The Holidays Are Here!

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.

Yup! If you couldn’t tell by this November post, 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 Train at Bear Creek Park

3750 – 88th Avenue at King George Blvd.

Friday December 4 till Sunday January 3 2016 (closed December 25th), 10:00am to 4:00pm  

(604) 501-1232

Well, the Polar Express it ain’t. In fact it might just be a bit better! It’s warmer, for one. (Thanks, temperate West Coast climate!) In addition to taking an enchanting train ride through the Christmas forest, your children will have a chance to partake in activities on the platform, receive a candy cane and even visit with the big guy himself. That’s right. Santa’s taken time out of his busy schedule to visit the station from December 4 to December 24. I know. How does he do it all?

Admission is $8.50 each + tax for adults & children

Christmas Express at the Surrey Museum

17710 56A Avenue

Saturday December 12, 10am to  2pm      

(604) 592-6956

Do your little ones love trains? What about the magical Christmas classic The Polar Express? Drop them off at the Museum station so they can ride on the rails through Surrey’s train history. The event includes additional activities and the movie and book, The Polar Express!

You can register online or by calling the Surrey Museum. The event is catered to children aged 6 to nine and costs $30 for one session.

Christmas at the Loafing Shed

The Loafing Shed Glass Studio, 9060 184 Street

November 27 to December 20, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm  (Glassblowing until 2:00 pm only)

(604) 612-2753

The Loafing Shed Glass Studio is the home studio of glass-blower, Robert Gary Parkes. Robert and his wife Jeanette host open-house events at the studio throughout the year and this holiday season they’re opening their doors to show you how they do Christmas at the Loafing Shed: a casual country holiday atmosphere, complimentary seasonal beverages, special displays of small gift items by local artists and artisans, and of course, glass blowing. While you’re there, why not cross some Christmas shopping off your list by stocking up on festively-packaged jams and preserves made by Jeanette.

Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights

Cloverdale Town Centre, 176A Street and 60 Avenue

Sunday December 6, 4pm to 7pm

(604) 576-3155

Santa Claus is coming to town, and we want to make sure we give him a welcome he won’t soon forget! The 10th Annual Surrey Santa Parade starts at the Cloverdale Town Centre and ends up in Holland Park.

The parade is made up of a collection of lighted fire trucks, ambulances, horse drawn carriages, vintage vehicles, floats, community groups, dance groups, mascots, R/C vehicles and sporting groups who lead the way for the guest of honour!

Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation, unwrapped toy, or monetary donation for the two charitable organisations involved this year – Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau. Visit the website for the parade route.