Seasonal Sips to Try this Winter

Escape the chill and sip your way into the season with these suggested warmers. From hot mulled apple cider and spiced honey meads to hot chocolate porter and a fir tips brew, you’ll be loving the winter vibes in Abbotsford.

Brew

Bring a blanket, come hungry, and get ready to get cozy at our local breweries. At Field House Brewing, enjoy the latest Toasted Coconut Black Lager and brewhouse-made, farm-to-plate comfort foods. Warm up by a wood-burning fire or take in the cabin décor with sheepskin-covered benches and a heated patio. Launching mid-December, the Good Life Ale will be available – a woodsy beer made with fir tree tips!

Adding to Raven’s Brewing’s seven taps are two new releases -- the Jackdaw, a citrus-rye sour released on November 24th and the, fan-favourite, Hot Chocolate Porter available as of mid-December. A pop-up shop with One Fish Two Fish  is also scheduled for mid-month where fresh oysters and other seafood items are available for sale.
 

Apple Cider

Known as fall’s sweetest harvest, Taves Family Farms’ tree-to-bottle process takes farm-grown apples and creates a 100% natural apple cider. Nothing is added to this non-alcoholic bevvy, but you can mix it with your favourite spirit and mull it with a pinch of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Or buy it spiced but be sure to serve it steaming hot! Available at stores across the Lower Mainland.


Mead

Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man as was believed to be the drink of the gods. A little unknown fact, second century Romans and Europeans once sought spiced mead as a cure for winter colds but, since the late 1800s and ever since the Swedes first embraced mulled wine as a Christmas tradition, mead has graced many Christmas tables! Try the spiced cranberry or apple, zesty sweet, or dry mead from Campbell’s Gold.  Add honey, brandy, orange rinds, raisins, or simply savour the spicy elixirs as they come.



Field House Brewing | 2281 W Railway St, Abbotsford, BC | fieldhousebrewing.com
Raven’s Brewing Company | 2485 Townline Rd, Abbotsford, BC | ravens.beer
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery | 2595 Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford, BC | bchoney.com
Taves Family Farms | 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tavesfamilyfarms.com
Taves is closed for the season, but the cider is available at a store near you.


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Top 5 Holiday Must Do’s in Abbotsford

Navigate your way through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, pick-up vibrant winter greens, or escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver so bundle up, and come on out to Abbotsford for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and enjoy all these holiday must do’s in the valley. Don’t forget to visit Santa at Highstreet while you’re in town!

Oh Christmas Tree

Nothing feels more festive than trimming a farm-fresh Christmas tree! Starting December 1st, Fir Valley Farms is welcoming everyone to come and choose their perfect pre-cut tree or, better yet, harvest one themselves.

  • Douglas Fir is a traditional choice, aromatizes with a sweet fragrance.
  • Noble Fir has excellent needle retention and stiff branches perfect for heavy ornaments.
  • Norway Spruce is whimsical, upward sweeping branches with an everlasting scent.
  • Fraser Fir has traits of a Noble Fir and Norway Spruce with excellent needle retention and an inviting aroma.
  • Grand Fir/Nordman Fir have softer needles with a robust citrus fragrance.
  • Blue Spruce is a rich dark green to powdery-blue needles.

Fir Valley Farms | 30077 Burgess Ave, Abbotsford, BC | firvalleyfarms.com
Ledgeview Tree Farm | 
36070 McKee Rd | facebook.com/Ledgeviewtreefarm

 

Visit Grandma Glenda

Celebrating its 28th year, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is another can’t-miss destination that has become a local tradition. In fact, the parents coming today were the children who visited a generation ago. Navigate through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, discovering rustic and classic ornaments and snow globes, that are sure to please even the hardest ones to buy for.  

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage | 4457 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | glendaschristmas.com

 


Winter Greens and Florals

A destination garden centre specializing in vibrant winter greens, poinsettia arrangements, and home décor. From peaceful garden strolls to beautiful Holiday statement pieces, Tanglebank is all about Christmas cheer. Located at the same place is Brambles Bistro. Bring a friend and brunch or lunch, choosing from classic breakfast favourites infused with global flavours, or end your visit with a hot cocoa.

Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro | 29985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tanglebank.com

 


Warm the Soul

Escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer this holiday season at Sojourn in the Valley on Dec. 2nd. Wander through the grounds at Tuscan Farm Gardens, sip a lavender latte, and leave with lavender-infused handcrafted soaps and body products. Enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights and unbelievable ornament selection at Glenda's

Sip and savour around the cozy fireplace at Brambles Bistro, and then visit our three local wineries. Seaside Pearl Winery and Singletree Winery will be serving mulled wine with local cheese from Mt. Lehman Cheese. Also, you can pick-up Singletree’s latest release, wine jellies to pair with charcuterie or give as hostess gift.  Mt. Lehman Winery will be playing Christmas tunes and featuring a Brawny Tawny Port tasting in the Barrel Room, accompanied by figs, local Mt. Lehman Cheese, and handmade chocolates by Chocolatas. 

Mt. Lehman Sojourn in the Country | mtlehmansojourn.com

 


Shopping Finds in Downtown Abby

In addition to hosting the Annual Winter Jubilee Christmas Festival on December 2nd, complete with pony rides, fireworks, Christmas carols, an artisan market, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Historic Downtown Abbotsford is also an eclectic place to shop and walk.

Shop the mix of small businesses, independent restaurants, and boutique stores to get awesome stocking stuffers and gifts. Highlights include curated vintage goods, clothing, apothecary goods, local florists, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, restored furniture, vinyl from every genre, new and used books, artisanal bakeries and cafés, and craft breweries. So. Much. To. Explore!

Historic Downtown | Essendene & Montrose Avenues | downtownabbotsford.ca
 


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Holiday Markets in Abbotsford



Heading into the holiday season, these free pop up Christmas Markets showcase Abbotsford's best artisans from crafts to local food. 
 

The Christmas Market at the Museum 

Featuring works by some of BC's finest and most gifted artisans and crafters, The Christmas Market is open daily for five days. You will find handmade items such as quilts, cards, glass art, and woodturning. 

Nov 20th - 25th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | 1818 Clearbrook Rd. | Mennonite Heritage Museum

 

Maan Farms’ 3rd Christmas Market

Two back-to-back weekends with over 50 local vendors, a gift wrapping station by donation, Mama Maan's authentic eats, wine tasting with the wine expert Gaurav Maan, and delicious Country Kitchen sampling.

Nov 25th - 26th and Dec 2nd - 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | 790 McKenzie Rd. | Maan Farms


Taste of the Market 

Lepp Farm invites you to meet the faces behind your favourite brands, with over vendors, and sample baked treats to smoked, cured and dried made right at Lepp. Get your Taste of the Market Passport stamped at each booth, and be entered to win a gift basket.

Dec 2nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm | 33966 Clayburn Rr. | Lepp Farm Market

 

Open Air Market at WINTER JUBILEE

Kick off the holiday season with your community at this annual tree lighting ceremony featuring an open-air marketplace full of local vendors in the heart of downtown. Bonus - live entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, carollers, food trucks & more. 

Dec 2nd from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm | Essendene & Montrose Avenue | Downtown Abbotsford

Whether it’s attending a tree lighting, festival, or artisan market, we invite you to come and explore some timeless traditions and unwrap the holiday magic in Abbotsford. Find more seasonal events, go check out our calendar


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Abbotsford Shines Bright in the Valley

It's the most wonderful time of year and Abbotsford is celebrating with festive holiday shows, family-friendly festivals, dazzling tree lightings, and artisan events. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver, bundle up, grab a hot chocolate and come on out for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and spend the night!

Start the season at the 10th West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace.

10th West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace

From November 17th to 19th, the annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns to Tradex. Unique gifts include everything from doll clothing, wooden toys, teepee play tents, hand-painted silk scarves, upcycled table décor, and beard balm to craft spirits, artisan fudge, candy, doll furniture, personalized ornaments, ugly Christmas sweaters, and reclaimed wood furniture.

