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Vancouver Events in NOVEMBER 2020

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Vancouver’s 2020 November events calendar features festivals and events in the Lower Mainland including Remembrance Day and early Christmas activities.


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November Calendar of Events

  • Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 25 – Black Friday
  • Nov. 26 – American Thanksgiving (US)

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.


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November 1-8 | November 9-15 | November 16-22 | November 23-30


Sunday, November 1, 2020

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – lights, food trucks and performances at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free! (TBD)
  • RMHBC Boundary Bay Marathon – a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Boston-qualifying Marathon and 4-Person Marathon Relay starting at Boundary Bay Park’s Centennial Beach. (TBD)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • FlyOver Canada at Halloween – a multi-dimensional theatre attraction with a Halloween theme at Canada Place. The show features Broomelda from the Haunted Witches Academy and is suitable for people of all ages. (TBD)
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
    • Jazz Vespers
      • At 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is free. (TBD)

Monday, November 2, 2020

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – lights and illuminations on display in the evening at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free! (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in downtown Vancouver. (TBD)
  • 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.

Best Places in Autumn

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – lights, lanterns and live entertainment at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free! (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Seniors Day at MOV – admission to the Museum of Vancouver is just $5 today for anyone age 65+ (because it’s the first Tuesday of the month).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – pretty lights and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free! (TBD)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)

Thursday, November 5, 2020

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – pretty lights and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free! (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)

Friday, November 6, 2020

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – pretty lights and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free! (TBD)
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
    • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)
    • Friday Night Live – live music and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway.
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Saturday, November 7, 2020

  • Rotary Get Inspired Talks – an afternoon and evening of inspirational speakers of all ages at the Granville Island Stage Theatre. The event is open to the public and a collaborative initiative between Get Inspired Talks Vancouver and area Rotary Clubs. Ticket prices are between $39 and $47 per session.
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – lights, food trucks and performances at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free! (TBD)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour and Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown in the evening. (TBD)
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
    • Family Favourites Movies – a family-friendly film shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. (TBD)
  • Markets

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 8, 2020

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – community events featuring film, theatre, music, panel discussions, cultural sharing and workshops. Celebrating its 17th year, festival activities this year are both online and in-person at outdoor venues.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
    • Jazz Vespers in Vancouver – at 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (TBD)

 


Week of November 9th to 15th

November 1-8 | Nov 9-15 | Nov 16-22 | Nov 23-30


 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown. (TBD)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place. This is Vancouver’s biggest and most upscale Christmas craft market. It features work by hundreds of BC-based artists and artisans and is highly recommended!
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)

Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place. This is Vancouver’s biggest and most upscale Christmas craft market. It features work by hundreds of BC-based artists and artisans and is highly recommended!
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
    • Lynn Valley's Friday Night LiveFriday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. (TBD)
    • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)

Saturday, November 14, 2020

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place. This is Vancouver’s biggest and most upscale Christmas craft market. It features work by hundreds of BC-based artists and artisans and is highly recommended!
  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a festival celebrating one of the largest migratory gatherings of Bald Eagles anywhere, not far from Harrison Hot Springs along the Harrison River. (TBD)
  • The Phantom Run Trail Race – 12.5K, 19.5K and 24.5K trail runs starting at North Vancouver’s Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour and Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown in the evening. (TBD)
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
    • Family Favourites Movies – a family-friendly film shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. (TBD)
  • 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.
    • New West Winter Farmers Market – 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.

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 15, 2020

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place. This is Vancouver’s biggest and most upscale Christmas craft market. It features work by hundreds of BC-based artists and artisans and is highly recommended!
  • 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. (TBD)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Douglas Day at Fort Langley – a small annual celebration of the day in 1858 when Sir James Douglas formally proclaimed BC a colony. (TBD)
  • Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
    • Jazz Vespers in Vancouver – at 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (TBD)
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)

 


Week of November 18th to 24th

November 1-8 | Nov 9-15 | Nov 16-22 | Nov 23-30


 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • 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.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)

Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. (TBD)
  • 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.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TBD)
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. (TBD)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)

Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
  • 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.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a family-friendly film shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking ToursForbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour and Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown in the evening. (TBD)

  • Flea & 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.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TBD)
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. (TBD)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TBD)

Sunday, November 22, 2020

  • 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.
  • 108th Grey Cup – the Canadian CFL Football Championships take place live in Regina and on screens at sports bars across the country (with details to be confirmed).
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver’s West End. (TBD)
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues. (To be confirmed.)
    • Jazz Vespers in Vancouver – at 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (TBD)
  • Markets
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. (TBD)
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TBD)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TBD)
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs. (TBD)

 


Week of November 25th to 30th

November 1-8 | Nov 9-15 | Nov 16-22 | Nov 23-30


 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Rainy Day Activities

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thursday, November 26, 2020

  • American Thanksgiving
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TBD)
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. (TBD)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TBD)
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)

Friday, November 27, 2020

  • Black Friday
  • Roedde House – admission to the historic museum in Vancouver’s West End is by donation today (because it’s the last Friday of the month).
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TBD)
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TBD)
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. (TBD)
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs. (TBD)

Saturday, November 28, 2020

  • Dundarave Christmas Fair a small community event with Christmas tree decorating and live entertainment in West Vancouver as part of the Dundarave Festival of Lights. (To be confirmed.)
  • 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.
  • Christmas on the Peninsula – an all-day community event featuring a Christmas artisan market, entertainment, treats for kids and family-friendly activities in White Rock.
  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour half a dozen Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a family-friendly film shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. (TBD)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour and Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning and the Lost Souls of Gastown in the evening. (TBD)
  • Markets
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TBD)
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. (TBD)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. (TBD)
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs. (TBD)
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way. (TBD)

