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 to late January. In 2021 the first day of Lights by the Lake was going to be November 20th. However, due to extreme weather conditions, opening day was postponed to December 11th. The event ran until January 10th in 2022.
Harrison Hot Springs at Christmas
Harrison Hot Springs’ Lights by the Lake is a relatively new event where the resort town has decorated its waterfront with Christmas lights. In 2020, the event was scheduled to run from November 21st, 2020 until January 10th, 2021. However, the event got cancelled due to COVID-19.
Except for the opening event in November of previous years, 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 was on Saturday, November 23rd, in 2019. To celebrate, the town hosted a community event with free hot chocolate and live entertainment between 4:30 and 7:00 pm, plus a few other extra activities beforehand.
Due to COVID-19 the regular opening day event did not take place in 2020, and the same was the case in 2021. Hopefully the full lighting ceremony can take place in 2022.
To give you an idea of what you might be able to expect, below is the schedule of events for the Saturday event in 2019.
- 4:30 to 5:00 pm – Caroling (in the plaza) with free hot chocolate (until supplies run out)
- 5:00 to 5:30 pm – Speeches by Sts’Ailes Councillor and the Harrison Hot Springs Mayor
- 5:30 pm – Lighting up of the Lights (all along the waterfront)
- 5:30 to 6:30 pm – the Gospel Brass Ministries play instrumental Christmas music.
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 unfortunately did not happen for the 2021/22 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.
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