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 2019 the event took place on Friday, November 22nd, from 5 to 9 pm. Due to COVID-19, there was no festival or major event in 2020. It doesn’t look like the event happened in 2021 either.
Hopefully the event can return in 2022. However, exact details are to be confirmed.
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. There was also a 65-foot Ferris wheel in the parking lot in 2019.
Retailers from the mall participate by setting up booths and offering food samples, games and kid-friendly activities. There are also food trucks, Christmas lights and special deals at some of the stores.
There are usually free tea and chocolate samples, a colouring contest, craft activities, face painting, balloon animals, cookie decorating, and sometimes even an arm and hand massage station at Light Up The Village.
The festival also includes live entertainment with groups like the Famous Players who performed a couple of years ago.
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 2019, Santa arrived and the lights got 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 very good cause. Some other activities are by donation too (with a minimum amount of $2).
For more information about the mall in West Vancouver click Park Royal.
To learn about other things to do in the area check out West Vancouver.
For details about another similar event that’s also on the North Shore, see 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