Fraser Valley Festivities: Your Guide to Holiday Cheer

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Embracing the Season with Kim Phillips Real Estate Team

As the frost begins to settle and the festive season beckons, the Kim Phillips Real Estate Team, a leading name in Cloverdale, Surrey, and Langley real estate, is excited to guide you through the wonderland of winter activities occurring in the Fraser Valley. From Canada Place to Cloverdale, the holiday spirit is alive and waiting to be discovered.

1.    Santa Parade of Lights in Cloverdale: A Dazzling Start to the Season

Kick off your winter celebrations at the 13th annual Santa Parade of Lights in Cloverdale Town Centre at 5 pm on December 3rd. This magical nighttime parade marks Santa’s grand arrival, turning the streets into a wonderland of twinkle lights and cheer. It’s a must-see event for families and friends, setting the tone for a season of joy. Fun fact: the most-watched commercial of all time, the 1997 Coca-Cola lighted truck commercial, was filmed in this very location. Completely free, the organizers encourage non-perishable food or gift donations for the Cloverdale Community Kitchen, Surrey Food Bank, and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.


2.    Cloverdale Christmas Tree Festival: A Forest of Festivity

From November 25th to December 18th, the Museum of Surrey transforms into a flurry of festivities with its indoor Christmas Tree Festival. Marvel at 30+ beautifully decorated trees, each one a unique creation by local Cloverdale businesses. Free and perfect for all ages, this event is a delightful way to explore the community’s holiday spirit. Plus, if you’re in the giving spirit, the Museum of Surrey accepts unopened toys and non-perishable food donations for the Cloverdale Community Hamper.


3.    Bear Creek Christmas Train: A Whimsical Ride

Putting the “Ho Ho!” in “Choo Choo,” hop aboard the Bear Creek Christmas Train for a trip to Winter Wonderland. You’re invited to a charming holiday adventure from December 2nd to 31st this holiday season. The beloved Christmas mini-trains, the Santa Express and the Christmas Night Train, are adorned with festive lights and decorations, offering a magical ride through a winter dreamscape. After your train ride, unleash your creativity at the crafts table and pay a visit to Santa Claus.


4.    Winter Ice Palace: Skating in a Festive Wonderland

From December 18th to January 7th, the Cloverdale Arena (6090 176 Street) transforms into the enchanting Winter Ice Palace. Surrounded by trees, lights, and holiday décor, skate to the season’s catchiest holiday tunes. A delightful way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, this festive skating experience is the perfect celebration for friends and families.


5.    Glow Langley: A Carnival of Christmas Lights

Time to get that holiday glow! Until December 30th at 6690 216 St., Glow Langley is merging Christmas cheer with carnival splendour. This year’s Christmas Carnival offers scavenger hunts, live performances, and a market showcasing local artisans. Friendly for all ages, the Glow-comotive train ride and enchanting light displays provide a magical experience to end 2023.


6.    Vancouver Christmas Market: A Taste of Germany

Sip, savour, and celebrate in Canada Place. Dive into the splendour of holiday cheer with Vancouver’s most-anticipated Christmas market. The pinnacle of merriment in Metro Vancouver, the German-themed Vancouver Christmas Market, occurs at Jack Poole Plaza. Running until Christmas Eve, this outdoor market features artisan vendors, food carts, and festive activities. Plus, visitors can participate in a market-wide scavenger hunt and enjoy live entertainment.


7.    Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge: A Unique Holiday Experience

The perfect blend of thrill and merriment, take a stroll down Vancouver’s world-famous bridge. Until January 21st, North Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge Park hosts the breathtaking Canyon Lights. Bask in the beauty of unique bridges and wonderful walkways decorated for the season with tasteful Christmas light displays. An unforgettable experience, get your dose of adventure this holiday season.


8.    VanDusen Festival of Lights: A Long-Standing Tradition

Celebrating its 39th anniversary, the VanDusen Festival of Lights runs until January 7th. Vancouver’s longest-running winter holiday attraction, gaze at the infamous Dancing Lights, explore themed light areas, and enjoy tasty treats from various food vendors. Explore over 15 acres of botanical wonderland adorned with twinkle lights and vibrant colour displays, carefully placed around rare plants and local wildlife. With first-rate light displays, it’s a must-visit for all ages.


9.    Dundarave Festival of Lights: West Vancouver’s Holiday Heart

Known as the “Ultimate Canadian Christmas,” the Dundarave Festival of Lights brings together the charm of the North Shore and the joy of the holiday season. Enjoy the illuminated Forest of Miracles, free live music, and a bonfire party, creating a heartwarming holiday atmosphere along West Vancouver’s waterfront. Taking place every Saturday in December, this event is “fabulously festive and absolutely free!”

A Winter of Wonders in the Fraser Valley

The Fraser Valley offers something magical for everyone with its various holiday celebrations and winter activities. Whether you’re in Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley, or a nearby city, our local realtors at the Kim Phillips Real Estate Team invite you to embrace the festive season and create lasting memories in this winter wonderland.