When it comes to the holidays, I’m the biggest kid. I especially love the holidays here in the valley. Bright lights go up, trees are already in everyone’s windows, and people are geared with the Christmas spirit.
Each year I look to get the most out of the holidays spending time with my family by partaking in a slew of holiday-themed events, festivals and parades, breakfast with Santa, and of course visiting my favorite shops around town.
With so much to see and do, this year I decided to do a running post (kind of a bucket list) of all the wonderful things I want my family to do this year, along with the great places we can visit right here in our own backyard.
So slip on your boots, grab your toques and make sure to BOOKMARK this page so you can check back as new parties, parades and local festivities are added so you can enjoy Christmas in the Valley the right way!
Here we go…
Decorate Your Outdoor Space: Indoors isn’t the only place for a beautiful holiday tree. I can’t have a live tree inside my apartment but I can on my patio. A decorated balcony is the best!
This year we are going to visit a real Christmas tree farm here in the valley. I just want a small tree I can decorate and sniff every now and then to get that whole amazing tree smell that brings back so many memories for me.
Glenda’s Christmas Cottage: If there is one thing I do every year it is to visit this small Christmas cottage. It’s kind of a tradition.
Glenda’s Christmas Cottage has every kind of ornament you can think of along with some unique Christmas gifts. Since I got married at Christmas, hubby and I go each year and purchase an ornament for our tree.
There’s hot apple cider and the staff is amazing. Most ornaments and decor range from $2 up to $100.
Living in the valley you can always count on finding great deals while Christmas shopping. Every weekend the Abbotsford Flea Market hosts an abundance of sales.
One man’s junk… could make a wonderful present for someone you love. The flea market runs every Sunday from about 8 am to 3 pm and only costs $2 bucks to get in. With over 200 indoor table and outdoor decor. Grab a hot chocolate and walk around.
A flea market is a great place during the holidays, especially if you are looking for a particular gift that might be either a collectible or hard to find. Chances are you’ll find it here.
Held every weekend, the Winter Farmer’s Market on Montrose is the place you can get fresh fruits and veggies, along with local artisan crafts which make amazing presents.
I haven’t been in a long time but plan on going several times this year. Supporting my local community is important. Look in your community to see if you have a market taking place.
The Winter Farm & Country market is held on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Don’t miss it!
I remember as a kid always going to the local mall to get my photograph taken with Santa with my brothers. It is a fond memory of sitting on the jolly man’s lap and telling him my secret Christmas wish.
Here in the valley, you can find Santa at almost every single mall from Chilliwack to Surrey. In Abbotsford, Santa comes to Seven Oaks on November 17th until December 24th where your kids can meet and greet with the big guy himself.
Seven Oaks has other family events you can indulge in with the kids like letters to Santa, Craft Cabin, Toy Station, Sugar Town Bakery*, Trees of Hope, Festive Fun, and live entertainment at the Sound of the Season Stage!
You can even decorate cookies for $1.00 and donations to the food bank are being accepted.
For more information on the below event visit Seven Oaks Shopping Mall
- Merry & Bright
- 10th Annual Tree of Hope
- Theme Days $5 Bucks off
- Pillow Painting Party
- Dog & Cat Photos with Santa
- Black Friday Gift Promotion
- Christmas Carol Movie Night
- A Wonderful Breakfast
Holidays in the valley wouldn’t be complete without the annual Holiday events at HighstreetFV.
Every year Santa and his parade of elves come to Abbotsford and in a big way by putting on a grand song-and-dance show just outside the Cineplex theater from November 17 to December 15.
The official tree lighting is magical and shouldn’t be missed. Each show is 30 minutes long and includes performances from the MEI Screaming Eagles Marching Band, Project Dance Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy, and of course Santa!
The live shows begin at 5 pm. Come early to find a parking spot. There is lots of parking beneath the outdoor mall with elevators and handicap services available.
Glenda’s Christmas Cottage has some great events going on this year including paint your own sign. Cost is $50 per person. You get to choose your sign and decoration. Bundle up because the event will be held in the carport. Sign up for 6:30 start or the 7:30 start.
Visit Glenda’s Christmas Cottage Website for more info on listed events.
- Dickens Village Party
- Cookie Decorating Mrs. Claus
- West Coast Christmas Show
- Felt Sweater Wreaths
- Tree Decorating Class
- Artisan Market
The holidays are all about following traditions. How about making some new ones. The Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast is happening on Friday, November 23 hosted by the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre; benefiting the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau.
Drop by anytime from 6 am-9:30 am with your toy or $ donation and enjoy a free buffet breakfast.
There will be fantastic live entertainment presented by Sevenoaks Shopping Centre– including a photo booth, a
This is a great cause! If you can’t come for breakfast then drive-thru is setup where you can donate and get a coffee and goodie on your way to work.