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.
In 2022 the light displays are up between November 26th and January 6th. Special activities also happen on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 23rd.
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 celebrate their fourth year in 2022.
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, while the Christmas Festival was unable to happen in person, Glow Maple Ridge still took place. The lights took the stage again at the end of November in 2021. Glow Maple Ridge is happening once again in 2022.
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 Memorial Peace Park in 2021, there was a sparkling artificial Christmas tree, a globe-like structure you could go inside and a light tunnel to 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 last. It was all very pretty!
The displays at Glow Maple Ridge are beautiful and perfect for selfie photo opportunities. In 2020 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.
In 2020, because of COVID, there were just the lights and decorations at Glow Maple Ridge. In 2021, however, there was also live entertainment! This made visiting the area all the more worthwhile! Hopefully the live entertainment returns in 2022.
There was live entertainment at Glow Maple Ridge throughout the month leading up to Christmas last year. Most of it was free to enjoy. In 2022 there are special activities on the Fridays of December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. There are also special activities on Saturday, December 10th, between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
Other Things to Do in the Area
Glow Maple Ridge isn’t an attraction you might travel across the Lower Mainland to see and then turn around and go home, like you might with an event like Glow Christmas in Langley. Rather, it’s something that everyone in Maple Ridge can go to and admire over the holiday season. It’s also recommended for people passing through Maple Ridge after dark and wanting a quick look and a stretch, or good to check it out after getting a bite to eat in one of the area’s restaurants.
If coming from Vancouver, we recommend visiting Glow Maple Ridge after visiting one of the various beautiful parks in and around Maple Ridge. 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 season. The place looked pretty much the same in 2021, although in the evenings there was usually a band or group of singers performing in the bandstand.
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 have 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.
For the event’s official website click City of 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