20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Nov 25 2016, 3:27 am

What a long week it’s been. You deserve to do something fun.

The holiday season is officially kicking off this weekend. From CandyTown 2016 to A Christmas Carol, there are plenty of things to get you in the seasonal spirit.

Not in the Christmas mood? Why not try your hand at Purdy’s truffle making class or get tickets to Give Me Danger at the Rio? Whatever you have in mind for the weekend, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Saturday, November 26

CandyTown 2016


Candytown/Jade Stone Photography

  • What: See Yaletown’s heritage district transform into a winter wonderland complete with visits from Santa, arts and crafts, and tons of sweet treats. Between the ice sculptures, gift market, and Christmas-themed cocktails, we don’t know what we’re most excited for this year.
  • Where: Mainland Street (Yaletown), Vancouver.
  • When: Saturday, November 26 from noon to 7 pm
  • Tickets: Free

Vancouver Christmas Market 2016

  • What: The Vancouver Christmas Market returns for 2016 with a bigger edition of old country tradition at its brand new home at Jack Poole Plaza. Making things merry and bright at the expansive seaside site, visitors are invited to indulge in the authentic German market’s array of mouth-watering delicacies and so much more.
  • Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: From November 26 to December 30; open daily 11 am to 9 pm, closed 6 pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day
  • Tickets: $8 online

Vancouver’s Burlesque Marathong

Burlesque performer CherryOnTop (Tiffany Ireland)

Burlesque performer CherryOnTop (Tiffany Ireland)

  • What: Vancouver’s Burlesque Marathong is back for a second year, bringing you 25 performances from some of the best and brightest in the burlesque community.The glitzy evening, which will take place this Saturday at the Rio Theatre, will be filmed live so performers can submit their newest acts to upcoming festivals.
  • Where:  The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26, at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: At the Rio, $20 in advance, $25 on the door

West Coast Winter 2016- A pop up shop experience 

  • What: Find that perfect locally made gift for someone special or buy something for yourself. Meet with local makers and artists and shop away the afternoon.
  • Where: Pacific Design Lab Studio– 220 Prior Street, Vancouver (Side Door On Station Street)
  • When:  Saturday, November 26, from noon to 6 pm
  • Admission: Free. Please bring a donation. All donations go directly toWISH Drop-In Centre Society. Please RSVP your attendance for free in advance through Eventbrite.

Celebrating the Masculine

  • What: In this workshop, learn a bit about how masculine and feminine energies are understood from a yoga perspective. Half of all proceeds go to the Movember Foundation. Meanwhile, you’ll find your inner warriors with a vigorous flow practice.
  • Where: Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio – 1707 Grant St, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26, from noon to 1:30 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $40

Truffle making class at Purdys Chocolatier 

The hardest part of learning how to make truffles? Waiting to eat them! Sign up for an upcoming class in Toronto, Edmonton or Windsor.

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  • What: Learn from experienced Purdys Chocolatier connoisseurs how to make your own decadent chocolate truffles. Choose your own flavourings, liqueur and toppings for unique and delicious combinations.
  • Where: Purdys Chocolatier South Granville– 2705 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26, from 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $50-$110

Shed Yr Skin

  • What: The first solo show for local tattoo artist and illustrator Nomi Chi, Shed Yr Skin features new drawings and paintings from the artist. Themes of transformation, desire, and death, and sex are manipulated and explored with an air of humour, as images hint at a broader narrative beyond the picture frame.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26, 5 pm
  • Admission: Free!


