This Town Near Vancouver Is Transforming Into A Magical Christmas Village This Winter
And the event is totally free!
Update as of October 16th, 2018: Tourism Harrison Hot Springs will be hosting a new event this year, "Lights on the Lake" focused on their Sasquatch light displays. At Christmas, the city is decorated with lights that resemble the feel of Whoville.
It may be sunny outside but the excitement for Christmas is real today because we just got news that a B.C. town will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland this winter.
Harrison Hot Springs in B.C. will become a winter wonderland this holiday season. There will be a Christmas Tree Trail, a Cabin Style New Year’s celebration, a new winter light festival called Lights on the Lake and to top it all of, a village sprinkled with christmas lights that reminds you of Whoville from How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
And all of this Christmas magic won't even come with a cost, because the whole event is free! Could this get any better? Plus, the town is only an hour and a half drive from Vancouver, making it an easy day trip.
The winter light festival, Lights on the Lake, will be a Sasquatch-themed festival. There will be light displays featuring Sasquatch, such as the mythical creature hiking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, windsurfing, and more.
Tourism Harrison is hosting this event and is excited about its debut – honestly, same. Executive Director of Tourism Harrison in a media statement, "We are excited to add to our winter offering with Lights on the Lake." He added, "this light festival gives everyone another reason to visit us during the winter, while also highlighting the beautiful outdoors that our community is located in."
And if you're wanting the holiday spirit to never end, we're here to happily tell you it looks like this Christmas event is here to stay. There are already plans to expand for the future! "We have designed a three-year implementation plan," said Reyerse. "Next year, the light displays will be placed around the lagoon, creating a wonderful 1.5 kilometer walk of visual magic, and Year 3 brings additional displays building on Harrison’s nature and wildlife themes".
To kick off the Harrison Christmas festivities, there will be an inaugural lighting on Saturday, November 24. The lighting will take place at 5:30 pm and there will also be some pre-lighting festivities, such as free hot chocolate and treats, a roving Sasquatch, and some other surprises.
The town of Harrison Hot Springs will be filled with Christmas activities this winter. Their full Christmas event list includes the following:
- Lights on the Lake (November 24, 2018 – January 28, 2019)
- Christmas Tree Trail (November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019)
- Magic of Christmas, including a breakfast with Santa (December 1, 2018)
- Ol’ Fashioned Christmas at Kilby Historic Site (December 8 – 9, 2018)
- CP Holiday Train (Dates will be announced in mid-October)
Lights on the Lake will be one of their main events. It will be open every day from dusk until 11 pm and located at the Harrison Lakefront.
The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is located in the Fraser Valley and is known for its natural hot springs, glacier-fed lake and mountain vistas. And if you want to literally soak in the beauty of this B.C. town, you can stay the night at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. If you're coming from Vancouver, you can reach the Harrison Hot Springs through the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E, and take Exit 135.
For more information on all the holiday events taking place in Harrison, you can check out Tourism Harrison's website here.
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