Vancouver in NOVEMBER 2017

Vancouver in NOVEMBER 2017

November in Vancouver

Vancouver’s November events calendar features dates and events in the Lower Mainland including fall, Remembrance Day and even early Christmas activities.


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November Events Calendar

  • Nov. 5 – Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 23 – American Thanksgiving (US)
  • Nov. 24 – 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 Craft Fairs

Friday, November 24, 2017

  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall event features beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street from 6 until 10:30 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • The Tenors – Christmas Together Tour at 8 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    • 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.
    • Disney on Ice – the “Follow Your Heart” show at the Pacific Coliseum at 7 pm.
    • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Peter and the Starcatcher – the prequel to Peter Pan shows at Capilano University’s BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at 8 pm. Tickets are $22, $15 and $10.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Kelowna at the Langley Events Centre at 7:30 pm.
  • Markets
  • Christmas Events

Best Christmas Activities

Saturday, November 25, 2017

  • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown from noon until 7 pm.
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – festivities at the Plaza at City Hall at 13450-104th Avenue in Surrey, with the official lighting of the 55-foot tree in the evening (FREE). The evening’s headliner musician is Ruth B.
  • Lights at Lafarge – first day of the season for the winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way. Just for today, special celebrations also take place around the lake and at the Evergreen Cultural Centre from 2:30 until 5:30 including free live entertainment, a holiday market and other Christmas-themed activities.
  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour 5 Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season. Tickets cost $50 plus online fees and proceeds benefit a very worthwhile charity.
  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall event features beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street from 6 until 10:30 pm.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other secondhand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 9 to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Family Favourites MoviesHome Alone is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
    • Disney on Ice – “Follow Your Heart” performances at the Pacific Coliseum at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
    • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Peter and the Starcatcher – the prequel to Peter Pan shows at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at 2 and 8 pm in North Vancouver. Tickets are $22, $15 and $10.
  • Craft Fairs
    • Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair – one of Vancouver’s largest Christmas craft fairs, with over 140 vendors, from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • The Happening Arts & Crafts Fair – featuring 100+ vendors at Thomas Haney Secondary School in Maple Ridge between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Cost is $3 and free for children under age 12.
    • Steveston Village Craft Fair – at the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street in Richmond featuring over 160 vendors.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue.
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – 50+ vendors and free admission at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street between 10 am and 4 pm.
    • A Country Christmas – an artisan market at the Tzeachten Hall in Chilliwack featuring close to 70 vendors from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.
  • Ongoing Christmas Activities
  • Farmers Markets

Sunday, November 26, 2017

  • Rainy Day Activities Icon105th Grey Cup at 3 pm (details to be determined).
  • Disney on Ice – “Follow Your Heart” performances at the Pacific Coliseum at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other secondhand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 10 to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+.
  • Christmas Craft Fairs
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue.
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – 50+ vendors and free admission at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street between 10 am and 4 pm.
    • The Happening Arts & Crafts Fair – featuring 100+ vendors at Thomas Haney Secondary School in Maple Ridge between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Cost is $3 and free for children under age 12.
  • Ongoing Christmas Activities
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Vancouver Oratorio Choir – performing at the Star of Bethlehem Concert at 7:30 pm with the VOS Chorus & Orchestra at Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church at 11295 Mellis Drive in Richmond. Free!
  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour 5 Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season. Tickets cost $50 plus online fees and proceeds benefit a very worthwhile charity.
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K, half marathon and half marathon relay around Stanley Park’s seawall.
  • Farmers Markets

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Best Christmas Activities

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 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 lack’s 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.

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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