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Vancouver’s Christmas Glow Lights Festival in Langley

Glow Christmas Langley

Christmas Glow is a Metro Vancouver winter holiday attraction with music, artisan vendors, light sculptures and illuminations in Langley.

This year, Christmas Glow runs from November 23rd until December 30th. It’s a terrific attraction and highly recommended! This year the event has a carnival theme!

For full details about the event, see the Glow Christmas website.

 


See below for information about the following topics:

Dates, Hours & Location | Admission Prices | What to Expect | Glow Video | About Glow | Tips & Advice | Other Information


 

Glow Christmas Carnival

 

Glow Langley Christmas Attraction

Glow is one of the Lower Mainland’s most popular Christmas attractions. It happened in a drive-through-style format for a couple of years because of COVID-19, but returned to its usual walkthrough format in 2022. It’s back again as a walk-around in 2023!

At the event there is an outdoor maze full of beautiful displays and over a million lights. There are also a number of indoor venues where visitors can find market vendors, live entertainment and the holiday train. The place features a massive collection of Christmas lights and festive displays. New for 2023 are carnival games, a kids scavenger hunt and a craft corner.

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

Glow Langley Light Displays

 

Glow Dates, Hours and Location

This year Christmas Glow runs on select days between November 23rd and December 30th. In November the event runs on the weekend of November 23rd to 25th and then again on the 29th and 30th. In December the event takes place most days. After November, it’s only closed on Sundays, a few dates in early December and on Christmas Day. In other words, it’s open on the following dates:

  • November 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th & 30th, 2023
  • December 1st & 2nd and 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th.
  • December 11th to 30th every day except for the Sundays of December 17th and 24th as well as December 25th (which is Christmas Day).

Hours of operation in the 2023 season vary. Depending on the day, the attraction opens at either 4:00 or 5:00 pm and closes at 9:00 or 10:00 pm.

The festival takes place at the Milner Village Garden Centre at 6690 216th Street in Langley.

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

Glow Christmas

 

Glow Admission Prices

Admission rates for the 2023 season (including online fees) are listed below. Exact details, however, are subject to change.

  • Adults (ages 13+) – $24
  • Children (ages 4 to 12) – $18.50
  • Seniors (ages 65+) – $18.50
  • Little Kids (ages 3 and under) – Free
  • Families (2 adults and 3 children or seniors) – $79.50

Notes: November 23rd and December 12th, 14th, 18th and 19th are Free Snack Nights where attendees get a coupon for a free treat (which each date being a different featured item). Also, on December 6th, seniors get $6 off regular admission. On that day there is also special live entertainment and reduced ticket sales (to enhance the comfort and accessibility for attendees.)

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

What to Expect

Glow features numerous Christmas light displays and child-friendly activities. There is also an artisan market with local vendors as well as kids’ activity areas, a miniature train and live music.

 

Glow Carnival Train

 

Glow Christmas in 2023

In 2023 the theme of the festival is “Christmas Carnival” thanks to some of its newest festive activities and decorations. This year there are carnival-themed mini games and a new craft tent. All activities are included with admission.

Glow Christmas also features food trucks, live music and interactive play zones. The popular train ride returns for another year and there’s a market with more than twenty vendors as well.

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

Christmas Glow Video

For an idea of what Glow Christmas looks like, check out the following video*. The footage was filmed at the event in 2023. As you can see, there are tons of lights to admire. The structures are big and impressive, and there’s a carnival theme.

 

 

Tips and Advice

Check out the following suggestions to make your Christmas experience especially memorable.

TIP #1: If you went to Christmas Glow last year, don’t skip it this year thinking that it’ll be the same. It isn’t! The theme is totally different and much of what you’ll see is different too!

TIP #2: About half of the attraction is indoors and half is outside. This is great because you’re out in the fresh air for a lot of the time, but there are also lots of things to do and see indoors on rainy days.

TIP #3: In 2023 the event features a number of Free Snack Nights. On those dates ticket holders get a voucher for a complimentary treat. Free Snack Nights dates and their corresponding goodies are the following:

  • Thursday, November 23rd – Popcorn
  • Tuesday, December 12th – Churro (which is a Mexican donut)
  • Thursday, December 14th – Cotton Candy
  • Monday, December 18th – Hot Chocolate, Latte or Coke
  • Tuesday, December 19th – Mini Donuts

TIP #4: Guests are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate to the Surrey Christmas Bureau between November 30th and December 2nd.

 

Lights at Glow Christmas

 

About Christmas Glow

Glow is the creation of the owners of Milner Village which is a garden centre and greenhouse facility in Langley. They have a large garden centre store and farming operation. Their main crop is poinsettias, but they also grow tomatoes and a few other products. They are famous for their poinsettias (which is why so many people buy them at the Christmas Glow event)!

Milner Village Garden Centre has massive greenhouses. Mid-winter is slow season for the garden industry and so between late November and the beginning of January they don’t need all their indoor space. Consequently, starting in 2017, the family-owned business turned one of its giant greenhouses into Glow.

In 2019, due to zoning issues at its location in Langley, Christmas Glow had to move to a new Lower Mainland venue. That’s why the festival took place in both Vancouver and Abbotsford. Christmas Glow isn’t just a Lower Mainland event, however. Due to its tremendous initial success, in recent years they have had locations in Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatoon, Pittsburgh, Seattle and even Odense Denmark!

In 2020 the event returned to Langley, and the 2021/22 event happened in Langley once again. Both those years Glow Christmas was a drive-through event because of COVID-19. In 2022 it was back as a live, in-person event, but this time with half the activities indoors and the other half outdoors. The same is the case in 2023.

Glow Gardens is a fabulous “made-in-the-Lower-Mainland” success story!

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

Glow Langley at Christmas

 

Other Information

For more information about the winter holiday attraction in Langley, see the Glow Gardens website.

For ideas on other things to do in the area or on other days in the month, check out any of the following:

* The music in the video is by primalhousemusic from Pixabay.