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.
In 2019 the first night of the season is on Saturday, November 30th. Last year the final night was on Sunday, January 20th (and we expect it’ll last just as long in 2020, although exact details are to be confirmed).
Christmas Lights at Lafarge
Lights at Lafarge is a free attraction that usually runs from late November until around the third week in January.
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.
The winter holiday displays at Lights at Lafarge are beautiful and highly recommended.
Where is Lights at Lafarge?
Lights at Lafarge takes place 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 2019
In 2019/20 Lights at Lafarge runs from November 30th, 2019, until sometime in January 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.
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 is held on Saturday November 30th.
Coquitlam Christmas Night Market
New for 2019, the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market takes place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre right beside the Lights at Lafarge event on Sunday, December 22nd, from 5:30 until 8:30 pm. Admission to the event is free and so is the parking.
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.
See the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market‘s Facebook page 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.
TIP #4: At the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market on December 22nd they give away free chocolate and family portraits. Get there early while supplies last!
For more information on this free holiday event in Coquitlam click Lights at Lafarge.
For information on other similar attractions in the Lower Mainland click Top Christmas Activities.