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Cloverdale Christmas Calendar

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If you’re home for the holidays, there’s no better place than Cloverdale. We’ve compiled a full Christmas calendar of events, complete with craft fairs, church bazaars, special events, entertainment and children’s activities to help you and your family get the most out of the holiday season.

CRAFT SALES

Christmas in Cloverdale

Gift and Craft Marketplace, at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds (Shannon Hall and Alice McKay buildings), Dec. 2 and 3. Featuring more than 100 vendors and family-friendly fun, including Joseph the Magician, make your own crafts, enjoy a visit with Santa, and sample foods from the concession. Open Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but please bring a donation for the Surrey Food Bank. Visit christmasincloverdale.com for more info.

 

Paints ‘n Bloom

West Coast Gardens presents Paints ‘n Bloom, Dec. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, 1420 172 St., South Surrey. Featuring award winning artists Audrey Bakewell and Wendy Mould.

 

Christmas Sale

Semiahmoo Potters present their 17th annual pottery sale, Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. At Ocean Park Community Hall, 1577 128 Street Surrey. Call 604-538-1984.

Christmas Bazaar

Precious Blood’s annual parish bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pancake breakfasted hosted by the Knights of Columbus, white elephant tables, bake table, student crafts, children’s games, craft tables and performances. The parish is located at 17475 59 Avenue, Surrey.

 

Holiday Shopping Fair

Presented at George Greenaway Elementary School by the Parent Advisory Council, Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for some holiday shopping. Handmade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and much more. Come out and support local businesses. Gift bags for the first 25 people in the door and door prizes galore.

 

Gift shop artists show and sale

The Surrey Art Gallery Association presents its annual show and sale. Meet the artists and see displays of their current work, in ceramics, wood, glass, jewellery, hand-painted silk, natural soap, cards and more. Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Call 604-501-5181.

SPECIAL EVENTS

An evening with Santa

A.J. McLellan Elementary, Thursday Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bake sale, kids games and activities, crafter’s tables, cake walk, concession, photos with Santa (take your own photo!), door prizes and more. Everyone welcome. Admission $3 per person, or $10/family.

 

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival 2011

Central City Plaza will be illuminated Saturday, Dec. 3 with a tree-lighting ceremony and festivities. Activities include road hockey, curling and performances. Meet mayor and council, Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Free concerts featuring the Touch of Brass ensemble, These Kids Wear Crowns and Fefe Dobson. Crafts, hot chocolate, face painting and more. Gates open at 2 p.m., tree lighting at 5 p.m., concerts start at 7 p.m. Free admission (please bring a donation for the Surrey Food Bank).

 

Gammer’s Free Family Movie

Presenting Christmas with the Kranks, Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Clova Cinema. It’s Jim and Stephen Gammer’s client family appreciation event. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., movie starts at 4 p.m. Followed by Santa’s Christmas parade. Limited seating. Please RSVP manny@gammer.ca.

 

Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights

The annual Christmas parade in Cloverdale begins at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4. It starts at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds parking lot and through the historic town centre, heading down 176A St. and turning west at 58A Ave. and continuing south along 176 St. Bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to donate to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau. For more information, visit www.cloverdalebia.com or contact the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association at 604-576-3155 or the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce at 604-574-9802.

 

Pictures with Santa

Cloverdale’s Dog Gone Beautiful Grooming is hosting its 5th annual pet pictures with Santa event on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. t o3 p.m. Donations to the SPCA. Come join us for a great cause!

 

Pet Photos with Santa

Bring your pet for a photo with Santa on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barnes Harley-Davidson dealership at 8859 201 St., Langley. Proceeds from each $10 donation will go to Semiahmoo Animal League Inc. to support programs for at-risk children and at-risk animals. Andreas Bernauer Photography is donating his time and expertise to the event. Visit www.sali.ca for call 604-657-2957 for more information.

CHOIRS

Christmas concert

So This is Christmas, presented by the Langley Community Chorus, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, 20525 72 Ave., Langley. Matinee concert Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Rd., Langley, and Sunday Dec. 11,  3 p.m. St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 3025 264 St. Aldergrove. For more information visit www.langleychorus.org.

SURREY MUSEUM

Pioneer Christmas

On Saturday, Dec. 10, celebrate Pioneer Christmas at the Surrey Museum, a day of family-friendly holiday activities from 1-3 p.m. Holiday crafts, vintage Christmas card displays, short holiday films and treats. Please bring a donation for the Surrey Food Bank. The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Avenue. Call 604-592-6956 for more information or visit www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/2389.aspx.

