Winter Events in the Fraser Valley
Holiday Shows at Highstreet
When: Every Saturday until December 15th 5pm
Where: Highstreet Shopping Centre
What to Expect: Join Highstreet for their spectacular holiday shows every Saturday this season! Featuring performances by the MEI Screaming Eagles marching band, Project Dance, Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy, and of course Santa! Don’t forget to book your online appointment for photos with Santa, no waiting required!
Merry & Bright
When: Daily until December 24th
Where: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
What to Expect: An interactive holiday experience for the whole family! Featuring a Letters to Santa station, Craft Cabin, Toy Station, Sugar Town Bakery, Trees of Hope, Festive Fun and live entertainment on the Sounds of the Season Stage. This event will be taking place in the old Sears location and is free although donations benefitting Big Brothers and Big Sisters are greatly appreciated! Additionally, Santa will be at Sevenoaks all season long for your photo needs!
Maan Farms Christmas Markets
When: Saturday December 1st & 8th and Sunday December 2nd & 9th 10am-5pm
Where: Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery
What to Expect: Some of the best vendors from The Fraser Valley are going to have one of a kind gift items for all of your Christmas shopping needs. There will also be Mama Maan's Authentic Eats, wine tastings and complimentary samples from our Country Kitchen!
Christmas Open House
When: Saturday December 1st 12pm-4pm
Where: Trethewey House Heritage Site
What to Expect: Come and view one of the most famous houses in Abbotsford all decorated with 1920s Christmas flair and enjoy hot beverages and delicious holiday treats. We will be collecting donations for the food bank in lieu of an entry fee, so be sure to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation!
Valley Collective Christmas Market
When: Saturday December 1st 1pm-9pm
Where: The Rail District Community Market
What to Expect: Come shop Abbotsford’s finest artisans at this European-style Christmas Market, focusing on hand-made, local products that have been selected to showcase the best of the Fraser Valley. Enjoy mulled red wine, live entertainment, outdoor fire pits and food trucks while discovering your new favorite products and that perfect Christmas gift!
Winter Jubilee & Tree Lighting
When: Saturday December 1st 5pm-9pm
Where: Historic Downtown Abbotsford
What to Expect: The 29th Annual Winter Jubilee returns with festive fun like a synthetic ice rink (bring your skates!), Christmas marketplace, festive eats and treats, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music & carolers, food trucks and a fireworks show! Attendees will be able to browse the local shops, eateries and outdoor vendors, while revelling in the many sights, sounds and flavours of the season at this free holiday event.
Sojourn in the Country
When: Saturday December 8th 11am-4pm
Where: Mt. Lehman, various locations
What to Expect: The businesses of Mt. Lehman will be hosting their winter Sojourn in the Country event this year on Saturday, December 8th. An open house style event, you’re invited to experience the slow country living and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Stop by the local businesses to meet the owners and makers, peruse the goods and take home a gift or two. The scenic drive makes this the perfect afternoon holiday activity.
Cirque Musica Wonderland
When: Thursday December 20th & Friday December 21st 7pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre
What to Expect: Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland is a fun-filled concert experience for the whole family! Audiences will journey into a visual world of “Wonderland” with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of a symphony orchestra performing the greatest holiday music of all time.
When: Wednesday November 28th 6-7:30pm
Where: Minter Country Garden
What to Expect: Enjoy an evening of creativity and fun! Sip on hot apple cider and nibble on appetizer bites while you create a beautiful outdoor wreath (with a little help from the experts)! Learn techniques that will make it look fabulous, why certain materials work a bit better than others, and come away with a lovely holiday piece for your home! Tickets are $60 and pre-registration is required.
Light Up Downtown
When: Thursday November 29th, Festivities begin at 5:30pm, Tree Lighting at 6pm
Where: Salish Park
What to Expect: Join the Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, City of Chilliwack, Chilliwack Fire Department, Chilliwack Chiefs, and Prospera Credit Union for a festive evening including a Christmas Tree Lighting! Enjoy interactive light displays, live holiday music, warm treats and a visit from Santa himself.
Cultus Lake Christmas
When: Friday November 30th & Saturday December 1st 5pm-8pm
Where: Cultus Lake Park
What to Expect: Enjoy a Cultus Christmas with lit up trees, an artisan market, holiday music, a colouring contest for the kids, and of course, Santa. Warm up with hot chocolate, apple cider and even some marshmallows roasting on an open fire!
Rotary Christmas Parade
When: Saturday December 1st 5:30pm
Where: Downtown Chilliwack
What to Expect: Don’t miss this Chilliwack tradition! Bundle up and take the family down early to get the best view of the parade route. Enjoy fun floats, lots of festive music and make sure you wave to Santa as he passes by!
Elf Academy Kids Crafts
When: December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd 10am
Where: Minter Country Garden
What to Expect: This popular event returns for four sessions this year, each with a different theme! Participants will be creating fun, garden inspired crafts worthy of Santa's approval and, at the end of the session each participant will receive a special certificate of completion. 'Grown Ups' will have the option of participating this year too (the same fee will apply), and some of the crafts will allow for a bit more complex crafting. Space will be limited and pre-registration and payment are required.
Breakfast with Santa
When: Sunday December 2nd
Where: Cultivate Café at Minter Country Garden
What to Expect: Join us for a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa himself. Mingle with Santa and snap the perfect holiday photo. Cookie decorating, hot chocolate station and a self-guided scavenger hunt through Minter Country Garden are included in the morning of fun. Santa will give each child 2 gifts, 1 for themselves and one for them to donate. Check online for pricing, seating times and reservation information.
Christmas at Klaassen Farms
When: Various dates throughout December, 9am-5pm
Where: Klaassen Farms
What to Expect: Shop local this Christmas at Klaassen Farms! A variety of locally grown treats, eats and goods will be available at their farm store, including their famous frozen blueberries! Pick up something for your holiday entertaining, or grab a gift for the hostess!
Petey’s Country Christmas
When: Saturday December 8th 4pm-9pm & Monday December 31st 4pm-8pm
Where: Petey’s Pumpkin Patch (Fantasy Farms)
What to Expect: Bring the kids to this Chilliwack classic! Lots of indoor and outdoor festive activities, train rides, and a maze of Christmas lights! A visit from Santa makes for a picture perfect holiday evening. Please bring a donation to the food bank or $1 for admission.
Lights on The Lake
When: Daily until January 28th
Where: Village of Harrison Hot Springs
What to Expect: This holiday light display will be glowing up the waterfront of the Harrison lagoon from November 24-January 28. The inaugural lighting occurs at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 24th with pre-lighting festivities including complimentary hot chocolate, a roving Sasquatch, and a few other surprises. This is a free attraction, and will be lit from dusk to 11:00 PM.
Christmas Tree Trail
When: Daily until January 14th
Where: Village of Harrison Hot Springs, various locations
What to Expect: Unwrap the holiday season in Harrison Hot Springs. The Christmas Tree Trail is a self-guided Christmas Tree tour that will take you through the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. Enjoy seasonal favourites at featured coffee shops and restaurants, and retailers. Find last-minute Christmas gifts, for others and yourself, and find our weekly giveaways-located in a different business each week! Pick up the trail guide at your accommodation, along the route, or at the Harrison Visitor Information Centre.