Here are our top picks of 22 amazing things to do in Vancouver in November.
Metro Vancouver is a hive of activity as it ramps up for the busy festive season. Find incredible immersive experiences, live performances, fun-filled family events and culinary delights.
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Best things to do in Vancouver in November
1. National Geographic Beyond King Tut – The Immersive Experience, November 4, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Take a one hour journey through nine galleries for a multi-sensory experience of one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds in Egypt. Discover the ancient wonders of the King Tut story, Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Giza and more.
Admission: Tickets range in price from peak to off peak hours. Use this discount code when selecting a date and time (wendynordvikvarr) in the “enter coupon code here” box. It will then take $3 off each ticket until the end of day November 4. See more details and buy tickets.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
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2. Bear Creek Park Lights – November 4-18, 2022
Bear Creek Park Lights offers a safe, fun family-friendly evening event.
Journey through half-kilometre trails of the park gardens to be dazzled by a series of illuminated natural landscapes and whimsical light displays.
The display runs from November 4 – 18 from 4:30 – 9:30 pm. The event is closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day.
Tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets are free for this event. There are 80 tickets for each booking time. Entry times are available every 30 minutes. Sales will open October 2022 for purchase online or by phone 604-501-5100.
Location: 13750 – 88 Avenue, Surrey
3. Beauty And The Beast Cocktail Experience – November 4 – January 22, 2023
Activities: For ages 19+, the Beauty and the Beast Immersive Cocktail Experience is a 90-minute journey into a magical Victorian world. Non-alcholic drinks are available. Costumes are encouraged.
Tickets: Book tickets here.
Hours: Various time slots from November 14 – January 22, 2023
Location: 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver.
4. Circle Craft Christmas Market November 9-13, 2022
Activities: One of the largest Western Canada craft markets featuring artisans from across Canada.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre
5. The Sound of Music – November 10-December 24, 2022
The Sound of Music is a classic musical favourite for many. Set in Austria pre-WW11. Follow the von Trapp
The hills are alive! One of the most powerful and romantic musicals of all time, The Sound of Music brims with beloved tunes such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “Edelweiss.” Journey along with the spirited Maria, who takes a governess position with the von Trapp family, falling first for the children and then the widower Captain von Trapp himself, all against the stirring backdrop of pre-WWII Austria.
Location: Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
6. Vancouver Christmas Market – November 12 – December 24, 2022
Activities: Vancouver’s beloved Christmas Market is back with all the festive fun, great gift ideas, festive foods and drinks. There are over 80 European and local artisan stalls to enjoy. Ride the magical Carousel. Walk down the tunnel of light in Lover’s Lane. Marvel at the walk-in Christmas Tree. Get into the holiday spirit with holiday entertainment. There are 30 new vendors added for gourmet treats along the Gourmetstrasse.
Tickets: Book tickets in advance. Pre-season launch Sale: use code VCM2022 to save $4 per ticket.
Hours: Entertainment weekdays – 4:30 – 9:30 pm and on weekends 12:30 – 9:30 pm.
Location: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver.
Vancouver Christmas Market is one of the best things to do in Vancouver in November. Photo: Desiree Carr©
7. Broadway Across Canada – Jesus Christ Superstar – November 15-20, 2022
This 90 minute rock opera musical performance of Jesus Christ Superstar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Billboard Album by the same name. The performance features the songs, ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.
The music and lyrics created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, first came to the stage at London’s Regent Park Open Air Theatre.
Buy tickets here for the show at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.
8. Tinseltown – Christmas Pop Up Bar – for adults only – November 15-December 31, 2022
Activities: Tinseltown is decorated in everything Christmas to get into the full festive spirit. There will be everything Christmas: Christmas music, Christmas drinks and Christmas food. Non-alcoholic drinks are available.
Tickets: Book tickets here.
Hours: Various time slots from November 15-December 31, 2022
Location: 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver.
