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Nov 01, 2018 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam’s Lights at Lafarge Season Kick-off Nov. 24

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 1, 2018 – Metro Vancouver’s largest, free outdoor lights display at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Visitors can expect an exciting evening with two entertainment hubs, dazzling light displays that encircle the 1.2 km Lafarge Lake loop, food trucks, buskers, roving entertainers, family crafts and more.

This year’s kick-off event will take place entirely outdoors with live entertainment on two stages so visitors should dress in warm clothing and waterproof, durable footwear as they take in all the festivities:

  • The TD Community Plaza will host the Opening Celebration at 7 p.m. with the feature performance, The Crystal Torch, a multimedia and live fire, acrobatic show by NZR productions you will not want to miss. Visitors can really get into the holiday spirit with more family-favourite performances at the plaza with Coastal Sound Music Academy, a vibrant youth choir, and the a-capella chorus of the Gentlemen of Fortune. The holiday concert finale will wrap up with the polished roots, soul and blues sounds of Lesismore.
  • The West Lake Village (west side of Lafarge Lake) will host the Busker’s Stage with the warmth luxurious harmonies of Winsome Kind and the Ukuladies of Lulu Island with tunes from across the decades using their tenor and baritone ukuleles.
  • Lights Zones & Features - The dazzling light displays that encircle the 1.2 km Lafarge Lake loop will be on at dusk – approx. 4:30 p.m. – so visitors are encouraged to enjoy the lights before the festivities begin. The lights displays are designed into more than 10 zones including a winter lights entry gate, 90-foot caterpillar, woodland garden, outdoor dining table illuminated by a chandelier, fantasy forest with an elfin tree house, lighted woodland creatures, illuminated maple leafs, salmon, floating lotus flowers and giant-sized mushrooms, beehive and flowers. 

Roving Entertainment & Family Activities
As visitors wander the lake loop and take in the more than 100,000 twinkling lights and displays they can enjoy the comical and ethereal playfulness of roving performers perfect for those seasonal pics. Watch for the Winter Jester, Lady Neige, Buddy the Elf and the Electric Clowns.

The event’s Community and Corporate Partners have lots of fun planned for children of all ages also in the West Lake Village:

  • Coquitlam Public Library's mobile Library Link is on hand where you can vote for your favourite Christmas story and enter the draw for a chance to win a library gift bag.
  • You can transform origami paper into a holiday candy cane or evergreen tree decoration at the Evergreen Cultural Centre tent.
  • Metro Vancouver has tips and ideas on how to celebrate the holdiays with less waste. You can try their app that offers low-waste gift ideas sorted by price range.
  • Place des Arts celebrates the magic and symbolism of light using a sustainably-sourced lantern you can make using a pinhole technique.
  • Port of Vancouver’s mascot, Salty, will help kids with fun and educational games and resource-themed giveaways like origami boats.

Food Options
Starting at 5 p.m., visitors to the lights display can enjoy light refreshments, warm beverages and comfort food like mini-donuts from Gordo’s Concession, specialty hot dogs from Japadog, sweet honey bites from Betty’s Greek Honey Ballz, and Pulled pork, poutine, deep fried pickles, beef brisket, chicken and fries from Trucking BBQ. Bring your appetites – food service will remain open until 10 p.m. for late arrivals and visitors who want to linger after the formal event ends.

Getting Here & Parking
As limited parking will be available, event-goers are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or use SkyTrain – the Evergreen Extension’s Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station provides direct access to Town Centre Park. Limited parking will be available at Town Centre Park. Please note there is no event parking at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Lights at Lafarge Season Info
You can take in the lights display from dusk until 11 p.m. nightly, Saturday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 20 and through midnight on New Year’s Eve. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/lights for all the event details, and to stay up-to-date on special pop-up events throughout the season. Follow the City of Coquitlam’s Lights at Lafarge Kick-off Facebook event for more info.

Kick-off Event contact:
Terra Dickinson
Cultural & Community Events Supervisor
604-927-6978
tdickinson@coquitlam.ca

Lights Display Contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager, Parks
604-927-3533
kreinheimer@coquitlam.ca