Langley’s Douglas Park bandshell is dressed for the holidays. The City’s Walking Tour Map highlights some of the larger City installations.

Langley’s Douglas Park bandshell is dressed for the holidays. The City’s Walking Tour Map highlights some of the larger City installations.

Langley celebrates the season with sparkle + plenty of festive fun

The Christmas holidays continue to look a little different from what Langley residents traditionally look forward to, but there’s still lots of festive fun to be had!

With continuing challenges around health protocols, the City opted to again cancel the Christmas parade, but instead has found plenty of festive ways for families to celebrate safely, says Langley Coun. Paul Albrecht.

The key was to avoid encouraging people to gather in large groups, but instead find ways of celebrating safely in our smaller circles, with all the joy holidays bring.

Downtown Langley’s McBurney Plaza is aglow with the colours of Christmas.

Downtown Langley’s McBurney Plaza is aglow with the colours of Christmas.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this Christmas in Langley:

  • For the chance to win one of six $25 Downtown Dollars gift certificates, children 12 and younger are invited to break out the crayons to take part in the Christmas colouring contest, sponsored by the Langley Advance Times, Langley City and the Downtown Langley Business Association. Simply download the colouring sheet, then mail or bring your completed picture with entry form to the Langley Advance Times, 20258 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC, V3A 4E6. The deadline to enter is Dec. 17. Winners will be drawn at random.
  • Countdown to Christmas with Langley City’s own Elves on the Shelf. Named for everyone’s favourite Langley community centres. Ally, Timmy and Doug will be out and about on their daily adventures, helping kids of all ages count down the days until Christmas. Follow along on the City’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to see where the elves’ holiday travels take them. “It was really popular last year and people really enjoyed following along with it,” Albrecht says. “It was definitely something people had fun with.”

  • The twinkling lights and seasonal decorations make for an excellent opportunity to get out and explore your community with family and friends. Beyond the lights in your own neighbourhood, use a Walking Tour Map available Dec. 4 for a guide to some of the larger City installations. “It’s a great reason to take advantage of the time to get outside, get a little exercise and fresh air, and explore,” Albrecht says.

Of course, if you need a little seasonal inspiration when the weather outside is frightful, you can check out the City’s Virtual Holiday Lights Tour, too!

Join in the holiday scavenger hunt Dec. 9 to 20 for the chance to win one of three prize baskets valued at $800 each, sponsored by B&B Contracting Group. Receive one entry into the draw for each correct answer on the scavenger hunt, with a maximum of 10 draw entries per person. Must be 19+ years to enter. Winners will be selected by random draw.

To plan your holiday activities and stay up-to-date with all Langley City’s Christmas events, visit city.langley.bc.ca/magic-christmas

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