10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, November 30

Nov 29 2019, 5:00 am

So long, November! Thanks for the good times! Here are 10 events to check out in Vancouver on Saturday, November 30, including CandyTown, Sum 41 and The Offspring, and more.

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

CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival

CandyTown horse carriage/Image: Jade Stone Photography

What: The Yaletown Business Improvement Association hosts the eighth annual free outdoor Christmas festival, CandyTown, turning Yaletown into a winter wonderland. Holiday shoppers can finish their shopping list at the local merchants and specialty market while enjoying roaming holiday characters, live music and carolling, and food trucks. Vancouver’s only free outdoor winter market also offers photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a festive cocktail tour. Plus check out the “Winter is Coming” attraction, with ice sculptures, a live swordplay demos, and more.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: Yaletown — Mainland Street, Hamilton Street, and parts of Davie Street

FAO Schwarz Holiday Pop-Up Vancouver – Holiday Photo Booth and Card Making

What: Children make their own custom holiday cards at the pop-up FAO Schwarz arts and crafts station, and take a festive picture in the photo booth.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: 674 Granville Street, Vancouver, Main Floor
Registration: Online, Free

UBC Farm Markets

What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday until November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

VanDusen Festival of Lights 2019

What: The dazzling botanical garden will be covered in more than a million lights to help ring in the Christmas season. Visitors can stroll through interactive themed areas, watch the famous dancing lights show on Livingstone Lake, take a photo with Santa, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, or simply warm up with a specialty beverage at the licensed fireside lounge. All tickets, which can be purchased online or at the gate, include a free ride on the carousel.

When: November 30 until January 5, 2020 (closed Christmas Day)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Time: 4 pm to 9:30 pm (closed Christmas Day)
AdmissionAdults: $19 online and $21 at the gate. Youth and seniors: $14.50 online and $16 at the gate.

Robson Square Ice Rink

Robson Square

Image: Robson Square

What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is open for the 2019 and 2020 season, and as per tradition, skating is free for all ages. Wedged under the covered outdoor plaza at Robson Square, the rink is operated seasonally by the government when temperatures begin to dip.

Skating is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site, for a fee. An on-site concession stand will also serve warm drinks and snacks.

When: Daily from November 30, 2019 to February 29, 2020
Time: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm – Holiday hours vary.
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street and Howe Street)
Price: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates. (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time.) Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under.

Sum 41 and The Offspring

What: Canadian rock band Sum 41 and American rock band The Offspring will be kicking off a nationwide tour with Dinosaur Pile-Up. The 14-city tour includes a stop at the Abbotsford Centre on November 30.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Dundarave Festival of Lights 2019

What: The Dundarave Festival of Lights is back for another season, offering festive, free concerts, a Christmas fair, and a Forest of Miracles. The festival begins with a Christmas tree decorating beach party on Saturday, November 30, at Dundarave Beach. You’ll be able to enjoy concerts in the Longhouse and the Nativity Pavilion for free, decorate the festival’s Christmas tree, and shop at the Christmas Fair.

Dusk will see the official lighting of the Festival’s Forest of Miracles, the largest outdoor display of Christmas trees in British Columbia. It’s free to wander among the magical Christmas trees, which are decorated and sponsored to help raise funds to end homelessness.

When: November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21, 2019
Time: Every Saturday afternoon
Where: Dundarave Beach – 25th Street at Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
Admission: Free


What: Chicago DJ and record producer Illenium brings The Ascend Tour to Pacific Coliseum on November 30 with special guests Dabin and William Black.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: PNE Forum — 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

What: The Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair is returning for a third straight year. With dozens of unique and exciting vendors, it’s a fantastic place to find locally made gift ideas and stocking stuffers. In addition, all proceeds from the event are donated to the DTES Women’s Centre.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: November 30 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: Admission by donation

Mensch Jewish Delicatessen Pop-up

What: Mensch will be popping up on select dates at Kafka’s Coffee (577 Great Northern Way) where a selection of eats like its signature slow-brined, smoked, hand-cut New York-style hot pastrami sandwich on fresh rye bread will be available.

When: Now until December 14, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Kafka’s Coffee – 577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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