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:

Hawaii From Above at Flyover Canada

When: November 3 to December 16
Where: Canada Place, downtown Vancouver

No getaway to the beach this year? Take a virtual flying journey over Hawaii at FlyOver Canada. Soar over iconic island sights like Waikiki Beach and the Road to Hana. Escape the rainy Vancouver days and enjoy a new adventure getting to know the Aloha State. Visit Mondays through Thursdays for free child admission with each adult, plus a cookie and 50% off a souvenir photo. 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.

Beyond King Tut

When: Friday November 4 – Sunday, January 8, 2023
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre; 1055 Canada Place
Website: Beyond King Tut Tickets

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience is a new exhibition developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, that commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Vancouver is the first Canadian city named to host this highly anticipated exhibition.

Vancouver Christmas Market

When: Saturday, November 12 to Saturday, 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: Sunday, November 6
Where: BC Place

Hoo boy, here we go! the Calgary Stampeders travel west to meet our BC Lions who locked up their spot in the CFL’s Western Semi-Finals on Sunday, November 6. Get ready to roar!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

When: Saturday, November 19 to Sunday, January 22
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 3 at 10am.

Christmas Glow Langley

When: Wednesday, November 23 – Saturday, December 31, 2022
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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