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Christmas lights to visit in Greater Vancouver.
By REW Editor 2022-12-13

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Lower Mainland. And not just at the Christmas Market or at Robson Square. From Mount Pleasant to Mount Seymour, South Granville to South Surrey, there’s a light show near you worth checking out, and a neighbourhood worth an evening visit. And hey, if you’re starting your real estate journey and are in search of a new neighbourhood to call home, your trip to these communities frees two birds with one key. 

Load up the car, fill your to-go mug with egg nog and get ready for some holiday cheer. Head to one of these neighbourhoods in Greater Vancouver to take in the Christmas lights. 
 

Take in the lights

 

East of the North Pole.

Say hello to the street with the most Christmas cheer in the province, Trinity Street. Located in East Vancouver, 2400 to 2900 Trinity Street has gone all in on Christmas for over two decades, providing light shows and decorations way beyond your average neighbourhood. 

After your visit, you won’t be far from a few other fantastic light displays in North Burnaby, so head east and visit the DuPlessis Family Christmas Display off of Government Road at 8222 Burnlake Drive. The lights, ornaments and characters are illuminated to music, with the 12-minute-long show running throughout December evenings. If it’s a cold night and you’re staying in your car you can tune into the show at 92.3 FM, or step outside and listen curbside. Don’t be a Grinch, you can warm up in the car after. 
 

 

 

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Lakeside lights. 

Coquitlam has plenty of home displays worth checking out. Lights on Lillian can be found at 927 Lillian Street, featuring snowmen, Santa, penguins, plenty of decorative trees and presents, and of course Christmas tunes. The show runs from 4:30pm to 10:30pm, straight through to New Year’s Eve. Christmas with a Twist is another popular home display, featuring Skeletor as Jolly Old Saint Nick. Naturally. And now you know what the twist is about. Head to 3039 Bristlecone Court to check it out for yourself. 

It’s worth noting that both of these displays are close to Lafarge Lake, where the city puts on a dazzling light display that encircles that 1.2km loop around the lake. This has become a local favourite, running from November 26 through to January 2. Parking can be found at Town Centre Park, or take the Skytrain to Lafarge Lake-Douglas and you’re all set. 
 

Dazzling

 

Over the river and through the woods.

Langley might just be the best city on our list to visit if you’re trying to see as many lights in one area as possible. Each of the four homes below is within a few minutes of each other. 

First, head to Walnut Grove. Berry House of Lights is located at 9562 215A Street, just off of 96th Avenue. Christmas trees, reindeer and a sleigh, a large star on the roof and close to 10,000 lights are on display in this little cul-de-sac. Roll down your windows to hear the accompanying music. 

From here, make your way South of the highway to Santa Claus Lane. That’s what 209A Street and 84th Avenue in Langley has been dubbed. This multi-family display is one of our favourites in the Lower Mainland, including everything from Frosty the Snowman to a Canadian Beaver hanging out in his lodge. After you’ve taken in Santa Claus Lane, take a trip deeper into Langely to the Jingle House, located at 7385 201B Street. Thousands of colourful lights are on display here from 6pm to 9pm, through to December 31.
 

Elf Workshop

 

Lastly, Grovesville is located at 6616 Willoughby Way in the heart of the Township. Christmas characters on display include Olaf the Snowman, Sven, and the Grinch, who despite his best efforts can not keep the lights off. If you or your kids love blow-up displays, this is the house to visit (there are over 20). 
 

A million reasons to visit. 

If it’s the biggest light show you’re after, it’s hard to beat the show at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The VanDusen Festival of Lights is an annual event, running from November 26 to January 3. Tickets cost $21 for adults, $15.50 for seniors and teenagers, $11 for children and entrance is free for kids four and under.

 

fountain of light

 

Over a million lights twinkle across 15 acres of VanDusen, with themed areas, delicious snacks, and holiday music spread throughout the grounds to keep you entertained. There’s even a romantic rose garden for love birds, and a dancing light show (that probably confuses the real birds). 
 

A beautiful evening in the neighbourhood. 

Neighbourhoods matter a lot. And not just for resale value, either. In their own way, they are alive. They live, breathe, grow and develop. It’s the feeling they offer their residents, the feeling that you’re a part of something—that’s the difference between an area and a community. Finding the neighbourhood that fits your lifestyle is all part of the real estate adventure. Let us help you find yours

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