From my family to yours.
During the Christmas season there are always events and markets to attend to enjoy the festivities with the family. I personally hadn't gone to a Christmas market or light show in a long time and I felt like it was long overdue, especially now that my son is four years old!
Fortunately this year right next door to my home the brand new ENCHANT light maze opened in False Creek since the end of November. It is the largest light maze in the world and from all the crowds in my neighbourhood and beautiful photos on social media I knew I couldn't miss it.
I think because it was next door I thought I had lots of time and could go whenever I wanted but that wasn't the case. The first weekend was sold out online and every time I would go back to check when all three of us could go, it was always sold out! On December 20th I was determined I was going to go that day because it was the last day we could make it as a family before Christmas.
I went on the website looking for a number to call for more information since it said it was sold out and was glad to see that they sold tickets at the door starting at 3:30 everyday. I rushed over earlier knowing that there would be throngs of people already cued in line and when I got there at 3:00, I was at the back of a very long line. I was hopeful that I would get tickets though because the friendly ENCHANT staff would come up and down the line asking who was buying tickets and who had already purchased them online. My son was entertained with the children ahead of us so I just waited patiently and at about 3:55 the line quickly moved up and I was attended very kindly by the staff and was even given a great deal since I was a local resident of the neighbourhood. Hook ups are always appreciated, especially at Christmas time! Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids aged 6-15.
We decided to go at 8:00 P.M. which is the second time slot after most families leave from the 4-8 time slot. We walked over and our smiles quickly grew larger as we came to the entrance and saw the ENCHANT sign that was so beautifully lit against the dark evening sky.
As you walk in there are many delicious food trucks that make the smell wonderful when entering and to the right there is an undercover area like a lounge that is heated and serves alcoholic beverages.
Past the concession area is the actual entrance to the light maze. My husband had an actual plan to be able to find all the nine reindeer within the maze which is the whole objective. For every reindeer you find there is a little station where you receive a stamp until all nine are found.
I on the other hand was so excited and just began wandering around taking pictures of everything. My son was just beyond happy and was running around like crazy around the maze. Seeing him be so joyful was the best part of it all. All of the areas were very beautifully decorated in different kinds of lights and some mirrors. It's a perfect event for spectacular photos with family and friends because it's lit up everywhere and there's all sorts of props too. I certainly took many photos and they came out so nicely.
With kettle corn in hand the entire time we had found seven reindeers and had all but two left. We decided to start all over again and find the last two so that we would have enough time to find all nine and see the market too. So following his plan we found the last two reindeer quickly and got all of our stamps, mission accomplished!
When we made it to the market I was so pleased to see a large selection of local artisan unique crafts and gifts available to purchase. I always appreciate when events support local small businesses at this time of year. As we came around the corner I saw my husband's eyes light up when he saw the sign for King's Cannoli. Ever since we returned from or trip to Italy we've allowed ourselves to indulge in the occasional cannoli to reminisce about our vacation. We enjoyed two cannoli's with some hot chocolate and sat in a heated area to relax and enjoy the last few minutes of the event.
One suggestion I would make if you're coming with children and babies is to use the bathroom right before coming, as all they have available is porter potties which isn't ideal in frigid temperatures. In case you need to change your baby the market area has a few seating benches that could be used discreetly with a changing mat.
Since we walked we didn't have to worry about parking, which is a bit pricey for the lot that is allocated for the event. The Canada Line Olympic Village sky train station is about 3 blocks away and makes it an easy transit access point for commuting to and from.
Overall I really enjoyed the ENCHANT experience as a family and it added to more memorable Christmas moments this season for us. It is only open until the end of December so if you haven't gone yet I highly recommend it. I think it's been a great success and I really hope they bring it back next year.