Whistler Blackcomb’s Santa Day on December 16 2017 Will Offer 100 FREE Lift Tickets

Skier with boots, skies and poles

The 2017/2018 winter sport season is here.  It’s hard to enjoy skiing and snowboarding when it can cost an arm and a leg.  That’s why when nearby mountains offer ski and board deals, it’s hard to pass them up.  And I’ve found one of those deals that’s too hard to pass up.  This month, Whistler Blackcomb will be offering one sweet deal to some lucky skiers and boarders.

On Saturday, December 16, Whistler Blackcomb will be hosting “Santa Day”, where you can dress up as Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus to receive a free lift ticket for the day.  Everyone who’s dressed up as Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus will ride the Whistler Village Gondola at 8 am, then they’ll ski or board to the bottom of the Emerald Express for a group photo.  The only catch is that they’re offering free lift tickets to the first 100 people to show up at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of Whistler Mountain in full Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus attire.

For more information, visit the Whistler Blackcomb Santa Day event page.  If you like free & frugal events like this, check out 78 Free & Cheap Holiday Events in Vancouver, Free Skating at Robson Square and Free & Cheap Craft Fairs & Markets in Vancouver.  Before you go though, please comment below and share your favourite free Downtown Vancouver event!

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Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink in Downtown Vancouver from December 1 2017 – February 2018

ice skates skating on outdoor rink

Vancouver’s one and only outdoor skating rink is officially open for the season.  The popular ice skating event is back at Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver.

The rink officially opened on December 1 and will stay open until the end of February 2018.  The rink is open 7 days a week including Christmas and New Year’s with varying hours.  You can enjoy the rink Sunday to Thursday from 9 am-9 pm and on Friday’s and Saturday’s from 9 am-11 pm.  Holiday hours will differ from normal operating hours so be sure to visit the Robson Square website for complete hour details.

Admission to skate at the outdoor rink this season is completely free, but if you need skates, you can rent a pair at cost, just be sure to bring cash.  If you haven’t been before, this free event is truly magical on a cold winters night!

For more information, visit the Robson Square website.  If you like free & frugal events like this, check out 78 Free & Cheap Holiday Events in Vancouver and Free & Cheap Craft Fairs & Markets in Vancouver.  Before you go though, please comment below and share your favourite free Downtown Vancouver event!

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Where: 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC at Robson Square.

Price: Free

When: December 1 2018 until end of February 2018; Sundays – Thursdays 9 am-9 pm, Fridays & Saturdays 9 am-11 pm.  For holiday hours, see the Robson Square website.

78 Free And Cheap Holiday Events Happening in Vancouver for Winter 2017 and 2018

Lighted Christmas Tree

The holidays are fast approaching.  Vancouver goes all out for the holidays by celebrating with free and inexpensive events beginning in November and going until the beginning of January.  There’s everything from the classic Santa parades to tree lighting festivals to Christmas trains and so much more.  There’s definitely something fun for everyone to help them get in the holiday spirit.  Be sure to visit this post again as I’ll be updating this list regularly with more events.  If you’re looking for more events, be sure to visit free & cheap craft fairs & markets in Vancouver.

Please note: Some events may have age restrictions and may require pre-registration.  Some events may have additional costs or fees.

Below is the list of events for November and December 2017 and January 2018 around Metro Vancouver.

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope Display
Admission: Free/When: November 16 – January 8/Where: Vancouver

Holiday Shows at Highstreet
Admission: Free/When: November 18, 25 & December 2, 9 and 16/Where: Abbotsford

Vancouver Christmas Market
Admission:
$5 – $10, children 5 & under are free/When: November 22 – December 24/Where: Vancouver

Christmas at Canada Place
Admission: Free/When: November 23 – December 31/Where: Vancouver

Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast
Admission:
By donation (toy or money) incl. free buffet breakfast/When: November 24/Where: Abbotsford

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Admission: Free/When:
November 25/Where: Surrey

CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival
Admission: Free/When: November 25/Where: Vancouver

Christmas on the Peninsula
Admission: Free (some activities may be at cost)/When: November 25/Where: White Rock

Edmonds Festival of Lights
Admission: Free/When: November 25/Where: Burnaby

Lighting of Leigh Square
Admission: Free/When: 
November 25/Where: Port Coquitlam

Wish Upon A Star Christmas Light Display Reveal Night
Admission:
By donation/When: November 25/Where: Langley

Lights at Lafarge Opening Night
Admission: Free/When:
November 25/Where: Coquitlam

Edmonds Festival of Lights
Admission: Free/When:
November 25/Where: Burnaby

Deck the Halls Christmas Artisan Market
Admission: 
food donation for the Deltassist Christmas Hamper Program/When: November 25/Where: Delta

Maan Farms Christmas Market
Admission: Free/When:
November 25 – 26 and December 2 – 3/Where: Langley

Wish Upon A Star Christmas Light Display
Admission: Free/
By donation/When: November 25 – December 31/Where: Langley

