Christmas

The annual Toys for Tots event in Abbotsford normally includes a free breakfast for anyone who drops off a toy or cash donation. This year’s event was to be held as a drive-thru, but that has also been cancelled. (File photo)

Toys for Tots drive-thru event cancelled in Abbotsford

Public encouraged to donate cash or bring toys to drop-off locations

The annual Toys for Tots event in Abbotsford normally includes a free breakfast for anyone who drops off a toy or cash donation. This year’s event was to be held as a drive-thru, but that has also been cancelled. (File photo)
The annual West Coast Christmas Show is normally held at Tradex in Abbotsford, but this year’s event is taking place as an online shop. (Abbotsford News file photo)

West Coast Christmas Show goes virtual for 2020

Annual event, normally held at Tradex in Abbotsford, holds online shop

The annual West Coast Christmas Show is normally held at Tradex in Abbotsford, but this year’s event is taking place as an online shop. (Abbotsford News file photo)
This home at 1405 Kaslo Court was all lit up for the holidays in 2019. (File photo)

Tell us about your Christmas light displays

Holiday-light list to be published online and in newspaper

  • Nov 24, 2020
This home at 1405 Kaslo Court was all lit up for the holidays in 2019. (File photo)
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Recycling broken or burnt string lights can reduce holiday landfill waste

In 2019, Product Care Recycling diverted more than 11.6 million light bulbs from landfills

Product Care offers more than <a href="http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=pDYyTceU0YgTDdsd92GohdQJsmSiPFEkcB4MdMM0Qkoqb1aJA-2By5aWklKJXV6QRdyTteNjr2FccUOVLUe4t5Zw-3D-3D1ds-_KVyBcpjXADXifSWVpM8nQcAzSm9-2B6fEFnjVrTsOcu31irDHDxi5k0QTOIWCqMXUxaNbrf0yRzXSSpROCkfx3NkUtbr65Dkcw1J0by-2F-2BDdDiJGbcfhtjHWYSs66NwakeCCLYkj20e9ICIZsLcedqNZKBhsN0sGgBsInpdzsddYikUZkmQvFdxLJhakpgAA6aAJ5ScUoWR6vO9sM819vRB-2F6x7dsdfIaWa4ZgHxR4G7hauxgSJCsNI2bP5J62EFfM0aiDqRPwUPUjt7i5-2FMqpdJxrEBewnLky-2B3lE0JAmi5UsJBkJejuLOjsndZz4b7dNgbvt6KyewKuF0sxU2rpYgkAO9YAKc9STuFJd28Qn7jE0-2FqlB8HKOvpW150NHS-2BOMBcK5rkZ8YAuPqJy11k-2BgndiKB-2FWl2icAfbWtRGJPb8fM-3D" target="_blank">150 free drop-off locations</a> in B.C. (Pixabay.com)
The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation holds the third annual It’s a Wonderful Breakfast fundraiser on Dec. 10 as a drive-thru event featuring White Spot’s BC Sunny Start sandwich.

Drive-thru breakfast raises funds for ER expansion in Abbotsford

FV Health Care Foundation holds annual hospital fundraiser on Dec. 10

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation holds the third annual It’s a Wonderful Breakfast fundraiser on Dec. 10 as a drive-thru event featuring White Spot’s BC Sunny Start sandwich.
The annual Toys for Tots event in Abbotsford normally includes a free breakfast for anyone who drops off a toy or cash donation. This year’s event is being held as a drive-thru. (File photo)

Toys for Tots event in Abbotsford holds drive-thru for 2020

Cash and toys collected for Archway Christmas Bureau

The annual Toys for Tots event in Abbotsford normally includes a free breakfast for anyone who drops off a toy or cash donation. This year’s event is being held as a drive-thru. (File photo)
Mt. Lehman Community Hall will be all lit up for the holidays, starting Dec. 1. Local residents and businesses are encouarged to Light Up the Countryside.

