Win a Vancouver Christmas Market Date Night Package

Comments 511 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Over the last ten years, it’s become tradition for John and I to have a date night at the Vancouver Christmas Market. He meets me after work and we immediately get some gluhwine to warm our hands while we shop for ornaments and gifts. Then have a schnitzel dinner under the lights while listening to a live band, it’s a pretty magical time to be in the city.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market. Photo by Lindsay Elliott.
Vancouver Christmas Market. Photo by Lindsay Elliott.
  • Dates: November 20 to December 23, 2019: 11:30am to 9:30pm
    December 24: Closed at 6:00pm
  • Tickets: Online Admissions: Adult $12.99, Seniors $10.99, Youth $6.99
    (Includes free 2019 Season Pass. Upgrade to Fast Pass for $3.99)
    Gate Admissions: Adult $15, Seniors $13, Youth $9
    (Children under 6 are Free) Upgrade to Fast Pass on site for $5.
  • Location: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron
    (Vancouver Convention Centre West) 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

For its 10th anniversary this year, the city’s authentic German market amplifies its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures. Share food and drink in the cozy Alpine Lounge, indulge in winter cocktails and holiday-inspired bites in the WunderBAR’s winter oasis, and venture down Lovers’ Lane — an Instagram-worthy, newly extended 40-foot long tunnel adorned with 20,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe. Don’t miss everyone’s favourite glittering carousel, and a multitude of festive family activities, including daily seasonal entertainment performed on the Christmas Pyramid’s Flying Stage.

Vancouver Christmas Market. Photo by Lindsay Elliott.
Vancouver Christmas Market. Photo by Lindsay Elliott.

New Events and Highlights

$10 Tuesdays
November 26, December 3, December 10 & December 17
New for our 10th anniversary season! Every Tuesday between November 26 through December 17, all day long, save on entry fees with the $10 Tuesday discount. All visitors who attend the market before 2pm on any weekday will receive our Early Bird Rate, offering adults, seniors, and youth $8 entry to the market.

Deluxe Date Nights
November 27, December 4 & December 11 | From 5:00pm
Share magical evenings with your friend or loved one at our Deluxe Date Nights! Guests are invited to enjoy 2-for-1 admission on the evenings of November 27, December 4, and December 11, starting at 5pm. This deal can be purchased at the gate and also includes 2-for-1 non-alcoholic hot drinks and carousel rides.

Kids Day
December 1, 2019
Join Holly & Jolly for a day of family fun! Youth (12 and under) can enjoy admission and carousel rides by donation to Children’s Wish Foundation all day long. All ages are encouraged to support Children’s Wish by making a donation to take a photo with Gingerbread Mascots Holly & Jolly, everyone’s favourite princesses from Enchanted Events Vancouver, and Santa Claus himself!

Win a Date Night package

This year I’m giving away a Vancouver Christmas Market Date Night Package, valued at over $600! It includes a Mistletoe Combo (2 admissions, 2 Fast Passes & Season Passes, 2 Traditional Beverages, 2 10th Anniversary Collectors Mugs, 2 Unlimited Carousel Passes, 2 Love Lock), a VIP WunderBAR experience, as well as some gift certificates to Das Gulasch Haus and Two Sweet Guys. There is also a giant prize package of lovely merchant gifts including:

($50) Candy Meister
($60) Charcuterie Haus
($60) Damiani Fine Foods
($25) Howling Moon
($50) Wild Goose Vineyard & Winery
($25) Provence en Couleur Home Decor
($50) Kanata Blanket Co.
($52) The Hartmont Candle Company
($38) Revive + Restore
(Candy Prize Pack)
(Charcuterie Kit)
(Trio of Pasta Sauces)
(Craft Cider)
(1 Bottle of Wine + Wine Bag)
(Mini Lavender Box)
(Cable Knit Lambswool Throw)
(2 Candles)
(Muscle Balm + Headache Helper)

Here’s how you can win this remarkably romantic and festive prize package from the Vancouver Christmas Market and Miss604:

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Follow the Vancouver Christmas Market on Facebook, and Instagram for more info. I will draw one lucky winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Friday, November 22, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Katrina Lim!

The Christmas Store at Potters: Win a Gift Card

Comments 91 by Rebecca Bollwitt

You know in the movie Elf when everyone comes into the toy department after Buddy has been up all night decorating and they’re just totally blown away? That’s what it’s like stepping into The Christmas Store at Potters in Surrey, the 28,000 square foot greenhouse which has become the largest Christmas store in Western Canada.

Potters Christmas Store

The Christmas Store at Potters

Where: 19158 48 Ave, Surrey
When: Open daily through December 24, 2019. Mon – Wed: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Thu – Fri: 9:00am to 7:00pm; Sat: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Sun: 9:00am to 5:30pm

Open now through December 24, The Christmas Store at Potters is the destination to find tens of thousands of holiday-related items.

Shop décor that’s tasteful yet unusual, along with decorations you simply won’t find elsewhere. They have more than 50,000 ornaments that make for great personalized gifts and come in a wide variety of themes, including pets, travel, food, “Baby’s First Christmas,” and much more.

Visit the 3,000-square-foot “Dark Room,” illuminated by an incredible array of themed tree-light sets, including favourites like The GrinchStar WarsPeanutsChristmas VacationThe Nightmare Before Christmas, and even retro Bubble Lights. New for 2019 is WhoVille, with a wide variety of Grinch-themed items including teddy bears, ornaments, mugs and snow globes.

