10 things to do in the Tri-Cities in January

Jan 1 2018, 1:22 am

January in the Tri-Cities is filled with fun events for everyone to enjoy, including The Fantasticks, A Celebration of Robbie Burns, and more.

To get you started, here are 10 things to do around Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody this month.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display

  • What: More than 100,000 twinkling lights is illuminating 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 is bigger and brighter than ever before. The display wraps its way entirely around Lafarge Lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-km loop through 10 themed zones. There are also roving performers, hot chocolate, festive choirs, and even a holiday fair.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: Dusk to 11 pm
  • Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Writers at the Bookstore

  • What: Local writers are invited to spend time writing and developing their current projects. Bring your own mug as tea will be served. Hosted by Western Sky Books and TriCities Wordsmiths.
  • When: Every Thursday until March 29, 2018
  • Start: 2 pm
  • Where: Western Sky Books – 2132- 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

The Fantasticks

  • What: A funny, romantic musical about a boy, a girl and their parents who try to keep them apart. Presented by Stage43.
  • When: Thursday, January 11 to Sunday, January 14, then Wednesday, January 17 to Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm every day, except Sunday, January 14 when the show will be at 2 pm
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$22

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

  • What: Generally regarded as the masterpiece of Italian film director Ermanno Olmi, this rural epic depicts the lives of several families on a tenant farm in northern Italy in 1898, as they struggle to make ends meet. The painterly depiction of Lombardy peasant life, with its unfolding, interwoven stories is magnificent in its authenticity. Presented by Port Moody Film Society.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: At the door, Member Admission $5, Membership $5 a year.

Place des Arts: January Exhibitions Opening Reception

  • What: Drop by for fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine at the opening reception for ​three new shows: Colour: A Personal ResponseLyrical Expressions, and Balance.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Koch Exhibition Opening

  • What: See life in the trenches of World War I through the eyes of German Typographer, Rudolf Koch. This exhibition will feature sketches of everyday life in the trenches, on loan from the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach, Germany.
  • When: Sunday, January, 14, 2018. Exhibition on until the end of April.
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • More Info: Online

Magic with Woody Aragon

  • What: Woody Aragon has worked in the best specialized magic theatres and festivals around the world, has appeared on TV in the US and Spain, and is a North American and European International Federation of Magic Societies championship winner.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $25

StreetArts Community Banner Painting Sessions

  • What: Local artists and Port Moody residents paint colourful community-designed banners that line major streets come springtime. Come see the artists painting their banners.
  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2018; banners on display in the Galleria from Monday,  January 22 to Wednesday, January 31.
  • Time: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Galleria – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse Presents JES

  • What: JES is Jane Slemon, Ellen van der Hoeven, and Susan Larkin. A tight braid of voices backed by a tapestry of instruments, the members of this musical friendship often can’t help but get themselves mixed up with one another. JES brings a diverse repertoire that includes Celtic, folk roots, and original songs.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Gathering Place – 200-2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: $5

A Celebration of Robbie Burns

  • What: Place des Arts’ annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robbie Burns. Fiddler and faculty member Rosie Carver with Celtic band Blackthorn and a special guest piper feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs and poems
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $16-$41
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