Metro Vancouver’s Free & Frugal Holiday Activities for November & December 2015

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Celebrate the holidays with some frugal fun this year!  The Lower Mainland is celebrating the holidays with tree lighting festivals, Santa events, Christmas trains, and so much more!  The fun starts today in Metro Vancouver and the events are free or $16 and under!  So grab your friends and family and enjoy these winter cool events! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

CandyTown
Admission: Free/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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Queen 2
Admission:
$10 – $15/When: December 2 – 3 (December 4 – 5 $17 – $22)/Where: Vancouver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Christmas
Admission: Free/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

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: $10/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

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

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

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

Comment below and tell us your favourite activity to do in the winter!  If you want to stay up to date with all of the latest deals, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog by e-mail, RSS feed, or twitter on the right side panel for computers or on the bottom of the page for mobile devices and tablets!  If you’d like to find more free fun, visit the free & cheap events for November in Metro Vancouver or visit the free & cheap holiday craft fairs and markets in Metro Vancouver.

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