Find Family Fun in November in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

November in Vancouver - 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 around Vancouver kick off 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 November in Vancouver:

The Real Wild West at Flyover Canada

When: November 4 to December 5
Where: Canada Place, downtown Vancouver
Website: https://www.flyovercanada.com/events/

Take a virtual flying journey over vast and endless prairies, deep valleys, over wild rivers and through cities in this new ride focused on the west. (And if you’re looking for a night out without the kids, a special showing includes a drinks event at the attached cafe.) Keep an eye open for the holiday event: this attraction 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: November 13 to December 24
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place
Website: https://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

It was sorely missed last year, so the return of the longest running Christmas Market in Vancouver will surely 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 Home Games

When: November 12 and 19
Where: BC Place
Website: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/bc-lions-tickets/artist/890988

Take me out to the ball game – the football game, that is. Bundle up, put some hot chocolate in a thermos, and watch the hometown heroes take on the Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Elks in two home games in November. Keep in mind, entry will require proof of vaccination status.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

When: November 20 to January 23
Where: 3735 Capilano Road
Website: https://www.capbridge.com/explore/canyon-lights/

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.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

When: November 27 to January 3
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave
Website: https://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/what-s-on/heritage-christmas.html

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.

Taves Family Farm

When: on now until Winter
Where: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
Website: https://www.tavesfamilyfarms.com/

Starting September 1, this Fraser Valley farm – one of  the most popular destinations for Vancouver family fun in September – will be open daily. With u-pick open for apple, plum, and goji berry, along with pumpkins right around the corner, this farm has plenty of fresh produce to take home, along with heaps of farm fun while you’re there, including a farm store, a kid’s play area, and much more.

Sensea Immersive: Da Vinci Experience

When: on now until March 31, 2022
Where: Tsawwassen Mills
Website: https://sensea.show/canada/

Enjoy a whole new way to experience the art of Leonardo Da Vinci with an immersive display of the artist’s masterpieces. This 360-degree digital show includes displays, sound effects, projection mapping, virtual reality experiences, and more.

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