10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, November 24

Nov 22 2018, 8:05 am

CandyTown, craft fairs, and more! Start your Saturday with these 10 fun events happening in Vancouver today, September 24.

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

CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival

What: The Yaletown Business Improvement Association hosts the seventh annual free outdoor Christmas festival –CandyTown. Last year, an estimated 15,000 people came out to Candytown to kick off the holidays at Downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. Stilt walkers and roaming holiday characters will interact with revellers, to the wonderment of tots – while live music and carolling will set the stage for Yuletide cheer. There will also be horse carraige rides by donation, visits with Santa and the Ice Queen, and more entertainment.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 12 to 7 pm (tree lighting at 6:30 pm)
Where: Yaletown

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market

Christmas Tree

City of Surrey

What: The City of Surrey will be hosting their annual Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market with a 60-foot-tall Christmas Tree. Visitors will be able to enjoy live music and performances by Warren Dean Flandez, Dawn Pemberton, Lovecoast, the Westcoast Harmony Chorus, and The Piano Man. In between sets, attendees can enjoy a number of food trucks, take part in ice carving demos, join in a five-hour road hockey game, take pictures with a life-sized snow globe, and meet a number of athletes from the BC Lions. Children will be able to ride a miniature Christmas Train, as well as free amusement park rides from Shooting Star Amusements, including a “berry-go-round” and a miniature Ferris wheel. And of course, what holiday celebration would be complete without a visit from Santa?

When: Saturday, November 24, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm (tree lighting at 6:30 pm)
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza and Atrium – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey

Vancouver Giants vs Victoria Royals

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Victoria Royals in WHL action at Langley Events Centre.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Edmonds Festival of Lights

What: Visit Santa and enjoy hot chocolate, hot dogs, entertainment and activities. Great for all ages.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 2:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Edmonds Community Centre – 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair

What: The 36th annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair will feature over 140 local artisans, hundreds of handmade crafts, food, and entertainment. Over 2,000 visitors attend each year, with tickets available online, by phone, or in person.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Dunbar Community Centre – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Admission: $4 if purchased in advance; $5 at the door

Blueprint 2018 

What: UBC Biztech is inviting scientists, artists, tech-lovers, entrepreneurs, and students to attend the 2018 Blueprint conference. Blueprint provides attendees with the opportunity to experience and learn about emerging and groundbreaking fields in the tech industry. There will be 10 engaging workshops to attend, all taught by industry leaders. Ten companies will also be on site to showcase how technology is impacting our community.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Where: UBC Nest
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Tickets: Available online, $25 for members, $35 for non-members

Christmas Craft Fair

What: Check out up to 169 vendors with homemade crafts, baking, jewellery, foodie items and more. A great shopping opportunity for unique gifts that takes place in Steveston Community Centre’s Net Shed. A concession stand will be available with yummy treats.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Steveston Community Centre – 4111 Moncton St., Richmond
Admission: By donation or a non-perishable food item in support of the Richmond Food Bank.

Santa at Capilano Mall

Santa Claus/Getty Images

What: You don’t have to wait until December to experience the magic of Christmas because Santa Claus is coming to Capilano Mall this weekend. Like any magical holiday icon, Santa will be making a grand entrance at his arrival event on Saturday, November 24. Visit the mall’s Grand Court from 11 am to 3 pm where you’ll get to enjoy a live performance and fun for the whole family. This includes a ‘Live from the North Pole’ Christmas concert featuring local band Rellish, who will be performing Christmas classics.

When: Saturday, November 24 to Sunday, December 23, 2018
Times: Times vary by date
Where: 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Price: $19.99 – $34.99 – Purchase Santa photo package on the day of visit

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair

What: The 35th annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair will feature thousands of handmade crafts, 140 local artisans, various entertainers, and prizes. Over 2,000 people attend each year and find wonderful gifts and delicious prepared foods such as cakes, cookies, jams, and jellies.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Dunbar Community Centre – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Vancouver Babes Who Brunch

What: The November edition of Vancouver Babes Who Brunch features local boss babe Kaya Dorey, the Creator of Novel Supply Co. She cares about the mark we leave on our planet and is disrupting the fashion industry through a closed-loop conscious apparel lifestyle brand.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 10 am to noon
Where: Per se Social Corner – 891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Price: $45; buy online

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