5th Annual Christmas Tree Festival
Admission: Free/When: November 25 – December 31/Where: Port Coquitlam

Heritage Christmas
Admission:
Free/When: 
November 25 – January 5 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)/Where: Burnaby

Lights at Lafarge
Admission: Free/When:
November 25 – January 21/Where: Coquitlam

Goh Ballet’s the Nutcracker at Park Royal
Admission: Free/When: November 26/Where: West Vancouver

Children’s Wish Breakfast
Admission: 
Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate/When: November 28/Where: Langley

Festival of Trees
Admission: Free/
a min. $5 donation to vote/When: November 30 – January 1/Where: Vancouver

Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Admission:
By donation ($4 suggested)/When: November 30 – January 6 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Admission:
$6 – $12 plus fees, free 2 & under/When: November 30 – January 6 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting
Admission: Free/When: December 1/Where: Vancouver

27th Annual Christmas in Williams Park
Admission: Free/
donations gratefully accepted/When: December 1 – 15/Where: Langley

Caroling In McBurney Plaza
Admission: Free/When:
December 1, 9, 15, 23/Where: Langley

29th Annual Holiday Hi-Light Festival
Admission:
By donation/When: December 1 – 31/Where: North Vancouver

Van Dusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights
Admission:
$11 – $18.50 online, free for children 3 & under/When: December 1 – January 7 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

The Robson Square Ice Rink and Plaza
Admission: Free
(plus skate rentals if needed)/When: December 1 – February 28/Where: Vancouver

City Christmas Festival
Admission: Free/When:
December 2/Where: North Vancouver

Dundarave Christmas Fair
Admission: Free/When:
December 2/Where: West Vancouver

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: 
$10/When: December 2/Where: Langley

Magic of Christmas
Admission: Free/When:
December 2/Where: Langley

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: $5.50/When: December 2/Where: Vancouver

The Shipyards Christmas Festival
Admission: Free,
donations welcomed/When: December 2/Where: North Vancouver

Gingerbread Man Party – French Christmas in Richmond
Admission: Free/When:
December 2/Where: Richmond

Brunch with Santa at Hamilton Community Centre
Admission: $10/When: December 2/Where: Richmond

Santa’s Workshop at Kerrisdale CC
Admission:
$6 Child/When: December 2/Where: Vancouver

A Morning with Santa
Admission: 
$10.50/When: December 2 & 9/Where: North Delta & South Delta

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: 
$8 Child, $4 Adult, Children 2 & under are free/When: December 2, 9, 16/Where: Surrey

Christmas in Kerrisdale – Free Horse & Carriage Rides
Admission: Free/When:
December 2, 9, 16 & 23/Where: Vancouver

Lumière Vancouver
Admission: Free/When: December 2 – January 7/Where: Vancouver

Santa at the Cannery
Admission: Free/When:
December 3/Where: Richmond

Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Admission: Free/When:
December 3/Where: Vancouver

Breakfast with Santa
Admission:
$10/When: December 3/Where: Richmond

Breakfast with Santa at Sunset CC
Admission: 
$6/When: December 3/Where: Vancouver

Christmas Concert at Ladner Community Centre
Admission: 
By donation to the food bank/When: December 5/Where: Delta

Community Tree Decorating
Admission:
Free/Bring a donation to the Vancouver Food Bank/When: December 6/Where: Vancouver

Yule Duel 2017
Admission: Free/by donation/When: December 7/Where: Vancouver

Visit with Santa
Admission: 
$11.35 ages 1- 10/When: December 7/Where: Burnaby

Winter Hayrides
Admission:
$7/When: December 7 & 8/Where: Richmond

Holiday Turkey Dinner
Admission:
$5 Adult, $3 Youth/When: December 8/Where: Port Coquitlam

Christmas Train
Admission: $11/When: December 8 – January 7 (closed December 25)/Where: Surrey

Seasonal Celebration
Admission: Free/When:
December 9/Where: Burnaby

Breakfast with Santa
Admission:
$6/When: December 9/Where: Vancouver

Seasonal Decorations & Holiday Art Workshop
Admission: Free/When:
December 9/Where: Vancouver

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: 
$10, children under 1 are free/When: December 9/Where: Richmond

Dundarave Nativity & Paddle Songs
Admission: Free/When:
December 9/Where: West Vancouver

Pioneer Christmas
Admission:
Free/When: December 9/Where: Surrey

Breakfast with Santa
Admission:
$10, free for children under 3/When: December 9/Where: Port Coquitlam

Evening Carol Sing
Admission: 
$5/When: December 9/Where: South Surrey

Skate with Santa
Admission:
Regular admission applies/When: December 9 & 10/Where: Surrey

Rogers Hometown Hockey
Admission: Free/When:
December 9 – 10/Where: Surrey

National Skating Day – Free Skating
Admission: Free/When:
December 10/Where: Vancouver

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Admission: 
$15/When: December 13/Where: Surrey