  • 200+ Vendors to shop
  • Festival of Trees
  • Seasonal home décor and poinsettia baskets
  • Carving workshop
  • Breakfast with Santa & Santa’s Workshop and Elf Activity Area
  • Sounds of the holidays with live music
  • Culinary and wine presentations

Fraser Valley Tradex | 1190 Cornell St | www.westcoastchristmasshow.com
 

Abby’s First Christmas tree lighting of the season at Highstreet Shopping Centre.

Hightstreet’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Show

On November 18th at 5:00 pm, Highstreet hosts its annual Holiday Show and Tree Lighting. Every Saturday afterwards, from November 18th to December 16th, shoppers can enjoy a 30-minute show featuring a multi-media light display set to musical favourites, and photos with Santa every single day. Visit Highstreet’s oversized Holiday Gift Box, complete with a private experience allowing each family to have an intimate photo snap with Santa (and you can book online!)

  • Santa’s arrival and the lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree
  • Meeting Rudolf, Frosty, and Spandy Andy the dancing elf
  • A 40-piece marching band, holiday dancers, and stilt walkers
  • A guaranteed snowfall

Highstreet | 3122 Mount Lehman Rd | www.highstreetfv.com
 



From the west side to the east, experience Winter Jubilee.

28th Winter Jubilee in Historic Downtown

On December 2nd, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, Abby takes it ‘old school’ and celebrates its second tree lighting and evening marketplace in Historic Downtown. Local vibes include fresh eats, on-site craft beer and wine, over 30 local vendors, and many of Abby’s best-known retail shops. Admission is free and all ages are welcome!

  • The arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Live entertainment
  • Craft beer and wine garden
  • Photos with Santa
  • An open-air Artisan marketplace
  • Festive fireworks display

Historic Downtown Abbotsford | Montrose & Essendene Ave | www.downtownabbotsford.ca 


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6 Halloween Events for Kids

There's no shortage of kids inspired halloween events happening around the city. This week make your way through Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze or a scary Scavenger Hunt around Highstreet. On Halloween bring the family to trick or treat around Downtown Abbotsford (at over 40 businesses!) or inside at Sevenoaks Mall. Let all of these events inspire your families spooky spirit while you #ExploreAbbotsford

The Land of Boo

Enjoy a super family-friendly Halloween Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win an iPad courtesy of London Drugs. Start in Central Plaza (outside of Cineplex Theatres) and make your way around the Podium Level stopping at each Halloween installation as you go.

Open Daily to Oct 31st | Highstreet | 3122 Mount Lehman Road

 

Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze

Here's one for the older kids! Make your way through one of BC’s most terrifying haunted corn mazes, filled with creepy clowns, gouls and real chainsaws. Walk over the haunted bridge while making your way through the 10 shipping containers are placed throughout the maze, designed like haunted houses. *Recommended for guests 10 and older.

Oct 25 to 31st | Maan Farms | 790 McKenzie Rd

 

Trick or Treat Downtown

Loads of treats and lots of fun activities planned for kids with over 40 business's participating. Start off at Cobblestone Kitchenware's patio where you will get your trick or treating map! Bonus, Science World will be on hand to explore some Science On The Spot.

Oct 31, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Historic Downtown Abbotsford

 

Trick or Treat Sevenoaks

Enjoy a safe, warm and dry place to bring your ghosties for goodies. Look for the orange pumpkin for free candy at participating retailers for kids 10 and under while quantities last.

Oct 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Sevenoaks | 32900 South Fraser Way
 

Moo or Boo Ecodairy

The annual family-friendly indoor Halloween party! $4.00 per child ages 14 and under, & Adults party for free! Proceeds from this event will help support affordable, educational programs like spring & summer camps, Pro D Day camps, and special community events.

Oct 31, 2017 1:30pm - 5:30pm | EcoDairy | 1356 Sumas Way

 

Highstreet Party in the Plaza

A family-friendly Halloween evening at Highstreet! There will be a fun photo booth, live DJ, treats, balloon artists, and more! Trick or Treat at 8 themed installations and enjoy the Land of Boo Scavenger Hunt.

