Another weekend, another roundup. And considering how close we are to December now, we’ve got quite a few holiday markets and events to add to the roster this weekend! From the start of Granville Island’s first free Christmas festival to the official start of the season at Whistler Blackcomb, here are 10 of the best things to do around Vancouver this weekend (November 25-27).

Visit the Whistler Blackcomb

 

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That’s right, the Blackcomb just officially opened for the season. And they’ve got 18 new chairlifts and gondolas, a restaurant upgrade, and major new snow investments to show for it. Currently, adult day passes are priced at $99 per day, and Epic Passes start at $370.

When: Now open!
Where: Whistler

Check out this free Christmas festival on Granville Island

In case you’re looking for another Christmas market to add to your holiday itinerary, look no further than this free Christmas festival on Granville Island, hosted by The Vancouver Fish Company. Peruse gifts from Island EssentialsWinterborn AlpacaFallen Tree Vancouver, and much more, all with hot cocoa or mulled wine in hand. And if you get a little hungry, there are always Nutella waffles to snack on.

When: Friday, November 25th to December 24th
Where: 1517 Anderson Street
Cost: Free!

Alan Walker

 

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There are limited tickets left to one of the hottest tickets in town: Alan Walker’s WalkerVerse Tour at the Harbour Event & Convention Centre. The British-Norwegian record producer is known for his EDM single “Faded,” among many other hits. Check back in for the release of the next tier of tickets!

When: Friday, November 25th
Where: 760 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: $$36.39 to $57.98

The perfect gift for the person in your life who does it all

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We all know that one person who truly seems to do it all, and with the holidays only a month away, finding the perfect gift can be stressful. Luckily for us, Samsung has a gift that can keep up.

Enter the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, designed to maximize productivity and truly do it all. With a big, immersive display, the Galaxy Z Fold4 is basically two phones in one. Flex Mode allows users to enjoy a standard smartphone experience on the outside and a tablet-like experience on the inside. Plus, you can even launch up to 3 apps side by side thanks to the Multi-Window view,

And better yet, Canadians can save up to $360 on select Galaxy Z Fold4 devices this holiday season! Just check out their website or stop by your local Samsung Experience Store, and get saving today!

Where: Local Samsung Experience Store or Online
Price: From $2269.99

* Flex Mode supported at angles between 75° and 115°. For your convenience, it may be difficult to maintain Flex Mode while moving due to shaking or other movements. It is recommended to keep the phone stationary while in Flex Mode
*Certain applications may not support Multi Active Window or App Pair

Festival of Lights at VanDusen

Returning this weekend is the magical “winter wonderland” experience we all know & love, the Festival of Lights, now featuring over one million lights across VanDusen’s 15 acres. Take a holiday-themed stroll along the lakeside surrounded by Dancing Lights and beautiful colours.

When: Friday, November 25th to January 2nd
Where: 5251 Oak Street
Cost: $21

Lumagica 2022 

 

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Taking place in Surrey this weekend is Lumagica – one of Metro Vancouver’s most beloved holiday light festivals. With interactive displays, festive treats, and live music – think of this as your one-stop-shop for holiday entertainment.

When: November 25th to December 30th
Where: 17607-17905 62 Avenue, Surrey
Cost: $14.02-$25.27

IndieFest 2022

It’s the last few days of this year’s IndieFest, which brings together a plethora of emerging artists to encourage collective healing and inspire a new generation of storytelling. This weekend, you can check out the Canadian premiere of Ange’s Bone, a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera exploring the implications of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, which are often overlooked in Canada. The opera will be performed from November 25th to 27th at the Annex Theatre.

When: Friday, November 25th to Sunday, November 27th
Where: Multiple locations

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair & Festive Tree Lighting

The annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair is home to over 140 local artisans every year with thousands of handmade crafts to choose from – so you definitely won’t run out of options! The massive market will take place on Saturday, November 26th from 10 am to 5 pm, and you can view the full line of vendors here. 

When: Saturday, November 26th
Where: 4747 Dunbar Street
Cost: $4 advance, $5 at the door (cash only)

Go thrifting

We know Black Friday sales are all the rage right now, but we personally have better luck with thrifting, and maybe you will too. 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

Enjoy some pasta

Recently we’ve been craving some Italian food, which means that it’s only fair that we share the journey with you. And while it’s hard to pick a favourite (or even several) amongst the sea of amazing Italian spots in the city, we’re certainly up to the task of trying. From Robba da Matti to Mangia Cucina & Bar, here are some tasty spots to try out this weekend.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on the weekend, folks. Now get out there, and enjoy it!