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Christmas joy comes to park

Young Emma and Elizabeth on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree at Aldor Acres in Glen Valley. Langley tree farmers report an increase in sales of live trees this year. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
Young Emma and Elizabeth on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree at Aldor Acres in Glen Valley. Langley tree farmers report an increase in sales of live trees this year.
— image credit: HARRY HUNT PHOTO

Around this time of year, something magical happens in Williams Park. As the weather gets colder and little ones start to think about Santa’s arrival, elves begin transforming the park into a winter wonderland.

Those elves are actually hard-working volunteers and Township of Langley staff, and their efforts can be enjoyed by the entire community for free during the holiday season.

Christmas in Williams Park returns this December, and the 22nd annual event promises to be a captivating display of lights, decorations, and displays, set amongst the park’s greenery and walkways.

“This has become a classic Christmas event, and many families make it a tradition to visit,” said Township of Langley Recreation Programmer Alicia Stark. “Each year, thousands of people from Langley and busloads of visitors from throughout the Lower Mainland come out to enjoy the holiday atmosphere that is created in this beautiful setting.”

Christmas in Williams Park will be held at 238 Street and 68 Avenue from Dec. 3 to 15. From Dec. 3 to 13, guests can drive or walk through the park at their leisure between 5:30 and 9 p.m. to take in the lights and displays.

On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, visitors are invited to walk through the park from 6 to 9 p.m. to enjoy horse and carriage rides, local entertainment, face painting, pony rides, food, and hot drinks.  As well, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to visit with children and have their photos taken.

Christmas in Williams Park is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All money raised goes back into the cost of maintaining the displays and staging Christmas in Williams Park the next year.

“This event is all about the community,” said Stark. “The displays and activities are set up and put on by individuals, service clubs, and businesses who volunteer their time and services to make this happen. Without them there could be no Christmas in Williams Park.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to set up decorations or make a donation is asked to call 604-533-6086.

For more information, visit tol.ca

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