Deck the Hall
Admission: Free/When:
December 14/Where: North Vancouver

Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Arctic Oasis
Admission: 
$3.15 – $6.50, Vancouver Gardens Association members and children under 4 are free/When: December 15 – January 7/Where: Vancouver

World Christmas
Admission: Free/When:
December 16/Where: Vancouver

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: 
$8/When: December 16/Where: Vancouver

Winter Fest 2017
Admission: 
Free/When: December 16/Where: Surrey

CP Holiday Train
Admission: Free/When: December 16 – 17/Where: Agassiz, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam

Winter Solstice Coffee House
Admission: Free/When:
December 17/Where: Vancouver

Christmas in Kerrisdale – Gliding on Ice Free Skate
Admission: Free/When: December 17/Where: Vancouver

Winter Ice Palace
Admission: 
$4.50 plus skate and helmet rentals if needed, free for recreation pass holders/When: December 22 – January 7/Where: Surrey

Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night
Admission: Free/When: December 23/Where: West Vancouver

Ugly Christmas Sweater Toonie Skate
Admission: 
$2 with skate and helmet included, free for children 3 & under/When: December 23/Where: Burnaby

Winter Wonderland Skates
Admission: 
Regular drop-in fees apply/When: December 23 & 27 -31, January 1 – 5/Where: North Delta & South Delta

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Free & Cheap Craft Fairs and Markets for Fall and Winter 2017 in Vancouver

display of shopping items at a market

Metro Vancouver is a great place to shop.  Not only do we have a lot of malls, but the area has tons of craft fairs and markets, especially for the holiday season.  Craft fairs and markets are a great place to find unique and handmade gifts.  You can find everything from jewellery to baked goods to beauty products to tree ornaments to home décor and so much more.  So whether you want to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping or you are just looking to buy some homemade and vintage items for yourself, I’ve made a list of markets happening in November and December.  All of the markets have a low admission cost of under $15 per person and some admission fees will even get you in for numerous days. 

Please note: Some craft fairs and markets may charge for parking and may only accept cash for admission fee, so be sure to check their website for complete details.

Below are the 2017 Free & Cheap Fall & Winter Craft Fairs & Markets in Metro Vancouver:

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage

Admission: Free
When: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, Fridays 10 am-7:30 pm and Sundays from 12 pm-5 pm; November 1 – December 23
Where: 4557 Mt. Lehman Rd., Abbotsford, BC

Circle Craft Christmas Market

Admission: $7.50 2 for 1 after 5 pm, $9 – $15 (see website); purchase tickets in advance for savings
When:
Wednesday – Friday from 10 am-9 pm, Saturday from 10 am-7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am-5 pm; November 8 – November 12
Where: 1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Convention Centre West

Christmas at Hycroft

Admission: $15, Free for children 13 & under
When: November 16 – 19 from 11 am-9 pm and Sunday from 11 am-6 pm
Where: 1489 McRae Ave., Vancouver

Refresh Market: Winter Market

Admission: $3 online, $5 at door; free for kids under 12
When:
 Friday, November 17 from 4 pm-10 pm and Saturday, November 18 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 39645 Government Road, Squamish, BC at Westcoast Railway Heritage Park

Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market

Admission: $4; children 10 & under are free
When: Friday, November 17 from 12 pm-8 pm, Saturday, November 18 from 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, November 19 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 44140 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack, BC at Chilliwack Heritage Park

West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace

Admission: Online: $7 Adult, $6 Senior for all 3 days; children 16 & under are free; Gate: $1 more for adult & senior
When: Friday, November 17 from 2 pm-9 pm, Saturday, November 18 from 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, November 19 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford, BC at TRADEX

Murrayville Holiday Market

Admission: Free
When:
Friday, November 17 from 4 pm-9 pm & Saturday, November 18 from 11 am-6 pm; Friday, December 8 from 4 pm-9 pm & Saturday, December 9 from 11 am- 6 pm
Where: 21677 48 Ave., Langley, BC at Murrayville Hall

Crafty Affaire: Holiday Market – Surrey

Admission: $2 – $5
When: 
Saturday, November 18 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: Ocean Park Community Hall

2017 North Vancouver Holiday Market

Admission: $3; free for the first 100 people daily
When:
Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, November 19 and Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3; 10 am-4 pm
Where:
2145 Jones Ave., North Vancouver, BC at Carson Graham Secondary School

Krafted Market

Admission: $3; children 10 and under are free
When: 
Sunday, November 19 from 10 am- 5 pm
Where: 1720 56th St., Tsawwassen, BC at South Delta Recreation Centre

The 2017 Vancouver Christmas Market

Admission: $10 Adult (13+), $9 Senior (65+), $5 Youth (age 7 – 12); all include a complimentary season pass; 
When: 
November 22 – December 23 from 11 am-9 pm & December 24 from 11 am-6 pm
Where: 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC at Jack Poole Plaza

Mercato: Italian Market – Indoor Christmas Themed Market

Admission: Free
When: Friday, November 24 from 5 pm-9 pm
Where: 3075 Slocan St. Vancouver, BC at Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre

