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Christmas in Abbotsford and 5 Festive Fraser Valley Events

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 3:14pm PST
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The Fraser Valley is full of Christmas cheer and at its heart is Abbotsford‘s artisans, retailers, farms, and markets. Enjoy festive family-friendly events, unique shopping opportunities, and the very best memory-making opportunities. Here are 5 events to inspire, delight, and enchant your holiday season in the Fraser Valley:

Christmas in Abbotsford and 5 Festive Fraser Valley Events

Highstreet’s Holiday Show

Where: Highstreet Shopping Centre (3122 Mount Lehman Road)
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5:00pm
Details: Free! The Fraser Valley’s biggest and brightest holiday show! Highlights include the lighting of a dazzling 65 foot Christmas tree, one of the tallest in Canada, along with Santa’s arrival to Highstreet on November 17th. Weekly holiday shows will include 30 minutes of entertainment with the MEI Screaming Eagles Marching Band, Project Dance, Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy, and of course Santa! Free live shows every Saturday at 5:00pm until December 15th.
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Abbotsford Historic Downtown Lighting

Where: Downtown Abbotsford (2633C Montrose Ave)
When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Free! Abbotsford sees its second Christmas tree lighting at Winter Jubilee. Highlights include the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, children’s activities, photos with Santa, an artisan marketplace, carollers, food trucks, and pony rides. Valley Collective Farm Market will also host a ticketed Christmas event on November 30th and December 1st as part of the Historic Downtown lighting and festivities.
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Maan Farms Christmas

Where: Maan Farms (790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford)
When: November 24-25; December 1-2, 8-9, 2018
Details: Three weekends, three themes! Love & Briadl November 24th & 25th, Food & Wine December 1st & 2nd, and Cheer & Gifts December 8th and 9th. Every weekend the Christmas Market Series will include: More than 50 vendors, breakfast with Elsa and Anna, food trucks, photos with Santa, festive activities, cooking demo from Mama Maan, gift wrapping station, samples from the kitchen, mulled wine, egg nog, visits from Mrs Claus, and more!
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Mt Lehman Sojourn in the Country

Where: Various locations
When: November 8 – December 8, 2018
Details: Escape with Mt. Lehman Sojourn in the Country – a collaborative of like-minded, quality vendors located in the Mt. Lehman area of Abbotsford whose passion is for you to experience the very best of country living Abbotsford has to offer. Do Cookie Decorating with Santa and Mrs. Claus (November 24th) or shop the Christmas Artisan Market Glenda’s Christmas Cottage (December 8th), and visit the Tanglebank Christmas Open House (November 24th & December 8th). Visit Seaside Pearl and Mt Lehman wineries, and book a staycation at Brookside Inn.
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Winter Harrison Christmas Lights

Harrison’s Lights on the Lake

Where: Harrison Lakefront
When: November 24th, 2018 to January 28th, 2019
Details: Free! Lights on the Lake is a Sasquatch-themed festival, sharing Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors. Feature light displays include the legendary, mythical creature hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, wind surfing, and wishing visitors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The inaugural lighting occurs at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 24th with pre-lighting festivities including complimentary hot chocolate and treats, a roving Sasquatch, and a few other surprises. Open 7 days a week from dusk until 11:00pm. Make a staycation out of it! Check out deals and festivities at the Harrison Beach Hotel and Harrison Hot Springs Resort
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Yule Duel in Gastown: Carolling Competition for a Cause

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 10:38am PST
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BC’s largest outdoor carolling competition, Yule Duel, returns to the streets of Gastown for a fourth consecutive year. Hundreds of voices from more than 20 of Vancouver’s best choirs will again echo down the cobblestone streets in support of May’s Place Hospice.

Yule Duel Choir Battle in Gastown

Where: Water Street in Gastown
When: Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission: FREE! RSVP on Facebook here »

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Yule Duel attracts thousands of spectators each year, and it’s quite the sight! Visitors wandering down Water Street will see 20 choirs with singers of all ages stationed along the way. They’ll be performing holiday season favorites sung in a range of languages and choral styles including rock, pop, gospel, and barbershop, as each choir tries to stave off elimination in the competition.

For a donation of $5.00, spectators can buy voting ballots to help their favourite choirs get into the finals for the dueling sing-offs. Funds raised will go to May’s Place, a hospice providing compassionate end-of-life care to the most vulnerable in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

The evening includes special mainstage performances by Dutch Robinson and The Marcus Mosely Chorale.

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Christmas at Hycroft 2018

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 8:40am PST
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Spark your holiday spirit as you explore over 17,000 square feet of Christmas warmth and inspiration showcased in a beautiful, historic Edwardian mansion at Christmas at Hycroft, November 15-18, 2018. Enjoy the seasonal splendour of the courtyard and all three floors of Hycroft, while taking in the fabulous entertainment highlighted by evening performances.

Christmas at Hycroft 2018

Where: Hycroft Manor (1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver)
When: November 15 to 18, 2018 open daily 11:00am to 9:00pm (Sunday until 6:00pm)
Tickets: Admission is $15 for adults. Children 12 years and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are only available at the front gates.

