• Enjoy cheerful activities in the glow of holiday lights!

    December 1, 2021 - February 1, 2022
    Various Locations in New Westminster

    Everyone in the community is encouraged to put up holiday lights and engage in a variety of activities to enjoy the winter season.

    Shine Bright Highlights include:

  • Light Displays

  • Shine Bright Light Map and Contest

    December 1 - 31
    Let’s come together to light up New West! Residents and businesses are invited to enter their festive light display into a fun contest where community winners will choose the winner!

    Submit your Light Display: Does your display stand out from others on your street? We are looking for colourful, dynamic, bold and unique light displays. Enter your display into this fun contest where the community will choose the winner. Enter between December 1 and 15, but the earlier you enter the more votes you may receive. The online entry form will be available starting on December 1.

    Light Display Map: Check out the following link for an interactive map featuring a variety of light displays throughout the community.

    Vote for your Favourite Light Displays: Use the light display map to visit the competing entries and vote for your favorites. Voting closes on January 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

    Business Prize: The prize for the winning business has been provided by the New West Chamber of Commerce. The winning business can choose from the New West Chamber of Chamber of Commerce business of there choice and will receive a $200.00 gift certificate to the business.

    Residential Prize: The prize for the winning resident has been provided by Tourism New Westminster

    The winning resident will receive a prize pack that supports New Westminster businesses.

  • Winter Wonderland at Westminster Pier Park

    December 1 - 31, 2021
    Westminster Pier Park

    A winter wonderland while highlighting the unique design of Westminster Pier Park.

    The display brings light to the “Pile Forest” which is made up of old telephone poles that mimic what it would look like under the docks, along with the grand structure named “Lytton Square” which was built to represent New Westminster’s first City sponsored public market that started in 1892. The historic Market Day at Lytton Square brought people together to meet and barter local goods and crafts. The evolution of commerce through barter and trade can be honoured by visiting the park and reflecting on history, and by supporting local downtown businesses who need your support now more than ever. 

  • Reasons for the Seasons

    December 1 - February 1
    Sapperton Plaza, New Westminster Public Library, Queen's Park Farm

    Three magical, interactive creatures are here to spread holiday joy. Created by local artist, Nickie Lewis.

    Shine Bright New West has enlisted the help of 3 magical creatures to spread joy. These interactive sculptures created by local artist, Nickie Lewis, will have you making music. Nickie specializes in the creation of art installations that focus on nature and sustainability. Each sculpture is made out of sustainable materials from local parks.

    Love, Sapperton Plaza
    Lex the Love Monster will melt your heart with its adorable giant head and dazzle your senses with dancing lights and woven tactile hearts. This nearly 10ft tall beacon of love reminds us what the holidays are all about.

    Unity, New Westminster Public Library Main Branch
    Ulysses is a Penguin with a goal to bring people together to celebrate hope and joy the days to come. His dancing lights and joyful out-stretched flippers encourage everyone to come together regardless of who you.

    Generosity, Queen’s Park Farm
    Gili is the most generous Llama you will ever meet! This holiday Llama reminds us that the most important gifts we can give are gifts of time, compassion, and empathy. Gili is filled with holiday lights that dance to the sounds of joyous laughter. 

  • Capture Light - A Photography Show

    November 5, 2021 - January 3, 2022
    Anvil Centre

    A photo based show highlighting photography that reflects a range of creative expression.

    A photo based show highlighting how photography can reflect a range of creative expression, from macro to micro, from analog to digital, landscape to street photography, still frames to documentary works.

    Anvil Centre  604-515-3830
    November 5, 2021 to January 3, 2022
    Entry Fee: Free

  • Shine At-Home Activities

  • Colouring Contest

    December 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
    Centennial Community Centre, Century House, Queensborough Community Centre

    Show of your skills for a chance to win this “Community Fun” themed colouring contest.