Deer Lake Craft Festival

Admission: Free
When:
Friday, November 24 from 11 am- 7 pm, Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26 from 10 am-4 pm 
Where:
6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Charity Craft Fair Vancouver

Admission: $4 online, $6 door
When: Saturday, November 25 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 128 West Cordova St., Vancouver, BC at Woodward’s Building

Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: By donation – cash or non-perishable food donation
When: Saturday, November 25 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 4111 Moncton St., Richmond, BC at Steveston Community Society

CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, November 25 from 12 pm-7 pm
Where: 1152 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair 2017

Admission: $4 advance/online, $5 at door; 12 & under are free
When: 
Saturday, November 25 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 4747 Dunbar St., Vancouver, BC at Dunbar Community Centre

Christmas on the Peninsula

Admission: See website
When: Saturday, November 25 from 10 am-6 pm
Where: White Rock, BC at White Rock Community Centre and other locations around uptown White Rock

Portobello West Holiday Market 2017

Admission: $2; children under 12 are free
When: 
Saturday, November 25 – Sunday, November 26 from 11 am-5 pm
Where: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC at Creekside Community Recreation Centre

The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market

Admission: $6 one day or $8 for two days
When: 
Saturday, November 25 from 9 am-4 pm & Sunday, November 26 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford, BC at The Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre

Bloom Winter Market: Fort Langley’s Handmade Christmas Market

Admission: $2; children 12 & under are free
When: 
Saturday, November 25 – Sunday, November 26; 10 am-4 pm
Where: 9167 Glover Rd., Langley, BC at Fort Langley Community Hall

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: $3 – Adult, $2 – Senior, Free for children 12 & under
When: 
Friday, December 1 from 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 618 Poirier St., Coquitlam, BC at Poirier Forum

the SHIFT Holiday Remix 2.0

Admission: $3; children 12 & under are free
When: Saturday, December 2 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 9400 208 St., Langley, BC at West Langley Hall

Wesbrook Holiday Craft Fair

Admission: See website
When:
Saturday, December 2 from 10:30 am-3:30 pm
Where: 3335 Webber Lane, Vancouver, BC at Wesbrook Community Centre

Kensington Holiday Craft Fair

Admission: Free
When:
Saturday, December 2 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 5175 Dumfries St., Vancouver, BC at Kensington Community Centre

4th Annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: By donation
When: Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3; 10 am-4 pm
Where: 6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC at Bonsor Recreation Complex

Thornhill Artisan Fair

Admission: See website
When: Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 9730 Spilsbury Rd., Maple Ridge, BC

Make it!

Admission: $8 at door for all 4 days, save $2 off admission or buy online in advance to save; children 12 & under are free
When: 
Thursday December 7 & Friday, December 8 from 11 am-9 pm, Saturday, December 9 from 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, December 10 from 11 am-5 pm
Where: 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC at the PNE Forum

Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: Free/by donation with proceeds going to Share Family and Community Services Society
When: 
Saturday, December 9 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 100 Newport Dr., Port Moody, BC at Port Moody City Hall Galleria

Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market

Admission: Free
When: 
Sunday, December 9 from 9 am-4 pm
Where: 633 Poirier St., Coquitlam, BC at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

Admission: $3
When: Saturday, December 9 from 11 am-7 pm & Sunday, December 10 from 10 am-6 pm
Where: 3102 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Heritage Hall

Got Craft? Holiday Edition

Admission: $5 at door or $3 online
When: 
Saturday, December 9 – Sunday, December 10 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 1880 Triumph St., Vancouver, BC at Maritime Labour Centre

Crafty Affaire Market: Holiday Market – Vancouver

Admission: $2 – $5
When: Saturday, December 16 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 3250 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC at Croatian Cultural Centre

Comment below with your favourite craft fair and market.  We’d love to hear from you!

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Cheap Eats: Free and Inexpensive Food and Drinks on Halloween Day 2017 in Vancouver

doughnut

Halloween is here.  It brings spooky times, jack o’lanterns, and trick or treating.  And for those of us that don’t trick or treat anymore, I’ve found some great cheap and free eats for Halloween.  This Halloween, you can celebrate with a free tea, a free doughnut, $1.50 scoops of ice cream, and $3 burritos.  The four offers come from Krispy Kreme, DAVIDsTEA, Chipotle, and Baskin Robbins.  Be sure to read on for all the details about these offers.

Today, October 31, you can get a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts simply by showing up in your Halloween costume at a participating Krispy Kreme location in Canada and the United States.  You’ll get one delicious free doughnut of your choice during store hours while supplies last.  The nearest Krispy Kreme location in Vancouver is in Delta, but it’s definitely worth the drive for these delicious doughnuts.

You can also snag a free tea today.  DAVIDsTEA will be giving away a free tea of the day when you wear your costume to the store on October 31.  They’ll have three tea’s on tap for the tea of the day, including, magic potion, organic stormy night, and pumpkin chai.  There are lots of DAVIDsTEA locations throughout Metro Vancouver, so you should be able to find one close by.

