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The Whistler Film Festival will open with the Benedict Cumberbatch Second World War spy thriller The Imitation Game – one of a slate of films considered to be Oscar contenders set to screen at Whistler this year.

Jack English

Editor's Note: Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what's happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week's worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated each week.

Kids: Head to Granville Island to check out the Carousel Theatre's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, the highly entertaining tale of James Trotter, a young boy who escapes the care of his wicked aunts (Spiker and Sponge) by becoming a stowaway in a giant magical peach inhabited by charmingly eccentric insects.

Dec. 6-Jan. 4, various times, Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St.), carouseltheatre.ca

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Support local: Not all craft fairs are created equal. Right near the top of the mountain of holiday craft fairs is Toque at the Western Front. Expect to find work by Vancouver artists and designers such as superstar handbag designer Erin Templeton, sublimely gifted potter Gailan Ngan, the always ahead-of-the-curve Henderson Dry Goods and truly beautiful books from booksellers Simply Read.

Fri, Dec. 5, 6-10 p.m. and Sat, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Western Front (303 East 8th Ave.), front.bc.ca/events/toque2014

Whistler film fest: This is a great weekend to run away to Whistler. Snow is falling at higher elevations and the cold mountain air is invigorating. If it gets too cold out there and you're looking for a reason to head inside and defrost, you can hit the 14th annual Whistler Film Festival. Expect 84 screenings (films from Canada and around the world) over five days.

Dec 3-7, various times, Whistler Conference Centre (4010 Whistler Way), whistlerfilmfestival.com

Bird count: The Stanley Park Ecology Society is encouraging everyone with little ones to come down to the park on Saturday for the annual Christmas bird count. Participants will get a crash course on the basics of bird identification and then will split into groups and head into the forest for a 11/2-hour bird-counting adventure. This event costs $25 for family membership (which includes 12 programs a year) and is appropriate for children ages 5-14. Pack a lunch and preregister.

Dec 6, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lost Lagoon Nature House (foot of Alberni Street), stanleyparkecology.ca

Santa: The annual Santa Claus Parade rips through downtown Vancouver this Sunday. The procession of holiday cheer will start at West Georgia and Broughton Streets, travel east along West Georgia, and turn south on Howe Street before finishing at Howe and Davie Streets. The coffee shops along the parade route boast epic lineups, so take your coffee, eggnog, hot chocolate or whatever else with you in a stainless steel thermos or flask.

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Sun, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., Downtown Vancouver, free, rogerssantaclausparade.com

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