    Sharpen your pencils and get out your crayons, it’s time to colour! The theme for this colouring page is community fun, where we highlight all of the local winter goodies and activities that can be found within our community. From grabbing a hot seasonal beverage or treat from one of our many cafes, ice skating at Moody Park Arena, finding pine cones in our many parks, admiring the artisan garments from our many small businesses, to purchasing those delicious paper wrapped mandarin oranges from our local produce sellers. Designed by local New Westminster artist, Holly Nickerson.

    Print off the PDF below or pick up one of the colouring sheets at Centennial Community Centre, Century House, or Queensborough Community Centre. Drop off your completed entry or email a photo to for a chance to win a gift basket full of fun activities!


  • Virtual Festive Holiday Trivia

    Virtual Festive Holiday Trivia

    December 8, 2021

    Register to compete in a virtual Festive Trivia Challenge! Families are welcome.

    Compete in a Festive Trivia Challenge with the New Westminster Public Library! Topics include holiday-related topics in popular culture as well as festive facts & Folklore. Families welcome. Teams must include at least one adult. Online Via Zoom and Kahoot. Pre-registration is required by contacting or 604.527.4666. All Ages.

    Wednesday, December 8
    7:00 - 8:00 pm 
    Registration Fee: Free 

  • Holiday Hellos!

    December 1-12, 2021
    Library Main Branch and Queensborough Branch

    Drop off a holiday card that will be shard with seniors and isolated community members.

    The holidays can be a lonely and isolating time for many people. For the second year now, the library is collecting holiday cards and greetings (from the young-and the young at heart) to share with seniors and other isolated members of our community.

    You are invited to our young & young-at-heart patrons to create non-religious cards, letters & Pictures to be delivered to members of the library’s Home Library Service & other isolated community members. Your precious gifts are sure to touch the hearts of these New West folks this holiday season.

    Visit nwpl.ca/kids to find out how you can participate!

  • Take-home celebration kit

    Shine Bright Take-Home Celebration Kit

    December 15 & 16, 2021
    Centennial Community Centre, Queensborough Community Centre

    Register to pick-up a holiday-themed celebration kit full of fun activities for your family.

    Fun for all ages! The kits include holiday-themed activities, family oriented crafts and giveaways. The celebration kit has everything a family needs to enjoy the holiday season–all you need at home is scissors, glue and coloring tools. Registration required for a pick-up time slot.

    Centennial Community Centre 604.777.5100
    Wednesday, December 15
    3:00 - 4:00 pm    124841
    4:00 - 5:00 pm    124842
    5:00 - 6:00 pm    124843

    Queensborough Community Centre 604.525.7388
    Thursday, December 16
    3:00 - 4:00 pm    124844
    4:00 - 5:00 pm    124845
    5:00 - 6:00 pm    124846

    Registration Fee: Free

  • Lunar New Year Take-home celebration kit

    Shine Bright Lunar New Year Take-Home Celebration Kit

    January 24 & 25, 2021
    Centennial Community Centre, Queensborough Community Centre

    Register to pick-up a Lunar New Year themed celebration kit that will get your celebration started.

    These free take-home celebration kits will help you bring light to your celebration with Lunar New Year themed activities and family oriented crafts. Everything is included–all you need at home is scissors, glue and coloring tools. Registration required or a pick-up time slot.

    Centennial Community Centre 604.777.5100
    Tuesday, January 25
    3:00 - 4:00 pm   125959
    4:00 - 5:00 pm   125960
    5:00 - 6:00 pm   125961

    Queensborough Community Centre 604.525.7388
    Monday, January 24
    3:00 - 4:00 pm   125962
    4:00 - 5:00 pm   125963
    5:00 - 6:00 pm   125964

    Registration Fee: Free

  • Shine Outdoor Activities

  • Lighting of the Queensborough Fire Hall

    Lighting of the Queensborough Fire Hall

    Friday, December 3, 2021
    Queensborough Fire Hall Number 3

    Join us at the Queensborough Fire Hall for holiday fun and to see this years light display.

