Harrison Hot Springs celebrates the Christmas season with its Sasquatch-themed Lights on the Lake event which features pretty illuminations and decorations.
The lights are usually up from late November until mid-January. This season is no exception. The event runs from November 19th in 2022 until January 8th in 2023.
Harrison Hot Springs at Christmas
Harrison Hot Springs’ Lights by the Lake is a relatively new event where the resort town decorates its waterfront with Christmas lights.
In 2020 the event was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 2021 the event opened later than usual because of extreme weather conditions. The event ran from December 11th until January 10th last season.
Lights by the Lake is scheduled to take place from Saturday, November 19th in 2022, until Sunday, January 8th in 2023.
Except for the opening event in November, Lights by the Lake is pretty much just that – a series of beautiful light displays along the waterfront. They are beautiful, free to see and a nice addition to the resort at night in winter.
Opening Day Event
Opening day for the Lights by the Lake attraction is a community event with extra activities. After not happening in 2020 and 2021, the opening day event returns in 2022. This year, the activities run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
There are Sasquatch dance performances, photo opportunities with Santa Claus and free hot chocolate (while supplies last). Folks can get airbrush tattoos and also skate on the synthetic rink. There’s a pet parade and carol singing as well.
About the Lights
The Lights by the Lake attraction features dozens of light displays all along the waterfront on the grass in front of Esplanade Avenue. Stores and restaurants in the town are decorated too.
The light displays have had a Sasquatch theme every year so far. Some of the illuminations are just traditional Christmas lights, but some of them are shapes and scenes with a Big-Foot theme.
New for the 2019/20 season, there was a tiny artificial outdoor skating rink for people to enjoy. The rink is scheduled to return for the 2022/23 season.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Harrison Hot Springs during the Lights on the Lake event.
TIP #1: If you go to Harrison for the hot springs you’ll want to stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort. There is a small and fairly simple facility in town that’s open to the public, but the best pools are restricted to patrons of the resort.
TIP #2: If you plan to visit Harrison and stay overnight for the hot springs, late November until late January is a good time to go. The lights at night are beautiful and the water is especially inviting when it’s cold out.
TIP #3: If you aren’t staying overnight in Harrison there isn’t a lot to do in the evening except admire the lights and enjoy dinner at a restaurant. If going just for the lights and only for a few hours, combine your trip with dinner in the town and/or head out early and explore the area before the sun goes down.
TIP #4: Look out for the town’s Sasquatch mascot character! In addition to making an appearance at the inaugural event on the first Saturday, he occasionally shows up on other days too.
For more details about the winter attraction click Lights by the Lake. For more information about the town and surrounding area click Harrison Hot Springs or the Fraser Valley.
Other Christmas attractions and light displays worth checking out in the Fraser Valley most years include the following:
- Petey’s Country Christmas at Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack
- Loft Country Christmas in Langley
- Glow Christmas in Langley
There are also pretty Christmas illuminations worth checking out in December in Cultus Lake most years (if you happen to be in the area at night).
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar
- Best Vancouver Christmas Activities
- Top Things to do in Vancouver at Christmas
- Vancouver’s November, December and January Calendars