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Holiday Highway Happenings on BC Route 7

November 23, 2023

Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit quite like a drive down BC Route 7, your ultimate Holiday Highway! From Hope to Coquitlam and all the communities in between, you’ll find dazzling lights, fun-filled events, and bountiful holiday shopping that will fill your heart with the warmth of the season. Bundle up your friends and family and begin your journey to bask in the timeless splendour of the holidays along the scenic and festive BC Route 7!

Photo credit: @vannisinha on Instagram

Coquitlam

Lights at Lafarge
Where: Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
When: Kick-off Event: Friday, November 24 | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM. Lights on until February 28.
Admission: Free

Join the celebration with live entertainment on the Town Centre Park Community Plaza Stage, glittering light displays that encircle the walking loop around the lake, food vendors, roving performers, family crafts, and more. This year’s kick-off event will take place entirely outdoors, so visitors should dress for the weather as they take in the festivities. This season’s outdoor exhibit features a 1.2-km pathway that includes more lights, and re-imagined elements that highlight flora, fauna, and fairytales. Learn more here

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Where: Poirier Forum, 618 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
When: Friday, December 1, 4:00 PM-9:00 PM | Saturday, December 2, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM | Sunday, December 3, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Admission: Adults $5 | Seniors $3 | 12 & under Free | Purchase tickets here.

One of Coquitlam’s most beloved holiday traditions is back for its 39th year! Support the creativity of local artisans by purchasing a unique, locally made product. You’ll be sure to find a treasure you won’t find in a big box store! Presale tickets are available here. If a time slot is sold out, don’t worry – you can buy tickets at the door with cash or debit.

Winter Wonders Community Celebration
Where: Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
When: Sunday, December 3 | 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Admission: Free

Visit with Santa, make crafts, and sip hot chocolate while listening to carols and stories that celebrate the magic of the winter season. Featuring: Story walk in our train caboose, Santa visits at Fraser Mills Train Station, Mackin House Holiday decor & exhibits, Place des Arts workshops & tent, drinks & treats in Heritage Square, carols, food demonstrations & more! Learn more here.

Maple Ridge

Holidays in the City
Where: Memorial Peace Park, 11930-224 Street, Maple Ridge
When: Winter Fest is on Saturday, December 2 | 4:00 PM–8:00 PM

Maple Ridge is getting ready to officially kick off the holidays with festive fun for all, including holiday lights and décor, a self-guided tour, the 20th annual Santa Claus Parade and more! Festivities start on December 2nd with the return of Winter Fest, an event packed full of holiday celebrations! Learn more about all the great things happening during Maple Ridge’s Holidays in the City here.

Illuminate Maple Ridge
Where: Downtown Maple Ridge
When: November 24 to January 5 | 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Formerly known as Glow Maple RidgeIlluminate Maple Ridge presents a welcoming community holiday experience. Illuminate inspires both visitors and residents to explore the abundant offerings of Maple Ridge. At the heart of downtown and for the first time ever, Illuminate will transform the six-story City Hall office tower with string lights, floodlights, and vibrant colour displays! Take the Candy Cane Tour of local businesses to embark on a shopping adventure and enter your photo in The Illuminate Photo Contest. See all the details here

CP Holiday Train
Where: Port Haney Station, Maple Ridge
When: December 17th | 7:50 PM –8:30 PM
Admission: Free; donations to the food bank are gratefully appreciated

The arrival of the CP Holiday Train is a favourite tradition in Maple Ridge! Gather in Port Haney to greet Santa, and enjoy a musical concert by performers Tyler Shaw & Kiesza. Donations to the Food Bank are gratefully appreciated. Learn more about the CP Holiday Train here and see the full Canadian schedule of stops here

Photo Credit: Mission Chamber of Commerce

Mission

Candlelight Parade
Where: First Avenue, Mission
When: Saturday, December 2nd | 6:00PM
Admission: Free 

Santa’s coming to town! The Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 2023 annual Candlelight Parade in its 38th year. This popular event draws 10,000 spectators lining the streets to watch this incredible parade. Learn more here

The Copper Market
Where: Copper Hall, 33129 Railway Avenue, Mission
When: November 24 & 25 | 4:30PM-8:30PM
Admission: By donation, and funds raised will go toward the Huge Block Project to pass on to charities in Mission.

