38 Metro Vancouver Events To Check Out This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

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From outdoor Christmas lights to holiday markets, here are 38 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

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Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, December 14

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights Tour

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

About: The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are being transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.
Cost: Free – $46.95
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lights Of Hope

Lights of Hope

Photo: @audi.fs / Instagram

About: This spectacular display will be up until Monday, January 7th, 2019, shining every day from dusk till dawn.
Cost: By donation
Time: dawn to dusk

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

About: The event explores the Titanic’s human stories, which are told through more 120 authentic artifacts and and extensive room re-creations. Additionally, the exhibition commemorates the centennial of the maiden voyage and of life’s fragility.
Cost: $13.95 – $17.95
Time: 10:00 a.m

Bacio Rosso

About: Bacio Rosso is an intimate, fully immersive evening of cirque, comedy and cuisine. It’ll be in Vancouver for a string of shows at Queen Elizabeth Park starting Thursday, November 1st, 2018.
Cost: Starting at $109
Time: 6:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.

Aurora Winter Festival

Aurora Winter Festival

Photo: @lookswow / Instagram

About: The family-friendly festival offers elements inspired by the North Pole, including mystical characters, captivating light displays, ice-skating on a frozen river, Santa’s workshop and carnival rides among other attractions.
Cost: Free – $19.99
Time: Various

Body Language

About: Guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation traces the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.
Cost: Free – $26
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Haida Now

About: Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890.
Cost: $9 – $19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Glow Christmas Light Garden & Market

About: Bring together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play with under their twinkling lights. Glow’s playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while the illuminated sculptures are the perfect backdrop for selfies and holiday family photos.
Cost: Free – $71.99
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Curious Imaginings

About: This art exhibit will “challenge us to explore the social impacts of emerging bio-technology and our ethical limits”.
Cost: $11 – $35
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Vancouver Christmas Market

About: The city’s signature yuletide celebration offers its largest festivities to date. It will feature more than 80 huts of authentic German sweets, treats and treasures.
Cost: $5 – $50
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve)

Sea Of Lights

About: This festive season, immerse yourself in a mesmerizing display of lights, bubbles, movements and sounds inside the Vancouver Aquarium’s interactive experience.
Cost: Free – $38
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Peak Of Christmas

Christmassy Countries In The World

Photo: @vancitywild / Instagram

About: Feel the enchantment and radiance of twinkling lights, the calm echo of the snow, the warmth of Santa’s smile as he greets you in his workshop and the joy of witnessing real reindeer.
Cost: Free – $149

Heritage Christmas

About: Stroll through Village streets to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays. At the bandstand, visitors can create their own magical holiday show with lights that change colours to sound.
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Harrison Hot Springs Winter Light Festival

About: Harrison Hot Springs is going to overflow with holiday cheer this year with a new winter light festival called Lights on the Lake, the Christmas Tree Trail, a Cabin Style New Year’s celebration and much more!
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge

Photo: @bon.bahar / Instagram

About: The route will take visitors through a dazzling 1.2 kilometres of festive lights with ten themed zones. This family-friendly event is free to attend and is located near the Lafarge Lake SkyTrain station.
Cost: Free
Time: Dusk – 11:00 p.m.

Photos With Santa

About: Ho-Ho-Ho! Capture your holiday memories and get a festive photo taken with Santa at Central City.
Cost: Starting at $16.99
Time: Various

Bright Nights Christmas Train

About: This family-friendly holiday attraction features lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the 14-minute train ride.
Cost: $8 – $12
Time: Various

Hi-Light Festival

About: Park & Tilford is set to light up the season with the 30th annual holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens.
Cost: By donation
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley

Photo: Westcoast Sightseeing

About: Guests will find each trolley fully-loaded with TV’s, karaoke machines and only the best Christmas carols!
Cost: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Chalet Christmas Charity

About: From 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, the Chalet Lights Charity will be illuminated and 100% of both the cash and food donations go in support of the Harvest Project, Shriners Care for Kids and BC Epilepsy Society.
Cost: By donation
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Gingerbread Lane

About: Running from Friday, November 30th – Friday, December 28th, 2018, over 20,000 visitors come out each year to admire the culinary creations and vote for their favourites.
Cost: Free (donations are encouraged)

All Together Pop Up Shop

About: Tucked into a bright space on Old Bridge Street, you’ll find the three women selling their pieces throughout the holiday season.
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink

Robson Square Ice Rink

Photo: @myfreevancity / Instagram

About: Skating is free for all ages. Those who own their own skates are welcome to use them. Skate rentals are $5 and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time.
Cost: Free
Time: Various


About: The primary attractions of the event is two trains: the Santa Express and the Christmas Night Train.
Cost: $10 – $35
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Merry Kiss-mas

About: ‘VTS Channel’ presents Merry Kiss-mas – an improvised holiday comedy that parodies all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you would expect to see in any popular holiday TV special or film.
Cost: $10.75 – $22.50
Time: Various

Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread VillageAbout: Shoppers, locals and gingerbread enthusiasts will have a chance to admire various Surrey-inspired gingerbread creations.
Cost: Free
Time: City Central Shopping Centre Mall Hours

Make It Vancouver Market

About: You’ll find clothing, accessories, art, home decor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items, and many other unique treasures.
Cost: Free – $8
Time: Various

Timberline Country Christmas

About: Timberline Ranch has been transformed into a 73 acre winter wonderland open on select dates until Wednesday, December 19th.
Cost: Free – $13
Time: Various

Christmas In The Village

Christmas In The VillageAbout: 50 vendors will be showcasing everything from Christmas baking special foods & spices, Christmas flowers & home decorations, custom jewelry, gifts, natural local sheepskin slippers, woolens for babies & adults, BC craft wines, spirits & beers, hot & spicy foods and much more!
Cost: By donation
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Christmas Cabaret

About: The stage is set with the introduction of John Cheever’s ‘Christmas is a sad season for the poor’, while the life of the tale is told through classic and contemporary repertoire fitting of the woven narrative.
Cost: $48 – $55
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fridays On Front Holiday Edition

About: This event has something for everyone; it’ll connect you to your community and is sure to ignite your holiday spirit!
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Conan O’Brien

Conan O'Brien

Photo: Conan O’Brien Presents: Team Coco / Facebook

About: Conan’s Vancouver show will feature performances from Ron Funches, Laurie Kilmartin, Moses Storm and Flula Borg.
Cost: $55.75 – $75.75
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Winter Breakout Music Festival

About: The one-day festival will be headlined by Lil Uzi Vert & Playboi Carti.
Cost: $99 – $150
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 15



Photo: SantaCon Vancouver 2017 / Facebook

About: Dress up as Santa, meet in a specific location and go on a pub crawl with hundreds of people dressed up as Santa Claus.
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Victor Ghirra Toy Drive

About: For the past 11 years, the annual Victor Ghirra Toy Drive has helped put smiles to over 33,000 needy children.
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Big Elf Run

Big Elf Run

Photo: @thebigelfrun / Instagram

About: Starting at Lumberman’s Arch, the course winds its way along the winter forest trails, surrounded by tall old oak trees, before coming out onto the seawall, with hallmark views of Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet.
Cost: $5 – $30
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dundarave Festival Of Lights

About: Over 100 Christmas trees are decorated, lit and sponsored by community groups, businesses, schools, churches and families.
Cost: Free
Time: Noon – dusk

Sunday, December 16

Ladner Craft Fair

Ladner Craft FairAbout: Drive over to Ladner to shop for unique gifts from local artisans, including seasonal goodies to bring home.
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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