Another great offer is from Chipotle, where you can grab a $3 burrito.  All you have to do is show up in your costume from 3 pm to close and you can buy a $3 burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos.  You’re limited to one per customer and there may be additional taxes, but I’d say that’s one great deal.  To find a location near you, visit the Chipotle website.

Baskin-Robbins is another place that will be offering a sweet treat at a great price.  Today, during store hours, you can get scoops of ice cream for $1.50 on all ice cream flavours.  Waffle cones and toppings are at an additional cost though.  The offer is valid at participating stores, and this is one where you don’t have to show up in costume as it’s a tribute to their original 31 flavours every 31st day of the month, which happens seven times a year.  To find a location near you, visit the Baskin-Robbins website.

That sums up these four great offers on one awesome day, Halloween.  Be sure to visit the stores website for more information, complete details and participating locations.  Happy Halloween!

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Free Firework Shows on Halloween Night 2017 in Vancouver and Richmond

Fireworks in the sky

Halloween in Metro Vancouver brings lots of fun frugal activities.  This year, there will be free firework shows happening on Halloween night around Metro Vancouver.  All firework shows are free to attend, and some of the shows will include activities before the event.  There are a total of five firework shows happening around Metro Vancouver, with four of them in Richmond and one in Vancouver.  If you loved this post, you might also enjoy reading Penny Lavish’s posts on other free and inexpensive Halloween events happening, including, corn mazes, haunted attractions, pumpkin patches, family-friendly Halloween events and Halloween attractions.

Below are the free firework shows for Halloween 2017 in Metro Vancouver:

Halloween Fireworks Show – Hamilton

What: A fantastic 15 minute firework display with trick or treats and activities.
Where:
22500 McLean Ave., Richmond, BC at McLean Neighbourhood Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – South Arm

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
8880 Williams Rd., Richmond, BC at South Arm Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – West Richmond

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
9180 No. 1 Rd., Richmond, BC at West Richmond Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Minoru Park

What: They’ll have a firework finale to celebrate the spooky holiday.  Before the fireworks, there will be live music, dance demonstrations, a magician, roving entertainers, children’s activities, an inflatable corn maze, trick-or-treating, fire juggling, and fireworks.
Where:
7191 Granville Ave., Richmond, BC at Minoru Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 6:30 pm-8:45 pm

 

Halloween on the Drive 2017

What: Enjoy a firework show with spooky Halloween music.  They’ll also have other events happening throughout the day on Commercial Drive.  Before the firework show, they’ll have a kids fun zone with fun activities.  Be sure to check the website for complete details on event times, locations and more.
Where:
1657 Charles St., Vancouver, BC at Grandview Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 7:30 pm-8 pm

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Inexpensive Halloween Drive-In Nights Presented by Fresh Air Cinema this October 2017

Outdoor movie screen

Halloween is a holiday that brings lots of fun and spooky events around Metro Vancouver.  This year, Fresh Air Cinema is bringing ten great Halloween movies to three different cities for a Halloween drive-in theatre series for less.

For five nights, you can catch one of ten great Halloween movies from the comfort of your car.  One movie costs $20 plus taxes and fees for yourself and one carload of up to seven people (depending on how many belted seats you have in your vehicle of course) and $30 plus taxes and fees if you’d like to see a double feature.  If you can get seven other people in your vehicle, that’s less than $3 per movie.

The Friday night movies on October 20 & 27 will be held at Cloverdale Rodeo Fairgrounds in Surrey.  The four movies that will be playing are Beetlejuice, The Silence of the Lambs, Hocus Pocus, and Halloween.

The Saturday night movie nights take place at River District in Vancouver on October 21 & 28.  The four movies that will be playing at this location will include E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Friday the 13th Part 3 3D, Casper, and The Shinning.

The last drive-in movie night will be held on Monday, October 30 at Semiahmoo Park in White Rock.  The two movies that will play that night will be The Nightmare Before Christmas and Ghostbusters.

You will need to purchase your tickets beforehand, online, as you won’t be able to buy tickets at the gate.  Also, be sure to have your FM radio working as this event requires you to tune in to hear the audio for the movie.  You’ll also want to arrive early to get the best parking spot possible.

To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the Fresh Air Cinema Halloween Drive-In website.

Below is the Halloween drive-in movie schedule for October 2017:

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

Location: 17798 62 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada at Cloverdale Rodeo Fairgrounds

Friday, October 20 at

7:00pm – Beetlejuice

9:30pm – The Silence of the Lambs

Friday, October 27 at

7:00pm – Hocus Pocus

9:30pm – Halloween

River District

Location: East Kent Avenue North at Boundary Road, Vancouver, BC, Canada at River District Drive-In

Saturday, October 21 at

7:00pm – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

9:30pm – Friday the 13th Part 3 3D

Saturday, October 28 at

7:00pm – Casper

9:30pm – The Shinning

Semiahmoo Park

Location: 15782 Marine Drive, White Rock, BC, Canada at Semiahmoo Park – Parking Lot

Monday, October 30 at

6:00pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas

8:00pm – Ghostbusters

For more information, visit the Fresh Air Cinema Halloween Drive-In website.  Before you go though, please let us know in the comments below about your experience at a drive-in movie theatre!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the Penny Lavish blog by email, RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with all of the latest deals!