Oct 31, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Highstreet | 3122 Mount Lehman Rd
 



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Tradex rings in the New Year

TRADEX RINGS IN NEW YEAR IN FUN, ECONOMICAL WAY FOR ALL
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Brad Styba and the management team at Tradex consider First Night, the heralding of a new year in Abbotsford, as a way of giving back to the community.

“You don’t have to break the bank to have fun,” at this event, which was launched on New Year’s Eve of 2014 with just shy of 3,000 attendees and grew to a crowd of 3,700 last year. Video coverage is here.

Number of fun-lovers promises to grow for third annual event

Styba said Tradex is expecting the number of participants to grow to between 4,500 and 5,000 for this third First Night. “We’ll cap it at 5,000 tickets,” he said. “This way there are no huge lineups for the activities.”



Before First Night was established, Styba said Tradex started to realize growth of events in December. “We had North Pole BC, large corporate dinners, a benevolent association children’s party with a midway . . . and we looked and saw what we had in the building leading up to Christmas to see if Tradex could throw a party.”

Striking a chord with locals and U.S. neighbours

From there the ideas developed for First Night, and after the first one, the response was terrific, with congratulatory calls not only from Abbotsford, but from south of the border and across the Lower Mainland.

That first year, Tradex executive director Craig Nichols was quoted in the media this way: “We had a great turnout, great response, great walk-up crowd. I think we all realize that the event struck a chord with locals.”

Considering the fact the Abbotsford News A-List has Tradex voted as the #1 place to host an event, it’s no wonder the First Night alcohol-free celebration is resonating with the community.

One ticket buys all the fun activities and entertainment

Food is extra beyond the $12 advance or $15 at-the-door single price of admission, but families will enjoy the $2 food tents featuring hotdogs, pop, popcorn and cotton candy.
Parking is free, courtesy of Fraserway RV.



Price of admission gets everyone laughing and giggling on unlimited West Coast Amusements carnival rides, ranging from Spring Ride and Monkey Spin, Tornado and Kite Flyer, to Choo Choo Charlie and Cuckoo Haus.

Back again this year is the talented Abbotsford choreographer, Mary Boonstra, teaching the crowd, in particular the children, dance steps for the big night. Boonstra was very popular when she taught steps to the theme song from Austin Powers movie.

Emcees for the night are Langley country/pop western duo sisters Robyn and Ryleigh Gillespie of Langley; with kids’ television entertainer Will Stroet belting out his toe-tapping melodies in his trademark style. Bouncy castles, crafts, rock wall, mini golf, face-painting and more will keep families busy all night.

Balloon drop, fireworks and a grand prize package

A balloon drop at 9 p.m. aligns with the stroke of midnight Eastern time, and gives families an opportunity to leave a little earlier. An outdoor fireworks show at midnight in Abbotsford marks the 2017 countdown.



Special grand prize package this year is a four-night RV rental by Fraserway RV, four nights’ campsite rental at Holiday Trails RV Resorts in Bridal Falls, $100 Walmart gift card, and $100 Shell gas gift card.

And the Tradex 25th anniversary scratch-and-win prize tickets will also be distributed during First Night.

“The best part is, even though I am working, I get to experience all the fun from start to finish,” laughed Styba, who will be at Tradex until the event winds down just after midnight. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Purchase tickets for First Night here. For more event info, go to www.fvtradex.com 

The Ultimate Abbotsford Experience

The winner of Passport to Christmas will enjoy being chauffeured around Abbotsford while they experience the ultimate day of pampering, wine tasting and delicious cuisine with a friend, loved one or family member.

Start your morning with massage treatments at The Wild Orange Spa. With an inviting atmosphere and contemporary design, this is a serene was to start your day in Abbotsford.



After relaxing, head out for a wine tasting and a locally sourced charcuterie board at Single Tree Winery in the backcountry of the beautiful Mt.Lehman area. Historically, this area is know to be a popular farming community. 



Enjoy the backroads of Abbotsford’s lush countryside on your way to dinner. Your evening will be spent at the new S+L Restaurant in Abbotsford who offers a casual upscale environment focused on bringing unique locally inspired dishes to everyone.



