28 things to do in Vancouver this week: November 25 to 28

Nov 25 2019, 5:00 am

The last week of November is upon us! Make the most of it with these 28 events happening in Vancouver, including Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party, Fireside Chat with Boris Wertz, and more.

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

Monday, November 25

An Evening with Tarana Burke

What: Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” Movement and advocate for survivors of sexual violence, is featured at an evening marking the 40th anniversary of Battered Women’s Support Services and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The evening includes a screening of BWSS 40 years later documentary, plus performances by DJ Kookum, Leah McFly, Wildflower, Tonye Aganaba, and M’Girl.

When: November 25, 2019
What: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools

What: There is Truth Here is the feature exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver. The exhibit showcases rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay), the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island), and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba). Experiences of the survivors are shared through their childhood artworks. Curated by Andrea Walsh, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, and originally displayed at the Legacy Art Gallery in Victoria.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Admission Info: Online

The Christmas Store at Potters

christmas store

Potter’s Nursery

What: Potters Nursery has made its annual transformation into the 28,000-sq-ft Christmas Store at Potters. Themed areas include a 3,000-sq-ft “Dark Room,” illuminated by themed tree-lights, Petland, and the Nutcracker Room, to name a few. New this year is the store’s very own Whoville, a space dedicated to a wide variety of Grinch-themed items, such as teddy bears, ornaments, mugs, and snow globes.

In addition over 50,000 themed ornaments, toys, games, and stocking stuffers for both kids, adults, and pets, the store will offer food demos and live music on weekends to liven up the Christmas atmosphere.

Time: Various times
Where: 19158 48th Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Kavuus Black Friday Sale

What: Canadian furniture company Kavuus has already kicked off their Black Friday Sale, and it’s running right through Monday, December 2. Kavuus is based in BC where the company manufactures every piece of furniture they make, and since they sell directly to customers online, all orders are processed with a quick turnaround. Kavuus has a full range of modern and mid-century pieces to suit every kind of space.

When: Now until December 2, 2019
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
Where: 669 Ridley Place, Unit 210, Delta
Phone: 604-282-3970

Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas markets

Image courtesy of Vancouver Christmas Market

What: The 10th annual authentic German-inspired Christmas Market features a selection of traditional food and beverages, vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and the opportunity to ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

When: Now until December 24, 2019
Time: Open daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm (closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Last Monday at the Movies: Gloria Bell

What: Julianne Moore stars as the titular Gloria Bell, a carefree divorcee who soon finds herself in a surprise new romance. A movie about budding love and dating complications. There will be a talkback after the film.

When: November 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Massey Theatre – 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
Tickets: Online

Book Launch – Vancouver for Beginners by Alex Leslie

What: Author Alex Leslie and special guest readers Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Estlin McPhee, and Amal Rana launch Vancouver for Beginners. Refreshments will be provided. Presented by Book*hug and Book Warehouse Main Street.

When: November 25, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, readings at 7 pm
Where: Book Warehouse Main Street – 4118 Main St., Vancouver,
Admission: Free

Tuesday, November 26

Thievery Corporation with very special guests Brazilian Girls

What: Electronic music duo Thievery Corporation are bringing their The Babylon Falling tour to Vancouver for two shows with very special guests Brazilian Girls.

When: November 26 and November 27, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle

It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – Arts Club / Photo by David Cooper

What: It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle is a new Canadian comedy by Marcus Youssef about a family during a complicated season. With music from Songs for Christmas and Silver & Gold  by Sufjan Stevens. Presented by Arts Club Theatre.

When: Now until December 22, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at The BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue,
Tickets: Online

Wild Coasts of Canada: Vancouver Maritime Museum

What: Vancouver Maritime Museum hosts a celebration of Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Scott Forsyth’s new book The Wild Coasts of Canada as well as musician and adventurer David Newland’s CD Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song.

When: November 26, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum (official) 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors

What: Sasha Velour is the season 9 winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race, the creator of the drag show Nightgowns, and has appeared in Vogue, Vogue Italia, and Plastik Magazine. She brings her Smoke & Mirrors show to Queen Elizabeth Theatre on November 26.

When: November 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Fireside Chat with Boris Wertz

fireside chat

Boris Wertz/ Tech Collective

What: On November 26, join Boris Wertz, founding partner of Version One VC, in conversation with Hayley Woodin of Business in Vancouver. Wertz is one of the top early-stage tech investors in North America. He’s a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz and is known for his ability to find the next generation of leaders. Currently, he’s focused on crypto/blockchain, marketplaces, and SaaS.

Before he was an investor, Wertz successfully built AbeBooks.com — an online marketplace for used and out-of-print books, which was later acquired by Amazon. Wertz was a former Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year and he’s passionate about science, tech, and entrepreneurship. He also sits on community boards and works as a mentor with various tech incubators.

When: November 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: PWC — 1400-250 Howe Street
Tickets: $15 to $25, available online

Heritage Christmas

What: Take a trip back to holidays past at Burnaby Village Museum with Heritage Christmas. See vintage-themed displays, listen to live music, and enjoy theatre performances. There will also be crafts for children, baking in the Farmhouse, and visits with Father Christmas.

