Lights at Lafarge Kick-off

Metro Vancouver's Largest, Free Outdoor Light Display!​

Get into the holiday spirit with your family and friends! The kick-off event will include two entertainment hubs, dazzling light displays that encircle the 1.2 km loop around the lake and thousands of visitors. 

Mark Your Calendars

  • Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
  • 6 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
  • Site Map

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.

flower lightsEntertainment & Event Schedule

Join us for live music on two stages, food trucks, roving entertainers, buskers, family crafts and more!

Kick-off Event Site Map  

Check out our handy event site map with all the details you need to get around the site and enjoy your visit.  

TD Community Plaza

  • 6 p.m. | Coastal Sound Music Academy Choir Performance
    This fun choir full of creative youth from diverse cultural heritages, ages 11-16 years old, will have you joining in on family favourites!
  • 6:35 p.m. | Gentlemen of Fortune Choir Performance
    This a cappella chorus of 18 men singing in 4-part harmony, primarily Barbershop style, will have you reminiscing of Christmases past. They'll throw in a few contemporary tunes too!
  • 7 p.m. | Opening Celebration, Crystal Torch fire and light show by NZR Productions
    Don't miss this amazing performance, Crystal Torch, with stunning visuals and fire telling an ancient story of discovery that brought light to world. NZR productions are comprised of professional entertainers including Cirque Du Soleil Alumni, Theatre Actors and Opera singers. You won't want to miss this company's unique and edgy performance!
  • 7:40 p.m. | Lesismore Dance Band Finale
    Lesismore mix elements of roots, soul and blues into a unique, polished sound. Charismatic lead singer Leslie Harris’ style has been compared to Dinah Washington and Bonnie Raitt. The musicians are guitar virtuoso Curtis DeBray and one of the great veteran bassists of the West Coast scene, Lee Oliphant. 

West Lake Village | Busker’s Stage

  • 6:30 – 7 p.m. & 7:30 – 8 p.m. | Winsome Kind
    Listening to Winsome Kind is like an invigorating conversation and a warm hug from a good friend.  Infusing personal stories with luxurious harmonies, their voices sound as if they have always been together.
  • 7 – 7:30 p.m. & 8 – 8:30 p.m. | Ukuladies of Lulu Island
    Alana Zerbe and Becca Wade, with their knack of harmonies and accompanied by their tenor and baritone ukuleles, create a well-rounded sound performing tunes from across the decades loved by listeners of all ages.

snail lightArts Activities & Fun

There's lots of hands-on fun 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 holidays 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.

There's even more activities to come - follow the Lights at Lafarge Kick-off Facebook Event to stay up-to-date on ​the latest event details.

Winter Jester & Lady NiegeRoving Performers

Watch for these comical, exquisite characters - have some whimsical fun - perfect for pics!

Winter Jester
Swirl, dance and twirl like a snowflake falling from the sky with "Sparkle" the Winter Jester. Watch how a snowflake comes to life in the hands of this noble wintery character.

Lady Neige
Emerging from a crisp white and icy blue wonderland, this wintery queen gracefully invites you into the company of snowflakes.

Buddy The Elf
Straight from the hit Christmas movie, Elf, Buddy the Elf has just arrived from the North Pole to find his dad - is it you? Laugh loud at Buddy's fascination with all things never seen at the North Pole. Have fun - Buddy's playful nature is infectious!

Electric Clowns
Enjoy the luminescence, neon, juggling fun of the Electric Clowns! 

donutsFood Trucks!

Serving from 5 – 10 p.m.

Gordo’s Concession

  • Mini Donuts
  • Cold Drinks: Lemonade, Ice Tea, Pop, Bottled Water, & Fruit Smoothies
  • Hot Drinks: Coffee, Hot Chocolate

Japadog

  • Specialty Japanese-inspired hot dogs.

Betty’s Greek Honey Ballz - Loukoumades

  • Dough balls covered in an assortment of sweets.

Roaming Coffee

  • Coffee, tea

Trucking BBQ

  • Pulled pork, poutine, deep fried pickles, beef brisket, chicken & fries

maple leaf lightLight 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. They 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. Watch out for new surprises.

Safety Tips for Your Visit

The Lights at Lafarge Kick-off event will be an exciting evening with two entertainment hubs, dazzling light displays that encircle the 1.2 km Lafarge Lake loop and thousands of visitors. Here are some simple tips to enjoy your kick-off experience even more!

  • Dress for the dark and for the weather! Late November can bring us rain, wind and snow - make sure you are dressed accordingly. The event takes place entirely outside, so be sure to have warm clothing and waterproof, durable footwear. 
  • Use the site map and entertainment schedule to help plan your time (these are in development and will get posted soon). There are two entertainment hubs (TD Community Plaza and West Lake Village) so give yourself time to get to one destination or the other. Enjoy your stroll around the lake and take care to be mindful of all the other visitors.
  • Keep young family members safe:
    • Have a plan, spend a few moments showing your kids where the two Information Booths are for a family meeting place if you get separated;
    • Ensure your child knows your first and last name and cell number;
    • Always know what your child is wearing and consider including reflective bands on their clothing. Before leaving, take a picture of your child with a cell phone or digital camera and take it with you. It will help you remember what they are wearing on the day of the event. 
  • Have fun!

Getting Here & Parking

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.

Check out the event site map with all the details you need to get around the site and enjoy your visit. Please note the map includes location of the SkyTrain station, bust stops and parking (both free and paid).   

There is no event parking at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Lights at Lafarge Season

Visitors can enjoy the dazzling lights display in the stunning setting of Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park all season long:

Saturday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 20 from dusk until 11 p.m. nightly and through midnight New Year’s Eve.

There will be a concession on-site Thursdays to Sundays, 4 – 10 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Jan. 13. It will be located in Parking Lot D, near the maple leaf gazebo on the north side of the lake. Besides this webpage, you can also visit coquitlam.ca/​parkspark to stay up-to-date on special pop-up events throughout the season.

Contact Information

Parks Customer Service
parks@coquitlam.ca
604-927-6300