End your night by being chauffeured back to Brookside Inn, one of Canada’s top small hotels for a nights stay. Inspired by classic romantic movies, each suite is thoughtfully decorated to capture the film’s essence like Midnight in Paris or Under the Tuscan Sun.



And if this isn’t enough, you could also win a private dinner for you & 11 of your closest friends and family. The dinner would be hosted at Brambles Bistro at Tanglebank Gardens in Abbotsford.


HOW TO win this experience?
Pick up a passport at any of these stops, visit a minimum of 6 stops, answer a trivia question to get your passport stamped, and then to drop it back off at any of the businesses.
On December 23rd, two winners will be drawn and awarded prizes.

December Events in Abbotsford

The holiday season has arrived! Abbotsford is home to a wide variety of festive markets, local events and family friendly activities to elevate the holiday spirit. For a full list of events happening throughout the month of December, go to our Events Calendar. Also, check out Passport to Christmas in Abbotsford for your chance to win The Ultimate Abbotsford Experience.


 

Passport to Christmas | Nov 1 - Dec 21
Shop 10 local businesses and collect a minimum of 6 stamps to win the Ultimate Abbotsford Experience.
Various businesses around Abbotsford
www.passporttochristmas.ca
 

Trees of Hope | Dec 1 - 27
In support of Matthew’s House, stop by to see the decorated trees and vote to win a $100 gift card to Sevenoaks. 
32900 South Fraser Way - Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Website
 

4th Annual Gift and Bake Sale Market | Dec 3
Holiday baking done right! Shop over 1,000 fresh home baked and handmade goods.
33886 Pine Street, Abbotsford
Website 

 

Holidays at Highstreet | Dec 3, 10, 17
Enjoy a fun filled Holiday Show featuring live music, marching band, Spandy Andy & more.
3122 Mt. Lehman Road - High Street Shopping Centre
Website
 

Pop Up Artisan Market | Dec 3 - 4 | Passport Event
Abbotsford Arts Council presents the "Pop Up Artisan Market" featuring over 25 artists and handmade gifts.
3122 Mt. Lehman Road - High Street Shopping Centre
Website
 

Christmas Farm & Country Market | Dec 3, 10, 17
You’ll also discover new varieties of fresh local produce; international award-winning jams; and a wide range of food products no available in stores.
Montrose Avenue at George Ferguson Way
Website 
 

Taste of the Market | Dec 3 - 4 | Passport Event

Join us under the tents as we bring together the bakers & makers behind your favourite local products.
33955 Clayburn Rd. - Lepp Farm Market
Website
 

A Christmas Survival Guide | Dec 4
Support live local theatre with this delightful musical comedy presented by Fraser Valley Stage.
2329 Crescent Way - Community Arts Addition
Website
 

Christmas Masquerade Ball | Dec 18
Suburban Swing Presents the 16th Annual Christmas Masquerade Ball – Abbotsford’s biggest dance of the year.
33800 King Road - Abbotsford Centre
Website 
 

 

FV First Night | Dec 31 | Passport Event
The Fraser Valleys biggest and best Family Friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. 
1190 Cornell Street - Tradex
Website


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The West Coast Christmas Show

DYNAMIC CHRISTMAS SHOW DUO IMPRESSED
BY TRADEX CONVENIENCE, TEAM SPIRIT
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Heather Angeard and George Acs, co-owners of Executive Event Production Inc. and producers of the West Coast Christmas Show and Fraser Valley Food Show, both said they thought they were dreaming when they first encountered the wonderful features of Tradex nine years ago.

“Our jaws were wide open because the staff at Tradex wanted to help us. No one helps like this when we host shows in Vancouver,” said Angeard.

“I remember saying to Heather the first time we had a show at Tradex that we must be in the Twilight Zone. We are dealing with real people who want to help you in every way they can. No one has a designated job. Whoever is nearby helped us. It made a huge difference,” said Acs.



