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Surrey’s Bear Creek Garden Light Festival

Light Displays at Surrey Light Festival

Surrey’s Light Festival at Bear Creek Park is a beautiful evening display of illuminations in one of Metro Vancouver’s most significant parks in November.

Last year the free event took place at Bear Creek Park over the course of just two days mid-week in early November. In 2018 its runs for a full seven nights from November 4th to 10th.

Light Festival at Bear Creek Park

Surrey’s annual Light Festival is a wonderful and free family-friendly event that’s held in the gardens at Bear Creek Park at 13750 88th Avenue in Surrey.

At the Light Festival the plants and trees in the gardens at Bear Creek Park are lit up with spot lights and Christmas illuminations in a wide range of beautiful colours. There are also a small number of food trucks, a face-painting station and in some years free hot chocolate and popcorn.

Activities most years also include a photo booth where you can put on costumes, lantern craft-making opportunities, and an illumination board that you can write on. At least on the busiest days, at the event there are also a few characters in costume walking around.

Last year, prior to the light festival, people were welcome to participate in free lantern-making workshops from 4 until 5 pm at the Surrey Art Gallery which is located at the entrance to Bear Creek Park. In 2018 the lantern-making activities take place on just the Tuesday (so on November 6th). See further below for more details about the 2018 schedule of activities.

Character at Garden Light Festival
A Roaming Character at the Garden Light Festival

2018 Festival Schedule

In 2018 the Light Festival at Bear Creek Park runs daily between 6 and 9 pm from Sunday, November 4th, until Saturday, November 10th. Some days there are extra activities, and some days just the lights. Below is the schedule for 2018.

Sunday, November 4th

  • An evening with the beautiful lights, but also food trucks, family-friendly activities and entertainment.

Monday, November 5th

  • An evening with the beautiful lights, but no extra activities or live entertainment.

Tuesday, November 6th

  • An evening with the beautiful lights, but also Diwali-themed foods and entertainment. Prior to the event participants can also make lanterns at the Surrey Art Gallery between 4 and 5 pm.

Wednesday, November 7th

  • An evening with the beautiful lights, but no extra activities or live entertainment.

Thursday, November 8th

  • An evening with the beautiful lights, but no extra activities or live entertainment.

Friday, November 9th

  • An evening with the beautiful lights, but no extra activities or live entertainment.

Saturday, November 10th

  • An evening with the beautiful lights, but also food trucks, family-friendly activities and entertainment.
Light Display at Surrey Light Festival
A light display that people can write on

Tips & Advice

Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at Surrey’s Garden Light Festival.

TIP #1: Dress warmly, and take an umbrella or waterproof clothing if it looks like rain!

TIP #2: Arrive early if you can, especially if you want to join the lantern-making activities.

TIP #3: Activity stations like the face painting are usually free, but also popular and busy. Especially if it’s not raining, expect the queues to begin forming even before the start of the event and for the lineups to get cut off as early as an hour before closing.

TIP #4: Have patience. Expect the place to be crowded, especially on the Saturday and Sunday.

TIP #5: There is no SkyTrain Station near Bear Creek and although there is a large parking lot at the venue, with thousands of people turning out for the event, parking can be a challenge. Arrive early if you can and consider carpooling with friends.

TIP #6: If you can get there early, go for a walk in the park and explore the place before the sun goes down.

TIP #7: Invite your friends and take your camera.

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Other Information

For more information about the park and surrounding area, click Bear Creek Park or City of Surrey.

For ideas on other things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following:

 

 

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