Christmas

Carrie Wachsmann (left) of Abbotsford has written the children’s book Finding Christmas, which features Karl’s Meat Market, founded by Karl and Wendy Ensink (in front). Also pictured is their son and current owner, Doug Ensink. (Submitted photo)

Christmas book features long-time Abbotsford business

Karl’s Meat Market in tale about country mouse who travels to city

 

Harrison lights.

Magical Lights by the Lake sets the holidays a-sparkle in Harrison

Harrison Hot Springs is setting the holiday season a-sparkle with its Lights…

  • Dec 7, 2022

 

Langley Trappers, seen here during the previous regular season at George Preston, won’t be asking fans to toss teddy bears this season. Instead, trappers and arena mates Langley Rivermen are asking fans to throw “warmth items” such as blankets, socks, gloves and toques for the homeless. (Langley Advance Times file)

Instead of a teddy bear toss, 2 B.C. hockey teams are asking fans to throw ‘warmth items’ for the homeless

Langley Trappers and Rivermen are asking for socks, gloves, toques and blankets

Langley Trappers, seen here during the previous regular season at George Preston, won’t be asking fans to toss teddy bears this season. Instead, trappers and arena mates Langley Rivermen are asking fans to throw “warmth items” such as blankets, socks, gloves and toques for the homeless. (Langley Advance Times file)
Leanne Koehn with the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society provides several tips on how to be more environmentally friendly this Christmas. (The News)

How to have a green Christmas: Tips from the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society

Learn how to recycle everything from Christmas trees to wrapping paper

Leanne Koehn with the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society provides several tips on how to be more environmentally friendly this Christmas. (The News)
A BC Hydro survey shows more British Columbians are planning to go all out with their Christmas displays this year, but the majority of residents will stick with more minimalist decorations. (Black Press Media file photo)

More ‘mega’ Christmas displays expected this year despite cost concerns: BC Hydro

Lower Mainland residents three times more likely to be mega decorators

A BC Hydro survey shows more British Columbians are planning to go all out with their Christmas displays this year, but the majority of residents will stick with more minimalist decorations. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Fraser Valley Off-Road Toy Run takes place in Abbotsford on Sunday, Dec. 11. (Facebook photo)

Off-road toy run in Abbotsford features parade of lit-up vehicles

Vehicles of all kinds invited to take part in event on Sunday, Dec. 11

The Fraser Valley Off-Road Toy Run takes place in Abbotsford on Sunday, Dec. 11. (Facebook photo)
Volunteers Jared and Judy at the Archway Community Services gift-wrapping booth at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in 2021. (Submitted photo)

Gift-wrapping service in Abbotsford supports Archway programs

Service available by donation until Dec. 24 at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre

Volunteers Jared and Judy at the Archway Community Services gift-wrapping booth at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in 2021. (Submitted photo)
Tom Verbrugge and his son Mica have the bonfire stoked and the hotdogs ready to roast when Tom’s Trees Christmas tree farm opens on Nov. 26, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM VERBRUGGE)

It’s beginning to look a lot more expensive for a Christmas tree this year

Variety of factors contributing, effect on Islanders will vary depending on where you shop

Tom Verbrugge and his son Mica have the bonfire stoked and the hotdogs ready to roast when Tom’s Trees Christmas tree farm opens on Nov. 26, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM VERBRUGGE)
Turkeys are shown in a pen at Root Down Farm in Pescadero, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

Turkey shortage ahead of Christmas fuelled by avian flu: BC Poultry Association

‘It’s a terrible time of year for this to have to happen’

Turkeys are shown in a pen at Root Down Farm in Pescadero, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
This house at 9365 Edward St. in Chilliwack was completely covered in lights in 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Help make Lower Mainland brighter by adding favourite Christmas lights displays to map

Anyone can add Christmassy homes, decorated public spaces to Black Press Media’s holiday lights map

This house at 9365 Edward St. in Chilliwack was completely covered in lights in 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Fraser Valley Toy Drive returns to Abbotsford’s 360 Fabrication on Saturday, Dec. 10. (Submitted)

Fraser Valley Toy Drive returns to Abbotsford

Second annual event set to occur on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 360 Fabrication

The Fraser Valley Toy Drive returns to Abbotsford’s 360 Fabrication on Saturday, Dec. 10. (Submitted)
33687 Marshall Road, Abbotsford

2022 Christmas light displays in Abbotsford and Mission

Local homes in both communities are all lit up for the holidays

33687 Marshall Road, Abbotsford
The Abbotsford Film Society will screen the holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, on Dec. 2.

Abbotsford Film Society screens It’s a Wonderful Life

Movie on Friday, Dec. 2 includes pre-screening background talk

The Abbotsford Film Society will screen the holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, on Dec. 2.
The pile of donated gifts grew throughout the Toys for Tots event on Sunday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre in Abbotsford. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Toys for Tots in Abbotsford collects 2,000 toys and $10K in cash

Annual event supports the Archway Food Bank’s Christmas Bureau

The pile of donated gifts grew throughout the Toys for Tots event on Sunday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre in Abbotsford. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)

B.C. man with fractured spine warns of dangers in hanging holiday lights

‘Tis the season for decorations, ladders and the inevitable falls that go with them

Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)
Hundreds turned out to walk through Glow Gardens in Langley on opening day Nov. 23. The Christmas light festival remains open on three acres of the Darvonda Nurseries in Milner until Dec. 31. The first five nights, at least, were sold out. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

PHOTOS: Crisis averted – rain threatened to derail Glow opening

Lower Mainland Christmas light festival at Langley nursery is back as a walk-through show

Hundreds turned out to walk through Glow Gardens in Langley on opening day Nov. 23. The Christmas light festival remains open on three acres of the Darvonda Nurseries in Milner until Dec. 31. The first five nights, at least, were sold out. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
Gord Yakimow of Abbotsford has released a children’s book titled The Grod Family’s Christmas Lights.

Abbotsford retired teacher releases kids’ Christmas book

Gord Yakimow first wrote The Grod Family’s Christmas Lights 30 years ago

Gord Yakimow of Abbotsford has released a children’s book titled The Grod Family’s Christmas Lights.
“Carol” is a 1965 Chevy Biscayne police cruiser that has been restored by the Abbotsford Police Department. A toy drive, called Carol for Kids, runs until Dec. 3. (APD photo)

Abbotsford Police Department holds Carol for Kids toy drive

Event collects gifts for Archway Community Services’ Christmas Bureau

“Carol” is a 1965 Chevy Biscayne police cruiser that has been restored by the Abbotsford Police Department. A toy drive, called Carol for Kids, runs until Dec. 3. (APD photo)
This home at 34314 Woodbine Crescent in Abbotsford was all lit up for the holidays in 2021.

Let us know about your Christmas light displays

2022 holiday list to be shared online and in print

This home at 34314 Woodbine Crescent in Abbotsford was all lit up for the holidays in 2021.