What’s Happening in Vancouver this Weekend

What’s Happening in Vancouver this Weekend

Vancouver this Weekend

There’s a lot happening in Vancouver this weekend including a number of Christmas markets and various other festivals and holiday season events.

This Weekend in Vancouver

Highlights of the November 25th to 26th weekend include the Hopscotch Festival and Christmas-y events like Canyon Lights, the Vancouver Christmas Market, Candytown in Yaletown, the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam and Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village, plus various holiday craft fairs throughout the region.

Free and Indoor Weekend Activities

Before listing what’s happening on each specific day of the weekend, we’ll first point out some of the top FREE and INDOOR activities. It looks like it’s going to be a wet weekend, so it’ll be good to know which places you won’t have to pay much for and where you can stay dry.

Top FREE Events This Weekend

Some of the best free events this weekend (apart from Vancouver’s numerous parks, places in nature and shopping malls) include the following:

  • Candytown – a Christmas-y street festival in Yaletown from noon until 7 pm on Saturday.
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – a large holiday event at Surrey’s City Hall that also runs from noon until 7 pm on Saturday. The evening’s headliner band is Ruth B.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam nightly from 4:30 until 11 pm. Opening night celebrations take place on Saturday from 2:30 until 5:30.
  • Heritage Christmas – holiday lights and activities at Burnaby Village Museum starting on Saturday and running until early January.

Top INDOOR Events This Weekend

Some of the best indoor places to check out this weekend, in addition to all the Black Friday sales around town, include the following:

  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall takes place on Friday and Saturday for those lucky enough to already have tickets.
  • Disney on Ice – at the Pacific Coliseum until November 26th.
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place. What an amazing spectacle!
  • Numerous Craft Fairs – see below for details, but the list includes great markets in Dunbar, the West End, the Italian Cultural Centre, Maple Ridge, Steveston Village, Deer Lake, Chilliwack and Tradex in Abbotsford.

Below is a more comprehensive list of the weekend’s events organized by date.

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 SoleilKurios 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
Yaletown Candytown Ice Sculpture
An ice sculpture at Candytown in Yaletown

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 SoleilKurios 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
Grand Chapiteau at Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil at Concord Pacific Place

Sunday, November 26, 2017

  • 105th 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 SoleilKurios 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

Other Information

For a list of other things to do on other days coming up, check out Vancouver November or December calendars of events.

For a list of other things to do over the upcoming holiday season, click Best Vancouver Activities.

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