{{Giveaway}} Cherish the Charm, Taste the Tradition as German Christmas Fest Lights Up 50,000 Square Feet of Holiday Fun & Finery at Jack Poole Plaza .

We are so excited to visit the Vancouver Christmas Market again this year at their new location!

This family-friendly event is always a treat to go to with the abundance of shopping, amazing food and kid-friendly activities!

Nothing says “It’s Christmas Time in the City” like the Vancouver Christmas Market, launching its 7th season on November 26 at a new and expanded scenic site at Jack
Poole Plaza. Bigger, better, and brighter this year, the cherished annual event runs to
December 31 and features more of everything Vancouverites have come to love about this
German-flavoured festival of authentic food, drink, entertainment, and foraging for unique
treasures to stuff into stockings or tuck under the Christmas tree.

With more than 70 huts featured in the 2016 event, Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the
Vancouver Christmas Market, says, “We’re thrilled by the number of vendors participating this
year and by the capacity our new location affords to add even more guests to the hundreds of
thousands of visitors who make our annual offering part of their family holiday tradition.”

Shiny and New …

The 2016 market will introduce Canada’s first-ever Christmas Pyramid: a 23-foot tall structure
adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture. Designed locally by architect Jordan Kutev and Lukas One Productions, the rotating sculpture plays festive music
from various regions of Europe where Christmas Pyramids are a time-honoured tradition. Also
new this year is an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate
more than 250 people and overlooking spectacular views of the North Shore.

The increased vendor space at Jack Poole Plaza allows for the introduction of many new sensations, such as daily demonstrations of the Feuerzangenbowle (“Fire Tongs Punch”), a
traditional German mulled wine and rum beverage whose ceremonial preparation includes
caramelizing a large sugar cone over the concoction. New vendor Olga Capone Cannoli
Company offers Italian-style cannoli made from an Old World recipe passed down from  generation to generation since the 1930s. Those with dietary restrictions will want to visit new
vendor Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery where they’ll find gluten-free, egg-free treats that cater to the
needs of vegan and sugar-free diets. In total, the market will boast 24 food and drink huts –11 of
which are appearing for the first time in 2016.

New international vendors include Nica Ceramica, selling hand-made ceramic vases and other
products from Nicaragua that are difficult to find in Canada, and MisH MasH, featuring hand-
made Christmas angel ornaments and little elephant figurines from Africa.

This year, the market also offers gifts for the ecologically-minded with Eco Books 4 Kids
offering books about Canadian wildlife that are printed on FSC or recycled paper with vegetable
inks and non-toxic coatings, and Mistura & Fento’s handcrafted watches and sunglasses made
from wood and other sustainable materials.

Tried and True …

Recognizing that nothing succeeds like success, the market is delighted to welcome back many
of the vendors that have helped build its reputation for European charm and epicurean choices.
The signature array of mouth-watering German delectables will be back, including Glühwein
(hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Handbrot, German Pizza, and so much
more. This year’s selection of German and Austrian beers includes Stiegl’s Radler, Stiegl’s
Pilsner, Erdinger Weissbier, and Erdinger Dunkel. Sweet tooths can be satisfied at The
Gingerbread Haus with its own line of artisanal German gingerbread, and ART Meets CHOCOLATE, which offers locally hand-crafted pieces of edible art.

Gift hunters will want to make their way to The Nutcracker House for classic Christmas
decorations made in the Erzgebirge region of East Germany, and to Käthe Wohlfahrt of
America, Germany’s largest Christmas retailer whose wares include ornaments made of wood,
mouth-blown glass, and hand-painted pewter. Herrnhuter Sterne is also back with stunning
star ornaments and the launch of a new product – handmade metal incense smokers from Huss/Neudorf. Market favourite Provence En Couleur Home Décor is returning with
unique wood kitchen utensils and soaps from France.

In the Mood …

The Vancouver Christmas Market swings into Yuletide with a lively line-up of entertainment,
including house band The Gingerbread Men. Dashing and debonair, The Gingerbread Men will
croon irresistible holiday classics. Also setting the seasonal mood will be Phat Santa Swing;
jazz pianist Aiden Miller; one-man cover band Rob Eller who channels performers from Dave
Matthews to Stephenwolf; and Andrew Mockler, an Auckland-based singer/songwriter originally
from Middlesbrough, UK.

Little ones can look forward to an array of activities designed to delight. From the market-wide
scavenger hunt to gingerbread decorating at Gingerbread Haus through assembling star
ornaments at the Herrnhuter Sterne Hut and riding the Christmas Carousel, Mom and Dad
may find it hard to keep up. The Vancouver Christmas Market mascots ‘Holly and Jolly’ will be
on hand for hugs and photo ops and the jolly old elf, Santa himself, will be ready to hear children
whisper their Christmas wishes when they visit him at the Photo Hut.

