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.
In 2019 the free event took place at Bear Creek Park over the course of two weeks in early November. In 2021 it happened from November 5th until the 19th.
(Note: Another Surrey-based light-themed event you might be interested in is LUMAGICA. It took place at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds from December 3rd until the 30th in 2021.)
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.
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 festival probably didn’t feature any extra activities to go along with the lights. In normal years, there are a small number of food trucks, a face-painting station and sometimes even free hot chocolate and popcorn. Other activities typically include a photo booth with costumes, lantern craft-making opportunities, and an illumination board to write on. At least on the busiest days, a few characters walk around the event in costume.
In 2019 the Light Festival at Bear Creek Park ran daily between 6 and 9 pm from Saturday, November 2nd, until Friday, November 15th.
The 2021 Light Festival happened from Friday, November 5th, until Friday, November 19th. The attraction ran from 4:30 to 9:30 pm each day, except on November 11th when it was closed for Remembrance Day.
As always, admission was free in 2021. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, tickets had to be reserved online in advance. To help limit the number of guests, only 80 tickets were available for each timeslot.
2022 festival dates and details are to be confirmed.
Tips & Advice
Below are some suggestions from past years to help you make the most out of your experience in future years.
TIP #1: Dress warmly, and take an umbrella or waterproof clothing if it looks like rain! It rains a lot in the Lower Mainland in November!
TIP #2: Arrive early if you can, especially if you want to join the lantern-making activities in years that they’re offered.
TIP #3: Activity stations like the face painting are usually free, but also popular and busy when available. Expect the queues to form even before the start of the event.
TIP #4: Have patience. Expect the place to be crowded most years, especially on the Saturday and Sunday.
TIP #5: There is no SkyTrain Station near Bear Creek. Although the venue has a large parking lot, with thousands of people turning out for the event, parking can be a challenge some years. 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.
To learn more about this event see the City of Surrey‘s website.
For ideas on other things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver November Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver Parks and Places in Nature
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Lower Mainland Christmas Activities