Best Christmas Activities

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020

November Events in 2020

The following events may or may not also be happening in November 2020:

  • Asian Feast Dining Festival – an event where participating restaurants offer special menu deals in Richmond (from mid-October until mid-November).
  • Hopscotch 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. (November 23 to 29, 2020).
  • LCPN Networking Breakfast – a business networking event with Vancouver’s Latin American community. The event costs around $25 or so and includes a guest speaker presentation and breakfast. All are welcome.
  • Daylight Savings Day – don’t forget to set your clock back an hour the night before! (November 1, 2020)
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings. (CANCELLED for 2020. 2021 dates are November 6 & 7.)
  • Vancouver Undie Run – a Movember fundraising event where participants run around Olympic Village and False Creek in their underwear to help raise awareness about cancer and men’s health issues.
  • Olde Farmhouse Market – a vintage market featuring over 100 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, jewellery, handmade goods and other home and garden treasures at Tradex in Abbotsford (mid-November).
  • Shows and Entertainment
  • Sporting Events
  • Christmas-themed events
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown (late November).
    • Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – Christmas light displays at the world-famous bridge. (Late November until late January.)
    • Edmonds Festival of Light – a small event for young families at the Edmonds Community Centre at 7433 Edmonds Street. Activities include live entertainment, light refreshments, crafts, an appearance by Santa and various child-friendly activities. (Mid to late November.)
    • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village (late November until the beginning of January).
    • Highstreet’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Show – a Christmas event at Abbotsford’s Highstreet Shopping Centre at 3122 Mt. Lehman Road (in mid-November).
    • Light Up the Village – Christmas decorations, the arrival of Santa Claus, family-friendly activities and a Ferris wheel with rides by donation at West Vancouver’s Park Royal mall (mid-November).
    • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital at 1081 Burrard Street (mid-November).
    • Lumiere Vancouver – a small festival with Christmas illuminations at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza. (Early November.)
    • Opening Night for Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs. Today also features free hot chocolate and live entertainment as part of the season’s opening ceremonies.
    • Peak of Christmas – the season of Christmas celebrations at Grouse Mountain begin in late November.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish.
    • Shipyards Christmas Festival – a free winter holiday-themed community event at the Shipyards in North Vancouver. Activities include live music, an artisan market, refreshments, ice skating and the lighting of the City of North Vancouver’s official Christmas tree.
    • Squamish Santa Claus Parade – a Christmas parade along Cleveland Avenue starting at 5 pm in Squamish.
    • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver.
    • Winter in the City – a Christmas-themed community event at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam.
  • Holiday Craft Fairs
    • Alexandra Neighbourhood House Craft Fair – a Christmas craft market at 2916 McBride Avenue in Crescent Beach (in mid-November).
    • Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – at the Britannia Community Services Centre at 1661 Napier Street in Vancouver.
    • Christmas Boutique Opening Reception – a free event featuring fine art, artisan products, light appetizers and live entertainment at Place des Arts at 1120 Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam (in mid-November).
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market – featuring over 150 artisans at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way (mid-November).
    • Christmas at Hycroft – an amazing upscale Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue in Vancouver. The venue alone is beautiful (and was used on occasion in the TV series When Calls the Heart).
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue (late November).
    • Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair – one of Vancouver’s largest Christmas craft fairs, with over 140 vendors.
    • Etsy Collective Holiday Pop Up – a Christmas-themed craft fair at the Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way in North Vancouver.
    • Fair Trade Christmas Market – is small artisan market featuring fair trade products made by artisans in the Third World. It takes place at St. Andrew’s United Church in North Vancouver and features products imported to Canada by the non-profit social enterprise Ten Thousand Villages.
    • Fall Artisan Market – formerly known as the “Craft Market,” takes place at the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive. (FREE)
    • Fort Langley Christmas Market – a small indoor craft fair with over 30 vendors at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road.
    • Gleneagles Holiday Artisan Festival – three dozen or so vendors at West Vancouver’s Gleneagles Community Centre at 6262 Marine Drive. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
    • Holy Cross Christmas Market – a holiday craft fair in North Burnaby at Holy Cross Elementary School. Admission is free (in mid-November).
    • Japanese Craft & Bake Fair – at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby.
    • Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market – a winter holiday-themed artisan market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford.
    • Mercato Italian Christmas Market – indoors at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street. (It takes place in late November most years, although sometimes in early December.)
    • NV Holiday Bazaar – at the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive in West Vancouver. Free admission.
    • Olde Farmhouse Market – a vintage market in Abbotsford. (Note: It’s not a “craft market”, but it is a great place to pick up amazing and unique gifts.)
    • Shipyards Christmas Market – a winter artisan market in the Pipe Shop at North Vancouver’s Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay. Admission is free (although donations benefiting a local charity are most welcome).
    • Silver Harbour Christmas Market – a craft fair with free admission at North Vancouver’s Silver Harbour Senior Centre at 144 East 22nd Street.
    • STA Christmas Craft Fair – a market featuring over 100 jury-selected artisans at St. Thomas Aquinas School at 541 West Keith Road in North Vancouver.
    • Steveston Village Craft Fair – at the Steveston Community Centre’s Net Shed Building at 4111 Moncton Street in Richmond featuring over 100 vendors (late November).
    • Swedish Christmas Fair – with 30 or so vendors at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby at 6540 Thomas Street. Admission is free as is the parking (mid-November).
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford (November 20-22, 2020).
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – 50+ vendors and free admission at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street (late November).

Top Things to Do in November

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

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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