One of Metro Vancouver’s largest Christmas festivals made a spectacular debut last year at Southeast False Creek with what was billed as the world’s largest Christmas light maze.
Unfortunately, it will not be making its return for the 2017 Christmas season.
Festival organizers with Enchant Christmas announced today that they were unable to find a larger space with good drainage and adequate parking following the high interest surrounding last year’s event.
“While the City has been supportive in helping us find a new location, we have been unable to find something suitable for 2017,” Kevin Johnston, founder of Enchant Christmas, said in a statement. “Therefore, Enchant Christmas will not take place in our hometown this year.”
But he says organizers with SHINE, the Vancouver-based company that put on the event, will continue scouting for a new and appropriate replacement location.
“Our hope is that one day soon we will be able to find a location, where we can once again bring you one-of-a-kind holiday memories,” he said.
However, organizers will still be busy over the coming months as they will be taking Enchant Christmas south of the border to Arlington, Texas.
“We are honoured that this Canadian company will bring a holiday experience to the Lone Star State like they never have seen before,” he said. “We promise to make Vancouver proud!”
Last year’s Enchant festival, running from late-November to New Year’s Eve, featured a one-acre light maze with over 85,000 LED lights to create bright displays of giant reindeer, trees, stars, and snowy caves. There were also food trucks, a large market under a heated tent, and live performances.
Although Enchant Christmas is gone, Vancouverites can still look forward to the eighth annual Vancouver Christmas Market, which is expected to make its return to Jack Poole Plaza.