 

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Winter break fun for kids

Winter break day camps at the Surrey Museum. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Polar Adventures Tuesday Dec. 20. Explore the world of Canada’s north through games, crafts and films. Kids will learn about packing dolls, snow goggles and other fascinating aspects of our north. Storybook Winters, Wednesday, Dec. 21. Explore winter-themed fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and the Japanese with crafts and games. Enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate as you listen to the stories. Please pre-register by calling 604-592-6956.

 

Deck the Halls

Kids will love making toy soldiers and glittering ornaments to decorate their own holiday spaces. From 4-6 p.m., Dec. 14 at the Surrey Museum. Register at 604-592-6956 or www.surrey.ca/heritage.

 

Winter explorers

Kids celebrate winter traditions from many lands through crafts, film and games. Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1-3 p.m., at the Surrey Museum. Register at 604-592-6956 or www.surrey.ca/heritage.

 

HISTORIC STEWART FARM

13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey

 

Heritage Christmas Weekends

Take a break from the frantic pace of a modern Christmas and share the quiet joys of the season with your family. Sample fresh baking, tour the decorated farmhouse and make traditional crafts. Sat. Dec. 3-4, noon to 4 p.m. All ages, by donation.

 

Christmas Open House

Enter the magical world of an old-fashioned Christmas. Make holiday crafts with your children, sample wood stove-baked treats and hot spiced apple cider, and tour the farmhouse, charmingly decorated for Christmas. Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. Drop in, all ages. Entrance by donation. At Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road Surrey. For more information call 604-592-6956.

 

Evening Carol Sing

Saturday, Dec. 10 from 7-9 p.m. All ages, by donation. Experience how Surrey families made Christmas music long ago. Join us for an intimate evening of traditional carols in Stewart Hall, then sample festive treats in the farmhouse. Must pre-register; space is limited. For more information call 604-592-6956.

 

ON STAGE

Christmas on Location

Johnston Heights Church presents its 22nd annual Christmas musical, Christmas on Location, the story of a TV reporter on assignment on Christmas Eve. Evening performances are Dec. 7 to 11, at 7:30 p.m., and there are matinees on Dec. 10 and 11, at 3 p.m. Johnston Heights Church is located on the corner of 96 Avenue and 152 Street, south of Guildford Mall. Tickets are free (the show is a gift from the church to the community), but bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the church’s food bank. Childcare available for children under three years of age. Visit www.hopetoyou.com to order free tickets.

 

The Nutcracker

Royal City Youth Ballet company’s 23rd season of this much-loved ballet. Presented at the Surrey Arts Centre Dec. 9-11. www.surrey.ca/arts or call 604-501-5566.

 

Sword in the Stone

Ellie King’s Sword in the Stone, a traditional British Panto at its unruly best. Dec. 15 to 31 at the Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave., Surrey. Evenings 7 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets 604-501-5566 or visit www.arts.surrey.ca.

 

Beauty and the Beast

The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sillivan Society’s annual family panto. Presented Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 (Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.), at Surrey Arts Centre, mainstage. Tickets 604-501-5566.

 

Christmas with the King

Steve Elliott performs a tribute to Elvis with a Christmas theme, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 (Cloverdale) Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets available in advance at the bar.

 

ONGOING

Holiday Train

Christmas at the Bear Creek Park Train runs Dec. 3, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride on the train through the Christmas forest display and Santa’s Golden Reindeer tunnel exhibit. Located in the centre of Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Avenue, King George Blvd., Surrey. Call 604-501-1232 for details.

 

Potters Christmas Light Show

Potter’s nursery at 19158 48 Avenue is all decked out for the season. It’s annual Christmas Light show features shining trees, and dancing, flickering stars moving in synchronization with the music. Free. Tune your car radio to 105.5 FM. There are 22,000 LED lights. Free, nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. until Christmas Eve.

AROUND THE REGION

Festival of Lights

Take in the Festival of Lights at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Gardens, another seasonal favourite. Open nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 to Jan. 2, except Dec. 25.

 

Heritage Christmas

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum runs to Dec. 31, featuring traditional entertainment, demonstrations and hands-on activities and exhibits from the early 1900s. Musicians, entertainers, demonstrators, storytellers, community choirs and heritage crafts throughout Nov. 26 to Dec. 14 from noon to 4:30 p.m., and from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1 from noon to 8 p.m. (Closed Dec. 24 and 25). Located at 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby.

 

The Peak of Christmas

While it’s raining at sea level, it’s a winter wonderland on the slopes. Experience pure winter magic at Grouse Mountain to Dec. 24. Skate on an outdoor rink, visit Santa in his workshop, take a sleigh ride, or listen to carols. Take in the SOS Children’s Village Parade of Lights. Visit www.grousemountain.com for more details.

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