Meghan McCrone pottery/ (Versatile Gallery)

Meghan McCrone pottery/ (Versatile Gallery)

  • What: Versatile is Vancouver’s premier opportunity to see this as a yet untapped vein of talent who are debuting their art in the city.
  • Where: The Little Mountian Shop – 4386 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26 to Sunday, November 27, from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Admission: Free

Practical Self Defence

  • What: In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn about and participate in several tactical self-defence scenarios. You will also get a chance to practice your decision-making, de-escalation, and physical response skills in a realistic context.
  • Where: Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly – 2603 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26  and Sunday, November 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Tickets: $105 online

Geeks vs. Nerds Vancouver

  • What: Now in its fourth year, the Geeks vs. Nerds Vancouver comedy-debate show is back for some hardcore advanced academic debates! Remember, the audience determines the victor, so be sure to come out and support your favourite team.
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26, at 6 pm
  • Tickets: $10 online

Sunday, November 27

Disney On Ice Presents: Worlds of Enchantment

  • What: Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favourite Disney stories when Worlds of Enchantment comes to Vancouver! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Cars, Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award-winning Frozen.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE – 100 North Renfrew, Vancouver
  • When:  Sunday, November 27, showtimes at 7 pm, plus extra showings 11:30 am and 3:30 pm at weekends
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $25- $95

Hansel and Gretel

  • What:  In this well-known opera, Hansel and Gretel must use all their wits to avoid a terrible fate, as they wander lost in the woods and pursued by a witch. Astonishing puppets and playful surprises also abound in this family-friendly treat.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27, at 2 pm. Shows go till December 11.
  • Price: On Vancouver Opera, $25-$75

Krafted Market

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  • What: All handmade, all the time – Krafted Market is on of Delta’s most exciting community markets that takes place during the holiday season. This market has a great selection of local vendors and food producers. Partial proceeds from admission fees go towards the South Delta Food Bank, and there is also free parking.
  • Where: South Delta Recreation Centre – 1720 56th Street, Tsawwassen
  • When: Sunday, November 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Admission: $3 admission, kids 12 and under free.

Gimmie Danger at the Rio Theatre 

  • What: Gimmie Danger presents the context of  The Stooges’ emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relate their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.
  • Where:  The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27, from 9:30 to midnight
  • Tickets: At the Rio, $10 advance, $12 at the door

Mathom Mashup Swap Meet

  • What: Some people will drop in, leave some mathoms (hobbit word for things you no longer need but would have value for someone else), pick up some items to give a new home to; others will come and stay for arts activities for all ages, converse, and visit with neighbours.
  • When: Sunday, November 27, from 2 to 5 pm
  • Where: MLA David Eby’s Community Office – 2909 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (Capilano University/Capilano University Theatre/Facebook)

A Christmas Carol (Capilano University Theatre/Facebook)

  • What: This is a highly inventive circus adaptation of the classic Dickens story. With turn-of-the-century mechanics, imagination and wonderful special effects, you won’t want to miss this Christmas classic through a whole new lens.
  • Where: Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts – 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27, at 2 pm
  • Tickets: $10-$22 online

Ninjitsu Sundays

  • What: Ninjitsu is the ancient art of the ninja shadow warriors of Japan. It is a unique method of moving and thinking which developed a system often referred to us the art of winning. It is a practice based in self-regulation and self-awareness.
  • Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano– 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27 from 10:30 am to noon
  • Tickets: Free, register on Eventbrite

Essential Oils 101 Holiday Special

  • What: Learn how to make natural, holiday scented oils. Explore natural ways these oils can help with many different ailments you may be dealing with, including digestion problems, emotions, insomnia, trouble getting motivated, lack of energy, pain, headaches, stress among other things
  • When: 315 10th Street, New Westminster
  • Where: Sunday, November 27 from 2 to 4 pm
  • Tickets: Free! Sign up on  Eventbrite

Ring in the Holidays

  • What: What could be better than to bring your entire family to listen to some amazing a cappella entertainment? Lions Gate Chorus is an  award-winning ensemble of women who will captivate you with some Christmas carol favourites.
  • Where: Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27, from 2 to 6 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $10-$20

A Ukulele Christmas

  • What: The Langley Ukulele Ensemble will be playing a concert in support of Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and will also be offering refreshments, door prizes, as well as a raffle.
  • Where: Holiday Inn & Suites – 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27, from 2 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: On GiftTool, $30
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