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Surrey Events Calendar: December 1st to December 15th

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Surrey Events Calendar:

December 1st to December 15th

Holiday Happenings

Surrey Santa Parade

Santa is coming to Surrey!

Visit the Cloverdale Town Centre at 5 pm on Sunday, December 3 and celebrate the arrival of Santa with a magical evening and a lighted parade. A convoy of lighted Big Rigs will leave Cloverdale at 5:30 pm and will travel through Fleetwood on its way to City Centre for a display on University Boulevard just west of City Hall. The North Surrey Lions Club will be there selling hot dogs and snacks along with playing Christmas music. The Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau will also be taking donations of food, toys, and cash.

Location: Cloverdale Town Centre, 5748 176 St (Travels through Fleetwood to University Boulevard near City Hall)

Date & Time: December 3, 2017; 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Contact:
Paul Orazietti
cloverdalebia@telus.net

Cost: Free

Website: Surrey Santa Parade

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a delicious Christmas breakfast with Santa at a recreation centre near you!

December 2 to 16, 2017 | Various Locations and Times
Cost: $8.00 per child, $4.00 per adult; Children ages 2 and under are free; Registration is required.
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Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park

Come ride the Christmas Train Bear Creek Park.  Visit with Santa and receive a candy cane, Christmas activity kit and enjoy a train ride through the Christmas forest.  Santa is at the station December 9 – 24th. Admission: $11 + taxes (adults & children).

When: December 8, 2017 – January 7, 2018 (closed December 25th)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Bear Creek Park
Address: 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey
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Christmas Open House

Sing Christmas carols accompanied by the farm’s piano, sample delicious Victorian treats baked in a wood stove, and make a charming old-time Christmas decoration for your tree at home. Admission is FREE.
When: December 2, 2017
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Brooksdale Environmental Centre
Address:  1620 192 Street, Surrey

Beginners Cookie Decorating – Christmas Edition

Come learn the basics of decorating cookies with royal icing! Refreshments will be provided.

Our two-hour class will cover:

  • Royal Icing consistencies
  • Marbeling
  • Wet-on-wet techniques
  • Layering
  • Embellishment

You will decorate an assortment of approximately 12-15 cookies (our party platter option), and take them home in a bakery box, with recipe card and instructions on how to do everything again at home!

When: December 8th, 2017; 12.30 pm – 14.30 pm

Where: Sweet Ellie Belle Cookies – 4717 Cannery Place, Delta

Cost: $45

 

Very Vintage Christmas

Holiday celebrations are going old-style at the Surrey Museum’s Very Vintage Christmas. Tap your toes while the Society of Versatile Entertainers perform “Magical Christmas” at 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45. There will be plenty of retro holiday games to entertain the family. Help the kids make vintage-style decorations. And don’t forget your camera for a picture with Santa (he arrives at 1:15pm). Please bring a donation for the Surrey Food Bank.
When: December 17, 2016
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Surrey Museum
Address: 17710 – 56A Avenue, Surrey BC
Websitewww.surrey.ca

Family Christmas Craft Night

Each family will:

  • Enjoy hot cocoa, Christmas crafts and music
  • Decorate and enjoy bee cookies
  • Create a wax tree ornament (one for each family member)
  • Pour a jar of local honey (one per family)

Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Honeybee Centre 7480 176 st, Surrey

Cost: $35+tax for a family of 4;  $5 each additional family member

 

Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir: Sounds of Christmas

Kick off the Christmas season with melodies and merriment at this annual Christmas concert! Running time: approximately 2 hours, including intermission.

December 5, 2017 | Surrey Arts Centre
Cost: $24 to $39
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Westcoast Harmony Chorus Christmas Sing-a-Thon

Westcoast Harmony Chorus sings your favourite Christmas songs at various locations in Surrey and the Lower Mainland.

Performances in Surrey are at the City Centre Library from 12-12:30pm and Save-On-Foods from 4:30-5:00pm.

Location: 

  • City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive (12 – 12:30 pm)
  • Save-On-Foods, 12130 Nordel Way (V)

Contact:

Joyce Gram
604-574-7272
email@joycegram.com

Cost: Free

Website: Westcoast Sings

Seniors Christmas Dining Out Series

Socialize with friends while enjoying Christmas festivities, a delicious meal and great entertainment that’s sure to bring out a sleigh full of holiday spirit.

