126 Free & Cheap Holiday Events in Metro Vancouver for November & December 2015 & January 2016

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The holidays are fast approaching and the Lower Mainland is ready to celebrate!  Around Metro Vancouver this year, you’ll find lots of free & cheap holiday events from holiday markets to craft fairs to tree lighting ceremonies.  There’s a bit of everything in every city and the fun has already begun!  Thanks to some great little elf’s, I’ve been able to find 87 events for $16 or under or for free all for the months of November, December, and January! 

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All of the events below are listed in chronological order.  Okay, let’s get started!

Milner Village Market
Admission: Free/When:
Saturdays; October 25 – December 20/Where: Langley

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage
Admission:
Free/When: Tuesday – Sunday; November 1 – December 23/Where: Abbotsford

Brambles Bistro & Tanglebank Gardens
Admission: Free/When: Monday to Saturday/Where: Abbotsford

Creative Treasures Christmas Craft Fair
Admission:
Free/When:
November 11 – 14/Where: Delta

Circle Craft Christmas Market
Admission:
$7 – $14/When: November 11 – 15/Where: Vancouver

Britannia Christmas Craft Fair
Admission:
$2, Free for children under 12/When: November 12 – 15/Where: Vancouver

Light up the Village at Park Royal
Admission:
Free/When: November 13/Where: West Vancouver

Murrayville Holiday Market
Admission: Free/When:
November 13 – 14 & December 12/Where: Langley

Craft & Gift Market
Admission: Free/When: November 13 – 14/Where: Abbotsford

The Christmas Show at Langley Events Centre
Admission:
$10 Adult, $7 Senior/Youth, Free for children 13 & under/When: November 13 – 15/Where: Langley

Festival of Trees
Admission: Free/When:
November 13 2015 – January 5 2016/Where: Vancouver

Flea Market
Admission: Free/When:
November 14/Where: Burnaby

Fair Trade Christmas Market at St. Andrews United Church North Vancouver
Admission: Free/When:
November 14/Where: North Vancouver

MomPreneur Show (and Dad’s too!)
Admission:
Free/When:
November 14/Where: Maple Ridge

Christmas Bazaar and Tea
Admission:
$8 for luncheon of tea, coffee, sandwiches & sweets/When: November 14/Where: Langley

Christmas Craft Fair at Avalon Gardens
Admission: Free/When:
November 14/Where: Langley

Love it. Craft it. Fair
Admission:
$3, Free for children 12 & under/When: November 14/Where: Vancouver

Brambles Bistro & Tanglebank Gardens: Santa’s Pancake Breakfast and Workshop
Admission: Free/When: November 14/Where: Abbotsford

The Olde Farmhouse at Christmas
Admission:
$5 one day, $8 for both days/When: November 14 – 15/Where: Abbotsford

Eastside Flea Holiday Market
Admission:
$3, $2 with non-perishable food item/When: November 14 – 15/Where: Vancouver

Cannery Farmers’ Market
Admission: Free/When:
November 15 & 29/Where: Richmond

Charity Shopping Night
Admission:
$10/When: November 17/Where: Langley

Lights of Hope Community Celebration
Admission: Free/When:
November 19/Where: Vancouver

Home for the Holidays – Christmas Decorating
Admission: Free/When:
November 19/Where: Coquitlam

Here Comes Christmas! (McArthurGlen)
Admission: Free/When:
November 19/Where: Richmond

The Nutcracker Live at McArhturGlen (Sneak Preview)
Admission:
Free/When:
November 19/Where: Richmond

Christmas at Hycroft
Admission:
$15, Free for children 12 & under/When: November 19 – 22/Where: Vancouver

Beaujolais Nouveau Time 2015
Admission:
$10 pre-sale, $12 door/When: November 20/Where: Vancouver

MERCATO Italian Market (Indoor Christmas Themed Market)
Admission:
Free/When: November 20/Where: Vancouver

West Coast Christmas Show & Market
Admission:
$6 Adult, $5 Senior, Free ages 0-16; 2 for 1 Friday after 5pm/When: November 20 – 22/Where: Abbotsford

Deer Lake Craft Festival
Admission:
Free/When: November 20 – 22/Where: Burnaby

Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market
Admission:
$3, Free for children 10 & under/When: November 20 – 22/Where: Chilliwack

White Rock Museum & Archives Christmas Craft Fair
Admission: Free/When:
November 20 – December 21/Where: White Rock

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Admission: FREE/When:
November 21/Where: Surrey

Deck the Halls Christmas Artisan Market
Admission:
By donation/When: November 21/Where: Delta

