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North Vancouver’s Holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park and Tilford

Park and Tilford Gardens in Snow

The Holiday Hi-Light Festival at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Garden is the Lower Mainland’s best outdoor shopping mall display of Christmas lights.

In 2022 the Hi-Light Festival takes place on December 2nd and the lights are up throughout the month of December.

 

North Van Christmas Lights

Not many malls have their own gardens, but Park and Tilford in North Vancouver does and its holiday Christmas light displays are actually quite impressive. If you’re heading to or from the North Shore, then definitely check out the garden’s lights.

 

Holiday Hi-Light Festival Details

The 2022 Park and Tilford’s Holiday Hi-Light Festival launches on Friday, December 2nd. The opening event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and features giveaways, hot chocolate, treats, carolling and more. The lights remain up in the garden until the end of 2022.

Located at 333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver, admission to the Holiday Hi-Light Festival is usually free or by donation with funds going to the City and District of North Vancouver Fire Fighter Societies, which are excellent charitable causes. In 2022 folks can also drop off gifts or food donations for the Kids Helping Kids Toy Drive.

In previous years, the best times to visit (but also the most crowded) were on Friday evenings during Family Nights. Those nights featured live entertainment, hot chocolate and appearances by Santa Claus. In past years, Family Nights took place on the four Friday evenings before Christmas Day. In 2021 there were no Family Nights. It doesn’t look like Family Nights are happening in 2022 either (although there will be a fire truck on site on the Saturdays of December 3rd, 10th and 17th).

The Holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford doesn’t win top prize for lights in the Lower Mainland, but considering they are almost free and the crowds aren’t bad, they are pretty impressive. On regular nights plan to stay for about 20 minutes, and then go for hot chocolate, some Chinese food or grocery shopping at the strip mall afterwards.

 

North Shore Christmas Activities

 

Entertainment Lineup

Special entertainment took place on the Family Nights of November 29th and December 6th, 13th and 20th in 2019. Entertainment details for 2023 are to be confirmed.

 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Opening Night activities ran from 7:00 until 10:00 pm and included hot chocolate and the following entertainers:

  • Scruffles the Elf Balloons
  • Sea Star Face Painting
  • Light Angel

 

Friday, December 6, 13 & 20, 2019

Family Nights on December 6th, 13th and 20th ran from 5:00 until 9:00 pm with entertainment beginning between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Folk saw the following in 2019:

  • SeaStar Face Painting
  • Light Angel
  • Scruffles the Elf (Balloons)
  • The Grinch (December 6 and 13)
  • Santa Claus (from 5:30 until 8:30 pm)

 

Kids Saturday Night Fire Engine Rides

New for 2019 were Fire Engine Rides for Kids on select Saturdays. Kids could ride a fire engine for a donation of $5 or more. In 2022 the trucks return on the Saturdays of December 3rd, 10th and 17th.

 

Holiday Hi-Light Festival Christmas Lights

 

About the Park & Tilford Gardens

The Park & Tilford Gardens were built in the late 1960s when the property was owned by a distillery. They are 3-acres in size and include eight different themed gardens. Over the Christmas season the venue is decorated with over 50,000 sparkling lights, which makes it especially pretty at night.

Up until the mid-1980s the distillery set up Christmas light displays in the gardens in December every year. When the distillery closed in 1984, however, that tradition ended. It wasn’t until over a dozen years later that Park & Tilford Mall started the decorations back up again and began what is known today as the Holiday Hi-Light Festival.

The Park and Tilford Gardens are pretty anytime, but usually become an attraction really worth visiting in the evenings of December.

 

Park and Tilford Gate at Christmas

 

Other Information

For more details on the Holiday Hi-Light Festival, check out the Park and Tilford website.

For more ideas on places to see Christmas lights in the Lower Mainland, check out Top Things to do at Christmas.

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