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Vancouver in NOVEMBER 2018

November in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2018 November events calendar features festivals and events in the Lower Mainland including Remembrance Day and early Christmas activities.


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November Events Calendar

  • Nov. 4 – Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 22 – American Thanksgiving (US)
  • Nov. 23 – Black Friday

November Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in November. Note: schedules are subject to change – check official event websites for exact details.

 


Week of November 17th to 18th

Nov 17-18 | Nov 19-25 | Nov 26-30


 

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a small festival celebrating one of the largest migratory gatherings of Bald Eagles anywhere, not far from Harrison Hot Springs along the Harrison River.
  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art festival featuring the works of over 500 artists at multiple venues between Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and Vancouver’s waterfront between 11 am and 6 pm.
  • The Phantom Run Trail Race – 12.5K, 19.5K and 24.5K trail runs starting at North Vancouver’s Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • FlyOver America – a double feature of amazing multi-dimensional films shows at FlyOver Canada at Canada Place. Soar over the United States, Canada or both.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Sweat – a drama performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Sense and Sensibility – the play about the book by Jane Austen is put on by Capilano Theatre at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. Tickets are $10 to $22.
    • Vancouver Bach Choir – a Sea Symphony with the West Coast Symphony at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street. Admission is by donation at the door.
    • Family Favourites Movies – showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – formerly the Nat Bailey Winters Farmers Market, runs between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
    • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – a farmers market from 9 am to 1 pm at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way in downtown Abbotsford.
    • New West Farmers Market – formerly known as the “Royal City Winter Farmers Market,” it takes place in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue.
  • Craft Fairs and Christmas Markets
    • Christmas at Hycroft – a popular high-end Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue.
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show from 10 am to 6 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and free for children under 17.
    • Alexandra Neighbourhood House Craft Fair at 2916 McBride Avenue in Surrey’s Crescent Beach.
    • Japanese Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby.
    • NV Holiday Bazaar at West Vancouver Community Centre (2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver) from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission. Note the Bazaar is no longer at Carson Graham Secondary in North Vancouver!
    • Heart to Home Holiday Market a Christmas craft market at the Surrey Arts Centre at 13750 88th Avenue from 12 until 5 pm. Free admission.
    • Pacific Spirit Fall Fair an autumn and Christmas bazaar at Pacific Spirit United Church at 3525 West 24th Avenue from 10 am until 2 pm. The event includes music, kids’ activities and a silent auction.
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market featuring over 175 artisans from 10 am to 6 pm at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. Admission is $4, but free for children ages 10 and under.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby from 10 am to 4 pm.
    • Swedish Christmas Fair – with 30 or so vendors at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby at 6540 Thomas Street from 11 am until 4 pm. Admission is free as is the parking.
    • Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – from 10 am until 4 pm at the Britannia Community Services Centre at 1661 Napier Street in Vancouver. Admission is $2.
    • West Coast Area Girl Guides Craft Fair – a fundraising event featuring approximately 30 vendors at St. Philip’s Anglican Church at 3737 West 27th Avenue in Vancouver from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free admission.
    • Refresh Market – a large “Indie-style” market featuring the work of 100 or so local artists and artisans at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Admission is $3 online in advance or $5 at the door on the day.

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 18, 2018

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a festival celebrating one of the largest migratory gatherings of Bald Eagles anywhere, between Mission and Harrison Hot Springs along the Harrison River.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Victoria at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art festival featuring the works of over 500 artists at multiple venues between Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and Vancouver’s waterfront between 11 am and 6 pm.
  • Douglas Day at Fort Langley – a small annual celebration of the day in 1858 when Sir James Douglas formally proclaimed BC a colony.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
  • Craft Fairs
    • Christmas at Hycroft – a popular high-end Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue.
    • Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – from 10 am until 4 pm at the Britannia Community Services Centre at 1661 Napier Street in Vancouver. Admission is $2.
    • NV Holiday Bazaar at West Vancouver Community Centre (2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver) from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission.
    • Japanese Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby.
    • Fort Langley Christmas Market a small indoor craft fair with over 30 vendors at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road. $2 minimum donation for admission.
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market featuring over 175 artisans from 10 am to 5 pm at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. Admission is $4, but free for children ages 10 and under.
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show from 2 to 5 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and free for children under 17.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm.
    • Swedish Christmas Fair – with 30 or so vendors at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby at 6540 Thomas Street from 11 am until 4 pm. Admission is free as is the parking.
    • Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar – at 1200 Glen Pine Court from 10 am until 2 pm in Coquitlam. Free admission.
    • Heart to Home Holiday Market a craft market at the Surrey Arts Centre at 13750 88th Avenue from 12 until 5 pm. Free admission.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • FlyOver America – a double feature of amazing multi-dimensional films shows at FlyOver Canada at Canada Place. Soar over the United States, Canada or both.
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Sense and Sensibility – the play about the book by Jane Austen is put on by Capilano Theatre at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. Tickets are $10 to $22.
    • A Celebration of Faith Concert – a free performance by the VOS Chorus, Youth Singers and Chamber Orchestra at Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church at 11295 Mellis Drive in Richmond. Free!
    • Vancouver Bach Choir – a Sea Symphony with the West Coast Symphony at Centennial Theatre at 2300 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation at the door.
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.

