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Holiday Light Displays Along BC Route 7

November 24, 2023

Holiday light displays have the ability to light up the night with magic and wonder; bringing joy to children and a child-like glee to adults. Seeing lights reflected on happy, laughing faces serves to spread more merriment, and getting out of the house to view holiday lights has become a popular holiday pastime and tradition. Wondering where to see brilliant holiday light displays this season? Your best bet is to travel BC Route 7 – your ultimate holiday highway – and visit the vibrant communities along the way. Here are some must-see light displays that you don’t want to miss! 

Special mention goes to the CP Holiday Train, as it chugs its way across Canada in its 25th year of supporting food banks by raising money, collecting food and spreading awareness of food insecurities. It’s a quintessential holiday experience, with train cars bedecked in sparkling holiday lights, playing holiday music, and bringing joy across Canada with stops in select cities for live musical performances (including the BC Route 7 locations of Agassiz and Maple Ridge). It can be spotted at several points along BC Route 7 as it travels to its westerly destination, but to get the total experience, we recommend taking in the concert. Learn more about the CP Holiday Train here and see the schedule here

Photo credit: @cityofcoquitlam

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

Maple Ridge

CP Holiday Train
Where: Port Haney Station, across from Billy Miner Pub, 22355 River Road
When: Sunday, December 17th | 7:50 PM–8:30 PM
Admission: Free, donations to the food bank are gratefully appreciated
Illuminate Maple Ridge
Where: Downtown Maple Ridge
When: November 24 to January 5 | 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
Admission: Free
Photo credit: Mission Chamber of Commerce

Mission

In Mission, lights are switched on for the Candlelight Parade (below), and 1st Avenue remains brightly decorated throughout the season. Lights can also be seen in Centennial Park as a grand, 80 foot tree is lit up in December (date to be announced).

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

Harrison Hot Springs

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

Agassiz & Kent

Note: If you’re at Sandpiper Resort for eagle viewing during Season of the Wild, stick around after dark to see the beautifully decorated grounds (lights will be installed in December, date to be announced).

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
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

Hope

In Hope, lights are switched on for the Hope Holiday Fest (below), and Wallace Street remains brightly decorated throughout the season. Lights can also be seen in downtown’s Memorial Park.

Hope Holiday Fest
Where: Wallace Street, Downtown Hope
When: Saturday, December 2 | 5:00PM – 8:30PM
Admission: Free
Hope for the Holidays Light Tour
Where: Hope
When: December 2 – January 3
Admission: Free

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!