Santa and Mrs Claus will be stopping by Abbotsford as they prepare for the holidays. Photo courtesy Tourism Abbotsford

Santa and Mrs Claus will be stopping by Abbotsford as they prepare for the holidays. Photo courtesy Tourism Abbotsford

Holiday happenings set Abbotsford a-twinkle!

Another exciting holiday season is approaching and here in Abbotsford there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate this magical time of year.

Our community spirit is shining through with so many activities to take in, from spectacular holiday performances to Christmas markets filled with holiday gift ideas.

And we can’t forget Santa!

Here’s a look at what’s coming up and as always, stay up-to-date with the Tourism Abbotsford app (learn more below):

  • Mennonite Heritage Museum Christmas Market, Nov. 14 to 20 – The annual Christmas Market returns for a full week at the Mennonite Heritage Museum.
  • West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Market, Nov. 18 to 20 – This holiday favourite brings together holiday gifts, fancy foods, personal services, decor ideas, festive live florals and culinary inspirations, all at Tradex. You’ll definitely find something for everyone on your list!
  • Rosemary Siemens Christmas Concert, Nov. 18 – Enjoy this Christmas concert filled with family favourites, beloved carols, re-imagined hymns and songs at Ebenezer Mennonite Church. Admission is free.
  • The Royal Artisan Market, Nov. 19 – Browse delightful work by local artisans at this market, hosted at Prince Charles Elementary, with prizes and an on-site concession.
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Nov. 25 and 26 – Chaos and hilarity reign as the Herdmans collide with the classic Christmas story: Will it be the best or the worst Christmas Pageant ever? Find out when Abbotsford Children’s Theatre performs at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Tickets on sale.
  • Holiday Dreams Cirque show, Nov. 25 – This ground-breaking holiday show comes to the Abbotsford Centre, bringing acrobats, aerialists, comedians, daredevils and award-winning specialty acts performing incredible feats! The show includes music, dance, comedy and a lovable and funny story, all wrapped-up in a holiday theme!
  • Santa in the Country, Nov. 26 – What could be better than Santa in the country? Take your loved one’s picture with Santa amid the hay bales and charm of the rolling hills of Mt. Lehman – at Glendas Christmas Cottage, 4557 Mt. Lehman Rd.
  • Auguston Christmas Market, Nov. 26 – The Auguston Traditional PAC, in partnership with The Mango Market, present the Christmas Market at Auguston Traditional.
  • Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast, Nov. 27 – One of Abbotsford’s Christmas traditions! Head to the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre for the 10th annual Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fun and festive event works around your busy Christmas schedule, and supports the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau.
  • Plaid Tidings and Winter Wonderettes, Dec. 1 to 10 – Fraser Valley Stage shares two fun Christmas musicals this holiday season at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.

    The holiday season has arrived in Abbotsford, with lots to see and do. Photo courtesy Tourism Abbotsford

    The holiday season has arrived in Abbotsford, with lots to see and do. Photo courtesy Tourism Abbotsford

  • Winter Jubilee, Dec. 3 – Head to Downtown Abbotsford for the official Downtown Christmas tree lighting, along with a seasonal market, photos with Santa, Mrs Claus and The Grinch, food trucks, drinks and more!!
  • Santa Shuffle, Dec. 10 – The 2022 fun run and elf walk will be packed with new surprises such as new pledge incentives, best-dressed contests, updated medal and shirt designs, and more!
  • Calvin Dyck and Valley Festival Singers and Pacific Spirit Choir, Dec. 10 – presenting Handel’s Messiah, at Central Heights Church
  • Stars on Ice, Dec. 16 – Enjoy this special holiday performance with Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko and more, at Abbotsford Centre.

And of course, there is always the Abbotsford Canucks to cheer on!

There’s an app for that!

Ensure you don’t miss a thing coming up in Abbotsford this holiday season – download the Tourism Abbotsford app at tourismabbotsford.ca/plan – simply scan the QR code with your Apple or Android device to install the app and start planning!

“We’re really encouraging both residents and visitors to download the free app – it’s regularly updated with all of our community events, and features everything to see and do in Abbotsford,” says Barb Roberts, from Tourism Abbotsford.

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