Vancouver December 2016 Free Events

Nov 19 – Jan 2 Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. Free admission, $2.60 carousel rides. Illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, visits with Father Christmas, and Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt!  Closed Dec 24/25.  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/events/events/heritage-christmas.html

Nov 25 – Jan 2  Festival of Trees, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver.  Open 24 hrs over 2 floors, with overflow into upper level of CF Pacific Centre Mall. Donate and vote for your favourite decorated tree.  http://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/vancouver

Nov 26 – Dec 17 Dundarave Festival of Lights, West Vancouver. Four Saturdays of free concerts: noon to dusk. Nov. 26–Christmas Fair; Dec 3–Nativity and Paddle Songs; Dec 10–World Christmas: Dec 17–Christmas Wassail and Bonfire Night.  http://www.dundaravefestival.com/

Nov 28 – Jan 1 Bright Nights at Stanley Park, 3-10pm, closed Dec 25.  By Miniature Train Ride.  Admission by donation to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/stanley-park/bright-nights/

Dec 1  Yule Duel, 6 -9 pm, Water Street, Gastown.  Choirs across Vancouver have a friendly sing off to benefit May’s Place, a Downtown Eastside Hospice. http://yuleduel.com/

Dec 1 – Feb 14  Free Ice Skating at Robson Square. Bring own skates or rentals $4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Dec 2  CBC Open House & Food Bank Day, 6 am – 6 pm, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver.   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/features/cbc-vancouver-s-open-house-and-food-bank-day-1.3844387

Dec 2 – 17 Carol Ships Parade of Lights. More than 80 Vancouver boats decorate themselves with twinkling lights and parade around the waterfront, accompanied by live or pre-recorded Christmas carols.  Free to watch the parade.  If you want to be on a carol ship, book now!!  Check out site for best shoreside viewing nights:  http://www.carolships.org/s/ShoresideEvents.asp

Dec 3  Christmas Festival at The Shipyard, 5 – 8 pm, at the foot of Lonsdale, Wallace Mews Road, North Van.  Ornament and lantern making, gingerbread decorating, visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas sing-a-long, 6pm lighting of Xmas tree, ~7:30-8:30pm viewing of passing carol ships, etc.  http://www.cnv.org/parks-recreation-and-culture/signature-events/christmas-festival

Dec 3 Lumière Festival, West End, Vancouver. Morton Park: 4:30-8pm; Jim Deva Plaza 6:30-10:30pm.  http://westendbia.com/lumiere/

Dec 4   Vancouver Santa Claus Parade starts at noon. Family festivities from 10 am to noon at square in front of Vancouver Art Gallery.  1.4 kilometre parade route starts at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Smithe. Bring non-perishable food for Food Bank or make $ donation.  http://rogerssantaclausparade.com/

Dec 4  Burnaby Lake Nature House Holiday Open House, 11 am – 2 pm, 4519 Piper Avenue (off Winston Street), Burnaby. Learn about Burnaby Lake and its history, go for a guided wildlife/winter tour along forested trails, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.  http://burnabylakepark.ca/event/holiday-open-house-2016/

Dec 4 – 27  Hyatt Hotel’s 26th Annual Gingerbread Lane. More than 30 gingerbread creations in the lobby of Hyatt, 655 Burrard. Open 24 hrs.  https://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/news-and-events/events/gingerbread-lane-at-hyatt-regency-vancouver.html

Dec 10  Stewart Farm Christmas Open House, noon-4pm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey.  Treat yourself to an old-fashioned Christmas.  http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/2891.aspx

Dec 11  Annual Faraday Science Show, 2-3:30 pm, UBC Hebb Theatre, 2045 East Mall, Vancouver.  Dept of Physics and Astronomy’s staff and students present this science show for children of all ages!! Bring donation for Food Bank.  http://outreach.phas.ubc.ca/events/faraday-show/

Dec 13-24  Twelve Nights of Christmas at Robson Square Ice Rink6 pm nightly + 2:30 pm show on weekends.  http://www.robsonsquare.com/events/

Dec 15 – 19  Christmas Musical, Willingdon Church, 7pm (+ 3pm shows on weekend), 4912 Willingdon (near Moscrop).  Free balcony seating, 1st come, 1st served. Free parking at BCIT.  Main floor reserved seats for $10.  https://willingdon.org/event/christmas-musical

Dec 16 – 30  Christmas at Canada Place on the Canadian Trail, 12-6pm. Closed Dec 24-25.  Free festive activities, 15-foot snow globe, Rudolph’s theatre, etc.  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/christmas/event-information/

Dec 21  Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, 6pm start in 3 neighbourhoods: Yaletown, Chinatown/Strathcona, and Granville Island.  To make a lantern for the procession/site, register in advance with a small fee.   Fire, singing, dancing, music, and storytelling http://www.secretlantern.org/festival/#festival-overview

to Jan 22  Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam, 4:30 – 11pm.  Over 100,000 lights surround Lafarge Lake in a 1.2 km route with 10 themed zones.  http://www.coquitlam.ca/parks-recreation-and-culture/arts-and-culture/special-events-calendar/LightsatLafarge.aspx

Dec 31  New Year’s Eve Vancouver, 6:30 on. Canada Place Way between Howe and Burrard.  Free transit 5 pm to 5 am, but please check which routes have late nights.  http://www.nyevan.com/whats-on

Jan 1, 2017  Polar Bear Swim, 2:30pm, English Bay Beach. Register between 12:30-2:30.  Join thousands of brave souls in this 100 yard icy cold race.  Feel free to dress up in costume!  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/polar-bear-swim.aspx

Free 2017 Discovery Pass for Canada’s National Parks to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary:  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/admission.aspx

Ongoing Events:

Winter Farmers Markets: http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets-2016

