We have officially made it to the ‘middle’ of the weekend. It’s Saturday evening and I know some of you are looking for activities to do in the month of December. Today, I review Glow Christmas – an event in the Fraser Valley that was constantly promoted through social media and many media outlets known in Canada.
If any of you remember Enchant from last year, this seemed similar enough. One thing was that this event was apparently held indoors. Off I went, buying some early bird tickets since I love trying out new experiences in a not-so-dynamic city. First thing to note is that this is not a free event like other Christmas displays. The ticket prices are on their website, which can be found easily at glowchristmas.ca. Before I start my review, if you do not want spoilers, please do not read further! This is for my personal blog to document my travel activities and experiences.
The day we went, the weather decided to make things a bit more fun. It was full-out windy but luckily, no rain. The food and drink vendors are located in a circle outside the actual venue. It gave off an amusement park vibe with the smell of sugary donuts and feel good food. When I entered, it was simply beautiful. I absolutely love twinkling lights, Christmas feels, and taking photos so I was pretty thrilled.
The lights display is, in my opinion, the main part of this festive event. Throughout the evening, I was surrounded my vast displays of white, yellow, colourful lights that made the whole environment feel warm and enchanting. Spotlight feature goes to the “musical” light tunnel, which can be both good or just decent depending on when you go or how many people are in the tunnel area with you. It changes colours and bursts out Christmas music which really put me in a jolly mood. When I went, it was very easy to take photos because everyone was in different light garden sections. The entire indoor venue is more bigger than I had expected so if you’re going with younger children, keep that in mind. It must have taken many hours of hard work by the staff to put together the light displays and the adorable animal light figures so props to them!
FOOD & DRINKS: Food and drinks were pretty good when I went and I had a voucher which I used on really yummy apple cider and other food. It’s better to check each cart out to see what they sell but some I saw was Greek food, pizza, mini donuts, kettle corn, poutine. Do check out the outside area to get some food in your belly. Another good idea is to eat inside where they have a lot of extra seating and a special tip is to go near the market for tables that are ‘hidden’ and allows you to have a full view of the performance stage.
MARKET: The market was very dim and it was definitely fun to walk around and browse the selection of goods the vendors had. There weren’t too many, but someone I went with bought a few items from some of the vendors. You can find a list of vendors they have on their website.
Overall, I think it was a nice addition and really helps people get in the Christmas mood. It’s definitely fun for young kids who can go around doing a “treasure hunt” for a prize at the end and with princesses walking around makes it magical. However, for the adults there is a nice bar and as a great holiday event, Glow Christmas succeeds at being a break from stress and work. It was a nice way to start the holiday season without freezing outside from wind and rain, although by the time we left, the rain was horrendously pouring! I enjoyed my experience here and left with amazing photos, but keep in mind the prices are not that low. And as always, check the weather and bring an umbrella in case the skies decide to pour again Vancouver!
Disclaimer: Tickets were purchased by me. This is a personal review. Please do not use photos taken by me without permission.