Refresh Market
Admission:
$3/When: November 21/Where: Squamish

1st Annual Tree Lighting at HighStreet
Admission: Free/When:
November 21/Where: Abbotsford

CandyTown
Admission: Free/When:
November 21/Where: Vancouver

Charity Craft Fair
Admission:
By Donation/When: November 21/Where: Vancouver

MEC Snowfest Vancouver
Admission: Free/When: November 21/Where: Vancouver

Santa’s Arrival at Park Royal
Admission: Free/When:
November 21/Where: West Vancouver

St. Thomas More Collegiate Christmas Craft Fair
Admission: Free/When:
November 21 – 22/Where: Burnaby

Bloom Holiday Market
Admission: $2/When: November 21 – 22/Where: Fort Langley

West End Holiday Craft Fair
Admission:
Free/When: November 21 – 22/Where: Vancouver

North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar at Carson Graham Secondary School
Admission:
$2/When: November 21 – 22 & December 5 – 6/Where: North Vancouver

Holiday Shows at HighStreet
Admission: Free/When:
November 21, 28 & December 5, 12, 19/Where: Abbotsford

Vancouver Christmas Market
Admission:
$4 – $8, Free for children 0-6 yrs/When: November 21 – December 24/Where: Vancouver

2015 Heritage Christmas
Admission: Free/When: November 21 2015 – January 1 2015 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)/Where: Burnaby

Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar
Admission: Free/When:
November 22/Where: Coquitlam

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Admission:
$6 – $12, Free for children 2 & under/When: November 26 – January 2 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Admission:
By donation ($4 suggested)/When: November 26 – January 2 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

Ramada’s Toys for Tots
Admission:
By donation (toy or money) incl. free buffet breakfast/When: November 27/Where: Abbotsford

SAGA Art & Craft Show & Sale
Admission: Free/When:
November 27 – 28/Where: North Surrey

Nativity Exhibit & Craft Fair at the Highlands United Church North Vancouver
Admission:
Free/When: November 27 – 28/Where: North Vancouver

West End Pottery Club Christmas Pottery Sale
Admission: Free/When: November 27 – 29/Where: Vancouver

Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza
Admission: Free/When: November 27 – December 22/Where: North Vancouver

Crafty Affaire Holiday Market
Admission: $2, Free for kids/When: November 28/Where: South Surrey

Edmonds Festival of Lights
Admission: Free/When: November 28/Where: Burnaby

Strathcona Winter Craft Fair
Admission:
$2, free for kids under 12/When: November 28/Where: Vancouver

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair
Admission:
$2 online, $3 door, free for kids under 12/When: November 28/Where: Vancouver

MEC North Vancouver Snowfest
Admission: Free/When:
November 28/Where: North Vancouver

Silver Harbour Christmas Market
Admission: Free/When:
November 28/Where: North Vancouver

Mission City Christmas Market
Admission: Free/When: November 28/Where: Mission

Holiday Market ’15
Admission:
$2/When: November 28 – 29/Where: Vancouver

Christmas on the Peninsula
Admission: Free/When:
November 28/Where: White Rock

Renfrew Craft Fair
Admission: Free/When:
November 28/Where: Vancouver

Christmas Craft Fair
Admission:
By donation/When: November 28/Where: Richmond

Bizarre Bazaar
Admission:
By donation/When: November 28 – 29/Where: Whistler

12 Days of Christmas
Admission: Free – $12/When: November 28 – December 9/Where: Port Coquitlam

Downtown Abbotsford Tree Lighting
Admission: Free/When:
November 29/Where: Abbotsford

2nd Annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair
Admission:
By donation/When: November 29/Where: Burnaby

Baker’s Market
Admission: Free/When:
November 29, December 6 & 13/Where: Vancouver

Van Dusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights
Admission:
$9 – $16, Free for children 2 & under; 2 for 1 free entry to Enchanted Nights at Bloedel/When: December 1 – 31 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

Christmas at the Cannery – Festival of Trees 2015
Admission: Free/When:
December 1 – 31/Where: Richmond

A Dickens Christmas
Admission:
$10 – $15, children 4 & under free/When: December 1 2015 – January 3 2016/Where: Britannia Beach

Vegabond Players presents Inspecting Carol
Admission: $10 – preview on December 2 – 4, after preview $12 – $15/When: December 2 – 19/Where: New Westminster

The Robson Square Ice Rink and Plaza
Admission: Free
(plus skate rentals if needed)/When: December 1 2015 – February 2016 (open Christmas eve & day)/Where: Vancouver