Local vendors and creatives from the Fraser Valley are coming together with food, music, drinks, and crafts! Come check out all the wonderful potential Christmas gifts that our local artists have created! Entry by donation towards Hope Central, a local charity in Mission! Learn more here.

Mission Movie Moment Holiday: Cross Country Christmas
Where: Cineplex Silvercity Mission Cinemas, 32555 London Avenue, Mission
When: Thursday December 7 | 7:00PM
Admission: Free, get tickets here.

Note: This popular event is now SOLD OUT but check online here in case tickets become available due to ticket holders cancelling. Let Tourism Mission take you through the tender-hearted side of things with a free screening of Cross Country Christmas, a Hallmark Channel original movie set right in the heart of beautiful Mission! Learn more here

Harrison Hot Springs

Lights by the Lake
Where: Harrison Hot Springs Lakefront Promenade
When: November 18 – January 7 | Evenings
Admission: Free

Each winter, an enchanting holiday display transforms 2km of the Harrison lakefront into a magical world of lights highlighting our local wildlife and the elusive Sasquatch. As you stroll along Harrison’s promenade, you’ll delight in the custom-built light displays. Get a group shot with the fun painted selfie stands featuring delightful creatures. The promenade is fully paved making it wheelchair and stroller friendly. Learn more here

#Search4theSquatch
Where: Harrison Hot Springs
When: Contest runs to January 8, 2024
Admission: Free

This fun contest challenges you to find all 10 Sasquatches hidden within the holiday-themed business windows around Harrison Hot Springs. There are 15 businesses participating but only 10 have hidden Sasquatches! The amazing prizes include a one-night stay at the Fraser River Lodge, a Casa Lifestyles Gift Bag, A Sasquatch Gift Basket, a Family Season’s Pass to Kilby Historic Site, and a $50 Gift Card to Morgan’s Bistro! Learn more here.

Season of the Wild
Where: Harrison River Valley
When: October 2023 – January 2024
Admission: Free

The Season of the Wild celebrates the beauty and biodiversity of the Harrison River by honouring the majestic bald eagle, the luminescent salmon, and the prehistoric sturgeon. Learn more about the Season of the Wild here!

Agassiz & Kent

Winter Night Lights
Where: Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz
When: December 1st – 31st (lights on) and special events on December 8 from 4:30 PM–8:30 PM and December 9, 2:30 PM-7:30 PM
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Holidays as Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz is transformed with the lights, smells and sounds of the winter holidays! Enjoy carnival games, food trucks, hot chocolate at the museum, the Prospera Mini Train, Visits with Santa, Bear Bus with Crafts, and more! Learn more about this wondrous event here

Dickens Christmas Tea
Where: Friendship House, 7272 Morrow Road, Agassiz
When: Saturday, December 2 | 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Admission: $30/person, pre-sales only

Presented by the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society, this festive afternoon tea also features delicious dainties, history, and tea etiquette! Contact 604-796-3545 or 604-796-3445 to reserve your spot! Learn more here.

CP Holiday Train
Where: Across from Agra Centre on Pioneer Avenue, West of Highway 9
When: Sunday, December 17 | 5:30 PM-6:15 PM
Admission: Free, donations to the food bank are gratefully appreciated

The CP Holiday Train is back! It pulls into Agassiz with a flourish of lights and sound. Enjoy a live musical concert by performers Tyler Shaw and Keisza. Donations to the Food Bank are gratefully appreciated. Learn more about the CP Holiday Train here and see the full Canadian schedule of stops here.

Hope

Hope Holiday Fest
Where: Wallace Street, Downtown Hope
When: Saturday, December 2 | 5:00PM-8:30PM
Admission: Free

Head to downtown Hope for the official tree lighting, rides with Santa, hot chocolate & coffee in Memorial Park, and late-night shopping! The Grinch carving is back at his post on Wallace Street with his trusty canine companion, Max. Learn more here.

Hope for the Holidays Christmas Lights Tour
Where: Hope
When: December 2nd – January 3rd, 2023
Admission: Free

It’s that time of year again – Hope is hosting their annual Holiday Lights Challenge, bringing the community together with a little holiday cheer! Explore the wonderfully decorated homes and businesses of Hope’s residents to kick off your holiday celebrations! Learn more here!

BC Route 7 is jam-packed with joy and festive holiday activities this winter! Come take the scenic route and experience the bounty of holiday cheer along the way! Want to learn more about what awaits you along BC Route 7? Check us out on Facebook and Instagram and explore all that our region has to offer!