Never does a day go by at Glenmore and Highland Park where something isn’t happening. That’s especially true now that the holiday season is upon us. But there’s also lots going on in the surrounding area.
To help you muddle your way through your holiday calendar, we thought we’d highlight a few upcoming events in the immediate area and beyond.
Realtors Care Blanket Drive
Starting Monday, November 29th and continuing through to Monday, December 6th, realtors all over the Fraser Valley will be collecting bags, scarves, hats and undergarments for the homeless. A few warm and cozy items will make such a difference for a lot of people this winter. If you have anything suitable to give away, it would be greatly appreciated.
Anthony Sedlak at Kitchen Therapy
Did you know that Glenmore and Highland Park’s neighbourhood kitchen store, Kitchen Therapy, offers cooking classes along with their top-of-the-line kitchen utensils, cook and bakeware? On Wednesday, December 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Anthony Sedlak, celebrity chef and host of Food Network Canada’s The Main, will be teaching his pupils how to create a Moroccan fruit and nut couscous with warm organic chicken and lemon dressing, a conchiglie pasta with smoked bacon and creamed spinach and chocolate peanut butter cream pots. Our mouths are watering already.
Sounds of Christmas in White Rock
Enjoy the sounds of the Welsh Men’s Choir as they return this year to White Rock Baptist Church. Featuring traditional and modern Christmas music as well as “something zany” this evening is sure to lift your spirits. The carols and hymns begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3rd with tickets ranging from $22 to $25.
Santa’s Big Rigs for Kids Parade
What’s cooler than getting a “honkin’ highway holler” from a big rig? Seeing it up-close-and-personal covered in festive lights, of course! This year, the big rig trucks will be all lit up in Holland Park. Head down to the park at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5th with a donation for the Surrey Christmas Bureau to enjoy a night of fun activities, live music and refreshments with the entire family.
Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights
On Sunday, December 5th, Surrey will hold its fifth annual Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights. Bring a non-perishable food item or children’s toy for either the Surrey Food Bank or the Surrey Christmas Bureau and then prepare to be dazzled by a parade of floats, marching bands and twinkling lights. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Cloverdale fairgrounds parking lot and will make its way to historic 176th Street in downtown Cloverdale.
To Decant or Not To Decant at Everything Wine
This one’s for adults only. We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Glenmore and Highland Park’s local wine store, Everything Wine, regularly hosts wine makers, wine tasting events and a variety of food and pairing courses. Their Tasting Bar will be the locale for another free event on Monday, December 6th. From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., learn about the benefits behind decanting your wine, and enjoy a few taste tests in the process.
Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA
Hopefully you’ve got your Christmas wish-list prepared because Old Saint Nick is on his way. This year, your little ones can join him for a special breakfast at the Tong Louie YMCA on Saturday, December 11th. Seating times will be at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Call the YMCA to register at 604-575-9622. Children $5, Adults $8
Stewart Farms Christmas Open House
You and the family are invited to enjoy Christmas the old-fashioned way at Stewart Farms. Make holiday crafts and munch on delicious woodstove-baked treats or simply wander around the 1894 farmhouse decorated to the period for the holiday season. Best of all, it’s only a 12-minute drive from Glenmore and Highland Park. The open house takes place on Saturday, December 11th from noon to 4 p.m.
Train Ride and Visit with Santa at Bear Creek Park
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas train. Fortunately, you have plenty of time to meet up with Eddy the Engine and Chough the Steam Locomotive at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park. The train, which takes passenger through a Christmas forest display and Santa’s Golden Reindeer Tunnel, runs from Friday, December 3rd to Sunday, January 2nd. Children $6, Adults $7
One of the best things about living at Glenmore and Highland Park has to be the strong sense of community. And what better time to get out and experience it than in the heart of the holiday season?