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The last full week of November is already here, so let’s move on. Plan your week with help from our list of 15 fun things to do in Vancouver. Discover Surrey Holiday Lights, The Zolas, and more.
Surrey Holiday Lights
What: Surrey Holiday Lights is an indoor and outdoor light and music festival that will take place at the Surrey Civic Plaza. The dazzling experience is highlighted by the Holiday Lights Tent, which features various illuminated exhibits, a holiday light canopy and plenty of photo opportunities. The Snowflake Outdoor Stage and North Pole Indoor Stage will also feature live music throughout the day.
Children will also be able to take pictures with Santa Claus, although they are positioned and tilted so as to keep a safe distance. Visitors looking to shop can also visit the Holiday Market, which will showcase artisans from the boutique, Christmas crafts, and Indigenous artists. And if you need hot drinks or delicious food, head to the Enchanted Eats area, which offers some of Surrey’s best food trucks, treats, hot chocolates and gourmet coffees.
When: November 25, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Time: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day
Or: Surrey Civic Plaza – 13450-104 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Available online (the first 1000 tickets sold can use HOLIDAY40 for a 40% reduction on admission)
CandyTown – A Holiday Festival in Yaletown
What: The Yaletown Business Improvement Association hosts the annual free outdoor Christmas festival, CandyTown, turning Yaletown into a winter wonderland. Holiday shoppers can complete their shopping list at local merchants and the specialty market while enjoying roaming vacation characters, an updated CandyTown cocktail tour, and a life-size CandyLand board game with interactive characters. Vancouver’s only free outdoor winter market also offers horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures and more.
When: November 27, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Or: Yaletown – Mainland Street, Hamilton Street and parts of Davie Street
Admission: To free
Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo
What: This exhibition from the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo, is an extensive look at contemporary art in Metro Vancouver. The exhibition features works by more recent artists as well as established artists, with a variety of media, scales and modes of presentation.
When: Now until January 2, 2022
Or: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: In line
Sketches in the galleries
What: Artists of all skill levels are invited to the Museum of Surrey on Thursday afternoons for Sketching in the Galleries. Participants are kindly requested to bring their own supplies, although easels are available if needed. Guests can also visit the Surrey Stories Gallery and the Feature Gallery during the sketching sessions.
When: Every Thursday until November 25, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Or: Surrey Museum – 17710 56a Avenue, Surrey
Cost: To free
The sorcerer’s lair
What: The Wizard’s Den is a boozy interactive experience. During your 90 minute session, you can imagine what it would be like to be at a party at Hogwarts. You and your friends will have to complete challenges to unlock the ingredients for the potion. Then you will prepare your concoctions with the help of the local potions master. Your ticket will entitle you to two alcoholic potions plus a mulled wine or an IPA to drink.
When: Now until December 30, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: 904 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $ 46, buy online
Hanukkah JCC Market
What: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Vancouver hosts a Hanukkah market with a variety of vendors, food trucks, and shows. Shop for Hanukkah latkes and cookies, homemade Jewish greeting cards, and more while the kids enjoy fun activities. Proof of vaccination is required for ages 12 and over.
When: November 28, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: Metro Vancouver Jewish Community Center parking lot – 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Donation to the Jewish Food Bank
Whistler Cornucopia 2021
What: Whistler’s popular celebration of food and drink runs through November 28. This delicious shindig always offers attendees an exceptional selection of tastings, dinners and unique experiences.
When: Now until November 28, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Various places
Cost: Miscellaneous, see the list of Whistler Cornucopia Online events
Look towards the sun at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
What: The most recent exhibit at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is Look Towards the Sun, an artistic exchange between Lam Wong, a Chinese-Canadian artist from the Hong Kong diaspora, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, an artist of First Nations ancestry. Cowichan and Syilx nations.
Yuxweluptun’s paintings celebrate and affirm Indigenous ways of living and being while highlighting Indigenous title, rights and sovereignty over unceded land. Wong’s paintings and contemplations as an immigrant inspire his practice as the Garden Artist in Residence. Looking Into the Sun also includes a personal response to the horrific discoveries of the remains of 215 children buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School, the school of which Yuxweluptun is a survivor.
