In December 2021 the light show company MK Illumination brought its Christmas-themed LUMAGICA attraction to Surrey. It was the Canadian debut for this event.
In 2022 the event runs from November 25th until December 30th.
LUMAGICA was one of a few holiday attractions in the Surrey region this year. Another nearby event, although not new or in Surrey, is Christmas Glow in Langley. It too is awesome!
In 2022 Lumagica opens on November 25th and runs daily until December 30th. For more details and what to expect, continue reading below.
LUMAGICA Surrey Immersive Light Experience
The Lower Mainland in the Christmas season is home to multiple extravagant light shows, and Lumagica was a new addition in 2021. The attraction returns from November 25th to December 30th in 2022. Lumagica is open daily with a whole host of large-scale decorations to explore.
Along with the main displays there is live entertainment to complement the experience. As well, food and drinks including hot chocolate and mulled wine are sold by various vendors.
MK Illumination is a multinational company based in Austria. It runs events similar to the one in Surrey all around the world.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING AT CHRISTMAS?
Not far from Cloverdale, another exceptional winter holiday attraction is Christmas Glow in Langley.
A number of other fabulous Christmas-themed events also happen in Metro Vancouver most years. If you like holiday lights and illuminations, some of our favourites are the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden, Canyon Lights at Capilano Bridge, and the Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza.
Another wonderful Christmas activity is seeing the Soar With Santa film at FlyOver Canada. There is also the PNE Winter Fair in Vancouver and Vallea Lumina in Whistler. All of these are awesome too!
LUMAGICA Location and Admission
Lumagica takes place at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey. The address is 17607-17905 62nd Avenue. The entrance is between the Cloverdale Youth Park and Stetson Bowl. There are both outdoor and indoor sections at the attraction so make sure to dress appropriately!
In 2022 the attraction is open each day from November 25th to December 30th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Ticket prices for this year are listed below. Taxes and online service fees are extra.
- Adults – $20 on weekdays and $22 on weekends
- Seniors – $16 on weekdays and $18 on weekends
- Students – $16 on weekdays and $18 on weekends
- Children (ages 4 to 13) – $12 on weekdays and $14 on weekends
Children ages 3 and under enter for free. A family pass (for 2 adults and 2 children or students) costs $55 on weekdays and $60 on weekends. Parking is free at the venue.
Tickets can be purchased at the site, but it’s still a good idea to buy them online in advance. There were timed entries on tickets in 2021 and this is the case again in 2022.
What to Expect
Lumagica begins with an outdoor path and concludes inside the Cloverdale Agriplex which features the North Pole Village and various indoor activities. MK Illumination, the company producing the event, estimates most people stay at the event for about 2 hours for the full experience.
The outdoor portion of Lumagica is a path that’s about one kilometre long, or at least it was in 2021. There are beautiful light displays to enjoy, along with some snack stands selling pretzels, hot beverages and more.
Similar to some of the Lower Mainland’s other winter holiday attractions (both past and present), at Lumagica there’s a light tunnel, animal-shaped light sculptures and other magical illuminations.
Some of the outdoor light displays at Lumagica are interactive. For example, last year there were piano keys on the ground that activated lights in a nearby tree. There were also circular tiles that changed colours when you stepped on them. Another interactive light display was a peacock that rotated through colour patterns when you spun a wheel.
The outdoor path is an easy walk overall. Wheelchairs and strollers can be used without too much difficulty. The displays themselves are quite wide-ranging in size and style. They are also fairly spread out. Trees are lit up, there are artificial designs and structures, and it’s all bright and Christmas-themed.
Note: The attraction doesn’t close regardless of the weather (except in the case of a major storm). If it’s a rainy day, don’t forget your raincoat and umbrella!
After making your way to Gingerbread Lane, which marks the end of the outdoor walk, there is the North Pole Village inside the Cloverdale Agriplex. That’s where you’ll find more opportunities for photos, which is especially nice on rainy days.
Indoors there are numerous animatronic characters from the North Pole that add to the Christmas-themed experience. Kids can meet Santa Claus and his elves as well.
In addition to the neat decorations, the indoor portion of Lumagica also offers live music, food, beverages, and a small market where you can buy gifts.
What is this Event Similar to?
An event in the past similar to Lumagica was the Aurora Winter Festival which took place at Concord Pacific Place in 2018 and at the PNE in 2019. PNE WinterLights, from 2020, was also similar in some ways to Lumagica as has been Glow Christmas. Lights at Lafarge is also similar in some ways, although the light displays there aren’t so spread out.
If you have been to any of the above events, you’ll have a rough idea of what to expect at the new event in Cloverdale. It isn’t the same, but there are similarities. Lumagica doesn’t have amusement rides, but it does have lots of pretty things to see!
For more information about the Surrey event visit the LUMAGICA website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- City of Surrey
- Surrey Holiday Lights
- Best Vancouver Christmas Activities
- Vancouver Christmas Craft Fairs
- Vancouver Christmas Market
- VanDusen Festival of Lights
- Canyon Lights at Capilano Bridge
Other Surrey-based Christmas and holiday lights-type events most years include the following:
- Bear Creek Park Light Festival (in November)
- Surrey Christmas Tree Lighting Festival
- Surrey Santa Claus Parade