9. Winterlust at the H Tasting Lounge – Now until December 31, 2022
Activities: Winterlust is an elevated outdoor domed dining experience at the Westin Bayshore Inn’s Coal Harbour patio. Enjoy festive cocktails and food in a magical heated snow globe. Each dome seats a maximum of six people.
Hours: Various seating times from 11:30 am – 12 am. Winterlust at the H Tasting Lounge books up fast. We were lucky and managed to secure a reservation on the same day due to a cancellation.
Location: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver.
Reservations are a must.
Winterlust at the H Tasting Lounge is an elevated dining experience in Vancouver. We went for a special birthday celebration. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©
10. East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid – November 16, 2022 – January 02, 2023
Under the sea Ariel dives into an ocean adventure where she makes a questionable deal with a devilish octopus named Ursula, fights off evil electric eels with her trash crab BFF, Sebastian, and has to help save the ocean from a mysterious purple slime of despair.
The performances will be at the York Theatre and offered online. Buy tickets here.
11. Eastside Culture Crawl November 17-20, 2022
Activities: Come to this open artists studio event put on by the Eastside Arts Society. Explore the creativity of Vancouver’s local artists. Attend workshops, talk to artists and watch demonstrations.
Download a list of all the artists.
Location: View a map with all the locations in Vancouver.
12. Lumière – Dream the Future – A celebration of Light, Art, Music and Dance – November 17-27, 2022
Lumière is different this year. The festival will feature a series of pop-up performances for eight days at different locations throughout Vancouver’s Downtown. Each performance is different.
Activities: There are numerous stunning art and interactive light displays featuring 55 artists and performers.
Admission: Free for all to enjoy.
Hours: November 17-27, 2022.
Locations: At several Vancouver locations. Find out where.
13. Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – November 19, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Activities: Journey through a magical festive light display in a rainforest high above the Capilano River Canyon. Cross the glowing suspension bridge, walk along the Cliffwalk and through the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel. The world’s eighth tallest Christmas tree is found at the Treetops Adventure.
Admission: Partial proceeds will be donated to support the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Association
Tickets: Tickets will be sold online and will become available at the beginning of November 3,2022.
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm daily November 19, 2022 – January 22, 2023. Closed on Christmas Day.
Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver. Free shuttle is available from Canada Place.
Website: Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights
14. Surrey Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market – November 19, 2022
Activities: Santa and Mrs. Claus host the event, which includes the lighting of Surrey’s 60-foot Christmas tree, followed by entertainment from a variety of local performers, dance groups, choirs and more. Be sure to visit the Holiday Market.
Children can enjoy free pictures with Santa, free hot chocolate, free holiday cookie kits, Kids Crafts, magical light and holiday displays, as well as illuminated swings and teeter totters.
The Enchanted Eats zone offers delicious treats for purchase from food trucks and free hot chocolate while it lasts.
Hours: Date pending. Santa welcome at 12:50 pm and Surrey Mayor welcome at 6 pm.
Location: Surrey Civic Plaza, 1340 104 Avenue, Surrey
Website: Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
15. Harrison Lights on the Lake – November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Harrison Hot Springs lakefront will be lit up from dusk until 11 pm. Stroll along the 1 km waterfront promenade to see the sparkling light display. The holiday lights focus on the natural environment, wildlife and the elusive Sasquatch.
November 19, 2022 – until January 8, 2023.
Website: Harrison Lights on the Lake
16. Disney on Ice – Road Trip Adventure – November 23-27, 2022
Disney on Ice presents a wild road trip adventure for Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends as they travel to favorite Disney destinations. Elsa and Anna experience a magical journey. Moana travels to the sun soaked Motunui. Simba takes a safari to the Pride Lands. Aladdin visits a whole new world. Woody and Forky join the escapades of fun-filled carnival.
Dates: Various performance times November 23-27, 2022. The show is approximately 45 minutes in length.
Tickets: $25.00 – $130.00 plus fees. All guests ages 2 and older need to purchase a ticket. Buy tickets.