Perhaps the best memory of all to take away from the Vancouver Christmas Market is strolling
the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air,
discovering the flavours, fun, and family feeling of the city’s premier pre-Christmas event.

Date: November 26 to December 31, 2016: 11am – 9pm
December 24: Closed at 6pm; December 25: Closed
Ticket prices: Single Admission from Adult $8 – Children 0-6, Free
Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass!
Christmas Packages from $20

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3

Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

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{{Giveaway}} Stylish and Ethical Clothing, made in Canada. #ButtercreamClothing

My favourite thing about the Fall and Winter are the cozy clothes that I get to wear!


Snuggly sweaters, slouchy toques, warm boots, and stylish scarves.

This time of year has always been my favourite, not just because my Birthday falls in mid-October, but because of how gorgeous the scenery is and the Autumn scents that fill the air.

Speaking of clothing…I recently discovered Buttercream Clothing.


I have fallen in love with this clothing line!

Buttercream Clothing is handcrafted luxurious and ethically made clothing from Alberta, Canada.

Check out some of these beautiful pieces!



Make sure you add a few of these to your Christmas Shopping List! And don’t forget about your girlfriends…wouldn’t they be surprised when they get a special treat under their tree?! Gift cards are available to purchase online as well, just in case you aren’t sure what they’d like the best! Just click on the cupcake image below to link you to the website.{{The Giveaway}}

Buttercream Clothing has given me one of their super cute and cozy Organic Infinity Scarves in Moose/ Plaid to giveaway to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! (I was given one of my own to review and keep, you’ll get a spankin’ brand new one for yourself!) This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and Sea to Sky Corridor. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.




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A beautiful way to send out your holiday greetings! #Minted

It’s that time of year again to send your holiday greetings to your nearest and dearest!

I love seeing the variety of holiday cheer that come in the mail from our family and friends during the Christmas season. We are always sure to send our best wishes along as well.

I don’t know about you, but we really put some thought into our Christmas cards. Something that reflects our personalities.

We’ve picked our Christmas cards from Minted again this year. 

They have such an awesome assortment of holiday cards available! Photo and non-photo cards, that are customizable to your favourite colours and themes.

We received our cards in under a week and they are gorgeous!


Minted also has stationary, art and decor available. We’ve added a few pieces of our around our home and just recently picked out this beauty for the kid’s room.


Be sure to visit Minted’s website this holiday season to check out their lovely assortment of customizable cards that your family and friends would love to receive!

Some background about Minted and their holiday card selection:

  * Minted is a design marketplace of independent artists from around the globe.

  * All holiday cards are available with matching custom stamps, envelope designs and FREE recipient addressing. Save time and make your holiday card beautiful from the inside out.

  * Enjoy our FREE concierge address book service. Send us your addresses in any format, from envelopes to lists, and we will build out your Minted Address Book.

  * 2016 holiday card trends: Take it from our community of independent artists— midnight blues, graphic black & white, botanical wreaths, and glittery foil are what’s on-trend for this season. Among this year’s top trends are real foil-pressed holiday cards in gold, silver and rose gold and photo letterpress holiday cards featuring the luxurious look and feel of letterpress paired with unique inks and vibrant colors.

  * Minted is known for its high-quality paper and printing. Minted’s Signature paper is thick and luxurious with a creamy cotton texture, and has been optimized for photo printing. You can also choose 100% recycled paper, Pearlescent paper which adds a subtle shimmer, DoubleThick paper or even TripleThick paper. Minted also offers postcards, ornament cards and 8 unique die-cut shapes. A variety of backer options allow you to add additional photos, text, and customization options to your holiday card.

  * Minted’s assortment of stationery, art, home decor and digital offerings is constantly expanding as Minted grows its artist community and hosts ongoing challenges.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada {{Giveaway}}

Join Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and then onto the North Pole!


FlyOver Canada will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season. Guests will have fun helping Santa search for his missing elves during an exhilarating flight across Canada and on to the North Pole.
The complete Christmas at FlyOver Canada experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes and include:

  • Christmas themed pre-show.
  • FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience coast to coast over Canada.
  • An extended, animated final scene over Santa’s magical North Pole.
  • Christmas decorations, holiday music, lights, hot drinks, festive food and more!

In addition, stop by our festive outdoor deck to enjoy holiday performances, Christmas lights, hot drinks and seasonal snacks. For more information regarding performances, please visit our website.

All guests must be at least 102cm (40″) to participate on the ride. All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or guardian 14 years of age or older.