Potters Christmas Store

For the foodies, the Gourmet Food area offers thousands of products you won’t easily find elsewhere, including multiple flavours of popcorn, hot chocolate, jams and sauces (including irresistible ice cream sauces like Butter Tart Caramel). New specialty product lines include Cranberries Naturally from Fort Langley, farm-direct BC honey, and classic mince tarts from Scotland. Saturdays and Sundays also include food demos and live music

There’s also Petland, an area entirely devoted to spoiling your best friend with pet-themed stockings, cushions and tree ornaments; the Nutcracker Room, with nutcrackers in short, medium and tall designs, and in every price range; ladies’ fashions; and trendy gifts for men.

Win a Gift Card

I have a $50 gift card to give away to one lucky holiday shopper. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Comment on this Facebook post naming your favourite ornament or decoration (1 entry)
  • Post a photo of your favourite ornament or decoration on Instagram, and tag @Pottersdotca & @Miss604 (1 entry)

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 12:00pm. Follow Potters on Instagram and Facebook for more info.

UPDATE The winner is Milynne Borason!

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend: Nov 15-17, 2019

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We’re swinging into holiday season now! Tree lightings, markets, light displays and more all start this weekend and beyond. Here are just a few things to do in Vancouver this weekend:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do fall leaves

Friday, November 15, 2019
West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market
Positively Petite, Christmas Boutique
Chamber Classics for Flute
Refresh Winter Market Squamish
Develop and Draw Your Story with Sean Karemaker
A Celebration of Women in the World of Mariachi in Vancouver
FEAST: Asian Dining Festival
Chutzpah! Festival
Christmas at Hycroft
Eastside Culture Crawl
CapU Presents: Macbeth
Studio58 Presents: ANON(YMOUS)
The Arts Club Presents: The Sound of Music
The Cultch Presents: Kuroko
Bear Creek Park Lights
TheatreWire Presents Roller Coaster

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Variety Gameathon for a Cause

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Variety – the Children’s Charity is teaming up with The Gaming Stadium to present their inaugural Variety Gameathon beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Participate as a gamer, watch the livestream on Twitch, and donate to to support Variety.

Variety Gameathon for a Cause

Variety Gameathon

For the first time in Western Canada, the ever-growing gaming community will be coming together to raise money for children with special needs.

Support online: The Variety Gameathon will be hosted at The Gaming Stadium and will be broadcast via live stream. You can tune in to watch players and donate to Variety.

In person: Gamers from all over the province are invited to be participants where they’ll be able to play their favourite video games live on stage. The public will also be welcome – and encouraged – to attend as spectators.

“We cannot express how excited we are for this amazing event. To be able to work with Variety and help give back to the community is an opportunity we are extremely grateful for,” said Spiro Khouri, CEO, The Gaming Stadium. “The Gameathon is going to be a celebration of gaming and giving and we hope anyone who is a fan of those two things joins us either in person or online to raise money for a phenomenal cause.”

The goal of the Variety Gameathon is to raise $50,000 with the event scheduled to end once the goal has been reached. For more information about Variety follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Miss604’s Rebecca Bollwitt is Secretary of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Marketing Committee, and Chair of the Membership Committee at Variety.

CP Holiday Train Free Concerts for the Food Bank

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The CP Holiday Train will set out across the continent once again to entertain hundreds of thousands of people, collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America.

CP Holiday Train

CP Holiday Train Free Concerts for the Food Bank

How the event works:
When the train arrives it will pull to a safe stop in front of the crowd in attendance. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries.

Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs. The whole event lasts about 30 minutes, and once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop.

All BC Stops

Terri Clarke will roll up into the Fraser Valley on December 16th for a show stop in Agassiz, then head over to Haney-Maple Ridge for another, and will end the night in Pitt Meadows. On December 17th the train will make stops in Port Moody and Port Coquitlam.

The spectacular event is free to attend, but you are encouraged to bring healthy donations for the food bank. Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community.

CP Holiday Train

The CP Holiday Train has now raised more than C$15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey back in 1999. Follow the #CPHolidayTrain on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more information.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival: Win Food Truck Tickets

Comments 72 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival has become the official start to the holiday season, with free family fun, entertainment, community engagement, and market shopping. You can enter to win $50 in food truck tickets from Miss604 to enjoy coffee, burgers, twisted potatoes and more!

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

Where: City Hall Plaza (13450 104 Ave, Surrey)
When: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission: FREE

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, this year’s free event will feature new lights and interactive displays on the festival grounds including an illuminated Light TunnelEnchanted ForestNorth Pole Stage and Candy Cane Dance Tent. Shop the Holiday Market and Village, and stop by the Holiday Fun Zone on University Drive with variety of food trucks, road hockey, and amusement rides.

Over 30 local performers, choirs and children’s acts will offer free live performances across seven stages throughout the day. Award-winning Canadian pop singer Begonia will headline the Main Stage after the inaugural tree lighting at 6:30pm. Additional performers include Fleetwood Mac tribute band DreamsHotel Mira, and Leisure Club.

The Surrey Food BankSurrey Christmas BureauSophie’s Place and the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society will be on site collecting donations. Follow the City of Surrey’s events team on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win Food Tickets

I have $50 in food tickets to give away so you can enjoy the following food trucks on site:

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, November 18, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Bev!

Miss604 is a Proud Sponsor of the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival