Lights at Lafarge is a free winter attraction that features over 100,000 Christmas lights and festive displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at night.
On December 22nd in 2019 the attraction was extra special as that was the night that the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market took place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (which is right by LaFarge Lake).
CHRISTMAS IN THE LOWER MAINLAND
Lights at Lafarge is one of Metro Vancouver’s best free Christmas attractions. Some of the others are Bright Nights at Stanley Park, Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village and Lights by the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs, among others. Some of the region’s top ticketed attractions include Glow Vancouver, FlyOver Canada at Christmas and Glow Abbotsford.
Click Best Vancouver Christmas Activities for a comprehensive list of the Lower Mainland’s best places to find holiday lights and get into the festive spirit. To learn more about Coquitlam’s top Christmas attraction, see below.
Christmas Lights at Lafarge
Lights at Lafarge is a free attraction that usually runs from late November until around the third week in January. In 2019 the first night of the season was on Saturday, November 30th, and the final night of the season was on Sunday, January 19th, in 2020.
Dates and details for the 2020/2021 season are to be confirmed.
During the event the 1.2 km pathway around Lafarge Lake is decorated with sparkling holiday lights. There are illuminated archways to walk under, Christmas light reindeer to admire and various themed areas throughout the park.
Each year the attraction seems to get more and more lights. Last year was amazing. 2019 though was even better! The winter holiday displays at Lights at Lafarge are always beautiful and highly recommended (especially if you’re on a budget).
Where is Lights at Lafarge?
Lights at Lafarge takes place in Town Centre Park at Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way which is right next to the Evergreen Line’s new Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station.
Lights at Lafarge in 2020
In 2019/20 Lights at Lafarge runs from November 30th, 2019, until January 19th, 2020. Traditionally, the lights are illuminated daily from 4:30 until 11:00 pm, and on New Year’s Eve from 4:30 pm until 1:00 am.
In 2018 the event started on November 24th, which means it started a week later in 2019 than it did the year before.
2020/2021 dates and details are to be confirmed, but likely comparable to previous years.
November 30th Opening Night
On opening night of the season there is typically a special free event outdoors at Lafarge Lake and indoors at the Evergreen Cultural Centre between 6:00 and 8:30 pm. The celebrations feature street performers, free cookies and hot cocoa, craft activities for children, a vendor market, choir performances, a photo booth and the official lighting of the park’s Christmas illuminations.
In 2019, opening night was held on Saturday November 30th. The date and activities in 2020 will be similar.
Coquitlam Christmas Night Market
New for 2019, the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market took place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre right beside the Lights at Lafarge event on the evening of Sunday, December 22nd, from 5:30 until 8:30 pm. Admission to the event was free (and it will likely be the same again next year).
The night market features over 30 artisan vendors selling everything from hand-made jewelry to wood products, chocolates, clothing & apparel, health & beauty products, toys and other items that make for great Christmas gifts. It’s a really good market and highly recommended.
See our article about the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market for more details.
Advice and Suggestions
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your experience at Lights at LaFarge.
TIP #1: If you’ve never been to the event but like Christmas lights, then definitely go! It’s a beautiful venue, free and highly recommended.
TIP #2: Lights at LaFarge is worth seeing any night of the season, at least on days when it’s not pouring with rain. Best nights to go through are on opening night (so on November 30th in 2019) and when the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market takes place (so on December 22nd). There are extra crowds those evenings, but also more things to do and see.
TIP #3: Take public transit if you can. The LaFarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station is right by the venue. There is lots of parking, but spaces can be harder to find on weekend nights with good weather and just before Christmas.
TIP #4: At the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market they give away free chocolate and family portraits (or at least they did in 2019). So get there early while supplies last!
TIP #5: If you don’t like crowds, don’t go on a weekend or just before Christmas on an evening with good weather. Rainy days, weekday nights and dates early in the season are usually the quietest. After the Christmas holidays, so in early January, is also typically a time with fewer people.
For more information on this free holiday event in Coquitlam click Lights at Lafarge.
For information about other similar attractions in the Lower Mainland click Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities.