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Langley’s Harvest Glow Autumn Event

Cory Alstad Trio on Glow Harvest Stage

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.


Information in this article includes the following:

When is Harvest Glow | Where is Harvest Glow | Admission | What to Expect | Glow Harvest Video | Tips & Advice | Other Information


Harvest Glow at Glow Gardens 2018

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.


HARVEST GLOW TICKETS

Book your date, time and tickets in advance on the Glow Gardens Website.


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When is Harvest Glow?

Harvest Glow makes 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 will be its first year, but definitely not its last!

The attraction is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during its 2018 season, as well as most (but not all) Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It’s also open on the last couple of Mondays in October, but closed on Sundays.

2018 days of operation are 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’s open, are from 4:00 until 9:00 pm on weekdays and from 1:00 until 9:00 pm on Saturdays.

Glow Harvest

Where is Harvest Glow?

Harvest Glow takes place in Langley at the Milner Village Garden Centre, which is the same place as last year’s fabulously successful Christmas Glow attraction which also takes place again this 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.


HARVEST GLOW TICKETS

Book your date, time and tickets in advance on the Glow Gardens Website.


Admission & Prices

General admission to Harvest Glow when purchased online costs around $11.95 for adults, and $8.95 for both seniors and children (ages 4 and older). Taxes and online fees are extra and tickets purchased at the gate cost around $2 more.

Kids ages 3 and under are free, as is the on-site parking. Family passes are also available for up to 2 adults and 3 children or seniors. The cost for a family of five is $39.95 online or approximately $8 extra at the gate.

It’s important to know that only credit cards and cash payments are accepted at the gate, so debit cards won’t work. Also, there will be times and dates when the place likely sells out, which makes purchasing your tickets in advance online a good idea.

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How Admission Works

When purchasing your tickets online you have to select your date and time of arrival (within a 1-hour time slot). This is a good system as it controls the number of people arriving at any given time. It means the crowds won’t be too crazy inside, and the lineups outside will be short and manageable.

When purchasing your ticket online you’ll have a choice of time slots. On weekdays you can 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 run hourly starting at 1:00 pm.

Guests are asked to arrive within their designated time slots to ensure the attraction doesn’t get uncomfortably crowded inside and people don’t have to wait in long lineups to get in.

If you arrive outside your designated ticket time you can still get in, but you might have to wait for a bit as guests arriving within their correct time slots will be given priority.

Once inside the venue, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like (i.e., they aren’t restricted to just one hour), which is great!

Glow Harvest LED Swings
LED Swings at Harvest Glow

What to Expect

At Harvest Glow you can 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 is a great attraction for the young – and the young at heart. There are lots of kid-friendly features that are sure to entertain for hours, while the adults can also kick back and relax. When you go inside, near the entrance, you’ll find picnic tables, the stage where performances take place, a miniature train station, a pumpkin tree display and the main bar.

In the next area you’ll find 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 even make a new fuzzy friend at the petting stable.

In another area of the venue there’s a pumpkin patch where you can choose and then buy your favourite pumpkin for $5. There’s even a carving station with tools so you can use to create your Jack-o-lantern right on site.

Also indoors at Harvest Glow there is a corn maze, artisan market, glowing hopscotch pads and an area that’s perfect for selfies and family photos with pretty hanging light sculptures.

Harvest Glow's Glow Hopscotch
Glow Hopscotch at Glow Harvest

The Glow Shop at the market sells cool glowing toys, souvenirs, candy and costumes (just in time for Halloween). The market features 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 sell a selection of seasonal refreshments including craft beers, local wines and spiced apple cider.

When you look around the venue at Harvest Glow it’s 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 look like, below is a short video featuring one of the kids’ play structures and the glowing Hopscotch Pads. As you can see, kids will have a blast!

Tips & Advice

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Harvest Glow experience.

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.


HARVEST GLOW TICKETS

Book your date, time and tickets in advance on the Glow Gardens Website.


Other Information

For more information about Harvest Glow, or to buy tickets, click Harvest Glow.

For information about the venue at other times of the year, see the Milner Village Garden Centre website or check out our Christmas Glow article.

To learn more about the community and other things to do in the area, click Langley or Fraser Valley.

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