Harvest Glow is Vancouver’s newest and greatest autumn-themed attraction. The Langley event features pumpkins, illuminations and family-friendly activities.
The indoor event also has a fall market, food vendors, three licensed bars for adult folk, a mini golf course and multiple kids’ play areas, plus daily live entertainment.
2019 Details are Uncertain
NOTE: It is unclear whether Glow Harvest will be taking place in 2019. Due to zoning issues Glow Gardens has had to move its Christmas events to other municpalities – to Abbotsford and Vancouver. It’s quite possible that Glow Harvest might not be happening again at all, be details are to be confirmed.
Information in this article includes the following:
Harvest Glow at Glow Gardens
Harvest Glow is the largest indoor autumn festival in the Lower Mainland. It takes place inside a massive greenhouse, which is awesome because it’s warm and dry even on rainy days (which there can be a lot of in October).
The attraction has a fall theme with a sprinkle of Halloween, which means there are pumpkins, a corn maze and other symbols of the harvest season, but no witches, goblins and other scary stuff (except maybe among the costumes they have for sale in their store, or the occasional child visitor already in costume).
The intentional “autumn and harvest focus” is another great feature of the event as it makes it different from most other indoor Lower Mainland seasonal attractions this time of year, and especially fun for folk not into the spookiness and darker side of Halloween.
When is Harvest Glow?
Harvest Glow made its debut from September 27th until November 3rd in 2018. It was originally going to go until October 31st, but then got extended a few extra days! This was its first year, but definitely hopefully not its last!
The attraction was open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during its 2018 season, as well as most (but not all) Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It was also open on the last couple of Mondays in October, but closed on Sundays.
2018 days of operation were September 27-29 as well as October 4-6, 9-13, 16-20, 22-27 and 29-30. The three extra days added to the 2018 season are November 1-3.
Hours of operation, on days when it was open, were from 4:00 until 9:00 pm on weekdays and from 1:00 until 9:00 pm on Saturdays.
Where is Harvest Glow?
Harvest Glow takes place in Langley at the Milner Village Garden Centre, which is the same place as the fabulously successful Christmas Glow attraction which also took place last year on various dates from November 22nd until January 19th.
The Milner Village Garden Centre is located at 6690 216th Street which is just a 5-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway via the 232nd Street exit, or 10 minutes from the 200th Street exit. The venue is also about a 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or 25 minutes from the Surrey side of the Port Mann Bridge.
Both Harvest Glow and Christmas Glow take place in a giant 95,000 square-foot greenhouse facility, which makes it comfortable and dry regardless of the weather.
Admission & Prices
General admission to Harvest Glow when purchased online cost around $12 for adults, and $9 for both seniors and children (ages 4 and older). Taxes and online fees were extra and tickets purchased at the gate cost around $2 more.
Kids ages 3 and under were free, as was the on-site parking. Family passes were also available for up to 2 adults and 3 children or seniors. The cost for a family of five was $39.95 online or approximately $8 extra at the gate.
Only credit cards and cash payments were accepted at the gate, so debit cards didn’t work. Also, there were times and dates when the place sold out, which made purchasing your tickets in advance online a good idea.
How Admission Works
When purchasing your tickets online you had to select your date and time of arrival (within a 1-hour time slot). This was a good system as it controlled the number of people arriving at any given time. It meant the crowds weren’t too crazy inside, and the lineups outside was short and manageable.
When purchasing your ticket online you had a choice of time slots. On weekdays you could choose 4:00 to 5:00 pm, 5:00 to 6:00 pm, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, 7:00 to 8:00 pm or 8:00 to 9:00 pm. On Saturdays the times ran hourly starting at 1:00 pm.
Guests were asked to arrive within their designated time slots to ensure the attraction didn’t get uncomfortably crowded inside and people didn’t have to wait in long lineups to get in.
If you arrived outside your designated ticket time you could still get in, but you might have had to wait for a bit as guests arriving within their correct time slots were given priority.
Once inside the venue, visitors were welcome to stay as long as they liked (i.e., they weren’t restricted to just one hour), which was great!
What to Expect
At Harvest Glow you could expect to see festive fall harvest decorations, games and activities for children, piles of pumpkins, pretty lights, swings to swing on, and interesting items for sale in the artisan market.
Harvest Glow was a great attraction for the young – and the young at heart. There were lots of kid-friendly features that were sure to entertain for hours, while the adults could also kick back and relax. When you went inside, near the entrance, you’ll found picnic tables, the stage where performances took place, a miniature train station, a pumpkin tree display and the main bar.
In the next area you found a mini golf course, LED swings suspended from the ceiling, and a pirate ship play park and magic castle play park for kids to explore. You might have even made a new fuzzy friend at the petting stable.
In another area of the venue there was a pumpkin patch where you could choose and then buy your favourite pumpkin for $5. There was even a carving station with tools you could use to create your Jack-o-lantern right on site.
Also indoors at Harvest Glow there was a corn maze, artisan market, glowing hopscotch pads and an area that was perfect for selfies and family photos with pretty hanging light sculptures.
The Glow Shop at the market sold cool glowing toys, souvenirs, candy and costumes (just in time for Halloween). The market featured around two dozen local artisans selling a variety of unique and handmade gifts (so perfect for early Christmas gift-shopping ideas). And the three licensed bars at the venue sold a selection of seasonal refreshments including craft beers, local wines and spiced apple cider.
When you looked around the venue at Harvest Glow it was hard to believe that during most of the year the facility is a fully-operational greenhouse full of plants! Pretty cool (and a great use of the place in the slower non-growing season)!
Harvest Glow Video
To give you an idea of what Harvest Glow and its various activities looked like, below is a short video featuring one of the kids’ play structures and the glowing Hopscotch Pads. As you can see, kids had a blast!
Tips & Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Harvest Glow experience in case the event happens again.
TIP #1: Last year the Christmas Glow attraction sold out on a number of dates. Assuming Harvest Glow will be the same, purchasing your tickets in advance is highly recommended. Not only will you save a buck or two, but you’ll avoid having to line up for tickets and the risk of not getting in at all.
TIP #2: Give yourself lots of time to arrive within your designated time slot, especially if traveling from far and/or around the evening rush hour. If you’re late you’ll still get in (unless you arrive at or near closing time), but you might have to wait a bit of extra time in the queue.
TIP #3: If you expect traffic on the roads might be bad, head out to Langley early. Then, if you find you get to the venue much faster than expected, stop for a break somewhere nearby along the way (like Chuck E. Cheese if you have young children) or a Langley winery (if you are all adults and like wine).
TIP #4: Milner Village Garden Centre and Harvest Glow are conveniently located just 15 minutes north of the heart of Langley’s Wine Country (which can be a nice destination to include on your journey if you want to make it a day trip).
TIP #5: Harvest Glow promises to be an exceptional event, and affordable. It’s indoors, so it’s warm and dry even on rainy days. The place is also wheelchair accessible, and for less than $50 for a family of 5 it’s a pretty good deal.
For more information about Harvest Glow, see the Glow Gardens website.
For information about the venue in December check out our Christmas Glow article.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Halloween Events in the Lower Mainland
- Halloween Activities for Kids
- Vancouver’s Best Places for Children
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Rainy Day Activities