December 7 to 15, 2017 | Various Locations and Times
Cost: Prices vary at each location and registration is required.
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Pioneer Christmas

Visit the decorated Victorian farmhouse, sing along to carols and live music and craft vintage Christmas décor.

December 9, 2017, at 11 am to 3 pm | Historic Stewart Farm
Cost: Free
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Evening Carol Sing (All Ages)

Sing your heart out during a festive evening of carols, treats, and merriment after hours in the charmingly decorated Stewart Hall.

December 9, 2017, at 6 pm to 7 pm or 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Historic Stewart Farm
Cost: $5.00
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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

A staged reading is a thoroughly enjoyable way to experience a play. With no sets and costumes, you’ll engage your imagination to create the play in your own mind while hearing it read by talented actors.

Running time: approximately 90 minutes, no intermission

Location: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Date & Time: December 13, 2017 at 8pm

Contact:
Box Office
604-501-5566

Cost: $15

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Skate with Santa

Glide around the ice rink and meet Santa!

December 9 and 10, 2017 | Newton Arena and North Surrey Arena
Cost: Regular Admission.
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Holiday Market at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre

Buy local for everyone on your list from 25 vendors from across the lower mainland!

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, 14601 20 Ave

Dec 1 | 1:00 – 7:00pm
Dec 2 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: info@semiahmooarts.com

Cost: Free

Walnut Road Elementary Holiday Market

Everything from handmade items to the best in direct sales ensures there will be something for everyone.

Shop a variety of 30+ vendors, enter the raffle and 50/50 draw, and enjoy the bake sale, concession, kids area, music and cheer!

Location: Walnut Road Elementary, 16152 82 Ave

Date & Time: December 2, 2017;  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost: By donation

 

Christmas at The Loafing Shed

Shop jewelry, quilted throws, photo cards, and many more! Also, enjoy complimentary seasonal beverages and warm up in the studio.

Location: 9060 184 St, Surrey

Date and Time: Friday’s, Saturday’s & Sunday’s – November 17 to December 17th, 2017  10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Glassblowing until 2:00 pm only)

Contact: (604) 612-2753

Cost: Free

Christmas Store at Potters

Potters 28,000 square-foot shop has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland. With unique holiday items from around the world to visits from Mr & Mrs Claus, everyone in your family will enjoy a visit. Dazzling though Potters’ decor may be, this is also the place for quirky gifts. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers like decks of cards featuring superheroes, a battery-operated train in a tin, zoom helicopters, a fishing- or equestrian-related bauble for the tree, the ultimate pair of gardening gloves for your green-thumbed relative – or fun culinary-themed gifts like Bacon Ketchup, or a Book of Hot Sauces (with small bottles of 12 different hot sauces) – you’ll find something for everyone on your list. On weekends, festive live music enhances the holiday spirit, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus making appearances at the store.

When: ongoing until December 24th, 2016
Time: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sat); 10am – 6pm (Sun)
Where: Potters
Address: 19158 48th Avenue, Surrey
Websitewww.potters.ca/christmas

 

Big Rigs For Kids Lighted Truck Parade

There will be events and entertainment throughout the evening, beginning with the one and only Chris Hamilton at 4:30 pm. Warm up your voices and get ready to sing some of your favorite Christmas classics with the second annual Christmas Carol sing-a-long from 5-6 pm.

Location: Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104 Ave; Between City Hall and City Centre Library

Date & Time: December 3, 2017; 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Contact:
Bonnie Burnside
604-580-2321
bonnie@downtownsurreybia.com

Cost: Free

Holiday Art Jam

Get into the holiday spirit by hanging out and getting creative. Help make a gingerbread house, block print your own wrapping paper, or explore other holiday-themed arts and crafts. No previous art skills required. This is a free event open to youth and young adults.

Location: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Ave (Youth Lounge)

Date & Time: December 14, 2017; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Contact:
Edward Westerhuis
604-591-4194
communityart@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

 

Photos with Santa

Ho-Ho-Ho! Capture your holiday memories and get a festive photo taken with Santa at Central City.  Photos with Santa are offered from November 18 to December 24 at Santa Land, on the south side of the centre near Tim Hortons. All kids that visit Santa will receive a free activity book, hat, and candy cane (while quantities last).