    The Lighting of the Fire Hall is a beloved Queensborough tradition where the community convenes at the Fire Hall for holiday fun. This event is offered in partnership with New Westminster Fire Services and Queensborough Special Programs Committee.

    Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank.

    Fire Hall 3 (Queensborough), 1011 Ewen Ave
    Friday, December 3
    6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Holiday Food and Craft Market

    Holiday Food and Craft Market

    December 11 & 12, 2021
    City Hall

    Shop at the New West Farmers Markets 2nd Annual Holiday Food and Craft Market.

    Visit the New West Farmers Market's 2nd Annual Holiday Food and Craft Market. This market will feature over 80 small local businesses including preserves, alcohol, produce, gifts, food trucks, and more! Each day will feature different live musicians and free crafts at our Sprout Club tent. Rain or shine, grab your last minute gifts and fill up your holiday pantry.

    City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue
    December 11 & 12, 10:00 am - 4:0 0 pm

    Free Admission

  • Shine Bright Downtown

    Shine Bright Downtown

    December 1, 2021 - February 1, 2022
    Various Downtown Locations

    Support local businesses while enjoying light displays and activations in the downtown area.

    Shine Bright Downtown is a celebration of the winter holidays in New Westminster’s historic Downtown. The free experience includes several colourful light installations. New West Downtown can be enjoyed by folks from all backgrounds in a safe way, giving everyone a chance to festively acknowledge this time of year. Presented the Downtown New Westminster BIA.

    Shine Bright Downtown Shop Nights
    Thursday, December 9, 16 and 23
    5:00 - 8:00 pm

    This year the BIA is also hosting Shop Nights which are an elevated shopping experience alongside the wonderful lighting installations. These will include a professional photobooth at the River Market, hot chocolate at The Refill Stop on Carnarvon, and Royal City Sound DJs at Found Boutique. There will be Instagram contests during Shop Nights where shoppers can share photos of their favourite items, themselves in stores, and of course, with the lights for the opportunity to win some amazing prizes!

    Find out more at: https://www.downtownnewwest.ca/


  • Uptown Live Christmas

    Uptown Live Christmas

    December 3 - 19, 2021
    Sixth Street, Westminster Centre

    Enjoy live music, check out a new light display and explore local shops.

    The Uptown Business Association is celebrating the Holiday Season with live music and a brilliant lighting display. Visit Sixth Street outside of Westminster Centre between to check out a brilliant light display. Local music performances are also scheduled.

    December 3 - 19, 2021
    Friday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Saturdays, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

    Find out more at: http://myuptown.ca/

  • Winter Solstice Party

    Shine Bright Winter Solstice Party

    Tuesday, December 21
    Queen’s Park

    Register to take part in a fun event celebrating Winter Solstice through music, lights and fun.

    The sun may be its lowest but our community spirit can be its highest! Join us for a family-friendly dance party. Dance in the new season, gather with loved ones, decorate for the holidays, and enjoy good food together! Featuring light displays from ACNW Artists-in-Residence Ellie Niakan and Catherine Chan, and a dance mix from Royal City Sound. Brought to you in partnership with New Westminster Family Place and the Arts Council of New Westminster.

    Queen’s Park Bandshell 604.525.7388
    Tuesday, December 21
    5:00 - 5:45 pm   126088
    6:00 - 6:45 pm   126092
    7:00 - 7:45 pm   126093

    Registration Fee: Free

  • Shine Bright Community Christmas Trees

    Shine Bright Community Christmas Trees

    December 4, 2021 - January 2, 2022
    Various Locations

    Add an ornament to one of the designated community Christmas trees.

    Community members are invited to decorate designated trees. Come by and hang your simple ornament or an inspiring quote.

    Please note: ornaments cannot be returned at the end of the season.

    December 4, 2021 - January 2, 2022

    Outdoors at Centennial Community Centre, Century House and Queensborough Community Centre

    Inside at City Hall and the Public Library Main Branch

  • Winter Discovery Days

    December 18, 2021- January 3, 2022
    Fraser River Discovery Centre

    Discover the outdoors at Fraser River Discovery Centre with a variety of activities.

