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The Best Free and Paid Things to Do in January 2024 Near Vancouver, BC

Updated: Jan 22

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! As the holiday cheer begins to fade, and the decorations and ornaments find their way back into storage, a sense of fresh beginnings fills the air. I packed away my Christmas tree to make room for a fresh start in the new year.


But guess what? Just because the holidays are over and the routine rhythm settles back in, doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Vancouver is still packed with cool stuff to do, and we're keeping up our tradition of finding the best events for you each month.


So, no more waiting! Check out the awesome free and paid things to do near Vancouver in January 2024.

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Free Things to Do in January 2024 Near Vancouver, BC


Date and Time: Every Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Address: 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

About: Join Cypress Mountain in the Downhill area for games, including Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, and Bean-bag Toss. Enjoy roasting s’mores over their wood fire pit on the new 4-tier heated patio.

Don't forget: Dress appropriately for the weather.


Date and Time: Saturday, January 6, 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 7, 4:00 p.m.

Address: 101 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC

Admission: By donation

About: Art-making and fun at The Polygon Gallery in Lower Lonsdale every first Saturday and Sunday of the month. The creative projects are designed for children aged 3 to 12, although there's no specific age requirement for participation. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Don't forget: Registration is needed.


Date and Time: Sunday, January 7, 3:30p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Address: 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

About: The Skate Plaza presents Ashley Pater and her band as a featured act during the Rinkside Pop-up Performances.

Don't forget: Bring your ice skates.


Date and Time: Friday, January 13, 8:30 a.m.

Address: Burnaby Civic Square Park - McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC  

Admission: Free

About: Join them for the Striderz Free Social Run series kickoff starting on January 13. Whether individuals are seasoned runners or just starting their fitness journey, ALL levels are welcome to join this inclusive event.

Don't forget: Wear weather-appropriate clothing for a comfortable and enjoyable run.


Date and Time: January 21, 2024 10 a.m to 2p.m.

Address: Vancouver Convention Centre East. 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

About: Discovery Day, hosted by the Association for Mineral Exploration, is a free, family-friendly event aimed at promoting STEM education in BC. The event offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences in mineral exploration and mining technology. Activities include panning for gold, drone displays, VR technology exhibits, mineral wavelength measurements, tours of a remote exploration camp, and engaging games with geologists and engineers. Attendees can also explore ancient fossils, minerals, and billion-year-old rocks, participate in glow-in-the-dark mineral displays, and enjoy various activities for younger children. The event features free face painting, balloon twisting, and treats like popcorn and cotton candy!

Don't forget: Activities recommended for ages 4-12 years old.


Date and Time: Sunday, January 28, 12p.m. to 3:00p.m.

Address: Kids Market Granville Island, Vancouver, BC  

Admission: Free

About: Treasure hunts are always fun, and in this one hosted by Granville Island's Kids Market, you can search for answers to all the clues and enter a draw to win a Nintendo prize pack.

Don't forget: Follow the Kids Market Instagram account for more fun events


Paid Things to Do in January 2024 Near Vancouver, BC


Date and Time: Sunday, January 7, 8:45 p.m.

Address: Rio on Broadway. 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Admission: General Admission $12.42

About: If you watched the 1989 sci-fi movie and loved it, now you can watch it in 4K in this remastered experience. Dive into this incredible James Cameron film, renowned for its visual effects, technical merit, and photography; you won't regret it.

Don't forget: Minors permitted. Must be 19+ with ID for bar service.


Date and Time: Thursday, January 11, 8:00 p.m.

Address: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC

Admission: From $15.37

About: A captivating family-friendly event for space lovers is happening on the 360-degree overhead dome in the Space Centre that will take you on a journey through our solar system while exploring the twelve zodiac signs in a calm music atmosphere.

Don't forget: No food or drinks are permitted at the venue


Date and Time: Friday, January 12, 2023 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.

Address: The Orpheum. 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC

Admission: From $21.19 to $125.00

About: Do you enjoy James Bond movies? What about watching the movie with live music from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra? It is just the perfect combo! Watch as Bond earned 00 status and his license to kill in this thrilling film while delighting in the most amazing music performed by composer David Arnold.

Don't forget: Bring your buddies


Date and Time: Saturday, January 13, 8:30 p.m.

Address: Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church. 2733 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC

Admission: $40 to $70 (four ticket zones)

About: Vivaldi's four seasons are a wonderful musical experience, and combining them in a cozy candlelight setting adds to the magic of a perfect night.

Seating will be assigned on a first come first served basis in each zone. 

Don't forget: The age requirement is 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Date and Time: Sunday, January 14, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Address: 1700 Mt Seymour Rd, North Vancouver, BC 

Admission: Lift ticket or Season Pass

About: Thousands of dollars in ski and snowboard prizes will be hidden across the mountain from 11 am to 3 pm. Participants simply need to locate the Mt Seymour token and present it at the Retail Hut atop the Lodge Chair to claim their prize—limit one prize per person.

Don't forget: Follow Mt. Seymour's Instagram for clues throughout the day.


Date and Time: Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.

Address: 2901 E Hastings St. Vancouver, BC

Admission: $30.00 to $413

About: Don't miss the Harlem Globetrotters 2024 World Tour – it's a one-of-a-kind experience! Enjoy gravity-defying ball spinning, incredible dunks, and lots of laughs with new on-court characters.

Don't forget: Get ready for a whole-family, full-court fun night!


Date and Time: Sunday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.

Address: Rogers Arena. 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC

Admission: Starting from $70

About: Join the laughter with comedian Nate Bargatze, known as "The Nicest Man in Stand-Up." From Nashville, he's a comedy sensation, selling out arenas and opening for Chris Rock. Enjoy his deadpan humour showcased in Netflix's "The Greatest Average American" and his record-breaking Amazon Prime special, "Hello World." Get ready for an unforgettable night of humour!

Don't forget: Bring your sense of humour.



To wrap up


As the holiday decorations find their way back into storage, the city is buzzing with January excitement.


For those seeking wallet-friendly thrills, our Free January 2024 Events Near Vancouver, BC promise a good time. From the Rinkside Pop-up Performance to the engaging Discovery Day at the AME, offering a STEM-filled adventure for the whole family.


Looking to splurge a bit? Immerse yourself in the cinematic brilliance of The Abyss in 4K or embark on a Dream Journey at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Catch the rhythm of the city with Harlem Globetrotters' slam dunk or laugh the night away with Nate Bargatze's The Be Funny Tour.


Hopefully, your January in Vancouver is filled with laughter, adventure, and memories.

 


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