Festive family fun comes to the Fraser Valley and this list of holiday activities in Abbotsford is sure to get you in the spirit of the season.
5 Festive Holiday Activities in Abbotsford
West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market Where: Tradex (1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford) When: November 15 to 17, 2019 Details: The largest Christmas Show in the Lower Mainland with over 170 artisans and 300 participants. A unique shopping experience awaits you at the West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Market. You will discover new gift ideas, original art, crafts, woodwork, ceramics, specialty foods, home decor, clothing, furniture, floral designs, jewellery, candles, soaps, toys, and much more. During the past eleven years the show has been visited by over 175,000 visitors, shopping from over 2,800 vendors.
Tree Lighting and Holiday Show at Highstreet Shopping Center Where: Highstreet Shopping Center (3122 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford) When: Shows every Saturday from November 16th to December 14th from 5:00pm to 5:30pm Details: Check out Highstreet’s festive Tree Lighting and Holiday Shows this season. Saturday, November 16, 2019 is the lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree-one of the tallest in Canada. It’s also the arrival of Santa Clause, Rudolf, Frosty, and ‘Spandy Andy’ the dancing elf, a 40-piece marching band, a team of festive dancers, live music, and a magical snowfall.
Christmas Glow Abbotsford Where: Tradex (1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford) When: December 5, 2019 to January 4, 2020 Details: Experience a magical family-friendly indoor wonderland as you help Santa and his elves find his reindeer and discover new ways to deliver presents using hot air balloons, planes, trains, motorcycles and more. Enjoy interactive light gardens, illuminated structures, delicious food, festive drinks and daily live entertainment all under the twinkle of a million lights at Christmas Glow Abbotsford.
Downtown Abbotsford Christmas Jubilee Where: Downtown Abbostford, Essendene and Montrose Avenue When: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm Details: Celebrate the holidays at the Downtown Abbotsford Christmas Jubilee. Food trucks, live music, an ice rink, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, seasonal shopping and more! Tree lighting at 6:00pm, live ice sculpting at 7:00pm and fireworks at 8:45pm.
Maan Farms Christmas Market Where: Maan Farms, 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford When: November 16-17, and November 23-24, 2019 Details: Check out the Maan Farms Christmas Market for holiday activities and shopping! Local vendors, festive activities, cooking demo from Mama Mann, a gift wrapping station, mulled wine and visit from the Grinch will be available.
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When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Where: Rocky Point Pier and Boat Launch (2800 block of Murray Street) Admission: Free!
Join your friends and neighbours at the gazebo by the pier for hot chocolate and a sugar cookie. Listen to carol singers, ride the Candy Cane mini train, and have your photo taken with Santa or Frosty the Snowman.
Port Moody Fire Rescue will be at Holiday Cheer at the Piercollecting new, unwrapped toys for their 2019 Toy Drive. Please consider making a donation, as all toys collected will go to SHARE Family and Community Services to help make the holidays a little brighter for families in need.
Port Moody is home to over 34,000 residents. The vibrant waterfront city values its natural environment and heritage character, embraces sustainability and is committed to community engagement. Founded in 1913, Port Moody’s historical ties to railway and lumber industries have given way to arts and service-based businesses. With over one-third of its land mass dedicated as parkland, Port Moody is a desirable place to live in BC’s Lower Mainland.
It’s time for the Refresh Winter Market, which will take over the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish next weekend. Shop handmade, vintage and local goods from 100 artists, makers and small shops plus food, music and more.
Refresh Winter Market in Squamish
When: Friday, November 15, 2019 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park (39645 Government Rd, Squamish)
Tickets: Admission is $5 at the door, $3 online before November 14th. The first 50 guests on both days will receive a swag bag filled with small gifts from market vendors.
Tin Type Trike will also be back on both Friday and Saturday making tin type portraits on a walk-in basis. These are truly stunning, come and watch how it works and get your portrait.
