For more than 20 years, families from throughout Langley and across the Lower Mainland have been coming by carload and busload to see a local park transformed into a winter wonderland.
The tradition continues as Christmas in Williams Park enters its 23rd year, and community volunteers and the Township of Langley have teamed up to welcome visitors and some very special guests — including Santa himself.
“This is a holiday tradition that people have been enjoying for more than two decades,” said Township of Langley Recreation Programmer Tasha Mijinke.
“The thousands of lights and holiday decorations combined with the natural beauty of Williams Park is something visitors just love. They look forward to it every year.”
She noted that people who enjoyed Christmas in Williams Park when they were kids are now bringing their own children out to the festive display.
From Monday, Dec. 2 to Thursday, Dec. 12, guests can drive through Williams Park, at 238 Street and 68 Avenue, to see the show of lights from the comfort of their own vehicles.
The Scenic Drive is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, visitors can enter the park on foot to enjoy a celebration that includes entertainment, horse and carriage rides, face painting, food and hot drinks, and a visit with Santa Claus.
The Walk and Celebrate events run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to stage Christmas in Williams Park again next year.
“So many people come out to make this annual event a success,” said Mijinke, noting that a committee of volunteers organizes and oversees Christmas in Williams Park, and individuals, organizations, and businesses pitch in to cook hot dogs, put on displays, and provide activities.
“They really show their Christmas spirit by giving their time and efforts to make this event enjoyable for everyone.”
For more information, contact Recreation Programmer Tasha Mijinke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-856-2899 ext. 102