Location: Pacific Coliseum, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver.
17. Glow Langley at Milner Village Garden Centre Christmas Lights 2022 – November 23 – December 31, 2022
Langley’s Christmas Glow is a walk-around adventure with a new “Jolly Jumble” theme.
Activities: Find Santa’s elves in a scavenger hunt as you wander through the sea of giant ornaments, forest of dancing magical trees and a dazzling display of almost one million lights. Visit the animated musical tunnel, Elf Castle, swings, hop scotch, playpark, bouncy farm and take a ride on the Glow Comotive. Meet special character and the Glow princesses. Plan a visit with Santa who will be there nightly until December 24.
There will be featured food trucks and entertainment.
Admission: Use the EarlyBird40 discount code for 40 per cent off tickets for November 23 – December 2, 2022. Regular admission: Adults 13+: $19.99 plus fees, Children 4-12 and Seniors: $14.99 plus fee. Ages 3 and under free. Family rate for 2 Adults and 3 children/seniors: $69.99 plus fees.
Tickets: Buy tickets online.
Hours: Select times between 4-10 pm November 23-December 31, 2022.
Location: Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th Street, Langley.
Website: Glow Gardens Langley
Vancouver’s VanDusen Festival of Lights features more than one million shimmering lights in the 15 acres of botanical gardens.
Activities: The 45-minute experience follows the one way path through a magical wonderland with themed areas. Enjoy holiday music, dancing lights show and tasty treats are offered for purchase.
Tickets: Tickets must be booked online. There are no tickets available at the gate. The event happens rain or shine and there are no refunds.
Location: 5251 Oak St at West 37th Avenue, Vancouver.
19. Lumagica – A magical walk through experience – Opens November 25, 2022
Activities: Lumagica provides an magical interactive display, light animation and photo opportunities for the entire family. The 1 km light walk takes you on a mesmerizing journey through diverse lands. Walk through a light tunnel to Gingerbread Lane, leading to the magical North Pole Village. Live entertainment and a Christmas market.
Admission: Buy tickets online.
Hours: Opens November 25, 2022 from 4 pm – 10 pm. Closed Christmas Day
Location: Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 17607 62 Ave, Surrey
20. Christmas in Williams Park – Drive-thru Christmas Lights – November 25 – December 18, 2022
Activities: Christmas at Williams Park has been a holiday tradition since 1991. It is a drive-thru event.
Admission: Free, but donations gratefully accepted to help with maintaining display costs and keep this event running.
Hours: Every day from 5 – 9 pm, November 25 – December 18, 2022.
Location: 238 Street and 68 Avenue, Langley
Website: Christmas in Williams Park Society
21. Lights at Lafarge – November 26 – January 31, 2023
Activities: This year the winter Lights at Lafarge has been modified to display lights on two walking loops to help disperse crowding. The new loop will go through Inspiration Garden and the new concession plaza in Town Centre Park.
Admission: Free. Parking is limited. Consider walking or taking the SkyTrain to Lafare Lake – Douglas station.
Hours: November 26 – January 31, 2023 from 4 pm – 10 pm. Avoid the crowds for the best viewing experience. Come before 6 pm or after 8 pm. Try to avoid the crowds on weekends and the week of December 16 – 26.
Location: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Website: Lights at Lafarge
22. North Pole Express at the Railway Museum November 26 – December 18, 2022
Activities: Board a one hour ride on the North Pole Express to find Santa Claus. On your journey meet elves, sing songs and be entertained. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and candy canes onboard the train. When you arrive at the North Pole there will be arts and crafts, hot chocolate, cotton candy, ride a holiday minirail train, and explore the holiday model train displays and more.
Admission: First Class – $50, Coach – $40, Night Time Ride (6PM) – $63. Infants on lap free. Free parking included with ticket.
Tickets: Available online here.
Hours: November 26-27, December 3-4 and December 17-18, 2022.
Location: 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Website: The North Pole Express
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