Find Family Fun in Vancouver in November and the Lower Mainland

Things to Do in Vancouver in November - SavvyMom

November in Vancouver is in full force, as the windy storms of recent days have blown many of the remaining leaves to the ground, proving we are right in the heart of the autumn season here in the rainy West Coast. As the calendar flips over into November, plenty of folks are looking ahead to the winter beyond – and the holiday season too.

Our list of fun family events is no different: plenty of those Christmas favourites kick off in Vancouver in November (and they’re often less busy than they will be as we approach the big day.) But don’t fear, we’ve got some autumn fun still to enjoy – if it’s too early for you to ponder the holidays – along with some unique arts events and family attractions, too.

Here’s Some Fun Family Things to Do in Vancouver in November:

Legendary Iceland: Landscapes and Lore

When: from now until Thursday December 14
Where: Canada Place, downtown Vancouver

Take off on an exhilarating flying ride that lets you soar, dive, and dip through incredible Icelandic landscapes. From towering peaks and stunning fjords to untouched tundra and wildflower meadows, join us on an otherworldly journey aboard Legendary Iceland. Keep an eye open for their upcoming holiday event: FlyOver Canada always has a fun Christmas-themed trip in December, too. Book tickets in advance; weekends have extra family fun with a caricaturist on site and more activities.

Vancouver Christmas Market

When: Thursday November 16 to Sunday December 24
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place

The longest running Christmas Market in Vancouver is back will once again be a cause for celebration this holiday season. The only European Christmas Market in the city, this annual tradition is known for its European handcrafted gifts and toys, as well as a variety of food trucks serving up schnitzel, bavarian sausage, grog, and much more.

BC Lions Division Semi-Final

When: Saturday, November 4
Where: BC Place

Hoo boy, here we go! It’s a western semi-final rematch as the Calgary Stampeders once again travel west to meet our BC Lions who just locked up their spot in the CFL’s Western Semi-Finals. Get ready to roar on Saturday, November 4!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

When: Friday November 17 – Sunday January 21
Where: 3735 Capilano Road

Enjoy the natural beauty of one of the region’s most popular attractions with a seasonal light display that is sure to mesmerize. The suspension bridge, the canyon below, and the “forest walk” (along a raised path high above the forest floor) are all lit up – along with the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world along the route. The Arc de Lumina light tunnel is a picture perfect magical moment for kids of all ages. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 2 at 10am PT.

Christmas Glow Langley

When: Thursday Novvember 23 –Saturday December 30
Where: Glow Gardens Langley; 6690 216 St., Langley
Website: Glow Gardens Langley Christmas

Guests will experience a family-friendly outdoor Christmas festival with towering light gardens and magical landscapes, all under more than a million lights. Attractions include a kids scavenger hunt, food trucks, a holiday train ride, pictures with Santa, a princess meet and greet, and a giant warmed tent space with live performances and delicious holiday beverages.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

When: Saturday, November 26 – Monday, January 2, 2023
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave
Website: Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Travel back in time and right into the holiday spirit with the annual, and ever-popular, Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. This historic site captures the spirit of the city in the 1920s, from the blacksmith hut, to the one-room schoolhouse and the soda shop (though the hot chocolate might be more fitting this time of year.) All decked out for the holidays with decorations and lights throughout, it’s sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.


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