When: Now until January 3, 2020 (closed December 24 and 25)
Time: Various times
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free, carousel rides $2.65

Mingle of the Jingles

What: Mingle of the Jingles is a holiday variety show to raise funds for North Shore ConneXions Society, which supports people with intellectual disabilities. Enjoy live music and dance, and place your bid in and silent auction.

When: November 26, 2020
What: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Kay Meek Arts Centre — 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, November 27

Daniel Caesar

Daniel Caesar

What: Daniel Caesar will be performing two nights at Vancouver’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre this November in part of his CASE STUDY: 01 TOUR. CASE STUDY 01 follows Caesar’s 2017 studio debut Freudian and features other prominent artists including Pharrell Williams, John Mayer, Sean Leon, and Jacob Collier.

When: November 27 and 28, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre — 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pet Photos with Santa

What: Bring your domestic cat or dog to get a photo with Santa at Central City Mall.

When: November 27 and 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Central City — 10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
More Info: Online

King Diamond

What: Danish heavy metal group King Diamond performs at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on their Institute North American Tour with special guests Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands.

When: November 27, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cinderella The Panto

Cinderella Panto (Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society)

What: The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Cinderella The Panto. Written by James Barry, Cinderella tells the classic tale to favourite ’70s music. Unwrapped toys are also being collected by the Christmas Bureau.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays from November 27 until December 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (weekdays), 2:30 pm (weekends)
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Trivia Night: Wildlife and Wilderness Event

What: Wilderness Committee hosts a Trivia Night at eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge in support of their work protecting endangered species in BC. Form a team and see how much you know about the province’s wildlife and the history of the landscape.

When: November 27, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:45 pm
Where: eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge – 153 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Register: Online

Christmas Glow Vancouver

What: Christmas Glow will take place inside the Harbour Convention Centre, and visitors will be able to enjoy nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of enchanting twinkling lights and holiday activities.

This year’s theme for Vancouver is “Santa’s Lost Presents.” Guests will be able to help the elves find Santa’s lost presents. Themed light-up structures, including Santa’s sleigh and his trusty reindeer, will be set up around the venue. Adults will be able to enjoy the licensed bars, seasonal beverages, and live music while interactive activities and festive playgrounds will keep the kids busy.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Harbour Convention Centre — 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Frequencies: Exhibition

What: Roundhouse Artist in Residence George Rahi presents his exhibition, Frequencies, in the Great Hall throughout November. Rahi studies the functions and potentials of public sounds, getting inspiration from the historical role of church tower bells.

When: Now to November 30, 2019
Time: 9 am to 9:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 9 am to 4:30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre — 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Thursday, November 28

Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

Edmonton Expo Centre

Disney on Ice/Ticketmaster

What: Disney On Ice features acrobatics and stunts on ice with all of your favourite Disney characters. Featuring characters and worlds from Peter Pan, Coco, Frozen, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and Moana.

When: November 28 to December 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, AKA the Bergmann Piano Duo, welcome tenor Benjamin Butterfield for Wintersong. Enjoy songs from Schubert’s “Winter Journey,” songs by Charles Ives and Arnold Bax, and a selection of Randy Newman songs. Part of Coffee Concert Series.

When: November 28, 2019
Time: Social time at 10 am, concert at 11 am
Where: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson

What: Legendary singer, songwriter, and musician Roger Hodgson is co-founder of Supertramp and wrote/sang most of the band’s big hits, including “Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit,” “The Logical Song,” and more.

When: November 28, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino Resort — 8811 River Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

The Story Behind the Design


What: Behind every great design is a great story. Every product and service we love is born out of a specific and deliberate design process. Head to Brainstation on November 28 to hear from top Designers and Researchers as they share a look into their unique process. The speakers will share challenges, breakthroughs, and “aha” moments from their creative design process.

When: November 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: BrainStation — 455 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25, reserve online

Bright Nights at Stanley Park 2019

What: Bright Nights at Stanley Park features over three million dazzling lights decorating acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy for all to see and enjoy. The attraction in the heart of the park is also accompanied by a train ride, music, snacks, entertainment, and even visits with Santa and his elves.

The annual tradition, now in its 22nd year, is operated and installed by 800 firefighters – a task that requires 8,000 hours of set-up over three months. Bright Nights attracts 200,000 visitors every year, with all proceeds benefiting the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life-supporting, and life-enriching services to people in BC.

When: November 28 to January 1 (Closed on Christmas Day)
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Railway – Pipeline Road, Stanley Park
Admission: $8.40 – 12.60, available online

American Thanksgiving at Water Street Cafe

What: Water Street Cafe celebrates American Thanksgiving with a three-course Turkey dinner with all of the trimmings.

When: November 28, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Water Street Cafe – 300 Water Street, Vancouver
Reservations: Online, $45 (does not include tax or gratuity)

Luminesque Dance – Scrooged

What: Luminesque Dance Company presents Scrooged, an original story inspired by the holiday classic. The show will feature over 200 dancers, rock and roll and 90s hits, and skilled choreography,

When: November 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online