The weekend is already upon us, folks. And there are plenty of festive activities and interesting things to do this weekend to get you in the mood. Whether it’s pictures with Santa, indulging in delicious cocktails, catching a hockey game, or an early black Friday sale that gets you on your feet – here are 10 of the best things to do around Vancouver this weekend (November 18-20).

Surrey’s annual Tree Lighting Festival


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With the unveiling of a huge 60-foot Christmas tree, the City of Surrey is officially back with their iconic Tree Lighting Festival this month. In addition to stunning light displays and installations, guests can peruse local artisan vendors, enjoy live choir and comedy shows, a ballet performance of The Nutcracker, and of course, photos with Santa. Oh, and did we mention the festival is free?

Where: 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey Civic Plaza
When: Saturday, November 19th
Cost: Free

Forever Yours Lingerie’s Early Black Friday Blowout

Get a head start on the black Friday deals with Forever Lingerie’s online blowout sale starting Thursday, November 17th. Touted as having the most size-inclusive selection in Canada, you’ll be able to score deals as low as $10 on thousands of items online.

If you’re more into the in-store vibes, additional Black Friday offers will be hitting stores from November 24-30 where you can snag discounts on already priced-to-move items aka stack-on stack discounts on clearance items. 

When: November 17-30, 2022
Where: Online ONLY
Promo: Buy 3 or more items and get 25% off your entire order – items as low as $10

Gareth Emery


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As seen from his colourful Insta feed, Gareth Emery is a British trance DJ and producer known for his three studio albums. Oh, and for winning a State of Trance Tune of the Year award three times. Best buckle-in for a wild time.

When: Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th
Where: PNE Forum
Cost: $55+

Vancouver Giants

Switching gears a bit, the month wouldn’t be complete without a little action from the Vancouver Giants. Head to the Arena Bowl at the Langley Events Centre on Friday, November 18th for their home game against the Blazers. Tickets start at just over $20 a pop, and you can view the full list of home games scheduled for this season here.

When: Friday, November 18th
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Cost: $23.70+

Indulge during St. Rémy’s Signature Cocktail Week


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Back for its second year, St-Rémy’s Signature Cocktail Week is taking place from November 14th to 21st at locations across Vancouver.

Experience the best St-Rémy Signature cocktails created by top bartenders serving up their own St-Rémy Signature cocktail creations. Vancouver establishments participating in this year’s St-Rémy Signature Cocktail Week are:

Acquafarina; Alouette Bistro; Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar; D6 Bar & Lounge; Elisa; Fairmont Pacific Rim; Gerard Lounge; Hydra Estiatorio; Loula’s Taverna; Mott 32; Nightingale; Per Se Social Corner; Published on Main; Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Hawkswood); The Keefer Bar; The Pawn Shop; The Stock Room; The Vancouver Club

When: November 14-21, 2022
Where: Locations across Vancouver
Cost: Drink prices will vary based on location

Eastside Culture Crawl

The 26th annual Eastside Culture Crawl is taking place this weekend across 80 different buildings on the east side, with more than 500 local artists showcasing their work. Explore the open studios, peruse unique jewelry and home goods, and connect with the artists themselves. Oh, and did we mention this event is completely free?

When: Thursday, November 17th to Sunday, November 20th
Where: See link above

Check out some AYCE buffets

From Indian cuisine to Korean BBQ and even fish & chips – here are some fantastic options if you’re looking to fill your plate (and your stomach) this weekend.

Where: See our picks above

Hang out at Science World

Science World has been delighting kids and adults alike for decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re browsing the permanent collection or checking out what’s new, you really can’t go wrong with a visit or two this season.

Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $27.62, reserve your timeslot online

Hit up a covered patio

With all the beautiful, sunny (albeit cold) days we’ve been getting lately, we think it’s time for round two of patio season. But just in case Raincouver makes an appearance, it’s always best to have a couple of covered patios to choose from. With classic options like Banter Room to newer additions like Batch on Plaza (now with a tent & fire pits!) – covered patio season sure is bringing its A-game so far.

Where: See our picks above

Thrift some vintage fits


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From Community Thrift to Mintage Mall, to all the hidden gems in between, here are some fantastic places to peruse if you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe with some cool vintage finds this weekend.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this weekend, Vancouver. We hope it’s a great one!