Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is a Feast for the Senses

Tourism Abbotsford’s Passport to Christmas is a great excuse to explore and discover all the unique Christmas experiences Abbotsford has to offer. The best part is when you visit participating venues and have your passport stamped you can enter to win great prizes!

One stop on the tour I’ve always meant to visit is the seasonal boutique specializing in all things Christmas, otherwise known as Glenda’s Christmas Cottage.

Just off of Mt. Lehman road sits the well-signed, well-lit Christmas village. With thousands of lights this property is a must-see after dark. For someone like me who has never visited the popular family destination take my advice: prepare your senses for Christmas overload!

I paused before entering the store to enjoy the outdoor decorations and Christmas carols. Once entering I stopped in my tracks, unsure of where to look first. The friendly shopkeepers noticed my stunned expression and guided me towards the complimentary hot spiced apple juice and candy samples. It was a good place to start. The small cottage houses an impressive assortment of decor, collectables and gift ideas.

Wandering around the shop in awe I spent quite a while taking in the selection. Although I walked around the store three times I’m quite certain I didn’t see half of it. No wonder people come back year after year, there’s always something new to discover.

Now in its 25th year, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is proud to represent the sights and sounds of Christmas to its many, many visitors. While I was there I saw a mix of first-time and return shoppers, all seeming pleased with their special finds.

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is one of several stops on this year’s Passport to Christmas, which runs till the end of December. Don’t forget to have your brochure stamped at participating venues—this year’s grand prize is a private dinner for 12 at Tanglebank Gardens! You need four stamps to enter. Get your brochure at participating Passport to Christmas locations or at the Tourism Abbotsford Information Centre.

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.