Santa Claus is coming to town

The Jolly Old Elf returns on Saturday, Dec. 1 as the annual Magic of Christmas parade in downtown Langley City kicks off a busy month of celebrations in both municipalities. - Langley Times file photo
The Jolly Old Elf returns on Saturday, Dec. 1 as the annual Magic of Christmas parade in downtown Langley City kicks off a busy month of celebrations in both municipalities.
— image credit: Langley Times file photo

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Langley, with the Magic of Christmas Parade coming to Langley City this Saturday.

Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Christmas parade that starts at 6 p.m. The parade travels east along Fraser Highway between 203 to 207 Street. Country Christmas follows at the Douglas Recreation Centre, with Mayor Peter Fassbender kicking off the tree lighting ceremony at 7:15 p.m, and entertainment and family activities to follow. Bring a donation for the food bank and receive a free hot chocolate.

Also this weekend is the Bloom Market  in Fort Langley, held at the Fort Langley Community Hall on Dec. 1 and 2.

The artisan market is a smaller version of Vancouver’s hugely popular Circle Craft Fair.

The market will feature everything from jewelry and fashion, to fine art and crafts, homemade goods, and fresh seasonal arrangements.

Visitors can enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate and fresh pastries, while perusing the many artisan displays and taking in the holiday festivities.

Admission is $3 per adult for two days of shopping (kids 12 and under admitted free). The market will be open Saturday, Dec 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A visit from Santa takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and is followed by a tree lighting inside the hall.

For more information and for a list of vendors, visit

Also on Dec. 1 is the Fort Langley Elementary Christmas Market, with 30 vendors, and a visit from Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stay in Fort Langley for St. George’s Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with crafts and baking and more. Call 604-888-7782 for information.

Before the weekend Christmas fun, do some shopping at Langley Chapters on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. and 15 per cent of proceeds from all books purchased will go towards helping purchase books and resources for the Walnut Grove Secondary Library. WGSS music students will be there providing seasonal music while you browse.

Don’t miss the 22nd annual Christmas in Williams Park, which will be lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights starting on Dec. 3.

The displays will be alight from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the celebration running until Dec. 15. Williams Park is located at 238 Street and 68 Avenue.

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