From making Christmas crafts and decorating cookies to enjoying holiday entertainment and other activities, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre’s Merry and Bright experience offers something special for family members of all ages.

8 ways to make your holiday season Merry and Bright in Abbotsford

Sevenoaks presents its annual winter wonderland, hosted in the comfort of the shopping centre

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy some festive family fun over the holiday season, the Merry and Bright Experience has you covered.

Located in the former grocery store across from the RBC branch in Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford, this winter wonderland has something for everyone, says Jasmeen Toor, marketing director with Sevenoaks.

“We recognize the holidays can be very busy and we want to encourage our community to take the time to indulge themselves in the festive season. It really is geared toward families looking for an interactive experience,” she says. “We’ve created a space where you can create some new holiday-inspired memories. There’s a variety of activities for children and youth, but the experience is enjoyable for people of any age.”

Admission is by donation, with all proceeds supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley and the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.

Here’s 8 good reasons to visit Merry and Bright this year:

Trees of Hope This annual fundraiser sees local businesses sponsor and decorate a tree, with the public touring this festive forest, then selecting favourites for the People’s Choice Award. Plus, if you vote you get entered to win a $100 gift card to Sevenoaks.

Santa’s Workshop – Check out the Toy Station and Craft Cabin, accessorize your own bear, create holiday-themed crafts and rub shoulders with some of Santa’s elves.

Festive Fun Youth arcade – Slightly older kids will want to check out the arcade, where you’ll find air hockey, basketball and other games to play. While you’re here, keep your eyes out for the Fraser Valley Bandits – who will be visiting!

Selfie and Photo Station – With plenty of festive decorations and fun seasonal costume attire on hand, you can create your own Christmas card photos!

Story time and singalongs – You will be “Frozen” in awe watching the princesses perform musical entertainment. Join them on center stage for singalongs every Thursday.

Letters to Santa station – Write out your wish list for the grand old man, and deliver it to him right here.

Live entertainment – The Sound of the Season Stage will feature local entertainers performing seasonal songs for your pleasure, including an appearance from Mrs. Claus, who will lead singalongs.

Sugar Town Bakery – Try your hand at decorating one cookie or a bagful, they’re just $2 each to take with you. Concerned about ingredients? Click here for a list of what the cookies and edible decorations are made with.

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Keep in mind that Sevenoaks Shopping Centre shifts to its holiday hours schedule as of Dec. 2.

Merry and Bright is open until Dec. 24, with opening hours from 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Dec. 23-24. For more information, contact Sevenoaks guests services at 604-853-1339. You can also follow what’s new on the Sevenoaks Facebook page.

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The annual Trees of Hope fundraiser features trees decorated and sponsored by local businesses. You can choose your favourite for the People’s Choice Award and in doing so, get automatically entered for a $100 gift card to Sevenoaks.

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