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Vancouver in NOVEMBER 2019

November in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2019 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. 3 – Daylight Savings Time Ends
  • Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 28 – American Thanksgiving (US)
  • Nov. 29 – 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.

Christmas at Hycroft 2019

 


Week of November 15th to 17th

Nov 15-17 | Nov 18-24 | Nov 25-30


 

Friday, November 15, 2019

  • 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.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club TheatreThe Sound of Music shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s shows include Cult Fiction, Classic TheatreSports and Frisky Friday.
    • Lynn Valley's Friday Night LiveFriday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Simon Kendall, who was previously a member of the popular Vancouver band “Doug and the Slugs”, performs.
    • Macbeth – performed by CapU Theatre at The BlueShore at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Tickets are $11, $15 and $22.
    • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • ¡Viva México! – an evening of Mariachi and other Mexican music featuring Las Estrellas de Vancouver, Melinda Salcido and Nahualli Folklore at the Vancouver Playhouse at 600 Hamilton Street. Tickets cost $20-$25.
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues.
    • Kismet, Things Have Changed – the sequel to a Canadian play about artists, interviews with 100 people of all ages, and the artists’ discoveries. Takes place at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby.
    • Jake’s Place – an award-winning Remembrance Day-themed play about a Canadian veteran from the Second World War and his return to northern France in search of the grave of his brother who never made it home from the war. Shows at the Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver.
  • Craft Fairs
    • Christmas at Hycroft – an amazing upscale Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue in Vancouver.
    • Christmas Boutique Opening Reception – a free event featuring fine art, artisan products, light appetizers and live entertainment from 7 until 9 pm at Place des Arts at 1120 Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam (and the market featuring local artisan products continues until December 21st).

Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a unique and wonderful festival celebrating one of the largest migratory gatherings of Bald Eagles anywhere, not far from Harrison Hot Springs along the Harrison River.
  • Highstreet’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Show – a Christmas event at Abbotsford’s Highstreet Shopping Centre at 3122 Mt. Lehman Road starting at 5 pm. Activities include the lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree, a 40-person marching band, the arrival of Santa Claus, and appearances by Rudolf, Frosty and ‘Spandy Andy’ the dancing elf and more.
  • 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 at Rogers Arena against the Colorado Avalanche.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Prince George at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in the morning, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the afternoon and both the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and Lost Souls of Gastown in the evening.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club TheatreThe Sound of Music shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Today’s shows include Cult Fiction, Classic TheatreSports and The Late Show – Adults Only Improv Comedy.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues.
    • Macbeth – performed by CapU Theatre at The BlueShore at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Tickets are $11, $15 and $22.
    • Kismet, Things Have Changed – the sequel to a Canadian play about artists, interviews with 100 people of all ages, and the artists’ discoveries. Takes place at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby.
    • Family Favourites MoviesCharlotte’s Web is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, 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.
    • 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 Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 17, 2019

  • 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.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – this afternoon features the Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver’s West End.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Lethbridge 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 – an amazing upscale Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue in Vancouver.
    • Holy Cross Christmas Market – a holiday craft fair in North Burnaby at Holy Cross Elementary School between 9 am and 2 pm. Admission is free.
    • Fort Langley Christmas Market – a small indoor craft fair with over 30 vendors at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club TheatreThe Sound of Music shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s show is Rookie Night.
    • Macbeth – performed by CapU Theatre at The BlueShore at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Tickets are $11, $15 and $22.
    • Jake’s Place – an award-winning Remembrance Day-themed play about a Canadian veteran from the Second World War and his return to northern France in search of the grave of his brother who never made it home from the war. Shows at the Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver.
    • 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.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues.

 


Week of November 18th to 24th

Nov 15-17 | Nov 18-24 | Nov 25-30


 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club TheatreThe Sound of Music shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s show is Classic TheatreSports.
    • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Olde Farmehouse Vintage Market

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

  • Vancouver Christmas Market – first day of the season for the European Christmas market at Jack Poole Plaza. The market continues nightly until Dec. 24th.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park at 2 pm and the Forbidden Vancouver Tour at 7 pm.
  • Arts Club TheatreThe Sound of Music shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s show is Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance.
  • Macbeth – performed by CapU Theatre at The BlueShore at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Tickets are $11, $15 and $22.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • LCPN Networking Breakfast – a business networking event with Vancouver’s Latin American community La Terrazza Restaurant at 1088 Cambie Street from 7:30 until 9:30 am. The event costs $20 for non-members in advance (or $25 at the door) and includes a guest speaker presentation and breakfast. All are welcome.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

  • Glow Christmas – first day of the season for the indoor holiday festival at the Harbour Convention Centre.
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
  • Arts Club Theatre – the following plays take place at the theatre company’s various locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s shows include Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance and OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.
  • Macbeth – performed by CapU Theatre at The BlueShore at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Tickets are $11, $15 and $22.
  • 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.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues.

