Christmas

Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

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Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
Santa and his helpers at Communitas are ensuring that the annual Christmas Dinner at Communitas will be a virtual success this year. (Communitas photo: Krista Petrie)

Communitas Supportive Care Society celebrates a virtual Christmas

Abbotsford-based charity normally holds a festive luncheon every year

  • Dec 20, 2020
Santa and his helpers at Communitas are ensuring that the annual Christmas Dinner at Communitas will be a virtual success this year. (Communitas photo: Krista Petrie)
Annalu Murphy wants to donate gift baskets from her business The Homegrown Basket to local families.

Abbotsford mom plans to donate gift baskets to local families

Annalu Murphy makes baskets from locally sourced products

Annalu Murphy wants to donate gift baskets from her business The Homegrown Basket to local families.
Long lines have prompted Christmas at Williams Park organizers to make reservation option online. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)

Drive-thru Christmas light display at Williams Park completely sold out

Organizers ask people not to come if they don’t already have a reservation this weekend

Long lines have prompted Christmas at Williams Park organizers to make reservation option online. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)
New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season

B.C. woman creates unique baked bean holiday ornament

Buy local this holiday season - with a baked bean ornament

New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season
Const. Britteny George has made more than 800 Christmas cards to hand out to seniors in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge Mountie makes 800 holiday cards for seniors

With police carolling stopped by COVID, constable sent personalized greetings

Const. Britteny George has made more than 800 Christmas cards to hand out to seniors in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)
When you shop at Sevenoaks, you're helping local franchisees, local employees, and the many local charities that the shopping centre supports.

Shopping local spreads holiday cheer to you, your loved-ones AND the community

They say the joy of a Christmas gift goes two ways —…

  • Dec 14, 2020
When you shop at Sevenoaks, you're helping local franchisees, local employees, and the many local charities that the shopping centre supports.
(From left) Ann Gardner, Anne Laury and Kathy Cook sort toys that were donated to the Archway Food Bank Christmas Bureau despite the Toys for Tots drive-thru event being cancelled. (Submitted photo)

1,800 gifts donated for Toys for Tots despite event cancellation

Abbotsford also comes through with $41K in cash after drive-thru cancelled

(From left) Ann Gardner, Anne Laury and Kathy Cook sort toys that were donated to the Archway Food Bank Christmas Bureau despite the Toys for Tots drive-thru event being cancelled. (Submitted photo)
SARA for Women staff at the new name and logo launch in 2017 in Abbotsford. File photo.

Mission’s SARA for Women Society to receive $10,000 donation from Canada Life

Charity 1 of 6 selected by Canada Life employees for donations this Christmas

SARA for Women staff at the new name and logo launch in 2017 in Abbotsford. File photo.
The group of 4x4ers decided to start the “Light up the Night Christmas Parade” after the organizers of the Candlelight Parade were forced to cancel the parade and replace it with a virtual version, Clark 'Griswold' Jahn said. Submitted photo.

VIDEO: Festive fleet of Mission 4x4ers spread Christmas spirit after annual parade cancelled

Clark ‘Griswold’ Jahn’s Rudolph-themed truck leads the pack; says the fleet is growing every night

The group of 4x4ers decided to start the “Light up the Night Christmas Parade” after the organizers of the Candlelight Parade were forced to cancel the parade and replace it with a virtual version, Clark 'Griswold' Jahn said. Submitted photo.
Makenna (left) and her sister Raelyn hit all the high notes in their ‘A Covid Christmas’ video.

VIDEO: Abbotsford’s youth pastor’s children create Christmas COVID song

Olynyk family share ‘A COVID Christmas’ parody song, inspired by A Christmas For Two

Makenna (left) and her sister Raelyn hit all the high notes in their ‘A Covid Christmas’ video.
Bjorn Wejr’s front yard in Maple Ridge is a favourite for passers by. (Special to The News)

Christmas traditions: Maple Ridge man’s front lawn features more than 180 light-up statues

Bjorn Wejr travels as far as Tacoma, WA to add to his Christmas blow mold collection each year

Bjorn Wejr’s front yard in Maple Ridge is a favourite for passers by. (Special to The News)
Glow Gardens opens on Tuesday, Dec. 8, after Dr. Bonnie Henry announces that drive-thru events can go ahead. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

PHOTOS: Glow Gardens in Langley opens one month after relocation and COVID postponement

Christmas light display was initially set to open at Greater Vancouver Zoo in November

Glow Gardens opens on Tuesday, Dec. 8, after Dr. Bonnie Henry announces that drive-thru events can go ahead. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Archway staff members Mike and Jennifer with the 2019 Prospera Youth Angel Tree gifts. (Submitted photo)

Youth Angel Tree Project underway in Abbotsford

Program at Prospera Credit Union provides gifts for disadvantaged youth

Archway staff members Mike and Jennifer with the 2019 Prospera Youth Angel Tree gifts. (Submitted photo)
Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston

‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
1405 Kaslo Court, Abbotsford

2020 Christmas light displays in Abbotsford and Mission

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

1405 Kaslo Court, Abbotsford
Sandy Blue decorates the Abbotsford Police Foundation tree at Sevenoaks Shoping Centre. The Trees of Hope are up for the holiday season and proceeds this year go to the Foundation.

Trees Share Hope for the Holidays

Sevenoaks’ 12th annual event raises vital funds for Abbotsford Police Foundation

  • Nov 30, 2020
Sandy Blue decorates the Abbotsford Police Foundation tree at Sevenoaks Shoping Centre. The Trees of Hope are up for the holiday season and proceeds this year go to the Foundation.
The Santa Photos event will not continue at Highstreet Shopping Centre after Fraser Health asked organizers to suspend the event after new restrictions. (Highstreet photo)

Santa Photos at Abbotsford’s Highstreet Shopping Centre event suspended

Fraser Health Authority asked Highstreet to suspend event following new restrictions

The Santa Photos event will not continue at Highstreet Shopping Centre after Fraser Health asked organizers to suspend the event after new restrictions. (Highstreet photo)
People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

How to tell family their Christmas gathering is too risky and you’re not going

Dr. Hurst says it’s best to frame the conversation from a place of care, stressing safety precautions.

People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes