Visit the North Pole at the Tradex

There are still a few days left for you and your family to visit the North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas at the Fraser Valley Tradex.

You’ll experience all things Christmas and Santa. Decorate gingerbread cookies, join Mrs. Claus for story time, learn to sing and dance like an elf and post a letter to Santa!

Upon entering the transformed Tradex I was transported to a land of iridescent snowflakes, twinkle lights and elegant scenes. I wandered the magical land in awe, my attention split between finding the items on my Christmas Scavenger Hunt and waving to friendly, singing elves.

I met a cast of interesting characters including the eccentric toy inventor Professor Hazel Nutt, the carolling elves from Ye Olde Bandstand, an Ice Princess and of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Although not the first year of operations for the North Pole BC it’s the first time in this location. The exhibit is bigger than ever with opportunities to purchase Christmas gifts from vendors, take photos with Santa and make stuff-your-own-animals. And if you visit on the weekend you can enjoy the Midway Rides, a new addition to the North Pole.

Just before leaving the North Pole (and returning to reality), I stopped to visit Santa. He was looking at a scroll-like paper. A young boy paused beside me and called, “Santa, is that The List?”

Santa looked up and smiled. “Yes, I’m checking it now.”

I thought it was sweet. Until Santa looked at me, closed his scroll and shook his head with a grimace.

“Would you like to see my list?”

“Santa, I don’t want to know.”

North Pole BC is the perfect place to take those special people in your life who still believe in the magic of Santa Claus. Admission to the interactive exhibit is $12.50 per person. You can pre-register online or purchase tickets at the door. Parking is $6 with $2 going to the Abbotsford Food Bank.

North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas is part of Tourism Abbotsford’s Passport to Christmas.

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