Location: Central City

Date & Time: November 18 – December 24; Santa Visit Hours

Contact: 604 587 7773

Cost: Santa Photo Packages

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The Little Mermaid: the Panto

Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission

Family friendly

Young Calypso is obsessed with the world above the waves. This causes problems in the undersea world ruled by the sea witch Ursula especially since Calypso is a mermaid. Even worse, she has fallen in love with a human prince she rescued from a terrible storm! Calypso is determined to find a way to be with her love, even if it means leaving the sea and making a deal with evil Ursula. To top it off, Prince Airwick has his own troubles, with an overbearing mother and two scheming ministers out to skim the royal treasury for as much as they can take. Will Calypso’s friends, like Shellie the Crab, Katy Perrywinkle, and of course her helpful, if slightly menacing Codfather, be able to turn the tide in her favor?

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Special ticket prices

  • November 23: All tickets $12
  • November 25: Seniors are $18
  • November 29 and 30: Brownies, Guides, Cubs, and Scouts pay just $18 per person. These tickets must be bought in advance by calling the Box Office at 604-501-5566.
  • Groups of 10 or more pay just $18 per person for any performance. These tickets must be bought in advance by calling the Box Office at 604-501-5566.

Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

Dates & Times
7:30 pm: November 23, 24, 29, 30, December 1
2:30 pm: November 25, 26, December 2, 3

Jazz Vespers

Come, relax and take a breath; listen to lower mainland’s finest Jazz. Vibrant. Soulful. Joyful. Reflective. 

December 3 (Sunday from 4- 5 pm)
Mighty Fraser Big Band with
Steve Maddock & Amanda Wood

December 10 ((Sunday from 4- 5 pm)
Jen Hodge, Company “B”

Location: 8855 156 St. Surrey

Contact: 604-581-8454

Cost: By Voluntary Donation

Thursday Artist Talk: Frank Townsley, “A Handle on Perspective”

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. Refreshments are provided. 

Starting with basic one-point perspective, Frank will walk the audience through street scenes, moving onto individual structures such as barns that would be constructed in two-point perspective. He will also talk about how to paint or draw reflections, shadows, and ellipses. Value and color gradients are other concepts he’ll go over, such as making a shoreline or an aspen tree forest disappear into the fog.  Last but not least, he’ll cover scale so you know how to depict waves approaching a beach or trees on hillsides at varying distances.

Location: Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave

Date & Time: December 7, 2017; 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Contact:
604-501-5566
artgallery@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

Nothing Up My Sleeves

Matt Johnson is not your typical magician. He has crafted a style that’s a cool mix of urban street magic combined with the comedic timing and slick stage presence of a seasoned performer. He blends illusions, sleight-of-hand, mind reading, the power of suggestion, and lots of audience interaction into a performance that has been hailed as “…simply brilliant!”

Suggested ages: 8 and up

Running time: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, including intermission

Add on this show for just $23 when you buy the Family Series

Location: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Date & Time: December 1, 2017 at 7 pm

Contact: Box Office  — 604-501-5565

Cost: Zone A $35. Zone B $25

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Classical Coffee Concert: Winter Dreams

Running time (concert): approximately 75 minutes, no intermission

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann—known worldwide as the Bergmann Piano Duo—are joined by duo harpists, Miya and Kaori Otake to perform an array of enchanting winter-inspired music such as Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons and music from Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel.  The concert takes place after a social hour with coffee, tea, and delicious goodies.

See the rest of the Classical Coffee Concert Series with special pricing.

Location: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave

Date & Time: December 14, 2017 at 11 am (social hour at 10 am)

Contact:
Box Office
604-501-5566

Cost: Zone A $32. Zone B $25

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The Nutcracker

This production of The Nutcracker—a holiday tradition for many—delights all ages with its beautiful sets and extravagant costumes that illuminate the magic of the toy soldiers, Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree. Talented and enthusiastic young dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s classic score with its favorites such as Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Mirlitons.

Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

Dates & Times:
Friday, Dec 8 – 7pm
Saturday, Dec 9 – 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, Dec 10 – 1pm & 4pm

Contact:
Box Office:
604-501-5566

Cost: $28 – $42

Buy Tickets Here

Website: Royal City Youth Ballet

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Westcoast Harmony Chorus Open Rehearsals

Do you love to sing? Join Westcoast Harmony Chorus for seven open rehearsals of Christmas songs in four-part harmony, a cappella style. Receive music, learning aids, weekly musical education, and the opportunity to sing with us at our Christmas Sing-a-Thon on December 9th.