    Discover the outdoors at Fraser River Discovery Centre. Winter has arrived at the Fraser River, and we invite you to celebrate the season in the FRDC’s Winter Discovery Days! Throughout December 18 - January 3, head to the Fraser River Discovery Centre for festive, family-friendly fun that encourages us to consider how we might protect riverside ecosystems and craft seasonal gifts to spread some cheer! Step out of the cold and into the warmth of discovery and fun this holiday season!

    Find out more at: https://fraserriverdiscovery.org/winterdiscovery/

  • Family Sky Lantern Workshop

    Family Sky Lantern Workshop

    Sunday, January 23
    Anvil Centre

    Make a lantern at this hands on workshop.

    In this hands on workshop, explore storytelling, celebrate the year of the tiger and decorate your own sky lanterns. Open to anyone wanting to drop-in, learn and light up the sky! All supplies included. Instructor provided by ACSEA Asian-Canadian Special Events Association.

    Anvil Centre Main Level 604.527.4640
    Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
    January 23
    Drop-in Fee: Free

  • Shine on Stage

  • Thursday Tunes

    Thursday Tunes

    December 9, 16, 23, 30 and January 27
    Various Locations

    Enjoy tunes in the park featuring local musicians.

    Enjoy tunes in the park featuring local musicians. Bring your own chair, blankets, beverages and snacks and take in the sounds of the holiday season. Dress for the weather, this will take place rain or shine.

    Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

    December 9 – Sapperton Plaza
    December 16 – Ryall Park,
    December 23 – Grimston Park
    December 30 – Moody Park, in Celebration of Kwanzaa
    January 27 – Sapperton Plaza, in Celebration of Lunar New Year

    Drop-in Fee: Free

  • Will’s Jams Holiday Concert

    December 12, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    Anvil Centre

    Register to attend an afternoon of singing and dancing with Will and the band.

    Will and the band will perform some holiday classics, fan favorites, and songs from his new album “Big Shiny Spoons.” Prepare to enjoy an afternoon of singing and dancing sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Register each participant individually.

    Anvil Centre Theatre  604.515.3830
    Sunday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    December 12

    Registration Fee: $5.00 / person 125362

  • Shine Bright New West Anvil Centre

    Shine Bright New West Anvil Centre

    December 16 - 30
    Anvil Centre

    Enjoy a variety of performing arts programming!

    Don’t miss the fabulous performing arts programming happening during Shine Bright New West Anvil Centre from December 16 - 30. From beatboxing to puppetry, magic to jazz, comedy to pipe bands, poetry to sing alongs and more, it’s all on offer in the Anvil Centre Theatre, ballroom and in the level one window area.

    Find out more

  • Massey Theatre Experiences

    Massey Theatre Experiences

    Various Dates
    Massey Theatre

    Check out the variety of offerings that are sure to make your season bright.

    From the Nutcracker to Panto, Puppetry to Comedy, Classical Music to Old Time Rock and Roll, the range of shows and experiences at Massey Theatre from December-February is positively epic. Shows for all ages and stages and all are welcome in our space. Check out the Massey Theatre for a variety of offerings that are sure to make your season bright.

    Find out more

  • ReDiscoverNewWest and Support Local

    This holiday season, if gift-giving is on your list, make sure you shop local first! Our local businesses can use your support and the City encourages everyone to Shop Small and Shop Local. Visit the directory on https://www.rediscovernewwest.ca/listings/ to find a business for all your needs.

  • Contact Information

    For more information, please contact 604-525-7388 or



    This project has been made possible thanks to the support of many community organizations.

    Presenting Sponsors: Downtown New West BIA, Uptown BA and The Record.

    Community Sponsors: Arts Council of New Westminster, Fraser River Discovery Centre, Queensborough Residents AssociationQueensborough Special Programs CommitteeMassey Theatre Society, ReDiscoverNewWest, New West Family Place, New West Farmers Market, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and Tourism New West.