Find your holiday spirit in the Fraser Valley

The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up by the fire, spend time with family, and partake in all that seasonal cheer. However, it’s not without its stresses, particularly when it comes to shopping. So how can you enjoy your holiday shopping without the stress?

12 years ago, a guide called the Passport to Christmas was created to help busy people in the Fraser Valley take the stress out of shopping. This year, the handy passport can be downloaded to your phone or tablet. Use the online e-guide to lead you through the local experiences that will elevate your holiday spirit! Spend this holiday season enjoying and exploring the events, entertainment, fine foods and unique shops of Abbotsford.

The hard to shop for

Here’s a list of local’s favourite stores where you can find the perfect present for that “hard to shop for” person in your life…

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage has been a partner of the Passport to Christmas since its founding. The store offers a vast selection of one-of-a-kind ornaments let you to bring the Christmas merriment home with you. Tanglebank Garden Center prides themselves on specializing in German handmade Inge Glass and Nutcracker Collectibles, also check out the many events and courses they're holding this year. Start a new Christmas tradition after with a visit to the Nutcracker Ballet, which will be held at the Abbotsford Arts Center or the West Coast Christmas Show and Market at Tradex this weekend. Still can't find that one gift? We're sure Clayburn Comforts Soap will have that memorable present.  

Hostess and Host Gifts

Open houses, company Christmas parties, family Christmas party, the list is endless. With all the parties, it is hard to keep hostess / host Gifts fresh and different. Here are a couple of options that will make you seem like a gift-giving master.

Pumpkins and cranberries are so passé. Check out Onnink’s Blueberry Farm which offers a variety of products such as Blueberry Bon Bons, Blueberry tea and Blueberry coffee, and pre made decorative baskets that will be a hit with everyone you know. Sip, savour and enjoy this Christmas season with any of Abbotsford’s local wines and beers. Local wine from Singletree Winery and Mt.Lehman Winery make for a truly distinctive Fraser Valley hostess gift. More of a beer lover? Pick up a growler from Old Abbey Ales and celebrate the season with one of their 26 different Belgium beers on tap.

For the foodie

These people can turn any evening into a culinary adventure. Their kitchen looks like it’s out of a magazine and their meals look like they should have their own show on TV. What do you buy these kitchen gurus? 

Sweet, delicious and gone too soon, nothing improves a recipe or inspires creative creation like a jar of Campbell’s Gold Honey. Wine, fudge, pies and don’t forget the jams, jellies and other preserves that are all crafted on site at Maan Farms Country Kitchen. It has a great play area for the kids while you peruse the market. Let the kids run off their excitement and energy while you browse the large selection of local products for sale. Looking for local produce and farm to table products? Take a visit to Lepp Farm Market.

When all of the hectic holiday shopping, planning and cooking is done, the last thing you want to start doing is thinking about New Years. So, Tradex is taking care of the party planning for you. Join Tradex for the Fraser Valley First Night 2016. This family-friendly New Year’s celebration will offer up fireworks, rides, entertainment and both the East / West coast countdowns. Join in the fun on December 31, doors open at 5 p.m.

Share your holiday adventures in the valley by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. After you have completed the Passport to Christmas, take the survey