Location: Church, 9574 160 St

Date & Time: December 6th | 6:45 – 10:15pm

Contact:
Nancy Stewart
membership@westcoastsings.com

Cost: Free

Website: Westcoast Sings

Futurpreneur Info Session

Attend this free info session on Futurpreneur to learn more about funding your new business idea. This will be an information session on Futurpreneur, with tips for applying for funding for your new business idea or newly launched business. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A.

This session is for you if you:

  • Are 18-39 years old
  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a strong business idea to flesh out or one that was recently launched
  • Are looking for a strategy and roadmap for the next steps for your business
  • Want an opportunity for one-on-one tailored business coaching as you launch
  • Are considering accessing financing to get started
  • Are looking for 2 years of mentorship after you launch

Location: DIVERSSEcity Employment Centre, 13455 76 Ave

Date & Time: December 6, 2017; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Contact:
Florence Kao
604-547-1662
fkao@dcrs.ca

Cost: Free

Presented by:

DIVERSEcity Employment Centre

Website:
DIVERSEcity Employment Centre

Whiskey Appreciation at Vinoscenti Vineyards

This is a 1,5 hour class. Your instructor is a Certified Whisky Ambassador trained in Scotland.

Many aficionados love their particular interests and whisky is a classic world popular interest. An introduction to the history and geography of whiskey from Scotland, Ireland, India, Canada and America. An insightful journey into this wonderful world, with professional guidance on the tastings of 4 whiskies with proper tasting techniques and aromatic skills. After this class you will have a finer appreciation for whisky from a different perspective.

Date and Time: December 1st, 2017; 6:0 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Vinoscenti Vineyards – 15560 Colebrook Road, Surrey

Cost: $50

Wine Appreciation at Vinoscenti Vineyards

We will be tasting 4 wines with some food paired to each of them!

An introduction to wine tasting and assessment for all those who love drinking good wine and want to find out more about it, from a professional point of view. In a more informal setting, we will guide your first step into wine appreciation, giving you all the tools you need. You will also be asked to download the Quini App on your mobile phone, a modern and exciting way to taste wine; we’re looking forward to using it with you. Inclusive in the class is tasting of four wines and charcuterie boards.

Date and Time: Friday, 8 December 2017; 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Vinoscenti Vineyards – 15560 Colebrook Road, Surrey

Cost: $50

Public Meetings and Open Houses:

Regular Council Public Hearing Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Public Hearing meeting and speak to the following applications. Members of the public who may be affected by the changes proposed have an opportunity to appear before Council to voice support or opposition to these applications.

Location: City Hall Council Chambers

Date & Time: December 4, 2017; 7:00 PM

Contact:
City Clerk
clerks@surrey.ca

Public Meeting: 105 Avenue Connector & Hawthorne Rotary Park Improvements Project

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Review project history, context and goals
  • See what’s changed – how public input has shaped project design
  • View conceptual renderings of the initial Hawthorne Park improvements
  • Learn about the customized corridor, sustainable road features and the Project’s phased implementation plan
  • Explore design possibilities and contribute ideas to the longer term Hawthorne Rotary Park Master Plan

Location: Riverdale Elementary School, 14835 108A Ave

Date & Time: December 6, 2017; 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Contact:
Victor Jhingan, Project Manager
604-591-4339
vjhingan@surrey.ca

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Rogers Hometown Hockey

The City of Surrey has been added as a stop on the fourth season of Rogers Hometown Hockey, its cross-Canada road trip. The tour will stop at Surrey City Hall Plaza on December 9 and 10, offering a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages.

In addition to providing an opportunity for the communities of Surrey to come together and show their passion for the game, the two-day event will offer a chance to recognize local up and coming talent and meet NHL alumni.

Fans can also watch an all-Canadian match-up between the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs on Sportsnet at the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party on Sunday, December 10. The show will be broadcast live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio and hosted by iconic Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean and co-host Tara Slone.

Location: Civic Plaza, City Hall

Date & Time: 

  • December 9 to December 10, 2017; Noon – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 9; 12 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 12 pm – 7 pm

Contact: specialevents@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

Website: Hometown Hockey

Ellie King’s Sinbad, The Pirate and the Dinosaur

A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabled people.

