⚓ It's Phillip fever in New West

And light up your holidays with more than 30 events!

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

Phillip fever has officially sprung up in New West, with everyone’s favourite Price is Right contestant landing on Tuesday at Vancouver International Airport—and making his way over to the Inn at the Quay. Looks like he’s got quite the experience ahead of him!

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A priceless welcome

Photo credit: New West en Espanol via Tourism New West

Phillip Fitzpatrick is now in New Westminster—and he’s got a jam-packed itinerary. The Price is Right contestant—who lost a trip to New West on the show—was picked up at the airport by Tourism New West’s Gerardo Corro and PBJ Merch Co. owner Rich Patterson and whisked away to a welcome party on Tuesday evening.

“It’s a destination spot by itself,” he explained during the event at the Inn at the Quay, where he will be staying. “It doesn’t happen to rely on being close to Vancouver like so many people talk about. And so, my joke I’ve had…was if somebody asked me if I’ve ever been to Vancouver, I’m like, ‘oh, you mean that suburb of New West?’ That’s the way I feel about it.” Tourism New West will be sharing more of Phillip’s journey throughout the week, so be sure to stay tuned to their social media accounts—including Instagram and Twitter/X—for more details.


LIVE ON STAGE: O Christmas Tea

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss... Grab your teacups!

Thursday, December 28, 3pm and 7:30pm at the Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby

Combining British propriety with an unabashed love for the unexpected, 3x London Impresario Award Winners, James & Jamesy, steep an outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive show reminiscent of classic British pantos.

“Complete and utter fun… for all ages!”
★★★★★ CBC

“A comedy masterpiece.”
★★★★★ Theatre-in-London

“An absolute must-see.”
★★★★★ WestEnder

“Outrageously funny, magnificently written, beautifully choreographed.”
★★★★★ London Free Press

Rich in wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements, O Christmas Tea is uproarious fun, yet it is the duo’s boundless imagination and endearing chemistry that provide the real magic and heart of this play.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

⌛️ There’s still time. You can still submit your ideas for the 22nd St. reGENERATE Ideas Challenge. There are prizes for ideas submitted in various categories, too. Deadline is Jan. 31. 

🍺 Psst! Steel & Oak recently posted to their Instagram they have an overstock of their Weekend Plans cans. The brewery is offering flats of ‘em at $39 each, or $1.69/can. You’ll have to purchase them at the brewery, and it’s while supplies last.

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🔨 Dredging work. The City has some dredging work happening at the Quayside ferry dock and the Samson V Museum. This also means that Samson V Museum and Q2Q Ferry will be closed. Work should be done by Dec. 15.

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🗞 In other news

Bye, park board? Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim says he plans to put forward a motion at council to change the Vancouver Charter and eventually scrap the park board. (CBC Vancouver)

Many happy returns. A business in Burnaby has received more than $500,000 worth of its stolen equipment back, per the RCMP. Investigators say they found the equipment at a Mission residence. (Global BC)

Remembering Owyn. A scholarship has been set up to remember a varsity volleyball player killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Kamloops last week. Owyn McInnis was from Ontario and was just 22 years old. Two other players from the Thompson Rivers University team suffered life-altering injuries. (CTV Vancouver)

Celebrating Christine. Soccer legend Christine Sinclair received quite the farewell on Tuesday as the Burnaby local played her final Team Canada match at BC Place. (CTV Vancouver)

Possible spill? The Coast Guard is trying to figure out what led to a sheen spotted in False Creek on Monday. (CBC Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

Fulton Tom

Photo credit: New West Chamber of Commerce

Fulton Tom was recently nominated for Citizen of the Year at the Platinum Awards and is heavily involved in giving back to the New Westminster community. He is the curator and owner of the Free Little Art Gallery in New West. The Free Little Art Gallery offers free art and crafting kits.

“I’ve been volunteering for about the last 25 years of my life. This past year, I began cooking and feeding youth at risk at Aunt Leah’s Place, and I continue to volunteer for HUB Cycling.” Tom has also spoken on behalf of HUB Cycling at New West council. HUB Cycling aims to advocate for those who use their bikes to get around the city.

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Shine Bright – Snowflake spectacular 

Experience an interactive snowflake wonderland featuring live music, dance performances, a giant snow globe, snowflake-making activities, and much more! This is a free and inclusive public event with no barriers to access. Uptown Plaza, Friday, 5-8 pm, December 8 and 15.  


Today, Dec. 7

  • Downtown shop nights. Various stores. 5pm. Downtown New West Business Association.

  • MEASURE closing party. 6pm. New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Trivia night. 7:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

Friday, Dec. 8

  • Meet and greet with Phillip of The Price is Right fame. 2pm. Pier Park.

  • Snowflake spectacular. 5pm. Uptown Plaza.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Saturday, Dec. 9

  • New West craft market. 10am. River Market.

  • New West farmers market. 10am. Outside City Hall.

  • Holiday pop-up. 11am. Columbia Square.

  • Holiday origami workshop. 1pm. Kinder Books.

  • Festive sing-along. 1pm. The Sanctuary on 6th.

  • Heritage gift making. 2pm. Irving House.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Sunday, Dec. 10

  • Breakfast with Santa. 9am. 508 Agnes St.

  • Family story time with arts and crafts. 9:30am. 2nd floor, River Market.

  • New West farmers market. 10am. Outside City Hall.

  • Holiday pop-up. 11am. Columbia Square.

Monday, Dec. 11

  • Pottery workshop. 6pm. Steel & Oak. (Sold out)

  • Poker night. 6:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Pottery workshop. 6pm. Steel & Oak. (Sold out)

  • Open mic: standup comedy. 6pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • Trivia night. 6:30pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Name that tune! 7pm. Hops New West.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.


  • Shine Bright. Various activities throughout New Westminster. Happening the entire month of December. Check out the full list. 

  • Winter Solstice: A Celebration Through Art. Until Dec. 21. Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Tangled in Blue. On until Jan. 24. Gallery hours. Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Winter Wonderland. Happening daily. 10am. New West Public Library, main branch.

  • Holiday Cheer. Select dates and times in December. Tours start at noon. Irving House

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