Gift Ideas and Festive Fun in Coquitlam This Month

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Spirits are riding high in Coquitlam – get in there and join in the fun! Santa arrives at Coquitlam Centre, shops are adding their festive decorations, and Lafarge Lake will soon be sparkling with one of Metro Vancouver’s largest free outdoor lights displays.

Get a jump on your shopping list with our top tips of places to find those one-of-a-kind gifts. And get into the festive spirit with activities and events for the whole family. 

Gift Ideas and Festive Fun in Coquitlam This Month

Lights at Lafarge Lake
Lights at Lafarge Lake

Unique Gift Ideas

If you’re in search of a unique present for that certain someone, how about a hand-crafted item? Here are three places to start.

Place des Arts Christmas Boutique: You’ll find finely crafted ornaments and decorations as well as artful gifts made by local artisans. The boutique takes over the artisan shop from Tuesday, November 12, with a festive opening reception on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair: Mark your calendars! This annual event features more than 100 artisans at the Poirier Forum for an entire weekend December 6-8, 2019.

Christmas Farmers Market: Also coming up next month (December 14, 2019) is this special one-day event featuring local merchants, carollers, kids’ activities and crafts at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex.

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West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market: Win Tickets & More

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Christmas begins at the largest holiday one-stop shopping destination in the Lower Mainland, the West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market! Over 170 artisans and 300 participants will provide a unique shopping experience November 15-17, 2019.

West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market

West Coast Christmas Show
  • When: Friday, November 15, 2019 from 1:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
    • Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Tradex (1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford)
  • Tickets: $10 general admission, $9 seniors, youth/children 16 and under are free.
    • Purchase your admission tickets online now and save $1 off the regular adult or senior entrance fee.
    • Free re-admission for all three days with hand stamp or  next day readmission pass obtained when leaving the show (non-transferable). Free parking!
West Coast Christmas Show

There is something for every member of your family as you discover new gift ideas, original art, crafts, woodwork, ceramics, specialty foods, home decor, clothing, furniture, floral designs, jewellery, candles, soaps, toys, and much more.

Features this year include the Community Arts Stage with the Royal City Youth Ballet performing The Nutcracker, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, pictures with Santa, 99 Nurseries floral arrangements, Santa’s workshop and elf activity area, and more. The Home for the Holidays stage will have cooking demos and the Sounds of the Holidays stage will host live music and vocal performances throughout the weekend.

It Takes a Village

Your Christmas purchases can help improve our world by shopping among the gathering of community minded artisans who are committed to giving back. Fair trade, zero waste and community support through giving back are all components of the It Takes a Village artisan shopping area. Whether the artisans focus is to go green by limiting their use of plastic and toxic materials, or the focus is empowering a community through fair trade items, you’ll find a way to connect to your global community this Christmas.

West Coast Christmas Show

Festival of Trees, for Local Causes

When you visit the West Coast Christmas Show, you will be welcomed by a wonderful array of decorated Christmas trees, all part of the Festival of Trees where charitable organizations will decorate trees and compete for a grand prize. This year’s organizations include Burns Bog Conservation Society, Fraser Valley Health Care Society, Fraser Valley Humane Society, Fraser Valley Brain Injury, Canadian Blood Services, Job’s Daughters International – Bethel #20, Langley Elks.

Abbotsford Community Services will be on site to provide gift wrapping service for visitors, by donation.  The donations help to fund meals on wheels for the less fortunate in the community.

A piece from Flux & Stone
A piece from Flux & Stone

Win Tickets

I have a 4 pack of tickets to give away to this amazing shopping experience AND a gift (value $50) from Flux & Stone.

Mieke’s passion is creating jewellery that makes women feel beautiful. Inspired by the wild west coast of BC, Canada, Mieke seeks to remind women of their wild nature and connection with the earth.  Each handcrafted piece is intentionally infused with love during the creation process.  She has been operating Flux & Stone full time since 2014 from her studio, located in Victoria, BC. She can be found at various events in and around Victoria, and her work can be found throughout various locations in and around BC.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Follow the West Coast Christmas Show on Facebook for more info.

UPDATE The winner is Tiffany!

Win Tickets to the #Miss604Party Fundraiser for Variety

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Every 5 years or so I look at the calendar, realize how long it’s been, and I throw a party to celebrate the amazing community that has helped me do this ‘blogging thing‘ for so long. On November 14th, join me at Timber on Robson for the #Miss604Party supporting Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC.


#Miss604Party Fundraiser for Variety

  • When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: Timber (1300 Robson St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available online for $26.04

Admission gets you a beer or wine beverage ticket, snacks from Timber (slider bar, s’mores station, mac n’ cheese, charcuterie), an entry in the door prize draw to win $100 from award-winning Forage restaurant next door, networking and fun with my awesome friends, family, and supporters.

About Variety BC

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends providing direct help to children with special needs in BC. For over 50 years, Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. Since 2010, Variety has distributed more than $30 million in funding to families and organizations in communities all across the province.

Variety will also be on site to oversee the raffle and silent auction with all donations going directly to their cause. Prizes include goodies from:

H2 Rotisserie & Bar
PuSh Festival
Electric Company Theatre
Early Music Vancouver
Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Vancouver Christmas Market
Gateway Theatre
Rob Cole Stretch Therapy
The Cultch
Vancouver Opera
Oliver Osoyoos Pig Out
Vancouver Theatresports
Disney on Ice
Vancouver Jazz Festival
Mark Cannon Photography
Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
V2V Vacations
and more!

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away so you can join me (and about 100 other revelers) at the #Miss604Party on November 14th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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  • Follow Miss604 on Facebook or Instagram (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 11, 2019.
UPDATE the winner is Mandy!

Miss604’s Rebecca Bollwitt is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Variety – The Children’s Charity, and Chair of its Membership and Marketing Committees.

Free Christmas Activities Around Vancouver 2019

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The latest trend in gift-giving is experiences; going to shows, holiday attractions, and generally spending time with those you love. It’s zero waste and it feels really, really good. If you’re looking for some experiences this season that won’t break the bank, here is my 4th annual list of Free Christmas Activities Around Vancouver*:

Free Christmas Activities in Metro Vancouver

This list will be updated often throughout the season so be sure to bookmark it and check back regularly.

Free Christmas Activities Around Vancouver

Free Christmas Activities in Burnaby & New Westminster

Tourism Vancouver Holidays

Free Christmas Activities in Langley & Fort Langley

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Chefs’ Charity Dinner Raises Over $42,000 for At-Risk Youth

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On Saturday night, I sat in the atrium of my hometown’s City Hall and got to watch something pretty wonderful happen: 120 guests turned out in support of the 6th annual Chefs’ Charity Dinner for Dan’s Legacy and raised $42,755 that will go towards the charity’s trauma-informed counselling and life-skills programs for at-risk youth.


Chefs’ Charity Dinner Raises Over $42,000 for At-Risk Youth

CBC Radio Host Angela Sterritt returned for the second year in a row as the gala MC, and new to the event was Sam Garandza, BC’s reigning Champion Auctioneer who led the silent auction. Chef Bruce Nollert and Chef TJ Conwi (Ono Vancouver), Chef Shay Kelly (The Caterer), Chef Warren Chow (Juniper Kitchen & Bar) and Pastry Chef Alannah Peddie (Frolic & Forage) created the entire menu using only surplus food.

CBC’s Angela Sterritt and her son

Dan’s Legacy’s youth client Destiny shared her heartbreaking but powerful story of how her therapist helped her overcome an abusive past through trauma-informed counselling, and was also there supporting her in many other ways.

Destiny, guest speaker, photo by Kent Danielson

“All of our wrap-around supports help our clients maintain their stability and start meeting the potential we know they have,” says Barbara Coates, Dan’s Legacy’s executive director. “As Destiny said in her speech, ‘The only time you should be looking down on someone is when you’re helping them get back up.’ That’s what we do at Dan’s Legacy and we’re grateful to Destiny for the courage it took for her to share her story. Now other youth who need help will know who to contact.”


VIPs in attendance at the gala included Chief Rhonda Larrabee from the Qayqayt First Nation, the Honourable Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade & Technology, and the Honourable Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health & Addictions sent a video message of congratulations and support. Dan’s Legacy’s Program Director Tom Littlewood, and the organization’s newest Board member Insp. Baltej Singh Dhillon spoke about the urgent need for more harm prevention strategies to save lives and build stronger, safer and more resilient communities.


If you missed the gala but would like to support Dan’s Legacy, or if you know someone who is asking for help, please visit the website or call Tom Littlewood (Program Director) at (604) 999-9136 or Barbara Coates (Executive Director) at (604) 329-9186. Follow Dan’s Legacy on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to learn more about their work in our community.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the Dan’s Legacy Chefs’ Charity Dinner

East Van Panto Presents Pinocchio: Win Tickets

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The Cultch presents Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto Pinocchio at the York Theatre from November 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020. East Van Panto returns for a seventh year, welcoming back the creative team behind last year’s hit Wizard of Oz: playwright Marcus Youssef, composer Veda Hille, and director Stephen Drover. 

East Van Panto Pinocchio
East Van Panto Pinocchio. Photo by Tim Matheson.

East Van Panto Presents Pinocchio

Where: York Theatre ( 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
When:  November 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020 
Tickets:  On sale now at The Cultch’s Box Office by phone at (604) 251-1363 or online starting at $26.  Enjoy a post-show artist talkback on November 30th after the 2:00pm show.

When a lonely old ice-cream seller named Gelato is given a puppet by the mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive, his dreams of having a child suddenly come true. Join a locally famous cricket, an angry orca, and a dastardly fox as poor Pinocchio does his best to tell everyone the truth and become a real boy. Will there be a Cappuccino War between the Abruzzos and the Calabrias? And why are all those kids ditching class to go to Hastings Racecourse? Don’t worry, Pinocchio—just follow your nose!

Win Tickets

I had no idea that East Van Panto was a holiday tradition for so many until I started running these contests, and no wonder! It’s such great fun.

I have family pack of tickets to give away (2 adult/2 child tickets) for the performance on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:00pm. 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 11, 2019. Follow The Cultch (Facebook, Twitter) and Theatre Replacement (Facebook, Twitter) for more info.

UPDATE The winner is Tammy!