Glow Maple Ridge is a series of Christmas light displays in downtown Maple Ridge in late November, the month of December and beginning of January.
Christmas Light Displays in Maple Ridge
Glow Maple Ridge is how the community of Maple Ridge decorates its downtown core for the holiday season. The seasonal light displays celebrated their second year in 2020, from November 27th until January 8th of 2021.
In past years Maple Ridge has celebrated the holiday season with its annual Christmas Festival and Santa Claus Parade. That’s a one day event where there’s a community festival in the park and a parade in the streets. The festival and parade kick off the Christmas season. Glow Maple Ridge is then the continuation of the lights and illuminations throughout the rest of the holiday season.
The Christmas Festival and Santa Claus Parade have been happening for a number of years. Glow Maple Ridge, on the other hand, only began in 2019.
In 2020 the annual Christmas Festival was going to take place on December 5th. It got cancelled, however, at least in its live format, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Glow Maple Ridge element of the city’s Christmas celebrations, however, still happened. Dates and details for the 2021/22 season are to be confirmed.
What to Expect at Glow Maple Ridge
Lots of communities and shopping streets put up holiday lights and illuminations across Canada during the Christmas season. Maple Ridge is no exception.
If you drive down 224th Street between the Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road, you’ll find the four or so blocks of the street lined with telephone poles adorned with candy cane-style decorations and Christmas lights. Some of the local businesses decorate their store windows, and there are beautiful illuminations in the nearby park.
In the Memorial Peace Park in 2020, between 224th Street and the ACT Arts Centre, there was a sparkling artificial Christmas tree, a globe-like structure you could go inside, and a light tunnel you could walk through. There was also a large real tree that lit up extra when you sang underneath it or made a noise. The city’s landmark band shelter was also lit up. It was all very pretty!
The displays at Glow Maple Ridge were beautiful, perfect for selfie photo opportunities and easy to enjoy while physically distancing from other people. We went on a Friday evening in early December, soon after it got dark, and found only one or two other people in the vicinity of each display. It was quiet, which made it especially nice (and great for a year like 2020).
Other Things to Do in the Area
Glow Maple Ridge in 2020 wasn’t an attraction you would have travelled across the Lower Mainland to see and then turn around and go home, like you might have done with an event like Glow Christmas. Rather, it’s something that everyone in Maple Ridge should have went to and admired over the holiday season. It was also recommended for people passing through Maple Ridge after dark and wanting a quick look and a stretch, or it would have been good to check it out after getting a bite to eat in one of the area restaurants.
If coming from Vancouver, we recommend visiting Glow Maple Ridge after visiting one of the various beautiful parks in and around Maple Ridge most years. These include places like Kanata Creek and Golden Ears Provincial Park. Explore one of the parks during the afternoon, being sure to leave before dusk, and then drop by downtown Maple Ridge for dinner and a look around.
Glow Maple Ridge Video
To get an idea of what the Christmas illuminations and light displays look like, check out the following video from the 2020/21 season.
Other Christmas Lights to Check Out
Downtown Maple Ridge looks beautiful and festive during the winter holiday season. Other Lower Mainland places that look especially pretty at Christmas include neighbourhoods like Robson Street and Gastown in Vancouver.
Similar to Maple Ridge, Vancouver’s West End, at the corner of Denman and Davie Street, by English Bay, has a small number of light sculptures on display in December (left over from the Lumiere Festival in November). The Lower Lonsdale and Shipyards District in North Vancouver also has beautiful lights and decorations.
Two of our absolute favourite places for holiday lights in the Lower Mainland are Granville Island and Harrison Hot Springs. The same as Maple Ridge, both of these neighbourhoods and their decorations are free to explore and admire.
Vancouver’s Granville Island looks especially magical around Christmas time. It’s also a world-class place to do holiday shopping. Harrison Hot Springs, meanwhile, has an impressive selection of light displays along the waterfront each year, running from late November until around mid-January.
To learn about other things to do in the region around Glow Maple Ridge, see our article about Maple Ridge.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Christmas Lights at Granville Island
- Shopping Opportunities at Granville Island
- Lights by the Lake in Harrison Hot Springs
- Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities
- Top Things to do at Christmas in Vancouver
- Vancouver’s November, December and January Calendars