 


Week of November 19th to 25th

Nov 17-18 | Nov 19-25 | Nov 26-30


 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • FlyOver America – a double feature of amazing multi-dimensional films shows at FlyOver Canada at Canada Place. Soar over the United States, Canada or both.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – first day of the season for the European Christmas market at Jack Poole Plaza. The market continues nightly until Dec. 24th.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • FlyOver America – a double feature of amazing multi-dimensional films shows at FlyOver Canada at Canada Place. Soar over the United States, Canada or both.
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Sense and Sensibility – the play about the book by Jane Austen is put on by Capilano Theatre at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. Tickets are $10 to $22.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

  • Glow Christmas – first day of the season for the indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition.
    • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Sense and Sensibility – the play about the book by Jane Austen is put on by Capilano Theatre at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. Tickets are $10 to $22.
  • Living Your Best Life – a panel discussion about Ideas For Unleashing Your Full Potential. Hosted by the Project Change Foundation. Tickets cost $20 to $25.

Friday, November 23, 2018

  • Mercato: Italian Market – indoors at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street from 5 to 9 pm.
  • Winter Craft Market – a medium-sized craft fair at Surrey’s Laurel Place Care Home at 9866-137a Street from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Sense and Sensibility – the play about the book by Jane Austen is put on by Capilano Theatre at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. Tickets are $10 to $22.
    • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition.

  • Hopscotch FestivalHopscotch Festival – a whiskey and other fine spirits-tasting event at the PNE Forum. Hundreds of different samples are available from fine Scotch to Irish Whiskey, Bourbons, Vodkas, Gins and even local craft spirits and beers. TICKETS WILL SELL OUT!

  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Aurora Winter Festival – opening day for Vancouver’s newest Christmas attraction.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.

Rainy Day Activities

Saturday, November 24, 2018

  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – festivities take place at the Plaza at City Hall at 13450-104th Avenue in Surrey, with the official lighting of the 55-foot tree in the evening.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Victoria at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown from noon until 7 pm.
  • Heritage Christmas – first day of the season for the free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village. The event continues until January 4, 2019.

  • Hopscotch FestivalHopscotch Festival – a whiskey and other fine spirits-tasting event at the PNE Forum. Hundreds of different samples are available from fine Scotch to Irish Whiskey, Bourbons, Vodkas, Gins and even local craft spirits and beers. TICKETS WILL SELL OUT!

  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour 6 Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other second-hand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+ for one day, and $8 for two days.
  • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Disney’s The Little Mermaid – a musical play by the Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association at Massey Theatre at 735 Eighth Avenue in New Westminster.
    • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Sense and Sensibility – the play about the book by Jane Austen is put on by Capilano Theatre at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. Tickets are $10 to $22.
    • Family Favourites Movies – showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. (To be confirmed.)
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7 pm. Tickets cost $20 and up.
  • Flea & Farmers Markets
    • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – a farmers market from 9 am to 1 pm at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way in downtown Abbotsford.
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – formerly the Nat Bailey Winters Farmers Market, runs between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue.
  • Craft Fairs
    • Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair – one of Vancouver’s largest Christmas craft fairs, with over 140 vendors, from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – 50+ vendors and free admission at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street.
    • Silver Harbour Christmas Market – a craft fair with free admission from 10 am to 3 pm at North Vancouver’s Silver Harbour Centre Senior Centre at 144 East 22nd Street.
    • Gleneagles Holiday Artisan Festival – three dozen or so vendors at West Vancouver’s Gleneagles Community Centre at 6262 Marine Drive from 10 am until 3 pm.
    • Steveston Village Craft Fair – at the Steveston Community Centre’s Net Shed Building at 4111 Moncton Street in Richmond featuring over 160 vendors from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Lights at Lafarge – first night of the season for the winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour 6 Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other second-hand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 10 to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+ for one day, and $8 for two days.
  • West End Holiday Craft Fair – 50+ vendors and free admission at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street.
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K, half marathon and half marathon relay around Stanley Park’s seawall.
  • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20 and up.
    • Disney’s The Little Mermaid – a musical play by the Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association at Massey Theatre at 735 Eighth Avenue in New Westminster.
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.
  • Markets
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village Museum.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