Christmas at Hycroft

Inside you’ll find a variety of boutiques, crafters and over 25 local artisans. Outside in the courtyard, find live entertainment, and more vendors. Located in the Coach House, find treats made by the legendary Hycroft Kitchen Creations Team, including Christmas puddings, mincemeat, to-die-for lemon curd, renowned lemon lentil soup and freshly baked goodies.

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Located in Hycroft’s magnificent Ballroom, shop original, personal gifts that will help you check off names from your Christmas list. Along the main floor of the manor, the Foyer, Drawing Room, Living Room, Oak Room, Green Solarium, Terrace Bistro, Library, Dining Room and Blue Solarium will all be beautifully decorated and themed for the season. You can relax in the Drawing Room in front of the large ornate fireplace and enjoy your stay over any number of talented entertainers. Psst… and check into the Speakeasy downstairs for a cold brew, a little sherry or a nice glass of wine.

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Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 8:27am PST
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Carousel Theatre for Young People is bringing back the highly popular A Charlie Brown Christmas, which will be playing in a special double bill with You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill

When: November 25-December 30, 2018
Where: The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver)
Tickets Available online or (604) 685-6217. Adults: $35; Seniors/Students: $29; Young People (Ages 3-18 years): $18. School group matinees available. A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill is recommended for ages 3+.

Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill

Experience the ups and downs of everyday life with Charlie Brown and his friends in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. When your friends are the Peanuts gang, no day is ever ordinary, and somewhere between Beethoven’s Birthday, peanut butter sandwiches, and team baseball, Charlie Brown and the gang learn about the joys of friendship and stumble upon the true meaning of happiness.

Then join Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas as he tries to direct his friends in the school Christmas pageant. With help from his friends and a ragged little tree, Charlie Brown discovers what the season is really all about.

A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill is directed by Carole Higgins and features Andrew Cownden in the title role, with Arielle Ballance, Oliver Castillo, Steve Charles, Cecilly Day, KeAloha Noelani, Emilie Leclerc, Kevin Takahide Lee, Rebecca Talbot and Amanda Testini.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill on December 14th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Win a Date Night to Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 — 12:42pm PST
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DanceHouse, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Théâtre la Seizième are delighted to announce the anticipated Vancouver premiere of Akram Khan Company’s award-winning solo, Chotto Desh – loosely based on Khan’s childhood raised under the stern eye of his authoritarian father, November 21-24 at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh

Chotto Desh Dancer Dennis Alamanos

When: November 21–24, 2018 at 8:00pm
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online now or call (604) 801-6225. Performances will be held in French on November 22 at 8:00pm and with ASL Interpretation on November 24 at 2:00pm.

Revered UK choreographer Akram Khan and acclaimed children’s theatre Director Sue Buckmaster fuse kathak, storytelling, mime, and interactive animation, to create a bewitching tale of a young man’s dreams and memories growing up in Britain and Bangladesh. This charming work for adults and children ages seven and up, will address the complex relationship between parent and child, as well as timely concepts of home, identity, and belonging in our multicultural world.

By mixing the Indian classical dance form kathak with mime, contemporary dance and hip hop, Khan’s blended cultural identity emerges through his dynamic choreography. His moving solo will be brought to life by the powerful physicality of company dancers Dennis Alamanos and Nicolas Ricchini, who will perform the lyrical and often deeply funny vignettes in the piece on alternate evenings. From a surly teenager practicing Michael Jackson’s crotch-grabs in his bedroom, to a man fully in control of his artistry and destiny – Chotto Desh captures the complex relationship between parent and child, and the pain and joy of growing up with astounding delicacy and beauty.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away for opening night of Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh – Wednesday November 21 at 8:00pm PLUS a $50 gift certificate for dinner at nearby Silk Lounge (132 Powell Street) before the show!

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Indigo Now Open on Robson: Win a Gift Card

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 — 8:14am PST
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This month is the grand opening of Indigo’s new flagship store in Vancouver. Located at 1033 Robson, the two-level, 29,000 square foot location marks the company’s return to the globally renowned shopping district.

Indigo Now Open on Robson

Indigo on Robson Street

Indigo Robson is organized in a shop within a shop concept, including Books, Wellness, Joy of the Table, A Room of Her Own, Home Beautiful, IndigoKids and IndigoBaby.

Indigo on Robson Street

With books at the heart and soul of Indigo, the Vancouver flagship will have over 58,000 unique book titles. Customers can also access an unlimited selection online through in-store kiosks, including online exclusive items which offer free shipping of all items to store with no minimum spend, plus free returns. In addition, the Robson Street store also has a Starbucks café.

Indigo on Robson Street

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The store features a Vancouver a photography installation by celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Known for capturing evocative landscapes, Burtynsky’s installation showcases the stunning ancient forests in Avatar Grove, Pacheedaht First Nation Territory, near Port Renfrew in British Columbia. Indigo and Edward Burtynsky are committing $25,000 each to the Ancient Forest Alliance, a non-profit organization working to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, second-growth forest industry.

Indigo on Robson Street

Indigo will also be supporting the local community through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to putting books in the hands of Canadian children. Since inception, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has provided over $29 million to high-needs elementary schools across Canada, with $3.5 million to British Columbian schools.

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