Find your holiday spirit in the Fraser Valley this month with festive merriments, Christmas shopping and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Here’s a look into what’s going on in Chilliwack, Langley, Surrey and Abbotsford this December.
Cultus Lake Christmas
Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas at this fun, family event with entertainment, a German Christmas Market and a lights display along the lake.
- When: December 4, 5 and 6
- Where: Cultus Lake
- Website: cultuslakechristmas.ca
Finish up your last minute Christmas shopping and browse the home-based products, local vendors and vintage finds at Market Madness.
- When: Dec 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Evergreen Hall, 9291 Corbould Street
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Murrayville Holiday Market
Browse over 50 local vendors at this year’s holiday market and enjoy Christmas crafts, holiday baking and festive cheer.
- When: December 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Where: Murrayville Hall
- Cost: Free admission
- Info: facebook.com/MurrayvilleCraftFair
Breakfast with Santa
Spend the morning having breakfast with the man himself along with crafts, face painting and a magic show.
- When: December 5, 9 to 11 a.m.
- Where: Douglas Recreation Centre
- Website: cityoflangley.ca/events
Aldergrove’s Christmas Light Up Parade
Watch the Christmas parade run along the Fraser Highway through downtown Aldergrove with free hot chocolate and festive carols.
- When: December 12, 6 to 10 p.m.
- Where: Downtown Aldergrove
- Website: aldergrovefair.ca
Newton Community Walk
Join the community in taking ownership of Newton by cleaning up the streets and picking up trash to help drive change in the neighbourhood.
- When: December 4, 9 to 11 a.m.
- Where: Newton BIA, 200-7380 King George Blvd
- Contact: Nasrin Baji, 604-593-2294
Kensington Prairie Holiday Tree Lighting
Get into the holiday spirit at the annual tree lighting ceremony and enjoy a special visit from Santa.
- When: December 5, 4 to 6 p.m.
- Where: Kensington Prairie Community Centre
- Contact: Call 604-592-2605 for more details
- Info: Visitors must pre-register using code TTR# 4415825
The Whalley Santa Cause
Get into the community spirit on Christmas day and walk the streets of Whalley to hand out hampers to the homeless.
- When: December 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
- Where: Meet at Gateway Station, Whalley
- Contact: Call 778-233-4344
- Info: facebook.com/WhalleySantaCause
North Pole BC
Watch Santa and his Elves work their magic at the enchanting North Pole BC event and enjoy festive activities for children and families alike.
- When: Dec 5 to 6, 12 to 13 and 19 to 23
- Where: TRADEX
- Website: northpolebc.com
Christmas Confetti Masquerade Ball
Dress up in your best attire and finest mask and dance the night away to swing music at the Confetti Masquerade Ball.
- When: December 27, 7 p.m. onwards
- Where: Abbotsford Centre
- Cost: Tickets $36.75 plus fees
- Website: abbotsfordcentre.ca
Fraser Valley First Night 2016
Ring in 2016 at this family-friendly event with fireworks, carnival rides, live entertainment, a balloon drop and of course, a big New Year’s celebration.
- When: December 31, doors open at 5 p.m.
- Where: TRADEX
- Cost: Tickets from $12
- Website: fvtradex.com/first-night