 


Week of November 26th to 30th

Nov 17-18 | Nov 19-25 | Nov 26-30


 

Monday, November 26, 2018

  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village from 1 to 5:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Saskatoon at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Los Angeles King at Rogers Arena.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village from 1 to 5:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Vancouver Christmas Concerts

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sounds of Christmas – a concert with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at Michael J. Fox Theatre at 7373 MacPherson Avenue in Burnaby. Tonight’s performance features the Burnaby Central High School Choir. Tickets cost $15 to $30.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • If nice weather, a good day to enjoy the fall colours at any of the Lower Mainland’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If miserable weather, then a good day to seek refuge at one of Vancouver’s best places on a rainy day.
  • Ongoing Christmas Events
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village from 1 to 5:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Arena.
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – first day of the season for the Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village from 1 to 5:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.

Best Christmas Activities

Friday, November 30, 2018

  • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – from 6 to 7 pm outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at 750 Hornby Street.
  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair – a three-day event at 618 Poirier Street.
  • Semiahmoo Holiday Market – a small craft fair at the South Surrey Rec Centre at 14601 20th Avenue. (Details to be confirmed.)
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TIP: Use promo code LOCAL25 if you’re a BC resident and save 25%!)
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – the world-famous Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village from 1 to 5:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.

November Events in 2018

The following events are scheduled for November 2018 with details for some still to be confirmed:

  • Peak of Christmas – the season of Christmas celebrations at Grouse Mountain begin in late November.
  • Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – Christmas light displays at the world-famous bridge.
  • Skiing at Whistler – look for the first day of the 2018/19 ski season at Whistler!
  • Edmonds Festival of Light – a small event at the Edmonds Community Centre at 7433 Edmonds Street in Burnaby in late November. Activities include live entertainment, light refreshments, crafts, an appearance by Santa and various child-friendly activities. (Details to be confirmed.)

Top Things to Do in November

Below are some of the most popular activities to do in November in the Lower Mainland.

  1. Take part in the Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th at any one of various locations.
  2. Spend a weekend at Harrison Hot Springs, especially if you can afford to stay at the resort.
  3. Enjoy the last of the autumn leaves early in the month at any of Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.
  4. If it’s not raining, then enjoy the outdoors as much as possible at places like Stanley Park, any of the North Shore‘s great parks, along the seawall at False Creek or Coal Harbour, or any of Vancouver’s other best places for a walk, jog or cycle.
  5. If it’s raining (which there’s a very good chance that it will be), then partake in one of Vancouver’s top indoor activities at a nice warm, dry, indoor venue.
  6. Go Black Friday shopping in Vancouver, not south of the border due to the poor exchange rate.
  7. Take in one of Vancouver’s best places to see Christmas decorations at the end of the month before the December crowds.

Vancouver November Weather

Rainy Day Activities IconRain, rain and more rain. The only month with more rain than November (with an average of 170 mm or 6.8 inches) is December (with almost 178 mm, or just over 7 inches).

Yes, November is usually a very wet month, even by Vancouver’s soggy standards. The only people in town with wide grins on their faces because of the weather are the skiers, who know that if it’s raining in town then it’ll be snowing at the same time – or not too far in the future – up on the hills.

The average November temperatures in Vancouver are 9 degrees Celsius (48 F) in the day and 3 C at night (or 37 F), which means while people are sleeping it is usually below freezing up at the ski hills.

November competes with December for being the most dismal month of the year in the Lower Mainland weather-wise, but lacks December’s abundance of Christmas lights (which almost completely eliminates all the gloominess).

Recommended Activities

Unless it happens to be sunny and not raining, November is a good month for indoor activities. The autumn leaves are still good in the first half of the month or so though, so Stanley Park, VanDusen Garden, Queen Elizabeth Park and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden can still be good early on, but everything is looking pretty bleak and bare by the end of November.

When we say November is typically probably the gloomiest month in Vancouver, given that the trees are bare and there’s so much rain, it doesn’t mean that Vancouver isn’t still a beautiful city – it’s just one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its worst (so still much better than many places). When it’s really cloudy, you just have to use your imagination to visualize all the stunning mountains.

When it’s not raining, hiking in November is still great in many of the parks (especially where the trees are coniferous and so don’t lose their leaves and look bleak towards the end of the month). A great place for this is at almost any of the regional parks or hiking trails on the North Shore, including the Capilano River Regional Park where the salmon are likely still spawning at the salmon hatchery just a short walk or drive from the Cleveland Dam.


Click Festivals & Events for a listing of the best festivals and events, or Shows & Entertainment for the full year’s calendar of shows and performances taking place in the Lower Mainland.

To return to the top of the page, click November Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click December Calendar of Events.

 

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