VIDEO: Brookswood lights up Langley with holiday festivities Friday evening

VIDEO: Brookswood lights up Langley with holiday festivities Friday evening

Celebrations bring together many people to enjoy the spirit of the season

Lots of families got in the holiday spirit with Christmas festivities abound Friday evening in Brookswood.

A chance to visit Santa Claus was among the highlights of the Brookswood Night of Lights activities, a free annual event organized by the Brookswood Village Merchants’ Association.

The mix of festivities attracted big crowds despite drizzle.

Portable heaters helped ward off the cold evening weather as people met Santa, high-fived Rudolph – who wandered through the crowd, enjoyed crafts, pizza and hot drinks, and awaited the 7 p.m. treelighting.

In the background, live entertainment helped make the season bright.

Nearby, more holiday festivities returned to petfude.ca, where kids of all ages and pets stopped by to have photos with Santa Paws. The photo sessions raised funds for Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre.

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Mashal, two, and six-year-old Alishba Shehzad met Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at Brookswood Night of Lights on Friday evening. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Mashal, two, and six-year-old Alishba Shehzad met Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at Brookswood Night of Lights on Friday evening. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Sarina Rodrigez, four, mailed her letter to Santa at Brookswood Night of Lights. Helping at the booth was special elf Zoey. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Sarina Rodrigez, four, mailed her letter to Santa at Brookswood Night of Lights. Helping at the booth was special elf Zoey. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Amelia and Zoey were Santa’s special helpers at the Brookswood Night of Lights. They helped kids write letters to Santa. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Amelia and Zoey were Santa’s special helpers at the Brookswood Night of Lights. They helped kids write letters to Santa. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

The Peace Arch Chorus performed during Brookswood Night of Lights. Members Fern Dunlop and Mary Wulfhurst helped make the evening merry. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

The Peace Arch Chorus performed during Brookswood Night of Lights. Members Fern Dunlop and Mary Wulfhurst helped make the evening merry. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

At Brookswood Night of Lights, Nyah Hays, four and a half, checked out the Coast Capital photo booth which had holiday themed props. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

At Brookswood Night of Lights, Nyah Hays, four and a half, checked out the Coast Capital photo booth which had holiday themed props. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Chelsea Wright and 10-month-old Harrison warmed up by the portable heaters at Brookswood Night of Lights, a free family event held in the village Friday night. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Chelsea Wright and 10-month-old Harrison warmed up by the portable heaters at Brookswood Night of Lights, a free family event held in the village Friday night. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Bryce Choquer, of Choquer Creative, was at Brookswood Night of Lights and handed out glow necklaces to kids of all ages. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Bryce Choquer, of Choquer Creative, was at Brookswood Night of Lights and handed out glow necklaces to kids of all ages. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

New this year was a raffle for Brookswood Night of Lights. Winners picked certificates off the massive evergreen tree in the Brookswood Plaza Mall for prizes such as grocery gift cards, sports tickets, and more. Funds from the raffle help with costs of the free family event. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

New this year was a raffle for Brookswood Night of Lights. Winners picked certificates off the massive evergreen tree in the Brookswood Plaza Mall for prizes such as grocery gift cards, sports tickets, and more. Funds from the raffle help with costs of the free family event. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Lots of people turned out to Brookswood Night of Lights to enjoy visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, crafts, raffles and more. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Santa Paws had photos taken with kids and pets on Dec. 6 as part of a Christmas celebration at petfude.ca. It was one of a few holiday events held in the village of Brookswood that night. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Santa Paws had photos taken with kids and pets on Dec. 6 as part of a Christmas celebration at petfude.ca. It was one of a few holiday events held in the village of Brookswood that night. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

One of the highlights for many of the kids on Friday evening was one-on-one time with Santa Claus at Brookswood Night of Lights. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

One of the highlights for many of the kids on Friday evening was one-on-one time with Santa Claus at Brookswood Night of Lights. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

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