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).
2020 EVENT CANCELLED
Unfortunately, Lights at Lafarge has officially been cancelled for the 2020 winter season due to COVID-19. Hopefully the event returns in 2021.
Lights at Lafarge is usually one of Metro Vancouver’s best free Christmas attractions. Others include Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village and Lights by the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs. Some of the region’s top ticketed attractions include FlyOver Canada at Christmas and Glow Christmas.
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.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event is not taking place in the 2020/2021 season.
When the event does happen, 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. 2018 was amazing, and 2019 was even better! The winter holiday displays at Lights at Lafarge are always beautiful and highly recommended (especially if you’re on a budget).
Lights at Lafarge Video
Check out the following video to see what you can expect at the event in future years. The video is of scenes from 2019. The event looks very similar each year, although each season there are slight changes with new things added and displays switched around.
The video begins outside the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Inside that building is where the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market took place on a couple of evenings in 2019.
As you’ll see in the video, there is an extensive selection of light displays and illuminations all around the lake, and hundreds of people turn out each night to enjoy them. It’s an impressive event and well worth checking out.
Where is Lights at Lafarge?
The attraction 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.
When is Lights at Lafarge?
In 2019/20 the event ran 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.
Again, the event has been cancelled for the 2020/2021 season. Continue reading though for more information about past and future events.
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.
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 the next time it happens).
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.
To learn more about the area see our article about the City of Coquitlam.
For information about other similar attractions in the Lower Mainland click Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Top Things to do in Vancouver at Christmas
- Vancouver’s November, December and January Calendars
- Free December Events
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver Parks and Nature