We’re Enchant...
but we haven’t always been.
Let us tell you how we got here.

Light em up
Light em up

The original “Light‘em Up” business cards.

Way back in 2008, two teenagers helped their neighbours put up some Christmas Lights.

Kevin Johnston and Cam Walker, best friends from Vancouver, BC, were really just trying to bring some holiday cheer to the folks next door. But their success was instant, and it inspired a plan.


TOP The original “Light‘em Up” business cards.

RIGHT"When your boom truck isn't tall enough, it is no excuse not to get to the top of the tree!" - Kevin Johnston

Young Kevin

"When your boom truck isn't tall enough, it is no excuse not to get to the top of the tree!" - Kevin Johnston

The following year, they set out with the keys to 
a borrowed truck.

With a brand new business name, and a handful of pamphlets, the duo decorated house after house, putting up thousands and thousands of lights. As they expanded through the community, they began to get noticed — and soon landed their first commercial contract.

Lights

A ribbon light display over a frozen lake at the the top of Grouse Mountain.. No flying reindeer were harmed in the creation of this display.

TOP  RIBBON LIGHTS OVER A FROZEN LAKE AT THE TOP OF GROUSE MOUNTAIN. NO FLYING REINDEER WERE HARMED DURING THE CREATION OF THIS DISPLAY.

BOTTOM A LOCAL TREE LIT UP IN ALL ITS GLORY.

Tree and lights
Tree lights

A 100 ft. tall evergreen, all dressed up for Christmas.

Their client list grew — and so did they.

From major malls to community gardens to ski resorts, their projects were quickly growing bigger and brighter. So they expanded a second time, with a proprietary line of Christmas lights, and a boom truck that stranded them in Oregon (that’s a story).

Cars light em up

The original Light‘em Up boom truck (back home, safe and sound) and the matching estimate-mobile.

LEFT A 100 FT. tall evergreen all dressed up for christmas.

RIGHT THE ORiGINAL  light 'em up boom truck (back home, safe and sound).

Backyard lights 101

The first ever Light Maze prototype, built in Kevin’s parents’ backyard (thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston).

And despite all their success, it was a simple dinner that changed everything.

Over a glass of wine, Cam’s wife Nicole made a comment about a light maze. A light maze. That was it. Kevin immediately started work on his first ever maze prototype — a fence design made out of string lights and the packaging from a stereo.

LEFT The first ever Light Maze prototype, built in Kevin’s parents’ backyard (thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston).

RIGHT
The original Light Maze logo.

Light maze logo

And that’s when 
Enchant was born.

In order to pull off such a massive project, Kevin realized he was going to need a team. So he assembled a cohort of talented professionals from around the world — a group of us, who believed that there was magic in the memories you make with the ones you love.

Office setup

the "upgraded" office in kevin's basement suite.

4 guys with chequered shirts

TOP the "upgraded" office in kevin's basement suite.

RIGHT
An early photo of the team.


An early photo of the team.

It took two years…

but we did it. Our first ever Enchant Christmas had come to life.

It wasn’t easy — we came up against torrential rain, freezing temperatures, and an inspector who would give Scrooge a run for his money… but we got through it all, just in the nick of time.

Enchant tree under construction

Kevin’s vision — a Christmas light maze — finally come to life.

TOP ON A RAINY VANCOUVER AFTERNOON, THE INAUGURAL ENCHANT CHRISTMAS GETTING READY FOR SHOWTIME.

RIGHT
ONE OF ENCHANT’S FIRST EVER INTERVIEWS.

LEFT KEVIN’S VISION, A CHRISTMAS LIGHT MAZE, FINALLY BROUGHT TO LIFE.

Enchant Vancouver entrance

On a rainy Vancouver afternoon, the newly-renamed Enchant Christmas getting ready for showtime.

Team discussion
Kid at Enchant

TOP The first ever Light Maze prototype, built in Kevin’s parents’ backyard (thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston).

It was a great success. 
As it turns out, a little 
too great...

Enchant Christmas drew enormous crowds — crowds so big that city officials couldn’t allow us to return the following year. The event had created such substantial traffic that it had overwhelmed local infrastructure. Vancouver had simply not been designed to handle that much Christmas spirit.

People in light tunnel

AT THE END OF THE DAY, ALL OF THE SMILES WERE REALLY WHAT THRILLED US MOST.

LEFT “A WORLD OF CHRISTMAS WONDER AWAITS” ISN’T JUST 
A SLOGAN.

RIGHT
AT THE END OF THE DAY, ALL OF THE SMILES WERE REALLY WHAT THRILLED US MOST.

Evening tree lights

THE FIRST EVER AMERICAN ENCHANT CHRISTMAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

So we got back to work, and set our sights 
across the border.

No strangers to having to be quick on our feet, we took everything we had learned and turned it into opportunity. We soon got into talks with the Texas Rangers, and just a few months later, hosted our first American Enchant Christmas in the historic city of Arlington.

Large christmas tree with lights

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT’S KEVIN WAY UP THERE. ENCHANT CHRISTMAS, SHINING BEAUTIFUL AND BRIGHT. SMILES IN ST. Pete.

TOP THE FIRST EVER AMERICAN ENCHANT CHRISTMAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

LEFT BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT’S KEVIN WAY UP THERE.

ENCHANT CHRISTMAS, SHINING BEAUTIFUL AND BRIGHT.

As the magic grew, 
so did our reputation.

After our success with the Rangers, The Mariners reached out to us about bringing Enchant Christmas to Seattle. The next year, The Nationals reached out to us. Then the Tampa Bay Rays.

Enchant light maze top view

ENCHANT CHRISTMAS, SHINING BEAUTIFUL AND BRIGHT.

Happy family

SMILES IN ST. Pete.

Mischievous entrance

TOP SMILES IN ST. Pete.

RIGHT
THAT YEAR SAW THE DEBUT OF OUR BRAND NEW SHOW, MISCHIEVOUS.

By 2019, we had brought the magic of Enchant to life all across America.

In St. Pete alone, Enchant Christmas created over 1,300 jobs, hosted 50 unique and independent small businesses, and brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of thousands of guests.

In 2020, we made the heartbreaking decision to not hold any in-person events... but we didn’t take the year off.

We kept the snowball rolling and continued to evolve, creating innovative digital experiences including Enchant Santa Calls and the Enchant Shop — two safe and socially-distanced ways to connect and make magical memories with the ones you love.

Enchant Santa Calls poster

ENCHANT SANTA CALLS ENABLES YOU TO MAKE LIVE VIDEO CALLS AS THE BIG MAN HIMSELF.

Enchant shop gif

TOP ENCHANT SANTA CALLS ENABLES YOU TO MAKE LIVE VIDEO CALLS AS THE BIG MAN HIMSELF.

LEFT
SEND MAGICAL MEMORIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH THE ENCHANT SHOP.

Enchant Shop poster

SEND MAGICAL MEMORIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH THE ENCHANT SHOP.

Adversity is what we thrive on. It’s what we’ve always thrived on.

Last year gave us the opportunity to push our creative boundaries — and we’re better for it. In the years to come, we’re taking magical, immersive experiences further than ever before… and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got up our sleeves.

(We) Believe in Magic

We’re Enchant. We’re artists, creatives, designers, technologists, and planners. We use light, art, and story to create moments of awe and wonder...

Enchant team photo 2020

...and we’re only just getting started.

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