The news of Enchant launching in Vancouver this Christmas season is enough to put a twinkle in the eye of even the biggest Christmas “humbug” as you envision 55,000 square feet of glimmering lights, arranged into a maze where your task is to find all nine of Santa’s reindeer along the way.
A children’s Christmas story was written to set the stage for the maze, where a snowstorm hits the North Pole, the reindeer get lost and end up in the light maze. Children search the light maze for the missing reindeer to help save Christmas. There are seven worlds to explore as you search for the nine impressive reindeer sculptures among a 64 foot tall tree, a forest of 20 foot tall LED trees, ice crystals, caves and stars. The maze will take 20 – 30 minutes to complete and you’ll find Santa at the end.
Know before you go:
While the Maze was impressive, on the media invited night, the maze proved to be difficult for anyone who needed a stroller to get around. There isn’t much parking, so it is easiest to take the skytrain and then a 10 – 15 minute walk to Enchant.
However, for those with young children that can’t handle the entire trek without having a stroller when their little legs get tired, or if you or a loved one is in a wheelchair, Enchant probably isn’t exactly accessible enough for you to enjoy all the magic. The rock surface around the food trucks and bark mulch covering the rest of the maze ground, with the addition of Vancouver rain, made for a lot of frustration. My first thought was to add a stroller parking area, but then that doesn’t help to make it accessible for anyone in a wheelchair either.
With it being Enchant’s inaugural year, Enchant has acknowledged this oversight and is working to make it more accessible. If you’re needing the accessibility to get around, I’d wait and confirm it has been fixed before you buy tickets to go. At the media premiere, there was said to be 1,000 people. On a regular night, there can be 10,000. That’s a lot more people to have to weave around when you’re struggling to push a stroller or wheelchair. Also, bring boots; you’ll be happy you did.
It was magical being surrounded by all the lights and the girls’ eyes sure were twinkling the whole time, despite all the rain! If it is made easier accessible, it’s a tradition we would love to add into our Christmas celebrations each year.
When: Open until December 31st
Where: 1st & Crowe Street, Vancouver, BC (in-between Olympic Village and the Cambie Street bridge)
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for children