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Glow Maple Ridge Christmas Lights and Illuminations

Glow Maple Ridge

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 2021 the light displays were up between November 26th and January 7th. Dates and details for the event in 2022 are to be confirmed.

 

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 third year in 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, 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.

 

Maple Ridge Christmas Festival
Maple Ridge Christmas Festival

 

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, between 224th Street and the ACT Arts Centre, there is a sparkling artificial Christmas tree, a globe-like structure you can go inside, and a light tunnel you can walk through. There is also a large real tree that lights up extra when you sing underneath it or make a noise. The city’s landmark band shelter is also lit up. It’s all very pretty!

The displays at Glow Maple Ridge are beautiful, perfect for selfie photo opportunities and easy to enjoy while physically distancing from other people. 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!

 

Entertainment Schedule

There was live entertainment at Glow Maple Ridge throughout the month leading up to Christmas in 2021. Most of it was free to enjoy. Below is the schedule from last year.

Thursday, November 25th

    • It’s a Cool Thing to Do Sax Quartet performed from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Friday, November 26th

    • MRSS School of Rock Band performed from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Saturday, November 27th

    • The Haney Farmers Market had a special holiday-themed market from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Thursday, December 2nd

    • It’s a Cool Thing to Do Sax Quartet performed from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.
    • There was a Latin Flavours Fitness Demo from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Friday, December 3rd

    • MRSS School of Rock Band performed from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Saturday, December 4th

    • The show Clair-Obscur took the stage at the ACT Arts Centre at 3:00 pm (tickets required).
    • The Maple Ridge Chorus performed from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Sunday, December 5th

    • There was a family-friendly crafts making event followed by a screening of The Snowman at 3:00 pm.
    • The Maple Ridge Concert Band performed from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Thursday, December 9th

    • It’s a Cool Thing to Do Sax Quartet performed from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.
    • There was a Latin Flavours Fitness Demo from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Friday, December 10th

    • MRSS Jazz Band performed from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Saturday, December 11th

    • A shortened version of The Nutcracker was performed by Ballet Victoria at 3:00 pm (tickets were required).
    • Golden Ears Jazz Band performed from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Sunday, December 12th

    • A shortened version of The Nutcracker was performed by Ballet Victoria at 3:00 pm (tickets were required).
    • The Maple Ridge Chorus performed from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

Thursday, December 16th

    • It’s a Cool Thing to Do Sax Quartet performed from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.
    • There was a Latin Flavours Fitness Demo from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Friday, December 17th

    • The Maple Ridge Chorus performed from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Saturday, December 18th

    • Winter Harp took the stage at the ACT Arts Centre at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm (tickets required).
    • Vancouver Tuba Christmas performed from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Sunday, December 19th

    • The Glow Maple Ridge ball hockey tournament took place from 2:00 to 8:00 pm (anyone could register).
    • The Maple Ridge Chorus performed from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
    • The Maple Ridge Concert Band performed from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 22nd

    • It’s a Cool Thing to Do Sax Quartet performed from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Thursday, December 23rd

    • It’s a Cool Thing to Do Sax Quartet performed from 4:30 to 6:00 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.

 

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Other Information

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.

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