Don’t miss this magical Christmas offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada.

Reserve your spot now on-site or online at www.FlyOverCanada.com/Christmas

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Dates: November 24, 2016 – January 02, 2017

Time(s): Nov 24 – Dec 16: 10AM – 9PM

Dec 17 – Jan 2: 9:30AM- 10PM

*December 24, 2016 9:30AM – 6PM

*Closed December 25, 2016

Rates:

General Admission

Adult $21.95 plus tax

Student / Youth / Senior $18.95 plus tax

Child $14.95 plus tax

FastLane:
Adult $23.95 plus tax

Student / Youth / Senior $20.95 plus tax

Child $16.95 plus tax

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Glittering lights, towering heights and festive nights – Canyon Lights returns on November 24, 2016!

Celebrate Canyon Lights November 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017. 


Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band.

New this year is ‘Fireflies’, an interactive lighting display in the rainforest. Using giant flashlights, guests can magically awaken waves of tiny lights that glimmer and twinkle like fireflies.

Event Info

Canyon Lights is on from November 24, 2016 through to Sunday, January 8, 2017

(Closed Christmas Day – December 25th)

Park Hours
11AM – 9PM

CANYON LIGHTS TICKETS are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm.

Click Here To Buy Tickets

INSIDER’S TIPS

To avoid entrance line-ups, visit the park on weekdays prior to December 16th!

Strollers are not permitted on the attractions. Babies should be carried below railing level or in a purpose-designed child-carrying device.

Don’t forget to bring your camera. You can take your family holiday photo in our new Winter Pavilion.

GIVE BACK WITH CANYON LIGHTS

Canyon Lights will donate partial proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund for fire/burn education in schools.

LEARN MORE

Your Admission also allows us to continue hosting the Twelve Nights of Christmas for local charities including:

North Shore Disability Resource Centre

Covenant House

North Shore Neighbourhood House

Canuck Place

Easter Seals

Ronald McDonald House

BC Professional Burns Fund

Family Services of the North Shore

Harvest Project

Special Olympics BC

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland

Kids Up Front


3735 Capilano Road

North Vancouver, BC

Canada V7R 4J1

Phone: 604.985.7474

Fax: 604.985.7479

info@capbridge.com


Christmas Festivities in Abbotsford: Passport to Christmas

For anyone looking for the sweetest holiday treasures, Tourism Abbotsford invites everyone to participate in the Passport to Christmas program. 


From November 1st to December 22nd, Lower Mainland residents are invited to visit 10 local businesses, specializing in the unique and memorable, where everyone can ‘shop, stamp, and win’! 
The Passport to Christmas partner list includes:  

Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro

Onnink’s Blueberry Farm

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage

Singletree Winery

Maan Farms

Lepp Farm Market

Nature’s Pickins Market

Homestead Nurseryland & Florist

West Coast Christmas Show 

Abbotsford Visitor Centre

To play, participants are asked to pick up a passport at any of the stops, visit as many as possible, answer a trivia question, get the passport stamped, and then to drop it back off at any of the businesses. Plus, a bonus stamp is rewarded if a picture is posted on Instagram (or on Twitter at the West Coast Christmas show),. Official hashtag is #PassporttoChristmas. In order to win, at least six stamps must be earned. 


On December 23rd, two names will be drawn and awarded prizes. Prize #1 is the Ultimate Abbotsford Getaway, which includes chauffeured transportation around town, wine tasting at Singletree Winery, spa treatment, dinner for two at the new S+L Kitchen & Bar, and an overnight stay at Brookside Inn, one of Canada’s Top 10 Small Hotels. Prize #2 is a long-table dinner for 12 at Brambles Bistro.
It’s hard to visit all the stops in one day, which is why Abbotsford hotels are offering a 20% discount off their best available rate. Visitors simply need to quote Passport to Christmas upon booking. Hotels include:

Sandman Suites Hotel

Sandman Abbotsford Airport Hotel

Best Western Bakerview

Best Western Plus

Quality Hotel and Conference Centre

Super 8
Travelodge

Coast Abbotsford Hotel

To add to the merriment, Abbotsford has two Christmas tree lightings and festivals on November 19th at High Street and November 25th in downtown Abbotsford. From 3-9pm, the Historic Downtown’s Winter Jubilee has an artisan night market, talented musicians, street carollers, fun eats, and a few more surprises in store. High Street has Santa Clause, dancing elves, and promises a magical snowfall. 
Passport to Christmas accommodates all budgets and has something for everyone. To learn more, visit www.passporttochristmas.ca.


