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Nov 30, 2017 Return to Headlines

Free (Or Really Affordable) Festive Events in Coquitlam

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 30, 2017 – Whether you’re looking for festive lights, carols, ice skating, markets or that jolly man with the big white beard, Coquitlam has Christmas wrapped up – and the price tag is cheerful.

Coquitlam is home to the largest free winter lights display in the Lower Mainland, as well as many other brilliant events this month that won’t break the bank.

Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display
Until Jan. 21, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights wrap their way around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park, creating a magical wonderland that’s sure to delight. Enhance your experience by taking part in free activities including workshops and special theme nights. Watch for scheduling updates at www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark.

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 3
Thoughtful gifts don’t need to come with a hefty price tag. Purchase locally crafted items from any of the 100 artisans at Poirier Forum (618 Poirier St.). Entry is $3 adults, $2 seniors, free for ages 12 and under. www.coquitlamcrafts.com  

Christmas Boutique at Place des Arts
Until Dec. 22
Looking for a great gift? Drop in to the gift shop during Place des Arts opening hours to browse its glittering treasures made by local artisans. www.placedesarts.ca

SilverCity Coquitlam & VIP Cinemas
‘Tis the season for festive films, including holiday hits Elf and The Polar Express. Best of all, these Family Favourites movies each Saturdays at 11 a.m. cost just $2.99 per ticket. For scheduling info, visit www.cineplex.com/events/familyfavourites.

Visit Santa
Until Dec. 24
Ho, ho, ho! Santa and his elves are taking Christmas wish lists now at Coquitlam Centre. Visits are free and photos are available for purchase (not mandatory). Also drop in for free Elf School at Santaland. www.coquitlamcentre.com

Brighten Up!
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Drop in to Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) for a festive evening of hot chocolate, homemade baking, carolling, heritage crafts plus the chance to win a handmade candle gift set. By donation, no registration required. www.coquitlamheritage.ca

Family Day for the Holidays: A Lantern Affair
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
This inter-cultural celebration at Place des Arts offers lantern-making workshops as well as live performances by Place des Arts students. Admission is free; all ages welcome. www.placedesarts.ca

Kids Night Out: Holiday Edition
Dec. 8, 15 or 22, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention parents: Free yourself up for some Christmas shopping while dropping your kids off at Pinetree Community Centre for a night of active play and Christmas-themed crafts and activities. Fee is $11.60/child; register at www.coquitlam.ca/signmeup.

Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market
Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pick up locally crafted goods at this annual event featuring carollers, kids’ activities and crafts, plus food trucks, at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St). Free entry. www.makebakegrow.com

Skate with Santa
Sunday, Dec. 10, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Celebrate Canada 150 at this annual ice skating event at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. Family admission rates apply (each family member pays child admission rate, up to a maximum of five people). www.coquitlam.ca/pslc

Free Family Movie Night at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Monday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
After walking around the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display, pop in to Evergreen Cultural Centre for a free screening of Scrooge (1971). www.evergreenculturalcentre.com

Jingle Bells Night
Friday, Dec. 22, 7 – 8 p.m.
Head to Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park for an evening of carols and lights. Choirs will be stationed around the trail from 7 – 8 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., stop where you are and join in a high-spirited community sing-a-long of Jingle Bells. Help Coquitlam break its record of 500 singing voices! www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark

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For more information about upcoming festivals, events and winter activities, visit www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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Media contact:

Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3912
ekalnins@coquitlam.ca