 

Free & Cheap Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Vancouver this October 2017

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Vancouver has many inexpensive and free Halloween attractions this year.  I’ve found and created a list of free and inexpensive events that are family-friendly around Metro Vancouver.  There’s everything from haunted houses to grave tales to a haunted forest train.  There’s everything from train rides to fireworks to trick or treating and more.  

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply in addition to admission price and some attractions may only take cash, debit or credit, as well as, you may have to purchase tickets or register ahead of time.  Some haunted houses may not allow children under a certain age or may require children to be accompanied by an adult.  Schedule may vary due to weather or other circumstances.  Be sure to visit the official sites for complete information and details about each attraction.

Below is a list of the 2017 free & cheap family-friendly Halloween events in Vancouver:

Funland

What: A Fall/Halloween themed adventure area for kids.  Free activities include a jungle gym, sand excavator, tire swing, basketball and a zipline.
Where: 1300 Dominion Ave., Port Coquitlam, BC at Art Knapp.
Admission: Some Free activities for kids; Tickets for rides are $1 each and rides take 3 – 6 tickets per person.
When: September 15 – October 31; Wednesday – Sunday

Halloween Pumpkin Express

What: A train ride through a decorated forest.  There are also crafts and activities for children.
Where: 13750 88th Ave., Surrey, BC at Bear Creek Park.
Admission: $11 Adults or Child and incl. a treat and child size pumpkin for child
When: October 7 – 31; daily

The Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train Alien Invasion

What: A 14 minute train ride experience exploring an Alien Invasion theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.  Also includes a haunted maze, arts & crafts, and a pumpkin patch.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, BC at Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Admission: Matinee train: $6; Evening prices: $12 Adult, $9 Senior (65+) & Youth (3-18 years), $8 Child (3 -12 years), Free for children 2 years & under.
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

Creatures of the Night

What: Running in conjunction with the Stanley Park Ghost Train.  A theatrical experience with hands-on activities, taxidermy and displays to learn more about nocturnal creatures.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, via the West Georgia Street park entrance at the Stanley Park Ghost Train plaza.
Admission: Free
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

Once Upon a Pumpkin

What: Learn about Halloween’s origin in nature in this unique and seasonal offering.  All ages event.
Where: 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC at Richmond Nature Park
Admission: Free
When: October 15 – October 31; 9 am-5 pm

Halloween Family Dance

What: An evening of Halloween entertainment including, music, crafts for the kids, and prizes for best costume. Register with code # 4548955
Where:
6220 184 St., Surrey, BC at Don Christian Recreation Centre
Admission:
$3.50 per person; children 2 & under are free
When:
October 20 from 6 pm-9 pm

Coquitlam Halloween House

What: A family-friendly haunted house that raises money for Variety the Children’s Charity.
Where:
443 Draycott St., Coquitlam, BC
Admission:
By donation
When:
October 20 – 21 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Spooktacular Newton

What: Ride a haunted train, and take part in crafts and games. There will also be trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and more.
Where:
13730 72 Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission:
Free
When:
October 21 from 12 pm-4 pm

Wild Things

What: A Halloween inspired event with spooky fun, face painting, storytelling and pumpkin carnival game.  All ages event, but an adult must accompany a child.
Where: 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC at Richmond Nature Park
Admission: $3 child, $5 adult; children 2 & under are free
When: October 21 – October 22; 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Glow in the Garden

What: Discover curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Follow the white rabbit on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. Visitors of all ages will enjoy tasty treats, crafts and much more.
Where: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Admission: $10 Adults; $8.10 for VanDusen members, seniors (65+) and youth (13-18 years); $6.20 for children (3-12 years); free for children 2 & under
When: October 24 – 31; nightly

Halloween Family Dance

What: An evening of Halloween entertainment including, music, crafts for the kids, and prizes for best costume. Dinner included.  Register with code # 4553384
Where:
15996 84 Ave., Surrey, BC at Fleetwood Community Centre
Admission:
$5
When:
October 27 from 6 pm-8:30 pm

Haunted Village

What: This haunted village includes trick-or-treating for the children, entertainment and carousel rides for all.
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC at Burnaby Village Museum.
Admission: $14 – Adult, youth & seniors; $9 – Children (2-12 years); members are free
When: October 27 – 30; see website for more details

Pumpkin Power

What: Design your own take-home Jack O’ Lantern, go on a spooky scavenger hunt, compete for best costume, and more.
Where: 17710 56a Ave., Surrey, BC at Surrey Museum
Admission: By donation
When: October 28 from 1 pm-4:00 pm

