Even with the heavy rain, people were lining up to drive through Christmas in Williams Park on Saturday, Nov. 28, as the second atmospheric river rolled through Langley.
Last year, the event was held over two weekends. But this year, it will be held every night from 5 to 9 p.m. at 68th Avenue and 238th Street until Dec. 19, explained Barbara Sharp, president of the Christmas in Williams Park Society – which, with assistance from Langley Township, hosts the free festive event for local families.
‘”We’re here for the full three weeks,” Sharp smiled, as she waited under a rain shelter for visiting vehicles to pull up and make a donation.
There is no fee to enter, but donations are welcomed, and a tap option is provided. If it’s not busy, visitors are free to go around the park more than once, but there will be no access to parking or washrooms.
Contributions allow the society to run it as a free family event, Sharp explained.
“We like to keep it that way,” she remarked.
Last year, the reduced schedule resulted in lengthy wait times and line-ups, with traffic crews and volunteers having to turn vehicles away when the display opened.
An online reservation system was quickly introduced, and close to 2,000 available spots were snapped within a day and a half. The hope is reservations won’t be needed this year.
Among the new features this year are sparkling globes of light that Township of Langley staff put together based on a do-it-yourself decorating idea Sharp had come across.
“Its just chicken wire and lights, its beautiful!” Sharp enthused.
“Its delightful this year, all these extra little things.”
Sharp also gave a shout-out to Langley’s Key Largo Electric, for donating flood lights added a new dimension to the displays.
“We’re looking for more people like that,” Sharp said.
With the border opening up to non-essential travel next week, Sharp will at last be able to pick up an addition to the display that she obtained through a group of Western Washington State Christmas lights fanatics known as the Pacific Northwest Christmas Lights Addiction Problem (CLAP).
Christmas in Williams Park is also looking for volunteer greeters to meet visitors.
Duties include checking if any lights need attention, taking donations, and making sure the park has no more cars after 9 p.m. because the lights go out automatically at 9:15.
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More pictures of the 2021 light show can be viewed online at the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.
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