You can purchase a Market Preview ticket ($30) for Friday, November 15th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm that includes unlimited 2-day admission, complimentary cocktail and gift, and the opportunity to shop the market before doors open to the public.
I have pair of Market Preview tickets to give away for a lucky winner and their guest to enjoy the opportunity to shop before the market opens on Friday (along with the cocktail and gift). Here’s how you can enter to win:
Beginning November 22nd, Aurora Winter Festival will be four times larger than the previous year and will feature expanded activities and programming in the Mystical Worlds experience, an increased ice skating surface, a longer tube park and double the number of rides and games.
Escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and plenty of other exciting activities. Weave your way through the Polar Passage, Luminous Gardens, Whimsical Forest, and Land of Giants. Keep your eyes open for Yin the Yeti and Thyra the Ice Queen!
Aurora Winter Festival
When: November 22nd, 2019 to January 5th, 2020 Where: Hastings Park, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver Tickets: On sale online now
Guests will be able to visit the Mystical Worlds which feature giant sculptures, animated sets, brilliant light displays, and a number of fun characters. The festival also features a light tunnel showcasing the Aurora Borealis, a story-time theatre with Santa, a giant tube park, ice skating on the frozen pond, six amusement rides, games, an entertainment tent with live music, a variety of food trucks, and a market with 40 holiday-inspired vendors, among other attractions.
All board! This season the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (“VSO”) presents the world premiere of The Polar Express in Concert at the Orpheum on November 19th.
VSO Presents The Polar Express in Concert
Where: VSO Digital Concert Hall (Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe, Vancouver) When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:00pm Tickets:Available online now
This once-in-a-lifetime world premiere concert event will bring the Oscar® nominated holiday classic to Orpheum Theatre, and will feature The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and choir performing every note from Alan Silvestri’s masterful score (with original songs co-written by Silvestri and Glen Ballard) while the entire film is projected on a 40-foot HD screen. Festive and fun pre-show activities will include carolers, a selfie photo wall, coloring tables for kids, an exclusive and immersive way to buy merchandise, and even Santa Claus!
In The Polar Express in Concert, experience the musical magic of Christmas Eve through Alan Silvestri’s unforgettable score and be immersed as The Polar Express adventures up and down mountains, slip-slides over ice fields, and teeters across mile-high bridges. Embark on this musical journey to the North Pole while watching the iconic film about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. The wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Pre-Show with the Composer
Alan Silvestri (Avengers, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future 1-3, Predator) – the film’s composer and two-time Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award nominee for an exclusive pre-show discussion about the score and his career. Moderated by conductor Justin Freer starting at 6:00pm at Pyatt Hall (limited to 100 seats), all patrons interested in attending should RSVP here.
You know it as a gorgeous seaside resort and conference centre, home to Canada’s top-rated spa, but later this month it will be home to the biggest toy drive of its kind on Vancouver Island! The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive is happening November 27th, where you can make a difference in the life of a child and enjoy a buffet breakfast.
Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive in Parsville
When: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 from 6:30am to 10:00am Where: Tigh-Na-Mara 1155 Resort Drive, Parksville
Drummond’s hope that no local child will go without a gift on Christmas morning. He is optimistic that the event he started 11 years ago will once again help fill the SOS Toy Shop where Christmas wishes and dreams come true for residents in-need.
Last year marked the 10th year of the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, the biggest toy drive of its kind on Vancouver Island. Over the years, the event has brought in close to 13,950 toys and over $67,500 in donations for the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program.
Guests bring a new, unwrapped toy, a gift card or a monetary donation and receive a free buffet breakfast at the award-winning resort. Last year the event garnered 1,990 gifts, $4,573 in gift cards and $9,230 in cash and cheques.
SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program (formerly called Caring for Kids
at Christmas) has been running for 51 years in the Parksville Qualicum Beach
region. It provides gifts for children and youth in low-income families, and
local grocery store gift cards to families and individuals in need, so they may
choose food that is important to them over the holidays.
Guests at the event are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the local Salvation Army food bank, which will provide food for hundreds of residents over the holiday season and beyond.