Kick Off the Holiday Season in Port Coquitlam Nov. 22 and 23

Port Coquitlam’s Winter in the City celebrations kick off on November 22 and 23 with Christmas in Leigh Square.

Families can shop local for the holidays at the Winter Artisan Market, take part in the official lighting of Leigh Square ceremony, holiday craft making, face-painting, enjoy music and entertainment as well as get their photo taken with Santa.

Event Schedule and Details:

Nov. 22–23, Christmas in Leigh Square

Friday, Nov 22, 4–8pm Winter Artisan Market – Looking for gifts for loved ones? Local vendors offer handmade treasures, quality art, fine crafts, fresh crepes and other edibles. Enjoy a performance by the Felice Choir and other live entertainers followed by gingerbread decorating. Admission is free. Info:

Sat. Nov. 23, 10am–6pm – A full day of fun for the whole family!

  • 10am–6pm – Winter Artisan Market continues with live entertainment, gingerbread decorating holiday craft, food trucks, holiday story time by the Terry Fox Library and PoCo Heritage Holiday Bake Sale
  • 12–4 pm – Photos with Santa at the Outlet – by cash donation (courtesy of PoCo Heritage) and Facepainting
  • 1–5 pm – Hot chocolate and treats outdoors by the bandshell (courtesy of the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association)
  • 4:45 pm – Lighting ceremony at the bandshell: Come together and light up Leigh Square and City Hall.

The weekend also kicks off the 7th Annual PoCo Heritage Christmas Tree Festival inviting the public to vote for their favourite tree. The Festival runs from Sat. Nov. 23 and runs until Dec 31 with a wrap-up and awards party on Jan 4th at 1–3pm. More info is available at  

The festivities continue with the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train rolling into Port Coquitlam on Tuesday, Dec. 17 (7pm arrival, 7:15–7:45pm show). The Port Coquitlam stop at the West Coast Express Station marks the end of the train’s cross-country journey with a performance by Terri Clark.

Additional holiday events

Thurs. Dec 5 and Fri. Dec 6, 9:30–11:30am – Winter Family Drop-in (Parents with children ages 1–6 yrs old): Hyde Creek Recreation Centre. Come connect with other parents and play with your child at our Playmania Program. FREE with a Toy Donation for the Charlene Reavely Children’s Charity Society.

Fri. Dec. 6, 10:15–11:15pm – Youth Late Night Skate: PoCo Community Centre. Dress in your ugly holiday sweater, lace up your skates and enjoy time with friends in this fun and drop-in program. Admission is $3 including skate/helmet rentals or free with Youth Access Card.

Fri. Dec. 13, 6–8pm – Holiday Turkey Dinner: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre. Register at (37474) or 604-927-7529. Children and youth $3, Adults $5.

Sat. Dec. 14, Three seatings: 9am, 9:25am, 9:50 – Breakfast with Santa at Port Coquitlam Community Centre. Enjoy breakfast followed by a visit with Santa and entertainment for the kids. Register at: or 604-927-PLAY. Admission is $10 – adults, $8 – kids (11yrs old and under).

Sun. Dec. 15, 1:15–3:45pm – Skate with Santa at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre. Come skate with Santa and his helpers, and then enjoy free hot chocolate and holiday treats! $4/person

Tues. Dec 24, 11:00–12:30 and 12:45–2:15 – Christmas Eve Day Skate at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre. Drop in with friends and family to enjoy a festive skate and warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate. Also join our Christmas Eve Day Ring, Stick and Puck to practice your skills: 10–11:30am (4–12yrs) and 11:45am–1:15pm (everyone welcome) $4/person

Tues. Dec 31, 12:30pm–2pm – New Year’s Eve Day Skate at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre and from 1:00–2:30pm supervised time on the ice to practice your skills, New Year’s Eve Day Ring, Stick and Puck. (everyone welcome) $4/person

Donations for the SHARE food bank will be accepted at all activities and events.

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Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications & Admin Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5335 Cel 604.218.0533