Trick-Or-Treat

What: Trick-Or-Treat for toddlers at Dunbar Village.
Where:
Dunbar Village, Vancouver, BC
Admission: Free
When: October 28 from 3 pm-5 pm

Halloween in the Forest

What: Carve a pumpkin, learn about bats, owls and spiders, check out the pumpkin path scavenger hunt, and more.
Where:
14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC at Surrey Nature Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 28 from 10 am-2 pm

Haunted Farm Family Day

What: Play Halloween themed games, go on a scavenger hunt, sip hot chocolate, have your fortune read, and more.
Where:
13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey, BC at Historic Stewart Farm
Admission:
Free
When:
October 28 from 12 pm-3 pm

Trick or Treat on Britannia Shipyards Boardwalk

What: Make a paper Halloween basket and then visit the historic houses for a non-edible treat. Costumes are encouraged.
Where:
5180 Westwater Dr., Richmond, BC at Britannia Shipyards
Admission:
Free
When:
October 28 from 1 pm-4 pm

Halloween at the Cannery

What: A haunted house with ghoulish cannery characters along the way.
Where:
12138 Fourth Ave., Richmond, BC
Admission:
By donation ($4 suggested)
When:
October 28 – 29 from 11 am-4 pm

Halloween Family Fun

What: Family fun afternoon with haunted crafts, spooky treats, a monster mash dance party, costume parade and more.  Register with code # 4549747
Where:
14601 20 Ave., Surrey, BC at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
Admission:
$3.50 per person
When:
October 29 from 1 pm-3 pm

Hallowe’en

What: Visit the Haney House where there will be a fall themed tour, cookie decorating and crafts for children.
Where:
14601 20 Ave., Surrey, BC at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
Admission:
$5 per child; adults are free
When:
October 29 from 11 am-3 pm

Boozabuzza Island

What: An annual Halloween pirate-themed yard display that raises money for St. Stephen Children’s Centre.
Where:
5970 Portland St., Burnaby, BC
Admission:
By donation
When:
October 31 from 5 pm-8 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Hamilton

What: A fantastic 15 minute firework display with trick or treats and activities.
Where:
22500 McLean Ave., Richmond, BC at McLean Neighbourhood Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – South Arm

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
8880 Williams Rd., Richmond, BC at South Arm Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – West Richmond

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
9180 No. 1 Rd., Richmond, BC at West Richmond Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Minoru Park

What: There will be live music, dance demonstrations, a magician, roving entertainers, children’s activities, an inflatable corn maze, trick-or-treating, fire juggling, and fireworks.
Where:
7191 Granville Ave., Richmond, BC at Minoru Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 6:30 pm-8:45 pm

Halloween Movie Night – Double Feature

What: “Hotel Transylvania 2” will begin at 6:30 pm and “Ghostbusters” will begin at 8:15 pm.  Free treat and popcorn available.  This is an all ages event.
Where:
5900 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, BC at City Centre Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31; movie starts at 6:30 pm

If you’re looking for other Halloween events, be sure to visit Penny Lavish’s post on free and inexpensive pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, and Halloween attractions.

Did we miss a family-friendly Halloween event?  Let us know by commenting below.  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Free Movies at Cineplex Community Day on October 14, 2017

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Movie lovers rejoice!  Free movies are coming to a theatre near you this week.  Cineplex will be hosting a Community Day event with free movies at select theatre locations across Canada.  This event will support the WE Charity, a movement that empowers you to create positive change, with 100% of the Proceeds from donations and select concession items going to the charity.

On the morning of Saturday, October 14th, you can catch a free movie at 9:30 am at select Cineplex locations.  Cineplex will host five different movies on Saturday morning, including Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.  With doors opening at 9 am, you’ll want to arrive early, because seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.  

As an added bonus to this event, they will be selling a number of concession items for $2.50, including popcorn, select drinks and candy!  Cineplex will also offer 100 bonus SCENE points for concession purchases made of $10 or more before taxes on October 14th before 11 am.

If you’d like to donate to the WE Charity, you can do so by donating $2, which gives you one of five change bracelets in a variety of colours sporting different positive messages. 

The movies playing for the Cineplex Community Day include:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Trolls
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Don’t forget to find out where your favourite movie will be playing on Community Day in Metro Vancouver.  Comment below to tell us what movie you’ll be seeing on Community Day.
For more information on Cineplex Community Day, please visit Cineplex’s official website.
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Where: Select Cineplex Theatres

Admission: Free

When: October 14 from 9:00 am-11 am

Free & Cheap Halloween Attractions in Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley this October 2017

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Halloween is near and that’s reason enough to celebrate with some great events.  Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have many Halloween attractions this year that aren’t so spooky.  I’ve found many inexpensive Halloween events that are under $15 a person, with some even being free.  If you love Halloween and Fall, be sure to visit Penny Lavish’s post on free and frugal pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted attractions in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.  

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply in addition to admission price and some attractions may only take cash, debit or credit.  Ticket prices may vary on dates and times.  Schedule may vary due to weather or other circumstances.  Some of the attractions have age restrictions.  Be sure to visit the official sites for more information and details about each attraction.