Christmas-show duo has a long history in the hospitality industry

Acs and Angeard have been business partners for decades, and together they founded and produced EAT! Vancouver Food Festival, EAT! Fraser Valley Food Festival (now Fraser Valley Food Show), West Coast Christmas Show, CityTV’s Taste of the City and produced the BC Hospitality Expo.

Angeard’s first job was with a catering company for a variety of events when she was 13. Working with Acs, who she first encountered when he was with the BC Restaurant Association, has been a rewarding experience.

Acs has been involved in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry since leaving university in 1969. He’s been owner/operator of restaurants and bars in Victoria and Whistler, including Louie Louie’s Diner, Jimmy D’s Roadhouse and The Hungarian Village. He was named BC Restaurateur of the Year three times.

For Angeard, with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and event industry, it was a natural progression to create and launch consumer shows with Acs.
“When Vali Marling of Tradex came to us, telling us that they wanted to do a show similar to our Eat! Vancouver and asking for our help, we said sure. Then we did the Christmas show here as well,” said Acs.



Tradex in Abbotsford makes it easy

What does he like most about Tradex?  “It’s like a dream to move a show in and out. There are lots of big doors to access the show from all around. There are no elevators, you just drive in. It’s a wonderful facility.”

For Vancouver shows, logistics companies are hired, holding lots are rented and exhibitors are held there until they are called. None of that happens at Tradex,” said Acs.

Fancy foods, artisan market, Santa’s workshop, children’s choirs and more

The West Coast Christmas Show, considered Western Canada’s leading holiday season show, runs this year Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20 at Tradex. Angeard said “we get a small head-start on Wednesday, fluffing up Christmas trees and assembling reindeer. We have all day Thursday, and Friday morning to set up, before the show starts.”

The event brings together holiday gifts, fancy foods, personal services, a Festival of Trees, new décor ideas and products, festive seminars, culinary presentations, and the sounds of Christmas performed by local choirs and musicians.



Sugar shack, Nintendo and a trolley

This year a maple sugar shack outside the front doors of Tradex will bring back childhood memories for anyone from Eastern Canada, with the aroma of hot maple syrup and shredded ice . . . a sugary sweet festive delight.

A Nintendo trailer outside will also bring smiles to the faces who love anything new related to Pokémon.

And once again, parking is free, with parking-lot shuttle service provided by The Vancouver Trolley Company.

As Tradex celebrates 25 years, Angeard said the facility has certainly grown over the years and “it has been nice to be a part of it.”
 



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Passport to Christmas in Abbotsford



For anyone looking for the sweetest holiday treasures, WE invite YOU to participate in the Passport to Christmas. 

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From November 1st to December 22nd, Lower Mainland residents are invited to visit 10 local businesses, specializing in the unique and memorable, where everyone can ‘shop, stamp, and win’!

The Passport to Christmas partner list includes:

To play, participants are asked to pick up a passport at any of these stops, visit as many as possible, answer a trivia question, get the passport stamped, and then to drop it back off at any of the businesses. Plus, a bonus stamp is rewarded if a picture is posted on Instagram. Official hashtag is #PassporttoChristmas. In order to win, at least six stamps must be earned.

On December 23rd, two names will be drawn and awarded prizes. Prize #1 is the Ultimate Abbotsford Getaway, which includes chauffeured transportation around town, wine tasting at Singletree Winery, spa treatment, dinner for two at the new S+L Kitchen & Bar, and an overnight stay at Brookside Inn, one of Canada's Top 10 Small Hotels. Prize #2 is a private long-table dinner for 12 at Brambles Bistro.

It’s hard to visit all the stops in one day, which is why Abbotsford hotels are offering a 20% discount off their best available rate. Visitors simply need to quote Passport to Christmas upon booking. Hotels include:

To add to the merriment, Abbotsford has two Christmas tree lightings and festivals on November 19th at High Street and November 25th in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. From 3-9pm, the Historic Downtown's Winter Jubilee has an artisan night market, talented musicians, street carollers, fun eats, and a few more surprises in store. High Street has Santa Clause, dancing elves, and promises a magical snowfall.

Passport to Christmas accommodates all budgets and has something for everyone. To learn more, visit www.passporttochristmas.ca