Sparkling, magical, family fun awaits when we join Sinbad and his wacky crew in a rollicking and hilarious adventure on the high seas. Come sing along with toe-tapping music, groan at corny old jokes, cheer the good guys and boo the bad in this hilariously funny show, as we say farewell to BC’s favorite Dame, Alan Cedargreen, when he wields his wooden spoon for one last time.

Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

Dates: December 14–17, 21–24 & 26, 2017

Times: various

Cost: various

Website: The Royal Canadian Theatre Company

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Get in the Christmas spirit with these five local events

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A Wonderheads Christmas Carol via Surrey Civic Theatres / Facebook

The holiday season is here and that means warm drinks, baked treats and heartwarming holiday movies. Due to strict COVID-19 restrictions last year, most people spent the holiday season at home, but this year more events are available to be enjoyed safely.

If you’re looking to enjoy some Christmas carols, watch a play with family and friends or find fun activities for the kids, then look no further than these fun events that will be hosted in Surrey this month.

Swing Dance Christmas

If you have a holiday party to attend this month and you want to brush up on your dancing skills, try taking a swing dancing class. Rock Step Swing Dance is hosting a swing dance Christmas event on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The class will be 45 minutes and attendees will enjoy some Christmas snacks and a dance session afterwards. The class costs $20 and anyone who wants to attend can get their tickets here. There are 75 spots available in the class.

Alice in Wonderland

The holiday season is also a time to revisit childhood memories by watching a panto. The Royal Canadian Theatre Company will be presenting the play Alice in Wonderland, written by Crystal Weltzin, at the Surrey Arts Centre. The play will run from Dec. 16 to 19, 23, 24 and 26. Tickets cost $34.99 for adults, and $29.99 for seniors over 60 years of age and children under 12. If you want to make it a family outing, there is a group price of $115 for four people.

Christmas Train

For a more active event for children, check out Bear Creek Park’s Christmas train from Dec. 6 to 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Families with two children and two adults can pay $35 to attend and single tickets are $11.50. In this train ride, families will get to enjoy all things Christmas like Santa, hot cocoa, Christmas music and pretty lights.

A Christmas Carol

Another Christmas show to check out is A Wonderheads Christmas Carol presented by the Wonderheads at the Surrey Civic theatre on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. If you enjoyed Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, you’ll be sure to enjoy this play because this is reportedly an adaptation of the novel. Tickets are $26 for children and $39 for adults and they are going fast.

Christmas Choir

For those who love the sounds of Christmas, check out the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir who will be performing at the Surrey Arts Centre on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. This group of talented men have reportedly been performing in Surrey for the past 30 years. Attendees are required to show their vaccine card and wear a mask, and tickets are $29 and can be purchased here.

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The Surrey Holiday Lights festival is kicking off next week

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There is a spectacular and dazzling new light and music festival coming to Surrey Civic Plaza this holiday season called Surrey Holiday Lights.

It will follow the annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival which takes place on Nov. 20, and will remain open into January. There will be live entertainment, carollers, and an immersive Christmas lights extravaganza.

What to expect at the Surrey Holiday Lights festival 

There will be a tent with Santa and his elves, his workshop, and a holiday house. Enjoy enchanting displays in the Glow Gardens with interactive areas and light tunnels. Then sway to live entertainment taking place at the North Pole and Snowflake stages.

As expected you will be treated with a variety of holiday eats. There will be food trucks serving up mini doughnuts, twisted potatoes, crepes, savoury meals, and many tasty snacks. Stay warm with gourmet hot chocolate, special coffees, or enjoy a craft beer or cooler.

There will also be a chance to catch a glimpse of Santa himself. Santa will be taking free photos through the month of December.

The festival will run daily from Nov. 25 to Jan. 2 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue. For more information, visit www.surreyholidaylights.com.

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A brand new immersive light festival is coming to Surrey next month

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The Lumagica light festival is making its Canadian debut right here in Surrey.  

Starting Dec. 3, guests will get to experience a holiday festival of lights like never before. Lumagica is an outdoor/indoor event that is bringing joy and brightness to every city it touches. 

Lumagica, created by MK Illuminations, provides a unique opportunity to get into the holiday spirit. It has been experienced on a global level, and is now coming to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. 

With more than 120 features and ornaments, a light tunnel, magical North Pole village, Gingerbread Lane and a fully lit forest, there is so much to enjoy. You can stroll along a one kilometre light walk and feel the magic of Christmas. Do all this while warming up with a cup of cocoa, mulled wine, or one of the other food and drink options available. 

