A musical light tunnel was one of the main attractions at a previous Langley Glow event. (Langley Advance Times files)

Glow Christmas expands from Langley to three countries, two continents

The popular event founded in Langley will be in the U.S., Europe

Glow Christmas was a pretty big undertaking when it took over the interior of Langley’s Darvonda Nurseries greenhouse back in 2017.

But now the show of lights, food, and shopping the started here has become a worldwide affair.

Glow Christmas has now spread to 10 locations in three countries.

“It’s absolutely intimidating,” said Breanne Kanis, the designer for Glow Gardens, which puts on the annual shows.

In Canada, there are Glow Christmas events taking place in Vancouver and Abbotsford, and now including Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Toronto.

The theme for most of the Canadian events this year is Santa’s Lost Presents, in which participants can help elves locate the missing packages for St. Nick.

South of the border there are two American locations, in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Both are known as Lumaze – Lost in Lights.

The first overseas Glow is to take place in the city of Odense, in Denmark.

Kanis said she started designing this year’s displays and themes around December of last year, while the 2018 edition of Glow Christmas was still up.

Creating fun interactive events that will involve kids and their families is the aim, Kanis said.

“That’s our biggest goal, is to make it family friendly,” she said.

There are challenges with the expansion.

Kanis has to take the theme and set pieces of lights she creates for this year’s show and adapt them to multiple different venues.

Putting Glow Christmas on in the H-shaped Tradex Convention Centre in Abbotsford is a different challenge from the ones hosted in Darvonda’s own nursery

The local Langley crew was heavily involved with the western Canada productions, including Abbotsford, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Saskatoon, Kanis said.

“Those are our babies,” said Kanis.

Glow Christmas and Harvest Glow – an October variation – were held in Langley in 2017 and 2018 at Darvonda, when the greenhouses were partly empty as a result of changeover in seasonal crops.

Ironically, they won’t be held in Langley this year after the Agricultural Land Commission barred the project on ALR land.

Glow Christmas in Abbotsford runs from Dec. 5 to Jan. 4 at the Tradex, and in Vancouver from Nov. 21 to Jan. 5 at the Harbour Convention Centre.

Visit glowgardens.com for more information on all the Glow events.

Just Posted

WEATHER: Langley weekend weather forecast

A break from wet weather expected

Willowbrook gift wrap centre in Langley all for charity

Proceeds to benefit Heart and Stroke Foundation

Wildlife groups express concern animal-trap-related injuries are on the rise

Langley’s Critter Care Wildlife Society had nine cases in 2017, 15 in 2018, and 21 this year

WHAT’S IN STORE: Langley City getting its sparkle on tonight

From 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 a number of downtown merchants are holding a shopping party

Hallmark-famous Santa makes one last stop in Aldergrove

Keith Alton’s 50th year as St. Nick continues on Friday (Dec. 13) at Aldergrove pierogi shop

VIDEO: Langley’s newest high school officially opens

A brief ceremony Thursday morning allowed all the players involved in new school to celebrate

Cranbrook man calls for ban after dog caught in leg hold trap

Black Lab loses teeth after biting at trap in pain and panic

Surrey’s new top cop doesn’t believe residents have lost faith in the RCMP

Brian Edwards will take over the reins of Canada’s largest RCMP detachment on Jan. 6

RCMP at Maple Ridge school over threat left in washrooms

Written notes found in three bathrooms

B.C. Crown corporation immune from taxation, but may still have to pay GST: court

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation may still be on hook for GPS payments

‘He was good for the West:’ Sadness, surprise in Saskatchewan over Scheer

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and his predecessor, Brad Wall, both thanked Andrew Scheer

Travellers know little about air-passenger rights, Canadian poll suggests

The first set of passenger-rights rules landed in mid-July and the rest this weekend

Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority

Conservative Party wins 365 seats in the House of Commons

Most Read