Metro Vancouver’s Free & Cheap Events for December 2015

Decorated tree in the park

Holiday cheer is in the air this month.  December brings lots of holiday events along with some other frugal events.  You’ll find everything from tree lighting ceremonies to craft fairs to comedy shows.  On a weekly basis, I will be adding more events as they are found, so be sure to check back often.  As always, these events are free or $15 or under!  If you’re specifically looking for holiday events, be sure to check out 116 free & cheap holiday events in Metro Vancouver.

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Okay, let’s get started!  Here are events for December in the Lower Mainland!

Common Ground: An Exhibition of Young People’s Art
Admission: Free/When:
October 17 2015 – March 27 2016/Where: Vancouver

By Donation Indoor Yoga
Admission: BY DONATION (if you can)/When: Monday – Friday/Where: Vancouver

FREE Family Movie at Wesbrook Village
Admission: Free/When:
Wednesdays/Where: Vancouver

English Corner: Practise Conversational English for FREE
Admission: Free/When:
Thursdays/Where: Vancouver

East Van Community Yoga
Admission: FREE/BY DONATION/When:
Thursdays/Where: Vancouver

Cineplex Family Favourites
Admission: $2.99
/When: Saturdays/Where: Cineplex locations in Metro Vancouver

Nat Bailey Farmers Market
Admission: Free/When: Saturdays; November 7 2015 – April 23 2016 (except Dec. 26)/Where: Vancouver

Hastings Park Farmers Market
Admission:
Free/When:
Sundays; November 8 2015 – May 1 2016 (except Dec. 27)/Where: Vancouver

Festival of Trees
Admission:
Free/When:
November 8 2015 – January 5 2016/Where: Burnaby

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

18th Annual European Union Film Festival
Admission:
$11, $14 for two movies/When: November 27 – December 9/Where: Vancouver

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

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

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

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

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Admission:
$5/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

CBC Open House and Food Bank Day in Vancouver 2015
Admission: Free
/donations accepted/When: December 4/Where: Vancouver

Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Admission:
$6.81 advance, $10 door/When: December 4/Where: Vancouver

Newton Community Walk
Admission: Free/When: December 4/Where: Surrey

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

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

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

Pottery Sale
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: Vancouver

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

Stuff the Truck 2015
Admission:
Donations/When: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20/Where: Vancouver

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

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

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

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

Codecreate
Admission: Free/When:
December 5/Where: Vancouver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cannery Farmers’ Market
Admission: Free/When:
December 6 & 20/Where: Richmond

SGI Canada: Read Me A Story
Admission: Free/When:
December 8/Where: Vancouver

International Human Rights Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Fighting the Silence
Admission: Free/When:
December 9/Where: Vancouver

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

Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
Admission:
$6.81 advance, $10 door/When: December 10/Where: Vancouver

Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me
Admission:
$6.81 advance, $10 door/When: December 11/Where: Vancouver

Vancouver Education & Career Fair
Admission: Free
from 12 pm-3 pm, $5 from 9 am-12 pm/When: December 11/Where: Vancouver

Family Movie Night
Admission:
Free/When: December 11/Where: Surrey

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

Stuff The Bus
Admission:
Donations/When: December 11 – 12/Where: Surrey

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

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

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

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

River Market Curious Flea
Admission: Free/When:
December 12/Where: New Westminster

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

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

2015 Faraday Show: Physics in Movies (& Reality!)
Admission: Free/When:
December 13/Where: Vancouver

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Mingle Jingle with WYiB
Admission:
$10/When: December 14/Where: Vancouver

Spirit’s Call Choir Benefit Concert
Admission:
$15/When: December 15/Where: North Vancouver

Loose Cannons 2 – The Improvised Holiday Blockbuster
Admission:
$8 advance, $10 door/When: December 17 – 19/Where: Vancouver

Graham Clark presents…The Graham Hates Christmas Show
Admission:
$6.81 advance, $10 door/When: December 18/Where: Vancouver

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

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

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

22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Admission: Free/When:
December 21/Where: Vancouver

Stanley Park’s Secrets Historical Walking Tour
Admission:
$10/When: December 27/Where: Vancouver

New Year’s Eve Vancouver 2016 Countdown Celebration
Admission: Free/When:
December 31/Where: Vancouver

Tradex Presents Fraser Valley’s First Night 2016
Admission:
$12 pre-sale, $15 door/When: December 31/Where: Abbotsford

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