Vancouver’s Best FREE Places in November

Vancouver’s Best FREE Places in November

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Free November Activities

There are lots of free things in Vancouver in November 2017 including Remembrance Day events, Christmas craft markets and autumn activities.

Free November Activities 2017

For a list of some of the best things to do in November, including activities that aren’t free, check out the November Events Calendar. For a list of the best FREE (or almost free) special events this month, see below.

(Note: Event locations, times, prices and other details are subject to change. Check with each event’s website for the most up-to-date information.)

Best Christmas Activities

Friday, November 24th

  • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
  • Mercato: Italian Market – an indoor holiday market at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street (cost to be confirmed).
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Saturday, November 25th

  • Rainy Day Activities IconCandytown – a free outdoor Christmas street party and holiday market along Yaletown’s Mainland Street between 12:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – first day of the holiday season for the Christmas light displays at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam. Special celebrations run from 2:30 until 5:30 pm and include choir performances, a Christmas market and various family-friendly activities. After that and until 11:00 pm nightly until mid-January the park’s annual Christmas light displays can be admired all around the lake.
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – free family-friendly holiday celebrations and lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Surrey’s City Hall Plaza at 13450-104th Avenue. Performing a free concert at the event is Ruth B.
  • Heritage Christmas – opening day of the holiday season for the lights and Christmas activities at Burnaby Village. Open between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.
  • Edmonds Festival of Light – a small event at the Edmonds Community Centre at 7433 Edmonds Street in Burnaby from 2:30 until 5:30 pm. Activities include live entertainment, light refreshments, crafts, an appearance by Santa and various child-friendly activities.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the family-friendly comedy Home Alone costs just $2.99 at many (but not all) Cineplex theatres around the Lower Mainland at 11 am. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Christmas Craft & Farmers Markets
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – at 870 Denman Street at the West End Community Centre from 10 am until 4 pm.
    • Silver Harbour Christmas Market – a small craft fair featuring handmade crafts, home-baked goodies and “vintage attic treasures” at the Silver Harbour Centre in North Vancouver from 10 am until 3 pm. Free admission.
    • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium near Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Abbotsford Farmers Market – a farmers and artisan market in downtown Abbotsford between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 26th

  • Vancouver Oratorio Choir – performing for free with the VOS Chorus & Orchestra at Richmond’s Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church at 11295 Mellis Drive at 7:30 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers in Vancouver – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas lights and family-friendly activities at Burnaby Village from 1:00 until 9:00 pm. Free cookies are available at the Farmhouse between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas light displays at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam from 4:30 to 11:00 pm.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.
  • Christmas Craft & Farmers Markets
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – at 870 Denman Street at the West End Community Centre from 10 am until 4 pm.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
    • Bling – a wearable glass art show featuring handmade glass products made by over 20 Canadian artists at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street between 11:00 am 5:00 pm.
    • A Country Christmas – an artisan craft fair featuring 70+ vendors at the Tzeachten Hall at 45855 Promontory Road in Chilliwack between 10 am and 5 pm. Admission by donation benefiting 93.7 JRfm’s Basics for Babies.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – in Steveston Village at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
    • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Parking at the PNE is also free for market attendees.

Monday, November 27th

Tuesday, November 28th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most movie theatres around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas light displays at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam from 4:30 to 11:00 pm.
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas decorations to admire at Burnaby Village from 1:00 until 5:30 pm.
  • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – first day of the holiday season for the Christmas light displays and miniature train rides at Stanley Park. Admission is by donation.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Wednesday, November 29th

Thursday, November 30th

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation from 5:00 until 8:00 pm (because it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery – admission at the historic site in Steveston Village is also free throughout 2017.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities

For a list of both free and not free events this month in the Lower Mainland, click November Calendar.

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