Santa and Mrs. Claus are arriving back in Langley City on Saturday

Christmas in Langley: Lights, Santa, action – it is all coming on Dec. 3

The annual Magic of Christmas parade and festivities mark the start of the season for residents.

Downtown Langley is home to one of the biggest Christmas events in the community. Part parade, part Christmas celebration – and all of it designed for family fun – the Magic of Christmas is the place to be to get into the season.

It kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 downtown. And organizers have pulled out all the stops to keep the festivities happening throughout the entire event from 4 to 8 p.m.

It starts in McBurney Plaza, at 20518 Fraser Hwy. – which is the central touch-point for arts and crafts, facepainting, performers, the treelighting, and more.

Teri James, executive director of the Downtown Business Association, is part of the team responsible for making the parade portion happen.

“There’s many volunteer committee members and moving parts to this [event],” she told the Langley Advance. “We all do it because people love it.”

Prior to the parade, visitors can take part in the many activities hosted at McBurney Plaza by an enthusiastic group from the City of Langley. A snow sculpture will be created for the public to admire and pose with for photos. Crafts will include letters to Santa, ornament making, and other fun items to create.

As the street grows a little darker, around 5:30 p.m., the performers come out to entertain those waiting for the parade to start. There will be six different entertainers offering up singalong, country and classic Christmas tunes along the parade route.

At 6 p.m. the parade begins with Santa and Mrs. Claus taking the spot of honour at the rear of the procession. Not only are all the parade entries encouraged to light up, James noted there will be awards for the best parade entry based on overall creativity, decorating, illumination and music.

“We have challenged and enticed the entries this year by providing judges, who will observe every entry from an awesome vantage point,” she said. “Every entry is important in this parade. We have spectacular entries because our community is so awesome and they come out because they love it.”

The parade is expected to take about 45 minutes and runs eastbound along Fraser Highway from 56th Avenue (in front of Cascades Casino) to 207th Street (in front of St. Joseph’s church). The Vancouver Giants hockey team, which has relocated to the Langley Events Centre, will even have an entry in this year’s parade.

Road closure alert

As in previous years, road closures for the parade and other activities keep Fraser Highway open to walking traffic. Fraser Highway will be closed to vehicles from 3 to 8 p.m. from 203rd Street to 204th Street and 56th Avenue will also be closed from 203rd Street to Fraser Highway.

Other closures will be in effect from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on 204th Street from Douglas Crescent to 56th Avenue, Fraser Highway from 204th Street to 208th Street and 206th Street from Douglas Crescent to 56th Avenue.

Merriment continues

Following the parade, everyone is invited to return to McBurney Plaza for the 7 p.m. tree lighting and caroling.

“We really strive to make this the best family event ever from 4 to 8 p.m. to ensure this is the official ‘kick off to Christmas’ in the City of Langley,” James said.

Sources Food Bank will also be collecting non-perishable food items in McBurney Plaza during the festivities.

For the best in getting Christmas started in Langley, don’t miss the Magic of Christmas on Saturday Dec. 3 in McBurney Plaza and along Fraser Highway in downtown Langley.


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