With the arrival of November, we start to think about making the shift from fall to winter. We start craving cosy nights by the fire, brisk winter walks and the warmth of toques and mitts! We begin the month remembering the men and women whose sacrifices afforded us the freedoms we enjoy today, and after the 11th, the run-up to the holidays begins with the fun and frivolity of markets and craft fairs, family-friendly activities, concerts and events.
This year, on November 11, the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph will take place between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm in Cloverdale at Veteran’s Square (17710-56A Avenue). The ceremony will be live-streamed from the Heritage Surrey Facebook Page, and both the Museum of Surrey and the Surrey Archives will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. While at the museum, be sure to visit the Duty, Honour and Izzat exhibit, an exhibition commemorating the Indian efforts on the centennial anniversary of World War 1.
Bear Creek Park Lights
November 4 – 18
Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Avenue
For the past 10 years, Bear Creek Park Lights has been a favourite of locals and visitors alike. Designed to bring light during a time of year when daylight is in short supply, this year’s display has been reimagined to bring nature to the forefront. For 2 weeks beginning November 4, Bear Creek Park, one of the City’s most vibrant parks and show gardens, will be transformed into a free, illuminated nature trail experience that highlights the park’s natural landscape. Pre-book your free tickets.
Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
November 9 – 12
The Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival returns to Surrey from November 9 to 12 with a celebration of storytelling and inspiration. The festival celebrates stories not usually represented by mainstream cinema or contemporary Bollywood film formulas, and this year with a theme of Unity in Diversity, the festival will showcase over 70 films, including 12 features, 5 documentaries, over 50 short films along with various panel discussions and workshops.
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
November 19 (12:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Civic Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue
Every year, Surrey kicks off the holiday season with the annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. This free, family-friendly event is filled with amazing light displays, a Holiday Market, live performances, amusement rides, Enchanted Eats and all things bright and merry.
Maker’s Market Tour
November 19 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Through Crescent Beach
Pick up a map and explore an eclectic mix of tasteful home and personal accessories from over 30 artists and makers in this annual Maker’s Market Tour of Crescent Beach. Maps available at Bayview Arts, Sunflower Cafe, Dudes Coffeehouse and the Crescent Coffee House.
Cloverdale Christmas Trees
Museum of Surey, 17710 56a Avenue
November 25 – December 18
Where else can you find a free, local, indoor Christmas Tree Festival? Bundle up the family and take a stroll through the Museum of Surrey to enjoy over 30 Christmas trees that have been beautifully decorated by Cloverdale businesses. Drop in any time during museum hours for your holiday fix and to cast your vote, and then tour the museum after.
Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 17607 – 17905 62 Avenue
November 25 – December 30, 2022
Experience the magical, mystical and mesmerizing world of Lumagica with family and friends. Discover what’s new this year – incredible lights, live music, interactive displays, Santa, festive food and so much more.
Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 10238 168 Street
November 26, 2022
The Surrey City Orchestra is excited to once again be able to present Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker. The SCO will be led by internationally renowned conductor, Leslie Dala, who is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, as well as guest conductor for Vancouver Opera and The Got Ballet. The orchestra will be joined by the Central Ballet Academy, Kvitka Ukrainian School of Dance, Vancouver’s Ammara Dance Company, and the award-winning Surrey Children’s Choir directed by Stephen Horning.
Potters Christmas Store
19158 48th Avenue
Until December 24, 2022
The holiday season may be different for many of us this year, but some fun traditions endure – including The Christmas Store at Potters in South Surrey. The largest store of its kind in Western Canada is back with the widest and most unique selection of festive gift and decorating ideas anywhere. Open now through December 24, this is the only store in the region where you can find tens of thousands of holiday-related items – from ornaments, designer trees and collectables, to stocking stuffers, food items and much more.
Markets & Craft Fairs
Get a jump on your holiday shopping list with a visit to one of the many craft fairs taking place in Surrey this year.
November 5 – Cloverdale Craft Fair / Artful Artist Craft Studio & Market – Over 100 vendors. Cloverdale Fairgrounds (17607 – 17905 62 Avenue)
November 19 – Creative Curiosities: Open House – Explore an eclectic mix of upcycled, cintage, textile art and home goods, handmade potters, ceramix and more. Crescent Beach Pop-Up Gallery (12160 Beecher Street)
November 18 – 19 – Fibre Arts Market 2022 – Shop for unique dyed, hand spun, woven, felted or knitted fashion items. Turnbull Gallery (14601 20 Avenue)
November 26-27 – Heart to Home Holiday Market – Surrey Art Gallery Association. Beautiful one-of-a-kind creations from local artists. Surrey Art Gallery (13750 88 Avenue)