West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre celebrates the start of the Christmas season with its Light Up The Village celebrations in mid-November.
In 2018 the event took place on Friday, November 16th, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Light Up The Village at Park Royal
Light Up The Village is a free event that features live music, food and family-friendly activities. Most of the activities take place in the street in the outdoor village area. In 2018 there was also a 65-foot Ferris wheel in the parking lot.
Retailers from the mall participate, set up booths and offer food samples, games and kid-friendly things to do. There are also food trucks, Christmas lights and special deals at some of the stores.
At Light Up The Village in 2018 there were free tea and chocolate samples, a colouring contest, craft activities, face painting, balloon animals, cookie decorating, and even an arm and hand massage station. The festival also includes live entertainment with groups like the Famous Players who performed in 2018.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and advice to help you make the most out of your experience at Light Up The Village.
TIP #1: This is a great family-friendly event. It’s free to attend and there are food samples and plenty of activities for children. If you like Christmas and free things, it’s worth attending.
TIP #2: Expect to wait in line for some of the free treats and activities. Arrive near the start before the crowds get really busy if you can.
TIP #3: In 2018 at least, Santa arrives and the lights get turned on at 6:45 pm (so that’s a good time to be there).
TIP #4: Most of the activities at the event are free. Tickets for the Ferris wheel are by donation though and the minimum expected is $5. Proceeds from that benefit the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, so funds raised go to a good cause.
For more information about the mall in West Vancouver click Park Royal.
To learn about other things to do in the area click West Vancouver.
For details about another similar event that’s also on the North Shore, click Shipyards Christmas Festival which takes place a week or two later in North Vancouver.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s November Calendar
- Vancouver’s December Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Best Christmas Activities
- Vancouver’s Best Places for Shopping