When: From Wednesday to Sunday until December 23, 2021
Time: Various entry times
Or: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Cost: $ 12 to $ 32, buy online
What: Vancouver independent rockers The Zolas present an all-ages show at the Vogue Theater with a special guest on November 26.
When: November 26, 2021
Time: Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.
Or: Vogue Theater – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cost: $ 27.50, purchase online
Christmas Glow at Langley Drive Through
What: The 2021 Glow Gardens in Langley are back this holiday season. You can walk through illuminated tunnels and admire towering light sculptures from the comfort of your car. You’ll take a 20-minute long journey through gardens of twinkling lights at a pace that will make you feel like you’re driving in a parade. Plus, you can order one of their iconic bulb-shaped Glow Cups to sip on while you cruise.
When: From November 23, 2021 to January 1, 2022
Time: Various times
Or: Darvonda Nurseries – 6690 216 Street, Langley
Tickets: $ 29.99 per vehicle
Little Mountain Shop Vacation Pop-up at Polygon
What: The Polygon Gallery hosts Little Mountain Shop Holiday Pop-Up throughout the holiday season. Shop for sustainable products from an all-Canadian lineup of predominantly local, female-led BIPOC designers and designers. Plus, every Thursday evening includes a festive Meet the Makers social event that everyone is welcome to attend.
When: November 24 to December 26, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Thursday)
Cost: To free
Mid November Nacho at Tacofino Gastown
What: One of Vancouver’s favorite taco and burrito destinations, Tacofino, is officially putting its nachos in the spotlight this week. Options to order will include Thai spicy pork, flaming hot nachos, vegan chorizo nachos, and tater totchos. The signature Tacofino Nachos made with roasted jalapeños, feta, cheddar, Monterey Jack, salsa fresca and cream will also be available. Nacho Average November takes place from November 16 to 23 exclusively at the Tacofino 15 W Cordova site.
When: Now until November 23, 2021
Time: Working hours
Or: Tacofino Taco Bar – 15 W Cordova, Vancouver
Grouse Mountain Christmas Summit
What: Grouse Mountain’s whimsical Peak of Christmas experience includes a beautiful light walk around Blue Grouse Lake, as well as outdoor ice skating with incredible views of the 8,000 square foot Mountaintop Skating Pond. Other fan favorite events include breakfast with Santa and photos at Santa’s Workshop with a donation that will benefit BC Children’s Hospital.
This year, for the health and safety of those enjoying the Grouse Mountain Christmas Peak, proof of vaccination will be required for all guests born in 2009 or earlier. In addition, face masks will be mandatory at all resort facilities.
When: November 25, 2021 to January 3, 2022
Time: Various times
Or: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free with an annual Locals or Snow pass, a mountain entry ticket or a special family rate of $ 109 for two adults and two children.
ART FOR CHILDREN
What: ART FOR KIDS is an art exhibition fundraiser and documentary short film screening to benefit Shanty Town Spirit, a Cambodian children’s charity founded and run by the Princess of Cambodia. The event features works by local artists Isaac Holland, KC Hall and Bryan Beyung, who will be in attendance. There will also be three screenings of the seven-minute documentary film during ART FOR KIDS, and 50% of all art sales will go directly to the Shanty Town Spirit charity.
When: April 26, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. to midnight
Or: NEXT DOOR – 1638 Venables Street, Vancouver
Cost: $ 10, buy tickets online
VanDusen Festival of Lights
What: Over 15 acres of the grounds of the VanDusen Botanical Garden will be bathed in magical lights and filled with holiday backdrops. Also expect to find plenty of your favorite holiday treats for sale, as you stroll the lighted paths of the gardens. This year there is a new illuminated rose garden where garden stewards have used their art to “wake up” the garden. Capacity for the event will be limited and proof of vaccination will be required.
When: November 26, 2021 to January 3, 2022
Time: Various times
Or: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online only, $ 17.50 for adults