Below are the 2017 free & cheap Halloween Attractions in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off

What: BC’s annual giant pumpkin weigh-off event with family festivities and events at the farm.
Where: 6179 248th St., Langley, BC at Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.
Admission: Free to be a spectator
When: October 7 

Halloween Pumpkin Express

What: A train ride through a decorated forest.  There are also crafts and activities for children.
Where: 13750 88th Ave., Surrey, BC at Bear Creek Park.
Admission: $11 Adults or Child and incl. a treat and child size pumpkin for child
When: October 7 – 31; daily

The Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train Alien Invasion

What: A 14 minute train ride experience exploring an Alien Invasion theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.  Also includes a haunted maze, arts & crafts, and a pumpkin patch.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, BC at Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Admission: Matinee train: $6; Evening prices: $12 Adult, $9 Senior (65+) & Youth (3-18 years), $8 Child (3 -12 years), Free for children 2 years & under.
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

Creatures of the Night

What: Running in conjunction with the Stanley Park Ghost Train.  A theatrical experience with hands-on activities, taxidermy and displays to learn more about nocturnal creatures.
Where: Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, via the West Georgia Street park entrance at the Stanley Park Ghost Train plaza.
Admission: Free
When: October 13 – October 31; see website for more details

The 4th Annual Vancouver Halloween Expo

What: The Expo includes some free activities/events and some paid activities/events.  Some of the free activities/events are music performances, arts exhibition, video game music show, dance performances, and puppet show.
Where: 800 Robson St., Vancouver, BC at UBC Robson Square
Admission:
Free for some activities and events, so be sure to check ahead of time as some are paid
When: October 13 – 15

Nightmare Before Christmas Market

What: There’s something for everyone, including activities for kids at this market.  Costumes are encouraged.  
Where: 514 Carnarvon St., New Westminster, BC
Admission:
$3, free for kids 13 & under

When: October 14

Vancouver Halloween Parade

What: Marching bands, music, dances, floats and performances, the superheroes and supernaturals from films, comics, anime, games, sci-fi and myths all come alive. 
Where: Downtown Vancouver, BC
Admission:
Free
When: October 15 at 11 am

Glow in the Garden

What: Discover curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Follow the white rabbit on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. Visitors of all ages will enjoy tasty treats, crafts and much more.
Where: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Admission: $10 Adults; $8.10 for VanDusen members, seniors (65+) and youth (13-18 years); $6.20 for children (3-12 years); free for children 2 & under
When: October 24 – 31; nightly

Thrill the World Surrey 2017

What: An annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller that raises funds for The Surrey Food Bank.  Dress up like a zombie and learn the dance beforehand online or at the by donation/free workshops.
Where: 6188 176th St., Surrey, BC at Cloverdale Youth Park.
Admission: By donation
When: October 28; registration at 1 pm, global thrill time at 3 pm

Haunted Village

What: There’s trick-or-treating for the kids, entertainment and carousels for all.
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC at Burnaby Village Museum.
Admission: $14 – Adult, youth & seniors; $9 Children (2-12 years).
When: October 27 – 30; see website for more details

Cemetery Tour: Halloween Edition

What: Join Archie Miller of A Sense of History Research Services to hear tales with a bit of mystery, a touch of mayhem, and even a case or two of murder.  Ages 10+.  Register beforehand.
Where:
100 Richmond St., New Westminster, BC at Fraser Cemetery
Admission:
$13.50
When:
October 31 from 5 pm-7 pm

Halloween Movie Night – Double Feature

What: “Hotel Transylvania 2” will begin at 6:30 pm and “Ghostbusters” will begin at 8:15 pm.  Free treat and popcorn available.  This is an all ages event.
Where:
5900 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, BC at City Centre Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31; movie starts at 6:30 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Hamilton

What: A fantastic 15 minute firework display with trick or treats and activities.
Where:
22500 McLean Ave., Richmond, BC at McLean Neighbourhood Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – South Arm

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
8880 Williams Rd., Richmond, BC at South Arm Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – West Richmond

What: A 15 minute firework display.
Where:
9180 No. 1 Rd., Richmond, BC at West Richmond Community Centre
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 at 8:15 pm

Halloween Fireworks Show – Minoru Park

What: There will be live music, dance demonstrations, a magician, roving entertainers, children’s activities, an inflatable corn maze, trick-or-treating, fire juggling, and fireworks.
Where:
7191 Granville Ave., Richmond, BC at Minoru Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 6:30 pm-8:45 pm

Halloween on the Drive 2017

What: Enjoy a firework show with spooky Halloween music.  They’ll also have other events happening throughout the day on Commercial Drive.  Before the firework show, they’ll have a kids fun zone with fun activities.  Be sure to check the website for complete details on event times, locations and more.
Where:
1657 Charles St., Vancouver, BC at Grandview Park
Admission:
Free
When:
October 31 from 7:30 pm-8 pm

Make sure to comment below with your favourite Halloween event!  We’d love to hear from you! 

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