Community of Mt. Lehman will Light Up the Countryside

Christmas light displays at hall, church and library starting Dec. 1

Mt. Lehman Community Hall will be all lit up for the holidays, starting Dec. 1. Local residents and businesses are encouarged to Light Up the Countryside.
Matsqui Community Hall in Matsqui Village. (Google Street View)

Drive-by light display at Matsqui Community Hall in Abbotsford

Santa and his elves will be on hand every Friday and Saturday night starting Nov. 28

Matsqui Community Hall in Matsqui Village. (Google Street View)
Santa Photos will occur at Abbotsford’s Highstreet Shopping Centre this year, but will be done so in a COVID-19 safe manner. (Highstreet Instagram photo)

COVID-19 safe Santa Photos experience coming to Abbotsford’s Highstreet Shopping Centre

Masks will be required for all involved, Santa Claus to be seated on a gondola distanced from guests

Santa Photos will occur at Abbotsford’s Highstreet Shopping Centre this year, but will be done so in a COVID-19 safe manner. (Highstreet Instagram photo)
The Abbotsford group Care for Community Abbotsford is holding a fundraiser for items for Christmas care packages. Among the good deeds the group has done previously is delivering donuts to health-care workers. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford group holds fundraiser to buy items for care packages

Care for Community Abbotsford will distribute packs to those in need

The Abbotsford group Care for Community Abbotsford is holding a fundraiser for items for Christmas care packages. Among the good deeds the group has done previously is delivering donuts to health-care workers. (Submitted photo)
The Glow Gardens light display announced they would be moving to the Greater Vancouver Zoo in October. (Black Press Media files)

COVID restrictions cancel Glow Gardens at Greater Vancouver Zoo

Event will return in a smaller drive-through setting on Nov. 26 at original location in Milner

The Glow Gardens light display announced they would be moving to the Greater Vancouver Zoo in October. (Black Press Media files)
The Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign in Abbotsford-Mission starts Monday, Nov. 23. (Black Press file photo)

Salvation Army kettle campaign aims to raise $150K in Abbotsford-Mission

Annual fundraiser begins Nov. 23 with changes due to the pandemic

The Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign in Abbotsford-Mission starts Monday, Nov. 23. (Black Press file photo)
Photo by Brooks Rice on Unsplash

Abbotsford seniors’ home raises funds for Christmas stockings for residents

Tabor Village plans to purchase gifts for all 262 residents

  • Nov 13, 2020
Photo by Brooks Rice on Unsplash
An Abbotsford family is preparing kits for kids to make holiday greeting cards for seniors in Abbotsford retirement homes. More than 1,000 have been requested to date. (Facebook photo)

Abbotsford family prepares kits for kids to make holiday cards for seniors

More than 1,000 kits have been requested for cards that will go to retirement homes

An Abbotsford family is preparing kits for kids to make holiday greeting cards for seniors in Abbotsford retirement homes. More than 1,000 have been requested to date. (Facebook photo)
The Holidays at Highstreet event debuts on Saturday at the Abbotsford-based mall. (Submitted)

Holidays at Highstreet debuting in Abbotsford on Saturday

COVID-19 friendly holiday experience features lights, music and seasonal joy

The Holidays at Highstreet event debuts on Saturday at the Abbotsford-based mall. (Submitted)
Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau executive director Chris Bayliss was surrounded by toys Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 at the 37th annual Kruise for Kids toy drive and fundraiser held at the Langley Events Centre for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

‘Sense of desperation’: Christmas bureaus anticipating spike in need this year

Bureau pushing for teen toys, but says all support is welcome

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau executive director Chris Bayliss was surrounded by toys Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 at the 37th annual Kruise for Kids toy drive and fundraiser held at the Langley Events Centre for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The Bright Lights Christmas Train at Stanley Park. (submitted photo: Vancouver Park Board)

Bright Nights Christmas Train to roll at Stanley Park, tickets on sale Nov. 6

COVID-19 precautions in place for the 23rd annual attraction in Vancouver

The Bright Lights Christmas Train at Stanley Park. (submitted photo: Vancouver Park Board)
(Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau/Instagram)

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, PNE to host drive-thru holiday toy collection

COVID-19 means more families could need extra help during the upcoming holidays

(Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau/Instagram)
Booklet covers for two of the holiday stamps being released by Canada Post on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Canada Post)

PHOTOS: Canada Post releases four new stamps to brighten up the 2020 holiday season

Collection features one Nativity inspired scene and three secular folk artist pieces

Booklet covers for two of the holiday stamps being released by Canada Post on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Canada Post)
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Annual display opens Nov. 27; timed ticket reservations available now

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.