There will also be an opportunity to visit Jolly Ol’ St. Nick and his cabin in the North Pole. There you will also find a wide array of delicious treats and eats, live entertainment, or go shopping at the marketplace. 

To get the full experience along with memories to take home, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the festive backdrops for holiday photos. 

Lumagica will be held at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from December 3 to 30, 2021. The immersive experience will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Tickets start is $16 and are available online at lumagica.ca. Children under age 4 are free, and discounts will be offered for families, post-secondary students, and seniors.

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Where to be spooked this Halloween weekend

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It’s that time of year where we carve pumpkins, indulge in scary movies, check out haunted houses and fill ourselves up with candy. There are so many local activities in Surrey to partake in this Halloween that it’s hard to pick just one.

If you’re struggling to narrow down how to spend Oct. 31, we’ve put together a list of spooktacular outings that shouldn’t be missed. Whether you’re looking for a haunted house, a place to enjoy spooky treats or just somewhere to play Halloween games, Surrey has it.

Halloween Pumpkin Express 

For families with young children, Halloween Pumpkin Express will be a good place to check out. It’s at Bear Creek Park and families can enjoy a train ride through the forest. The tickets for the daytime train ride cost $11.50 each for anyone over age 2, and $14.70 for the night train which is recommended for people over the age of 12.

The kids on the train will reportedly receive a snack as they enjoy their ride and a little pumpkin to take home. The day train runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the night train runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors

Now, if you’re looking to get scared, look no further. What was formerly known as Potter’s House of Horrors has been renamed to Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors — and it’s just as scary as ever.

Get ready for a double dose of fright because each ticket allows access to two haunted houses. Tickets can be purchased online and the website advises that they sell out fast.

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors requires proof of full vaccination for customers 12 and up to access the haunted house. You can pick anytime from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Sunday is the last day to check out this haunted house and it will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that night.

Mainland Whiskey’s trivia and costume contest 

For costume contests and fun trivia games, Mainland Whiskey, a distillery in South Surrey is offering a fun Halloween night on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. The distillery promises yummy soul food, fun prizes, and spooky cocktails.

The trivia will start at 7 p.m. and space is limited so make sure to arrive on time.

Spooky desserts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate 

Of course the perfect way to end Halloween is with some yummy spooky desserts. Head over to Guildford Town Centre for some sugary treats at Rocky Mountain Chocolate. There are also spooky chocolate packages available online.

Make sure to check out as many fun and frightening places as possible and celebrate safely.

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There could be another music festival coming to Surrey this fall

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The FVDED in the Park music festival last weekend was just the beginning. Music lovers in Surrey can get geared up for another festival coming their way — the Contact Winter Music Festival.

The Contact Festival pulled off an epic show in Vancouver earlier this year. In February the show took place on the roof of BC Place Stadium. Fans were able to watch virtually and enjoy live music to beat the pandemic blues.

Now it appears that the Contact Festival may take place in October at Surrey’s Holland Park.

There haven’t been a lot of details released to confirm the event, nor tickets on sale, however Stay Happening has announced that the festival will take place from October 8 to 10, 2021.

Contact Festival & The Organizers

The Contact Winter Music Festival has been running since 2012, and normally takes place inside BC Place, hosting 36,000 people. The music played and presented is the best in EDM (electronic dance music). The 2-day festival highlights up-and-coming Canadian artists.

This event normally takes place in December, but was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. Event organizers then put together a virtual performance that was broadcasted live from the roof of BC Place.

Now there are murmurs of the festival taking place in Holland Park this October, perhaps to a smaller degree.

FVDED in the Park just wrapped up on September 11 at Surrey’s Holland Park, and this festival is brought on by the same event organizers, BluePrint. FVDED also brought together technical and electronic music, with headliners such as DeadMau5.

BluePrint operates venues like Celebrities Night Club on Davie Street, Venue on Granville Street and the Fortune Sound Club on East Pender, all in Vancouver.

Holland Park

Holland Park is a popular park in Surrey’s City Centre and is located beside Central City. The park is huge, covering 10 hectares. Although it isn’t the largest park, it is often referred to as the “Central Park” of Surrey.

One of the main draws for Holland Park is its ability to host events. There have been numerous events and festivals organized at this park over the years. 

Fans are excited to learn more details about the Contact Festival in hopes that Surrey’s City Centre will get another major event.

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