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites  http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

  • December 3: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • December 10: The Polar Express 3D

Dec 11/12  Christmas Drive-In Movies,  3650 East Kent Avenue South, Vancouver. $20/carload up to 8 people.  http://www.christmasdrivein.ca/#top

Dec 1 – Jan 2 Free ride on the Carousel with VanDusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights admission (adults $18.50 on-line):  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/festival-of-lights.aspx

Dec 9 – Jan 2  Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory.  4 – 9 pm Free parking at the lot near the fountains.  Free ride on the Ferris Wheel with Bloedel Conservatory admission ($6.75/adult):  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/holiday-heights.aspx

Dec 31 Mt Seymour Family First Night $15/kid, $20/adult,  6-9 pm Includes snowshoeing, tubing, fireworks, etc.   http://www.mountseymour.com/family-first-night

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November Free Events–Vancouver Area

If you know of any November events not listed here, please let me know.  Thanks!  Note that for the Nov. 22 free film event, pre-registration is required.

Nov 1  All Souls, Mountainview Cemetery, Celebration Hall, 5455 Fraser Street, 7-9 pm   http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/40241.aspx

Nov 4  Variety Week Street Festival, 11:30 – 7 pm, Central City Plaza, Surrey http://www.variety.bc.ca/events/_entry/variety-week-street-festival

Nov 5  Diwali Downtown Surrey, 3 – 7 pm, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave. http://diwalifest.ca/?event=diwali-downtown-surrey-2&event_date=2016-11-05

Nov 11  Remembrance Day Events in Lower Mainland:  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-remembrance-day-events/

Nov 13  Hyde Creek Salmon Festival, 11 am – 3 pm, 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam, and Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Road.  Environmental displays, see salmon closeup, nature walks, raptors and other animal exhibits, hatchery tours, nature hikes, etc. http://www.hydecreek.org/read-me/

Nov 14  Hyundai Canada Presents Diwali Downtown: Surrey City Hall, 3-7pm.  13450 104 Ave.  http://diwalifest.ca/?event=diwali-downtown-surrey

Book your free Singing Christmas Tree tickets for Dec 2-9 now before they’re gone! Broadway Church, 2700 E. Broadway, Vancouver http://www.singingchristmastree.ca/

Nov 14-20  Free Small Hot Premium Roast Coffee at McDonalds  http://www4.mcdonalds.ca/mccafe_eng/#freecoffee

Nov 17 Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures Opening Party, 7-9 pm, Museum of Anthropology, UBC.  Free admission after 6 pm. “130 exquisite handmade textiles from around the globe…that express human belief systems, social status and political identity, and display a vast range of materials and production techniques across different cultures and time frames.”  http://moa.ubc.ca/portfolio_page/opening-layers-of-influence/

Nov 17-20 Eastside Culture Crawl  Thurs/Fri  5-10pm; Sat/Sun 11am-6pm.  Visual arts festival with over 475+ Eastside artists, painters, potters, weavers, glassblowers, etc. in their studios bounded by Columbia St, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive, and waterfront.  http://culturecrawl.ca/

Nov 18-20   45th Annual Deer Lake Craft Festival, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby. Free admission and parking.  http://www.burnabyartscouncil.org/deer-lake-craft-festival/

Nov 19 – 20  Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: Celebrating the Season of the Eagles & Salmon, various sites not far from Harrison Hotsprings, about 30 min east of Mission.  http://fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca/

Nov 19 – Jan 2 Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. Free admission, $2.60 carousel rides. Illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionnette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, visits with Father Christmas, and Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt!  Closed Dec 24/25.  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/events/events/heritage-christmas.html

Nov 22 Free Screening of Yellowing 亂世備忘 , 6:30 pm, Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC. Registration required.  http://asia.ubc.ca/events/event/yellowing-a-film-by-chan-tze-woon/

Nov 25  Il Mercato (Christmas) Market, 4-8pm, Italian Cultural Centre  3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver.  http://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-night-market/

Nov 25 – Jan 2  Festival of Trees, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver.  Open 24 hrs over 2 floors, with overflow into upper level of CF Pacific Centre Mall. Donate and vote for your favourite decorated tree.  http://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/vancouver

Nov 26 Edmonds Festival of Lights, 2:00-5:30pm, Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds.  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/burnaby/555/edmonds-festival-of-lights?

Nov 26  Candytown: A Yaletown Holiday Festival, 12-7pm, 1152 Mainland Street, Vancouver.  https://yaletowninfo.com/event/candytown-a-yaletown-holiday-festival-2016/

Nov 26  Zaryevka Ballet’s The Jabberwocky, 11am and 1pm (2 sessions), Art Starts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver.  45 min, narrated ballet with “giant puppets, colourful costumes, and exciting professional dancing.”  http://artstarts.com/events

Nov 26 – Dec 17 Dundarave Festival of Lights, West Vancouver. Four Saturdays of free concerts: noon to dusk. Nov. 26–Christmas Fair; Dec 3–Nativity and Paddle Songs; Dec 10–World Christmas: Dec 17–Christmas Wassail and Bonfire Night.  http://www.dundaravefestival.com/

Nov 27  Zaryevka Ballet’s The Jabberwocky, 11am and 1pm (2 sessions), Art Starts Gallery, River Market, Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster.  See above for description.

Nov 28 – Jan 1 Bright Nights at Stanley Park, 3-10pm, closed Dec 25.  By Miniature Train Ride.  Admission by donation to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/stanley-park/bright-nights/

Ongoing Events:

Winter Farmers Markets: http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets-2016

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites  http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

  • November 5: Air Bud Golden Receiver
  • November 12: Ice Age: Collision Course
  • November 19: The Secret Life of Pets
  • November 26: Home Alone