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Vancouver’s Christmas Glow Festival in Langley

Glow Langley at Christmas

Christmas Glow is a Vancouver winter holiday attraction in Langley with light sculptures and illuminations. This year’s event takes place as an outdoor walk.

In 2022 Christmas Glow takes place from November 23rd until December 31st.

Unlike the past couple of seasons, this year’s event isn’t in a drive-thru style where you have to stay in your car. Instead, you can walk around and enjoy the sights on foot. Many of the decorations and things to see are outside, but there are lots of fun activities indoors too. For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.

 


See below for information about the following topics:

Dates, Hours & Location | Admission Prices | What to Expect | 2022 Glow Video | Glow Drive-Thru Video | About Glow | Tips & Advice | Other Information


 

Glow Christmas

 

Glow Langley Christmas Attraction

Glow is one of the Lower Mainland’s most popular Christmas attractions. In the last couple of years the event happened in a drive-thru-style format because of COVID-19. In 2022, however, it’s an in-person event with an outdoor maze full of beautiful displays and over a million lights. There are also a number of indoor venues this year where you’ll find market vendors, live entertainment and the holiday train. As it has had it the past, the place once again features a massive collection of Christmas lights and festive displays.

The locally-based company behind the attraction did a wonderful job on their 2020/21 Christmas drive-thru event. It was spectacular, hugely popular and made for a wonderful family outing. We checked out the event and were very impressed! We were back in November of 2022 for the in-person event and loved it too!

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

Christmas Lights at Glow Langley
Glow Christmas in 2022

 

Glow Dates, Hours and Location

The next Christmas Glow event runs on select days from November 23rd until December 31st in 2022. In November the event only runs from November 23rd to the 26th, and then once more on the 30th. In December the event takes place on most days of the week except for Sundays.

Hours of operation in the 2022 season vary. In November and early December, the festival runs from 5:00 until 9:00 or 10:00 pm. Then, starting in the second week of December, hours are from 4:00 to 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 Admission Prices

Admission rates for the 2020/21 Christmas Glow event were different from previous years. Since it was a drive-thru event, the price was per carload of people rather than per individual. This was the case for the 2021/22 season as well.

Admission rates for the 2022 season (including online fees) are listed below. Exact details though 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

 


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 Christmas Carriage Light Display

 

Glow Christmas in 2022

In 2022 the theme of the festival is “The Jolly Jumble!”. There are tons of large decorations scattered around the venue, almost as if they fell from a massive tree. You’ll also see elves walking around, as well as lots of trees and lights to enjoy.

Glow Christmas features activities for children once again too. There’s a scavenger hunt, castle, miniature train, playpark and more. Kids also have opportunities to meet various Princesses and Santa Claus.

 

Glow Christmas in 2021

Due to COVID-19, the 2021/22 event was similar to the previous season but different from past years. When guests arrived at Glow in their cars, they were greeted by friendly elves who delivered the snacks included with admission. Folks were encouraged to tune in to the GLOW FM radio station so they could enjoy music that accompanied the displays. Once inside the venue, there were all kinds of magical things to see.

The theme for last season’s event was “A Fairytale Christmas”. The attraction was a beautiful wonderland full of different structures, including a glacial foyer with artificial snow, an animated light tunnel, and a three-storey tree. Although guests were to remain inside their vehicles throughout the experience, princesses and Santa Claus were on site to greet you.

In 2021 the journey went through six different areas. Along the way were light tunnels and all kinds of wonderful, sparkling scenery. From start to finish the experience lasted for about 20 minutes.

The first place you passed through in 2021 was the North Pole. That was followed by the Ice Kingdom, the Magic Kingdom and Inner Kingdom. The final two areas were the Golden Kingdom and the Enchanted Kingdom. All were fun, stunning and beautiful in different ways.

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

Christmas Glow 2022 in Video

For an idea of what Glow Christmas looks like in 2022, check out the following video. It was filmed in late November (so about a week before the region got a big dump of snow). As you’ll see in the video, the attraction this year has both indoor and outdoor elements.

 

 

Christmas Glow 2020 Drive-Thru Video

For an idea of what the event looked like when it was in a drive-thru format, check out the following video. It features 1 minute and 44 seconds of the 20-plus-minute journey through the special 2020 Christmas Glow drive-thru event. 2021 was similar, but a bit different (so even if you went in 2020, the 2021 event still had something new to offer).

The video from 2020’s event starts near the entrance, where the traffic attendant told us that it was our turn to proceed. Next you’ll see another staff person deliver our bag of popcorn and mini donuts at the end of a COVID-appropriate six-foot pole.

Near the start of our tour in the video, you’ll see the Glow sign all lit up, a Christmas tree and various presents and Christmas ornaments. You’ll also see penguins, the train that in past years people could ride, a family of moose, and what felt like a mile or more of beautiful lights.

Also in this video you’ll see a Dutch windmill, a horse-drawn carriage, a sparkling fountain, a light tunnel and famous landmarks from around the world. At the end you’ll even see Santa Claus! The variety of exhibits is impressive!

 

 

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.

 

Glow Christmas in Langley

 

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 – BC’s largest indoor Christmas attraction!

In 2018 Glow Gardens added a new indoor attraction – Harvest Glow – which was an autumn-themed event featuring pumpkins, a corn maze, mini golf and other family-friendly activities. It was a great success, although just a one-time event.

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-thru event because of COVID-19. In 2022 it’s back as a live, in-person event, but his time where half the activities are indoors and half are outdoors.

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

 


For the event’s official website click Christmas Glow.


 

India's Taj Mahal at Glow Christmas
Taj Mahal at Christmas Glow in 2018

 

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: