Gearing up for A Lantern Affair 2013


A Lantern Affair Place Des Arts Coquitlam 2013

A Lantern Affair is an annual event that sets Carré Heritage Square in Coquitlam alight. We’ve already mentioned it to you in our round-up of sparkling seasonal events, but an event like this deserves its very own post.

A Lantern Affair – formerly called Light up the Square – is a free all ages event co-hosted by Place des Arts, Mackin House Museum and Gare de Fraser Mills Station Museum. The fun happens on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 4:30-7:30pm. If you attend you’ll experience a multicultural celebration of light that includes art and heritage activities, a festive market and lots of seasonal entertainment.

christmas  holiday events coquitlam a lantern affair place des artsThe centrepiece of the celebration is the lantern ceremony. In order to prepare for that, guests are invited to make their own lantern. This year you can choose from designs that are unique to several cultures. There’s a Korean-inspired lantern, a Chinese paper lantern, or a Canadian pop bottle lantern. Once you have your lantern, get ready for some fun, because Place des Arts’ new pre-professional Theatre Company with special guest actor Simon Webb have developed their own script as the featured act for the lantern ceremony.

It’s not all about the lantern, however, as activities abound at all three Heritage Square venues. At Place des Arts, guests can make their own miniature clay owl, Diwali Lights Greeting Card or mosaic Christmas tree. Father Christmas will make a visit and gather little ones around to hear their secret wishes before making his way to Mackin House. The Mackin heritage kitchen will be buzzing with old-time baking and gingerbread decorating activities, and visitors can sip yummy hot apple cider, take a museum tour and hear storytelling by Coquitlam Public Library. Tours will also be offered in the Gare de Fraser Mills Station Museum.

Kids will enjoy the exciting winter carnival in the Renaissance Room. Presented by Place des Arts’ Youth Arts Council, it features holiday decorations, fun games and carnival activities. Entry into the carnival is a donation to the SHARE food and toy bank.

For parents, it’s a great time to get a little holiday shopping done in a lively festive atmosphere. Place des Arts’ Christmas Boutique is brimming with delightful hand-crafted gifts and ornaments. The atrium hosts the Positively Petite miniature exhibition, the Place des Arts Pottery Department annual sale of student works, and a holiday bake sale.

There’s too much to list all the fun here, so to find out more, stop by www.placedesarts.ca/events-performances/A-Lantern-Affair.aspx. Then get ready to celebrate the season!

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