If you’re anything like me, you’ve been excited for Christmas 2014 since December 26, 2013. My husband doesn’t get it. He doesn’t share the same exuberance or excessive enthusiasm that I do for the season. I have always loved Christmas. I love the rituals. I love the festive feeling in the air. I love seeing family. I love the chance of snow. I love the baked goods, and the food, the wine and the music. I love the movies. My list of “must watch” Christmas movies has grown substantially as the years have gone by. It’s almost a challenge to get through them all, but I’m always up for it. But what do I love the most about Christmas you ask? This Community. I love Langley at Christmas time.
If you don’t already take part in the local festivities this time of year, then here are my suggestions on how to incorporate Langley into your Christmas traditions:
- The Christmas Show. On November 15 -16 kick off the season by exploring a Christmas wonderland at the LEC. Crafts, gifts, decor, a gingerbread house competition and Santa Claus will even be stopping by.
- The Annual Magic of Christmas Parade. Taking place on December 6th this year, head down to the Fraser Highway with family, friends and your favorite warm beverage to experience the magical welcome to Christmas. Floats, bands, dance troupes and community groups will entice you into the Christmas spirit!
- Pioneer Christmas On December 6th explore the Langley Centennial Museum’s decorated galleries as a family while enjoying a variety of pioneer and traditional crafts. Along with a visit from jolly old Saint Nicholas there will be activities throughout the museum such as gingerbread cookie decorating, a colouring contest, and shopping in the general store.
- Holiday Bloom Market in Fort Langley. On November 22-23 visit the Fort Langley Community Hall for the Holiday Bloom Market where you’ll find unique gift ideas created by talented local artisans.
- Heritage Holiday at the Fort. Step back in time at Fort Langley for a festive trip into the past. From December 20th – January 4th experience this traditional holiday atmosphere, crafts and kid’s activities. (Closed Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1)
Of course, this is only a sampling of the local Holiday events! For more event information, please visit our calendar. What is your favourite holiday tradition?