Holidays in the City

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Get ready for the festive season!

Maple Ridge is getting ready to officially kick off the holidays with festive fun for all, including holiday lights and décor, a self-guided tour, the 20th annual Santa Claus Parade and more.

The fun begins on Saturday, December 2, 2023 with the launch of the Candy Cane Self-Guided Tour as part of this year’s Illuminate Maple Ridge event along with the return of the much-loved Winter Fest celebration in downtown Maple Ridge from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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Winter Fest | December 2 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bundle up and head to downtown Maple Ridge on December 2 for the free, family-friendly Winter Fest!

Here are the activities you can enjoy:

  • Christmas in the Park 
    • Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 
    • Location: Memorial Peace Park
    • Featuring a tree lighting, family activities, music, photos with Santa and the Grinch and more. Donations accepted for Friends in Need Food Bank and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society. 
  • Christmas Market
    • Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
    • Location: Memorial Peace Park
    • Expect local products, crafts and sweet treats.
  • To Gather Together 
    • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Location: The ACT Art Gallery
    • Enjoy a mixed media exhibit featuring 65 artists. 
  • Holiday Crafts
    • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Location: The ACT Arts Centre
    • Participate in winter-themed crafts and activities. 
  • Santa Claus Parade
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Location: Downtown Maple Ridge
    • The 20th annual parade with lights, decorations, Christmas cheer and a special guest. Bring a lawn chair and bundle up.
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Illuminate | November 24 - January 5

Illuminate Maple Ridge represents an evolved iteration of our community holiday experience. Illuminate fosters engagement with all the wonderful local businesses and inspires both visitors and residents to explore the abundant offerings of Maple Ridge. At the heart of downtown and for the first time ever, Illuminate will transform the six-storey City Hall office tower with string lights, floodlights, and vibrant colour displays. 

  • The Candy Cane Tour | December 2 - January 5
    • Visit local businesses taking part in Illuminate Maple Ridge. Recognizable by the Illuminate Maple Ridge decal displayed in their storefront window, these businesses promise to be festively adorned, creating a captivating ambiance for all to enjoy.
  • The Illuminate Photo Contest | December 2 - January 5
    • Come to downtown Maple Ridge and enjoy the spirit of the holidays with participating businesses on the Candy Cane Tour all decked for the season. Shop local and take part in our photo contest with a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

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For further details, visit Illuminate Maple Ridge.


The Nutcracker - Ballet Victoria | December 9 & 10 | 3:00 PM

Be transported at any age by this beloved Christmas tradition. A timeless musical score, beautifully imagined and executed choreography, brilliantly costumed dancers, and imaginative staging with humour make this an annual family holiday classic.

There are two chances to catch this performance:

  • The Saturday Nutcracker Show
    • Date: December 9
    • Time: 3:00 PM
    • Location: Mainstage Theatre at The ACT Arts Centre
  • The Sunday Nutcracker Show
    • Date: December 10
    • Time: 3:00 PM
    • Location: Mainstage Theatre at The ACT Arts Centre

Get your tickets


CPKC Holiday Train | December 17 | 7:00 PM

Head to the Port Haney West Coast Express Station on December 17 at 7:00 PM to await the arrival of the CPKC Holiday Train at 7:50 PM.

 Enjoy FREE performances by Tyler Shaw and Kiesza until 8:30 PM.

Learn more about the holiday train.

🛑ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE | There will be a full road closure on December 17 from 5 to 10:00 PM on River Road between 223 Street and the Haney Bypass for the CPKC Holiday Train. 

Please follow posted signage. If you're joining us, please head to the Port Haney West Coast Express Station at 7:00 PM for the arrival of the Holiday Train at approximately 7:50 PM. Please enjoy free local entertainment nearby. Parking is available downtown. For the latest alerts, visit


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Winter Break Schedules

Enjoy some active fun this winter break visit Planet Ice or Maple Ridge Leisure Centre Indoor Pool.

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10th Annual Tree of Memories | December 5 - January 5

Residents are invited to the Maple Ridge Cemetery to hang a holiday decoration in memory of a loved one. Photos, messages or a simple ornament may be hung on the tree with care.

  • Hang Ornaments
    • Location: 21404 Dewdney Trunk Road
    • Open to Hang Ornaments: December 5, 2023 - January 5, 2024