For more than two decades, visitors have been captivated by a magical display of lights, decorations, and displays featured at Christmas in Williams Park. The event returns this year on December 5 and residents and out-of-towners are encouraged to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays during the free, family-oriented holiday celebration.
“Christmas in Williams Park is my favorite special event and we look forward to it every year,” said Township of Langley Community Recreation Programmer Alicia Stark, who works with a team of dedicated volunteers to organize the celebration. “I love seeing the smiles on children’s faces and listening to the Christmas carols from those riding the horse and carriages. The smell of roasted chestnuts is unique to our event and one of the reasons people come back every year.”
Williams Park is located at 238 Street and 68 Avenue, and every evening between 6 – 9pm, from Monday, December 5 to Thursday, December 15, guests can drive through at their leisure to take in the thousands of lights and displays. On Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, visitors are invited to walk into the park where they can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy horse and carriage rides, face painting, pony rides, live local entertainment, as well as food and hot drinks.
“The volunteers on the Christmas in Williams Park Committee work very hard in the months leading up to the event,” said Stark, who noted that the hard work has resulted in a bigger and better event this year. “We are excited to add some new lights and displays which will enhance the festive feel of this years’ event.”
The 21st annual Christmas in William Park is free, but donations are gratefully accepted, as all money raised goes back into the cost of staging the event the following year.
“This event would not be possible without the many volunteers, service groups, and businesses that support us every year,” Stark said. “Without them, there would be no Christmas in Williams Park.”