Christmas glow on 224th Street in the downtown. (THE NEWS/files)

Glow Maple Ridge will leave you with a warm feeling

Month of events in downtown Memorial Peace Park

This Christmas, Maple Ridge residents can get their glow on – a glow that will last four weeks.

Myriad events are scheduled from between Dec. 7 to Jan. 5 in the downtown that will add to the festive atmosphere that’s already apparent in the illuminated trees throughout the centre and the old-time Christmas bells that adorn 224th Street.

Glow Maple Ridge kicks off Dec. 7 with Winter Fest, an umbrella event that combines all the old-time, traditional Christmas events in Maple Ridge. Starting at 2 p.m., there’s The Nutcracker in the ACT, followed by Christmas Market, also in Memorial Peace Park, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Christmas in the Park, takes place at the same time (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and in the same place, while A Christmas Tradition, goes at the ACT, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A Maple Ridge favourite, the Santa Claus Parade, goes at 6 p.m. and will proceed along 224th Street and into Memorial Peace Park. The Christmas tree lighting goes at 6 p.m. as well. All of those events happen on Saturday, Dec. 7, keep in mind.

According to the city, Maple Ridge has a long tradition lighting up its downtown streets, citing the big, red Christmas bells that hang on main street.

“Building on that tradition, Maple Ridge is partnering with the Maple Ridge Downtown Business Improvement Association to help turn Maple Ridge into a winter wonderland,” said the city’s website.

The BIA also has its Win Your Wish event which runs until Dec. 31, where local shoppers can be eligible to win one of seven prizes.

In addition to the bells, Memorial Peace Park will have illuminated trees, a light tunnel and giant ornaments. Stores in the downtown will join in the effort by decorating their store fronts along an old-fashioned Christmas theme.

Some of the Glow events taking place over four weeks in Memorial Peace Park include; Peter Tam’s Holiday Special, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The same day, Samuel Robertson Technical’s School of Rock goes at the same place at 7 p.m.

For a truly old-fashioned Christmas, join the Maple Ridge Concert Band for Christmas Carols on the Bandstand, in Memorial Peace Park, on Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., and on Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.

Other events at Memorial Peace Park:

• Dec. 19: Maple Ridge secondary rock band, 7 p.m.;

• Dec. 20: Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, at 6 p.m., and Latin Flavours Fitness Dance Party at 7 p.m.;

• Dec. 21: Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, at 6 p.m.;

• Dec. 22: Maple Ridge Concert Band, Christmas Carols on the Bandstand, 4 p.m.



pmelnychuk@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Owen Fuller was involved when first version of Christmas bells were bought in 1966 by the Downtown Merchants Association. (THE NEWS/files)

Just Posted

Canadian police to make home visits to enforce mandatory quarantine for travellers

Police forces have been asked to help verify Canadians are complying with the Quarantine Act

Expect increased distancing enforcement in Maple Ridge parks

This long weekend park ambassadors, bylaw officers, and Mounties will be watching social distancing

Maple Ridge hunting store sees 200% increase in firearm sales

Co-owner of Wanstalls says increase due to a variety of reasons

Maple Ridge man runs for 25 hours in virtual marathon

Mike Huber was one of 2,400 runners from 64 countries

IN IT TOGETHER: Ponder a mini vacation and make the best of what’s happening

Maple Ridge mom offers series of wellness columns aimed at helping navigate through COVID-19

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

COVID-19 circumstances have dictated that the holidays may not be perfect

COVID-19 world update: U.S. to start antibody tests; drones enforce lockdown in Italy

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news from around the world

People needing addiction services feeling ‘abandoned’ during pandemic

The province is trying to increase access to addiction care through a phone line of experts, doctors

COVID-19: B.C. ER nurse self-isolates in travel trailer, apart from family

Marcia Kent says situation is difficult but worth it to keep twin boys safe

Cancellations of plant orders prompt advent of pop-up garden shops

A Langley nursery is partnering with local eateries to sell 40 acres of veggie plants and flowers

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

Most Read