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. The women’s choral group “Higher Ground” performs.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
  • Macbeth – performed by CapU Theatre at The BlueShore at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Tickets are $11, $15 and $22.
  • 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.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
  • Arts Club Theatre – the following plays take place at the theatre company’s various locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s shows include Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance, Classic TheatreSports and Frisky Friday.
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Opening Night for Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs from dusk until 11 pm. Today also features free hot chocolate and live entertainment as part of the season’s opening ceremonies.
  • Winter in the City – a Christmas-themed community event at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam.
  • 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.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • Macbeth – performed by CapU Theatre at The BlueShore at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Tickets are $11, $15 and $22.
  • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues.
  • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish.
  • Family Favourites Movies Polar Express 3D is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Arts Club Theatre – the following plays take place at the theatre company’s various locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Today’s shows include Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance, Classic TheatreSports and The Late Show – Adult Only Improv Comedy.

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

  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Edmonton at the Langley Events Centre.
  • 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.
    • Olde Farmhouse Market – an amazing vintage market in Abbotsford at the Tradex building.
    • 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.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.

The Olde Farmehouse Vintage Market

Sunday, November 24, 2019

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Winter in the City – a Christmas-themed community event at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam.
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K, half marathon and half marathon relay around Stanley Park’s seawall.
  • 106th Grey Cup – the Canadian CFL Football Championships start at 3 pm (PST), with teams and location to be determined, but watched at sports bars all around town.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – this afternoon features the Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver’s West End.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Chutzpah Festival – Vancouver’s annual Jewish performing arts festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various other venues.
    • 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.
    • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at Northwood United Church at 8855-156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.
    • Arts Club TheatreThe Sound of Music shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street and It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle shows at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s show is Rookie Night.
  • Markets
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • 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.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish.

 


Week of November 25th to 30th

Nov 15-17 | Nov 18-24 | Nov 25-30


 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Free Events in November

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s show is Classic TheatreSports.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park at 2 pm and the Forbidden Vancouver Tour at 7 pm.
  • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s show is Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
  • Ongoing Christmas Events
    • 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.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

  • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s shows include Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance and OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • 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.
    • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – first day of the season for the Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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.

Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market

Friday, November 29, 2019

  • Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market – a winter holiday-themed artisan market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. Open today from 5 until 9 pm.
  • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Mercato: Italian Market – indoors at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street.
  • 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).
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s shows include Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance, Classic TheatreSports and Frisky Friday.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Performing tonight is jazz group the RetroNutz with Patty Verner, Miles Black, Finn Manniche and Nick Apivor.
  • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – the all-male choir performs its annual Christmas Traditions concert as a fundraiser for the St. James Music Academy at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.

Shipyards Christmas Market

Saturday, November 30, 2019

  • 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.
  • Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market – a winter holiday-themed artisan market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. Open today from 10 am until 4 pm.
  • 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 Heart Of Christmas – a concert featuring JUNO Award-winner Brian Doerksen with violinist Calvin Dyck, the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir and other special guests at Central Heights Church at 1661 McCallum Road in Abbotsford.
  • Family Favourites MoviesArthur Christmas is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – the all-male choir performs its annual Christmas Traditions concert at the White Rock Baptist Church in South Surrey.
  • Arts Club Theatre – the following plays take place at the theatre company’s various locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre on Granville Island. Tonight’s shows include Merry Kissmas, Classic TheatreSports and The Late Show.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in the morning, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the afternoon and both the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and Lost Souls of Gastown in the evening.
  • Flea, Christmas & Farmers Markets
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish.

Best Christmas Activities

November Events in 2019

The following events are also likely happening in November 2019:

  • Inspirational Latin Awards – a gala event honoring the achievements of companies and individuals from Canada’s Latin American Community. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
  • Vancouver Chamber Choir – Christmas concerts at various venues with details to be confirmed.
  • Vancouver Bach Choir – various performances at different venues.
  • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village (November 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020).
  • Light Up the Village – Christmas decorations, the arrival of Santa Claus, family-friendly activities and a Ferris wheel with rides by $5 donation at West Vancouver’s Park Royal mall. November 22, 2019.

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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