21 Things To Do, Eat, See, & Buy In Vancouver This Weekend (Dec. 6-8)

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The holidays are upon us, and that means there’s a lot of things to do this weekend to enjoy the wintry season. With so much happening from festivals, a parade, markets and shopping, you may have a tough time choosing how to spend your days.

Here are 21 things you to do in Vancouver this weekend.

Things To Do This Weekend: Holiday Events

Aurora Winter Festival Vancouver 2019

About: Canada’s largest winter festival is taking over the PNE starting this weekend, it’s sure to be a place where “holiday magic comes to life.” Attractions include a 200-feet tube slide, a skating pond, and, last but certainly not least: The North Pole!
Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – Sunday, January 5th, 2020
Time: Various
Cost: $12.99 – $17.99

VanDusen Christmas Festival of Lights 2019

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Photo: Shimmeringenergy ♥ / 604 Now Flickr Pool

About: You may be familiar with the VanDusen Botanical Garden, but seeing it decorated in Christmas lights in a completely different experience. Expect a “dancing lights” show, as well an appearance by the Man in Red.
Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2019 to Sunday, January 5th, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: $11.50 – $24

Lights At Lafarge 2019

About: Coquitlam’s largest free outdoor light display features a 1.2 km trail of lights that circles the Lafarge Lake. This weekend only, you’ll find a garden, friendly creatures, and food vendors, as part of the pre-lighting celebration.
Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2019 to Monday, January 20th, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

Vancouver Christmas Market 2019

About: The Vancouver Christmas Market is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, and it’s celebrating it in style, with over 80 booths and a huge walk-in Christmas tree!
Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 – Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Cost: $8 – $15

GLOW Christmas Festival 2019

Glow Christmas Festival Vancouver

Photo: Glow Gardens

About: GLOW is one of Vancouver’s most popular Christmas events every year, and this year they’re raising the bar, with over 9,000,000 lights and over 250 food vendors on-site.
Date: Thursday, November 21st, 2019 – Sunday, January 5th, 2020
Time: Various
Cost: $19.99

Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights 2019

About: Everyone knows about the Capilano Suspension Bridge, but the park is something else during its Christmas celebration. The park features some of the tallest natural Christmas trees, in the world.
Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Cost: Various

Steveston’s Winter In the Village

About: Steveston’s waterfront is turning into a winter wonderland this season, where you can walk through and enjoy a myriad of festive events. There will be dazzling lights, Santa visits and Christmas shopping.
Date: Thursday November 21st – Tuesday December 31st
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

Stanley Park Bright Nights Christmas Train 2019

Stanley Park Bright Lights

Photo: @brightnightsvan / Instagram

About: Everyone knows about the Capilano Suspension Bridge, but the park is something else during its Christmas celebration. The park features some of the tallest natural Christmas trees, in the world.
Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Cost: Various

Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas 2019

About: One of the more unique Christmas experiences in Metro Vancouver, Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas is what spending Christmas in a charming 1920s town would be like.
Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 – Friday, January 3rd, 2019
Time: Various
Cost: Free

The Peak of Christmas At Grouse Mountain 2019

About: If you ever thought about what it’d be like to spend Christmas in the North Pole, Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas celebration might be the closet you can get. With sleigh-rides, reindeer, and a gingerbread village, it’s truly a winter wonderland
Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – Sunday, January 5th, 2019
Time: Various
Cost: Various

Dundarave Christmas Festival

About: This annual festive event features live music and a tree display every Saturday until New Year’s. Head to West Vancouver to see the dozens of Christmas trees lined up along the beach.
Date: Saturday, November 30 – Tuesday, December 31
Time: Varies
Cost: Free

Cineplex Community Days

About: Join this Christmas movie madness at the Cineplex Community Days. Here, you can choose from some of your favourite Christmas films to watch in theatres, including Polar ExpressA Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and more!
Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 9-11 am
Cost: Free

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Things To Do This Weekend: Culture

Chaos Space Pop-Up

About: This pop-up event features 24 different backdrops, each worthy of your Instagram. The general theme, however, focuses on “light and darkness, space and obscurity.”
Date: Now until Tuesday, December 31st, 2019.
Time: Various
Cost: $28 (Adult) / $15 (Children)

Cirque Du Soleil: LUZIA

Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Corteo by Cirque du Soleil / Facebook

About: From an old movie set and the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces, and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. (This week, Cirque Du Soleil extended their stay until late late December!)
Date: Thursday October 3rd, 2019 – Sunday December 29th, 2019
Time: Various
Cost: Starting at $54

Cats & Dogs at Science World 2019

About: If you’re cat and dog lover, or just an avid learner, you’ll love this Science World exhibit, which seeks to help you learn about our feline and canine companions scientifically, sociologically, and culturally.
Date: Now until Sunday, January 5th, 2020
Time: Various
Cost: Regular Admission

Things To Do This Weekend: Food & Sales

Krampusmarkt

About: Celebrate the German tradition and join Krampusmarkt at Strange Fellows Brewing. This event features the mythical character Krampus, who is a demonic-like creature who punishes children who have been bad. The event will feature photos with Krampus, as well as a holiday market and of course- beer.
Date: Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

Potters Christmas Store

Potters Christmas Store Vancouver

Photo: @pottersdotca / Instagram

About: We’re getting (kinda) close to Christmas, and if you’re already thinking about decorations, this might be the perfect place to start. The store is 28,000 square-feet, making it the biggest in British Columbia. Santa himself may or may not be there.
Date: Now Open
Time: Various
Cost: Free

McArthurGlen Christmas 2019

About: The McArthurGlen Designer Outlets kicked off their Christmas season last week, and more are on the way. In the meantime, take advantage of the various holiday sales that are now in effect!
Date: Starting Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Time: Various

New Westminster Winter Farmers Market

About: The New West Farmers Market’s first winter market is back this Saturday. Expect to see a wide variety of produce, plants, crafts, and live entertainment.
Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 to Saturday, April, 18th, 2020
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Free

McDonald’s McCafe $1 & $2 Coffee

About: To keep you warm as the weather starts getting colder, McDonald’s is offering brewed coffee of any size for just $1, and small lattes for just $2, from now until early December. Get ’em while they’re hot!
Date: Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 to Sunday, December 8th, 2019.
Time: Regular Hours
Cost: $1 – $2 (plus tax)

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

About: Vancouver Beer Bike Tour, hosted by Canadian Craft Tours, is an exciting way to travel between some of North Vancouver’s most popular breweries.
Date: Saturday March 9th, 2019 – Monday December 30th, 2019
Time: Various
Cost: $45

To find more great events to check out in Vancouver, explore our Events section!

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