnership with Westminster Saving, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, South Vancouver Family Place & River District.

More information about South Vancouver Family Place can be found on their website.



Another way to sweat down by the river with Fit U Fitness

River District Centre is excited to partner with Fit U Fitness to bring another healthy program into our community space.

Specializing in outdoor fitness classes in South Vancouver, Fit U Fitness is dedicated to creating an active community through group fitness programs that are fun, effective & affordable. Their workouts are designed for various fitness levels, goals & lifestyles. Everyone is welcome, classes are for all fitness abilities and they are co-ed. It’s fitness that fits you!

Watch the River District Calendar for dates popping up in December on Monday and Thursday nights

Read more about Fit U Fitness here



For all the New Years’ babies and their moms! 

Join Fit4Two for more classes down by the river. In addition to its popular Tummies 4 Mummies & Infant Massage and Mom & Baby Yoga classes, Fit4Two is introducing Mom & Baby Fitness classes to its line up at the River District Centre.

This Baby Friendly class allows mom to get a great workout AND attend to baby’s needs at any time.  Each class provides a full body workout: cardio, muscular endurance, postnatal specific core work and flexibility.  Benefit from increased energy, improved posture, less aches and pains and a stronger core.  This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other new moms in your community.
Women should be 4+ weeks postpartum (6 weeks for caesareans).  All fitness levels are welcome.  This class is designed for pre-mobile babies.  More info here



Volunteers needed for Family Place Drop-In

The South Vancouver Family Place operates a family drop-in here at River District on Tuesday and Thursdays from 1o:00am to 12:30pm. It’s a busy centre where parents, grandparents, caregivers and their young children (up to age 5) drop-in to a program that offers early childhood activities as well as information and support. They are in need of several volunteers to help with set-up and take down, supervising the art table activities, helping prepare the snack, and a few other fun, helpful tasks.

More info here


River District Sales


Give the ultimate gift this holiday season – the gift of home ownership. Take advantage of Wesgroup’s Home for the Holidays promotion on spectacular A6 view homes in One Town Centre!  Gift 8% towards the down payment of a new home and help make home ownership more attainable! If you’ve been thinking about helping your kids finance their first place, this holiday season take advantage of our reduced deposit structure and help make home ownership more attainable for them.  After the initial 8% deposit, only 8% more will be required and will be spread out in small 2% increments in 2016.

Help your kids get a head start! Take a tour of the A6 Midrise here

River District Sales Centre is open daily from 12-5pm
Call today at 604.879.8830 or email your questions to

Please note their HOLIDAY HOURS

River District Sales Centre will be closed from December 21st to January 1st.

Re-opening Saturday, January 2nd

Sales Centre Holiday Hours

River District Centre will be closed for the holidays on:

Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24th,

Christmas Day – Friday, December 25th,

Boxing Day – Saturday, December 26th,

New Years Eve – Thursday, December 31st,

New Years Day – Friday, January 1st.

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