Holiday Shopping, Culinary Presentations and The North Pole at the 7th West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace


One of Canada’s leading holiday season shows, the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace, returns for its seventh year on November 21, 22, and 23, 2014 at the TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. The West Coast Christmas Show brings together holiday gifts from around the world, jewelry and accessories, toys, specialty foods, along with gift items from both local artisans and manufacturers.

Food writer and photographer Gwendolyn Richards will be joining us on the Home for the Holidays Stage. She recently authored Pucker, a cookbook for citrus lovers, which includes delicious drinks, appetizers, and exotic mains. Richards also blogs on Patent and the Pantry.


Sharing the stage will be Omega Crunch’s blogger, Kelly Beswitherick. Also known as Kitchen Caleigh, Beswitherick suffered the onset of a neurological illness caused by unknowingly moving into a toxic house. From this experience began a journey of healthy eating where she learned to use food to heal her body. She has since found passion in making healthy food taste great, developing healthy and delicious recipes that omit many of today’s common allergens. She will be bringing her new book How Food Changed my Life, which will be released on October 25, 2014.



Also, work off all of your pre-Christmas eating with Steve Nash Fitness Club, who will be leading two holiday-inspired choreographed cardio and Zumba demonstrations on November 22 and 23. Try something a little different and experience the Steve Nash Fitness “Sandbell Rock” workshop on stage Sunday November 23 at 12pm; their trainers will introduce you to the world of sandbells, including benefits and techniques.

Nearly two hundred companies will offer one-of-a-kind products. Visitors can identify items made by artisan crafters by looking for the “Select Artisan” signs at the show.

New this year, The North Pole BC will be preparing their North Pole Village scenes and activities. Meet some of the Christmas characters featured this year, and enjoy a Free Christmas Photo by Giggle Booth Photos.

Other returning traditions of the show include the musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage, on which many Fraser Valley schools will participate. Also, the Festival of Trees, where local charitable organizations decorate trees and compete for a cash prize. You will be welcomed by an array of beautifully decorated trees at the entrance to the show, along with 99 Nursery & Florist’s beautiful seasonal décor.

The Fraser Valley Model Club will demonstrate their models made by members, and children ages 8 and older will be introduced to model making as a hands-on hobby. Empress Line Railroads will showcase their intricate model trains, manned by the train club members.

Tickets are $6 at the door or $5 for adults online. Admission is free for children 16 and under. For tickets and more information, visit


Friday, November 21, 12pm – 9pm

Saturday, November 22, 10am – 6pm

Sunday, November 23, 10am – 5pm

TRADEX Address: 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, B.C., V2T 6H5


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