About Tourism Abbotsford

Tourism Abbotsford represents over 300 marketing partners, leads the delivery of Visitor Services, and has operated the Fraser Valley Tradex & Exhibition Centre (Tradex) since 2003. Tourism Abbotsford’s commitment to best practices has resulted in being recognized as a BC Tourism Industry Award recipient in Community Sport Tourism, in addition to earning a BC DMO Professional Excellence Award. To learn more, visit www.tourismabbotsford.ca and search #exploreabbotsford on social media channels.

9th Annual West Coast Christmas Show and Marketplace

If you’re looking to escape the shopping mall crowds and find gifts made by local companies and artisans, check out the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace on November 18 to 20, 2016 at the TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, BC. Over two hundred vendors, including over 140 select artisans will offer items for your friends and loved ones, items not found in the usual mall outlets.

In addition check out some of the special newsworthy features of this year’s show:

NEW SHOW EVENT:
The BC Artisan Marketing Society’s SHARING TREE

In co-operation with ARTISAN, SHARON HUBBARD 

To benefit the local charitable organizations participating in the FESTIVAL OF TREES

For a minimum donation of $5 you may write a card and place it on the Sharing Tree and keep one of the artisan’s handmade ornaments from the tree as a keepsake of your contribution.

Click here for more details on this new feature.

On our Home For The Holidays Stage:

Chef Thompson Tran – Grammy Award Nominee, 2010

In 2002 Chef Thompson obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar and spent several years performing around Western Canada. Four years later he took a two-year hiatus from cooking to pursue a musical dream that culminated in a Grammy Award nomination.

Click here for a full lineup of the presenters on the Home for the Holidays Stage.


In Santa’s Workshop

The youngest entrepreneurs in the West Coast Christmas Show, Calla & Noelle were only 7 and 9 years old when with the help of their mother, Kathi of the Li’l Ol’ Craft Company started a letter writing to Santa service for all the little kids visiting the Christmas Show and wanting to get a wish list sent off to Santa Claus.

Now aged 10 and 12, Calla & Noel are back for the fourth year at the West Coast Christmas Show and headlining the activities taking place in Santa’s Workshop of children’s activities which include
Letters to Santa provided by Calla & Noelle of the Li’l Ol’ Craft Company

Christmas Cookie Decorating, decorate your own Christmas cookie

Fraser Valley Scale Modelers Club – Model plane making 

Sand-Art – create.pictures with coloured sand

Christmas Tree Ornament, decorate your own ornament and take home to hang on your tree.

Click here to see all of the activities in Santa’s Workshop.


THE UGLY SWEATER CONTEST, SECOND ANNUAL


Don’t have one? Or didn’t bring with you?
Check out the selection at Kea Embroidery & Designs & Greener Valley Trading.

Here’s how it works:

We take your picture and post it on Facebook. The sweater with most ‘likes’ by November 27th is the winner.

Great prizes to be won!


LOVE ETSY?

Then check out a full range of our Etsy Vendors product lines at the show:

BRAINYCAKES DOG BARKERY

CEDAR AND STAIN

ERON HAMILL ARTISAN JEWELRY

HANNAH STONE

JAR GIRL, THE

JULU DESIGNS

KOOTENAY SPOONS LTD

LILAC BLUE DESIGNS

MEDITERRA SOAPS

MY CHEEKY BABY INC

PERSONAL TOUCH GIFTS

PICK ME UPCYCLED

RED LEMON NATURAL LIVING

For The Male Hipsters In Your Life!!!

Bad Ass Beard Balm Grooming Kits – for shaving and beards

Wayward Distillation House – Unruly Vodka

Mapacity – digital maps

Wolf – exotic socks for men


The Sounds of the Holidays Stage


Click here for more information on the performers below:

List of Performers: 

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School

Bakerview Music Academy

Cascadia Wind Ensemble

Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers

Chicks With Sticks

Chilliwack Community Band

Chilliwack Harmony Chorus

Collage Singers

Dynamic Music Instruction

Inspire Arts Academy

Joy Vox Community Choir

Langley A & B ukulele Ensembles

Les Echos Du Pacifique

MEI Bel Canto Singers & Junior Chorale

MEI Chamber Singers

Opus One Women’s Choir

Sm:)E band

Soundscape Chorus

Trinity Western University Concert Choir



West Coast Christmas Show Essentials:

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and a $1 discount applies if bought online. 

FREE admission for youth & children 16 and under. 

FREE PARKING + 

FREE parking lot trolley shuttle service by the Vancouver Trolley Company
For more information, visit westcoastchristmasshow.com.

Hours: 
Friday, Nov 18, 2 pm -9pm 

Saturday, Nov 19, 10am – 6pm 

Sunday, Nov 20, 10am – 5pm

TRADEX Address: 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6H5