Yule Duel 2015
Admission: Free/by donation/When: December 3/Where: Vancouver

Make it!
Admission:
$6 online, $7 door, free for kids 12 & under/When: December 3 – 6/Where: Vancouver

2015 Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting (Jack Poole Plaza)
Admission: Free/When: December 4/Where: Vancouver

Christmas Market at HighStreet
Admission: Free/When:
December 4 – 6/Where: Abbotsford

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Admission:
Free
/When: December 4 – 6/Where: Coquitlam

Toque Craft Fair
Admission:
By donation/When: December 4 – 6/Where: Vancouver

North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas
Admission:
$15/When: December 4 – 23/Where: Abbotsford

Christmas Train
Admission: $8.50 +tax/When: December 4 2015 – January 3 2016 (closed December 25)/Where: Surrey

Carol Ships Parade of Lights (on shore)
Admission:
Free/When: December 4 – 23/Where: Vancouver/areas of Metro Vancouver (sailpast)

Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory
Admission: $5.25 – $8.50, free for children under 3 yrs/When: December 4 2015 – January 3 2016/Where: Vancouver

Kensington Craft Fair
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: Vancouver

Christmas Flea Market and Craft Sale
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: Burnaby

Kensington Prairie Holiday Tree Lighting
Admission: Free/When: December 5/Where: Surrey

Breakfast with Santa
Admission:
$9/When: December 5/Where: Burnaby

Dundarave Nativity & Paddle Songs
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: West Vancouver

Lonsdale Quay Market Christmas
Admission: Free/When: December 5/Where: North Vancouver

Lantern Festival Workshop
Admission:
$10/When: December 5/Where: Port Coquitlam

Winter Tram
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: Richmond

Lantern Festival Parade
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: Port Coquitlam

White Rock Christmas Sail Past
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: White Rock

Spirit of the Season 2015
Admission: Free/When: December 5/Where: Surrey

2015 Santa Claus Parade
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: New Westminster

Thornhill Artisan Fair Winter 2015
Admission: Free/When: December 5 – 6/Where: Maple Ridge

Deck the Halls Christmas Craft Fair
Admission: $2/When: December 5 – 6/Where: Vancouver

Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade
Admission: Free/When: December 6/Where: Surrey

Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Admission: Free/When:
December 6/Where: Vancouver

Burnaby Lake Park Association Holiday Open House
Admission: Free/When:
December 6/Where: Burnaby

Kids Crafts at Lonsdale Quay Market
Admission: Free/When: December 6/Where: North Vancouver

Christmas in Steveston Village
Admission:
Free/When:
December 6/Where: Richmond

Klahanie Christmas Fair
Admission: Free/When:
December 6/Where: Port Moody

Secret Santa – A Holiday Fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Admission: $8 advance, $10 door/When: December 9/Where: Vancouver

Lumière Festival
Admission: Free/When: December 11 – 12/Where: Vancouver

Vancouver Winter Wonderland
Admission:
$5, free for kids under 2/When: December 11 – 20/Where: Vancouver

Holiday Market
Admission:
$3, free for kids under 13/When: December 12/Where: Vancouver

Holiday Family Fun
Admission: Free/When: December 12/Where: Vancouver

Lonsdale Quay Market Christmas
Admission: Free/When: December 12/Where: North Vancouver

World Christmas
Admission: Free/When: December 12/Where: West Vancouver

Got Craft? Holiday Edition
Admission:
$3 online, $5 door/When: December 12 – 13/Where: North Vancouver

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: $10/When: December 12 – 13/Where: Vancouver

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy
Admission:
$2/When: December 12 – 13/Where: Vancouver

Christmas at Canada Place
Admission: Free/When:
December 12 – 30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)/Where: Vancouver

Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Admission:
By donation/When: December 13/Where: Langley

CP Holiday Train
Admission: Free/When: December 18 – 19/Where: Agassiz, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam

Skate with Santa
Admission:
$3 – $5.09, plus skate rentals if needed, Free for children 3 & under/When: December 19/Where: Burnaby

Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night
Admission: Free/When: December 19/Where: West Vancouver

Yaletown Kissmas
Admission: Free/When:
December 19/Where: Vancouver

Discovery Saturday: Very Vintage Christmas
Admission: By donation/When: December 19/Where: Surrey

Sally Skates with The Salvation Army
Admission: Free (skate rental $4)/When: December 19/Where: Vancouver

The Nutcracker Suite
Admission:
$15/When: December 19/Where: Vancouver

Women’s Winter Faire
Admission:
By donation (suggested $3 – $5)/When: December 19 – 20/Where: Vancouver

Celebrating Solstice
Admission:
$5 members, $10 non-members/When: December 20/Where: Vancouver

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