It will be anything but a silent night at Lafarge Lake on Friday.
The annual Jingle Bell’s Night sing-along will be held at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park from 7 to 8 p.m. when hundreds of carollers from multiple singing groups will be stationed around the lake. Volunteers will also be handing out song sheets, bells and glow necklaces to help light up the night. At 7:30 p.m., all the groups will join in for a community rendition of Jingle Bells. Last year more than 1,000 exercised their vocal chords and lungs to sing the traditional holiday song.
The city is encouraging participants to take transit to the nearby Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. Limited free parking is available throughout Town Centre Park off Trevor Wingrove Way. The city warns none will be available at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
In addition to Jingle Bells Night, Coquitlam’s parks staff and volunteers are also doing free pop-up activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. during the holidays, in addition to the Lights at Lafarge experience. Most of the activities, including scavenger hunts and theme nights, start at the warming tent at the TD Community Plaza. For a schedule go online to coquitlam.ca/parkspark.
The Lights at Lafarge display in the park runs until Jan. 20. They lights will stay on every evening until 11 p.m., except Dec. 31 when they’ll remain lit until after midnight. A singing tree with lights that change colour and intensity in response to singing, clapping and talking is a new feature this year.
Financial support for Lights at Lafarge is provided in part by seasonal partner Envision Financial and media partners Miss604.com and The Tri-City News.