Counting Down to Christmas

How soon is TOO SOON to get excited about the holiday season?

Are you one of those people who can’t stand to hear Christmas music in the mall until well into December? Or have you already watched Love Actually twice (and cried)? Whether you like it or not, we’re ramping up to the holidays, and even though Christmas this year is going to look a whole lot different than in years past, we think that there is still reason to get festive and celebrate the season, from a socially-distanced distance of course! 

We’re not ashamed to admit that we embrace the holidays wholeheartedly. After all, it all goes by in such a flash! Besides, there’s so much going on in Surrey over the next month that it’s hard not to get excited about warm apple cider, local crafts, and whether or not you’ve made the ‘good list’.

Christmas Lights
One of the most magical aspects of the holidays is the Christmas lights that illuminate the city! There are lights strung in trees all across the city, and a spectacular 60-foot tree and a light tunnel in Surrey Civic Plaza. But possibly the most spectacular, and truly joy-inducing, are the light displays that locals have put up at their houses! This year it seems that people are giving Clark Griswold a run for his money, and the local displays are on point! The Surrey Now-Leader has put a map together showing where the best houses are, so bundle the kids into the car, grab a hot chocolate, put Christmas music on the radio and go check out the lights!

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

Did you miss the annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival? Not to worry, this annual winter tradition was changed to a virtual celebration, which means that if you missed it the first time, you can always catch it online! Hosted by everyone’s favourite duo, Santa and Mrs. Claus, this year’s free family-friendly livestreamed event was filled with talented local performers, choirs and dance groups. Tune in from home with holiday baking demonstrations, comedy sketches, kids crafts, stories and more.

Tom Jackson’s The Huron Carole
December 11 | 7:00 – 8:00pm

Start your holiday season with a feel-good Canadian music tradition that spans more than three decades. Expect an evening of contemporary and signature Christmas music, along with stories creatively crafted by Tom Jackson. This performance will be one of several across Canada raising funds for local food banks and family service agencies.

Cloverdale Christmas Tree Tours
Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Avenue
December 1 – 18

Bundle up the family and take a stroll through the Museum of Surrey to enjoy the 25 Christmas trees that have been beautifully decorated by Cloverdale businesses. Pre-registration is required so they can keep attendance numbers low and maintain ample space for social distancing. Book your one hour spot early to see the trees and then tour the museum after. Register online anytime or by phone at 604.592.6956 Wednesday to Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm.

Santa Window Walk
Downtown Surrey
Ends December 13

It’s like a festive scavenger hunt! Head to Downtown Surrey and look for windows at 20 businesses (find the map here) throughout the city that have been painted with holiday-themed artwork. Each window has a different, fun and cute theme depending on the business and each window has a poster next to it with a QR code that is linked to a local charity, so you can pair your festive hunt with the spirit of giving and donate while you’re enjoying the windows.  And, be sure to tag the Downtown Surrey BIA when you post pics of the windows to Instagram and be entered for a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes: a Nespresso machine, 3 gift baskets and a tuition scholarship to Drake Medox College. We have more information about this event on our website, as well as a map and list of participating businesses:

Gingerbread Village
Central City Shopping Centre, 10153 King George Blvd
December 5 – 13

The most delicious display of the year is the annual Gingerbread Village at Central City Shopping Centre. Breathe in the delicious and warm scent of cinnamon and nutmeg and prepare to be amazed at the talent and skill that this year’s participants have brought to their festive creations. Each creation is unique, so be sure to take the time to appreciate the details and hard work that goes into creating a true gingerbread masterpiece. Over 20 gingerbread houses make up the display and be sure to vote for your favourites by donating!  $1 = 1 vote and all of the money collected will be donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

Twas the Night Before Christmas in Fleetwood
Ends December 31

Look for the snowglobes and winter scenes painted on the windows 0f select Fleetwood business windows for a chance to win daily prizes and a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree to local Fleetwood businesses! Post a photo of your family (or yourself) in front of the window (or just the window art) to Facebook and/or Instagram, and tag @fleetwoodbia. Also tag the location and/or username of the Fleetwood business that owns the window you’re posting, and don’t forget to include the #hashtags painted on the mural. And as an added fun bonus, there are 14 window murals that have the stanzas to the poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Piece together the poem and list the businesses in the correct order (download blank list here) with the correct stanza that completes the poem, for a chance to win a shopping spree.