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:

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.


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!


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














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

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 

The Baby & Tot Show, Oct 18-19, 2014 at the Tradex in Abbotsford {Giveaway}

Is there a new baby in your family?

If your answer is YES, then you’ll want to be sure to check out the Baby & Tot Show at the Tradex in Abbotsford on October 18th & 19th, 2014!

B&T Show

There will be over 150 exhibitors to shop and sample from.

If you have a crawler in your midst, sign them up for the Baby Races where you can WIN a prize for the first baby to cross the finish line.

And just for the Mommies, make you you pop into the Yummy Mummy Lounge where you can learn the latest make-up tricks, check out what’s hot in the fashion world, shop and save on beauty products and also WIN prizes!

Anita Alberto Photography will be on site to take photos of your little darlings for the Photo Contest, where you can enter to WIN a $250 gift basket and possibly become the face of the Baby & Tot Show 2015!

Anita Alberto

If you’re bringing your active kiddos along to the show, check out the Kid Zone, sponsored by My Gym Children’s Fitness Centre.

My Gym

When it’s time to feed or change the little ones, there’s a Nursing & Changing Lounge available with complimentary diapers and wipes, courtesy of Costco Wholesale.

The Seminar Stage will be featuring:

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Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD is a child feeding expert who helps Moms and Dads support their picky eater to try new foods on their own   (without being forceful or sneaky). A speaker, Author, and dietitian, Kristen is a picky eater turned food-lover herself. Kristen worked behind-the-scenes at the BC Ministry of Health to create many of the resources that health professionals use throughout the province. Since 2008 she has been working with families to support them in providing good food for their kids today…and, instilling in them a life-long LOVE of healthy eating. Following Kristen’s teaching, parents learn how to get their kids to try new foods on their own without resorting to the forceful methods of the past, negotiations, or being sneaky. Get a taste for Kristen at www.KristenYarker.com STAGE TIME: 2:15pm


Modern Family Expo (1) Ricky Shetty is the owner and operator of the family-friendly website Daddy Blogger where he writes about parenting from a father’s perspective. Ricky will be sharing 3 Tips for Being a Better Dad. This will be a content-rich, engaging, and highly practical presentation. Ricky will be giving out a few copies of his Amazon Best Selling Book “Wisdom from Daddies: What I Learned from Interviewing 100 Dads about Fatherhood” to parents who will be attending. To find out more about Ricky, check out his website:  www.daddyblogger.com STAGE TIME: 12:15pm




Marnie Huard – CheekyChops Sleep Consultant

Having experienced the negative effects lack of sleep has on a family and a relationship, Marnie understands all the challenges that come with it. Choosing Cheekychops Consulting to help her son sleep better was one of the best decisions she ever made for herself and her family.

Marnie is originally from Newport, Quebec, and moved to BC five years ago. She now lives in Langley with her husband, their very active son, and their dog. They are raising their son in a trilingual environment: French, German, and English. Marnie is fluent in both English and French. Marnie will be speaking about the about the myths of infant sleep and explain why they aren’t accurate and what should be done instead.  Visit her website hereSTAGE TIME: 3:00pm


square-photo-ginger500px (1) Justine Pearson, BA Psychology, CD (DONA) has been serving families over the past 15 years as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Educator, and Breastfeeding Consultant. She believes how a woman births her baby as well as her breastfeeding experience can greatly affect a family long term. She will be sharing practical ways to feed your baby with ease. Working with families, she regularly experiences how breastfeeding is most successful with up-to-date education and support. Justine has dealt with many difficult situations including; latch issues, breast and nipple pain, repeated clogged ducts, insufficient milk supply, multiples, and helping moms establish a stress-free pumping routine.  She is a passionate expert in the birth field who is gifted in what she does. Get her updates here. STAGE TIME: 3:45PM

Jaydene (1) 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Birth Photographer

Jaydene Freund is one of the first professional birth photographers in Canada. She’s been photographing births over 5 years and has captured nearly 70 births. Her photos have been featured in The Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Canadian Family and Global News. After co-founding Canadian Birth Photographers in 2012, Jaydene has continued to establish birth photography as an accepted genre of professional photography.

10 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Birth Photographer will show incredible images that will promise to leave you inspired and wanting to birth again. See more at www.CradledCreations.com STAGE TIME: 1:00pm

vanessa Vanessa Wideski is a qualified financial security advisor holding her LLQP certification, she specializes in helping families to plan for their children’s future and to save for their education.

RESP, TFSA, GIC; with so many choices available, it can all be quite confusing, but it doesn’t have to be! When you attend our workshop you will learn the difference between an RESP, TFSA, and a GIC. You will also learn about the three main government grants that are available for your child’s education, did you know that all residents of B.C. are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in free government grants!?

Lastly we will also introduce you to a concept that very few are aware of, we’ve coined it “the million dollar baby program.” This workshop will explain these facts in layman’s terms making it very simple and easy to understand. New parents have a lot to think about when they’re expecting a new addition, we’ll take the guess work out of finances and help you make a well informed decision when choosing the best way to save for your child’s education and invest in their future. Click here to view her website. STAGE TIME: 11:30am


portrait Martin Sunderland is a Fire Inspector and Public Educator with the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.  Prior to joining the fire service he was a high school shop teacher working with inner-city teens, first in Ontario, then in Surrey.

Since joining the fire department, Martin has used his experience and training as a teacher to develop and implement a series of new initiatives designed to connect with youth and reduce injuries, property damage and other consequences connected with risky behavior.

He is a leader in the field of youth firesetting intervention and works closely with Abbotsford schools.  Martin has also found new methods of connecting with preschool and elementary school children about safety in ways they not only understand but remember long after he has left the classroom.

Martin is an experienced and passionate public speaker and has been a guest presenter at fire prevention conferences in BC as well as Washington, Oregon and Colorado. He is also a sessional instructor at the Justice Institute of BC. STAGE TIME: 1:30pm

Be sure to enter to WIN hundreds of prizes, including the Grand Prizes :  a Family Vacation and $1000 CASH PRIZE!

Ticket Prices

Ticket price includes: a reusable shopping bag (for the first 500 attendees in line each day), official show guide, access to all exhibitors, seminars, stages and meet & greets.

On-line admission rates:

Adults: $12

Children 12 & under: Free!

Click here to purchase online.

*Tickets will also be available at the door. Ticket sales at box office are CASH ONLY.
The Baby & Tot Show has generously provided Raincity Parent with a 4pk of tickets & a $50 Gift Certificate to give away to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs from October 5th-15th and is open to residents of the Vancouver, B.C. area and the Fraser Valley. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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