November may seem dreary and grey, but the festivities are amped-up this time of year and you’ll find plenty of fun stuff happening during this month. Here’s our list of some free and almost free great family-friendly events that take place in and around our Kitsilano neighbourhood.

Trains and Toys

For railfans young and not so young, the Vancouver Train Expo 2017 is making tracks at the PNE on November 11th and 12th. Over 60 exhibitors will be showcasing miniature trains, railroads, and landscapes. This will be a hands-on experience with a children’s train play area, Lego displays, a mini-rail train ride, and a marketplace. Tickets for adults are $8 and children under 8 are free.

The Kitsilano Community Centre is hosting the Family Toy and Clothing Sale on November 12th from 10am to 1pm. Here you’ll find tons of bargains on almost new children’s clothes and toys. Admission is free.

Movie Time

Watch family-friendly movies for $2.99 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas in Downtown Vancouver on West Pender for their Cineplex Family Favourites morning, each Saturday starting at 11am. Upcoming November movies are Masha and the Bear, Wonder Woman, and Home Alone.

Christmas Cheer

The annual St. Pauls Lights of Hope display begins November 16th at 6:30pm. Expect dazzling lights, fireworks, choirs, food trucks, and thousands of spectators on this special night. This is a free event for all ages.

Meet Santa at the extra fancy annual Hycroft Christmas Market 2017 from November 16th to the 19th. The market runs from 11am to 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday. There will be gourmet treats and baked goods, lots of jewellery, handmade clothing, fancy hats, and all sorts of interesting items for sale. Live entertainment, refreshments, and a silent auction will also take place. The big man himself will be on site from 3pm to 5pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 1pm to 4pm on the weekend. Tickets for adults are $15 and children 13 and under are free.

Another Christmas market is the annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair which will be on November 25th from 10am to 5pm. There will be over 140 vendors selling treats, gifts, decorations, and more, plus entertainment, prizes, and hot food. Tickets for adults at the door are $5 ($4 online/in advance) and children 12 and under are free.


Last modified: November 10, 2017

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