With Christmas just one month away, the holiday season is kicking into high gear. Soon the malls will be a mash-up of different Santa-inspired songs, the streets alive with lights, and Netflix prepped with an influx of holiday-themed favorites. Oh, and Vancouver will be opening the flood gates to Enchant, the largest Christmas light maze in the world.
Located in Olympic Village, the huge holiday market features 40 local vendors to get your shop on, 12 food trucks, a central fire pit to cozy up to, and a beer garden serving holiday-themed beverages like Amarula-spiked hot chocolate. The biggest draw and the reason for it all, though, is the Christmas light maze.
Stretching across a staggering 55,000 square feet, the maze of dazzling Christmas lights and decorations is the largest of its kind in the world. The concept is to find Santa's nine lost reindeer, which in all honesty is a little too easy for adults, but fun for kids.
Today marks the official debut of the attraction, but they hope to make it a regular staple of Vancouver’s ever-growing holiday festivities, which include the Vancouver Christmas Market, Stanley Park's Bright Nights, and the VanDusen Gardens' Festival of Lights.
The maze will be up and running daily from 4pm to 10pm until December 31. With tickets for adults at $20, kids and seniors at $15, and family passes (two adults and up to three kids) at $60, it's worthy of a visit, but maybe just the once. Unless, of course, you end up craving those food trucks.
Here's an inside look at what you can expect:
Photos by Alex R Elms
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