December in Tri-Cities is filled with fun events for everyone to enjoy, including Winter Lights, Elf Jr. The Musical and more. To get you started, here are 10 things to do around Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody this month.
What: More than 100,000 twinkling lights will illuminate Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam this holiday season, in a magical outdoor display for visitors of all ages. The Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display is one of the largest free outdoor light events in the Lower Mainland, and this year’s spectacle will be even bigger and brighter than ever before. The display will wrap its way entirely around Lafarge Lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-km loop through 10 themed zones. There will also be roving performers, hot chocolate, festive choirs, and even a holiday fair.
When: Now to January 21, 2018
Time: Dusk to 11 pm
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
What: Over 35 vendors selling a variety of handcrafted items, raffle prizes, snacks and entertainment. All the proceeds from this event will be donated to the SHARE Family and Community Services Society.
When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Port Moody Civic Centre – Galleria – 100 Newport Drive – Port Moody
What: Winter Treasures is a boutique style show and sale featuring handcrafted gifts, art, décor and fine craft items created by local artisans. It is brimming with inspired ideas to wrap up your shopping list and simplify the holidays. It also includes visual arts, ceramics, jewelry, textile arts, leather, woodworking and more.
When: Now to December 21, 2017
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
What:The story of a man’s life as seen through the eyes of a Christmas ornament who loves him. This one act musical packs a lot of emotion, tears and laughter and is perfect for an audience of grandparents and their families.
When: December 12 to 16, 2017
Time: 8 pm plus 3 pm on Saturday
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
What: What is 4D Printing and what are programmable materials? What are the future uses and capabilities of 4D printing? Join Dr. Tinari as he explains the possibility of objects that change depending on the environment such as an aircraft that can reconfigure its wings in flight or a house that could shrink during a hurricane to avoid damage. Discover the creative and ethical implications of this fascinating technology.
When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Coquitlam Library City Centre Branch – 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
What: Inspired by the classic film, Buddy the Elf journeys from the North Pole to find out who he really is, and save Christmas. A fun and family friendly show from Theatrix, who provides access to performing arts for children regardless of age, culture, ability and family income.
When: December 15 to 16, 2017
Time: 7 pm plus 1 pm on Saturday
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
What: The 2017 CP Holiday Train will once again roll into Port Coquitlam, with festivities including a Skate with Santa, live music from Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Band, and more. Every year, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for North American food banks. Please bring a donation for the SHARE food and toy drive.
When: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Time: 1:15 to 6 pm
Where: Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station – 2125 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam
What: Coquitlam Express brings BCHL action to Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, with games against Chilliwack Chiefs on December 8 and 30, Prince George Spruce Kings on December 15, and Powell River Kings on December 16
When: December 8, 15, 16 and 30, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Where: Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex – 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
What: Check out the Christmas Trees at the Port Coquitlam Museum and Archives and partner locations Leigh Square, Terry Fox Library, and City Hall. Take part in the Christmas Tree Festival Scavenger Hunt for more festive fun.
When: Now to December 31, 2017
Where: PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – 150-2248 McAllister Ave Port Coquitlam
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.