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:
POKEMON will be at the show with the launching of the new
Pokemon Moon & Pokemon Sun
Nintendo has created a large custom trailer that will have the latest 3DS sampling stations and a number of other fun activities for visitors to engage in. They will be at the West Coast Christmas Show all three days of the event.
The BC Artisan Marketing Society’s
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.
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On our Home For The Holidays Stage:
Lauren Mote – award winning mixologist, co-proprietor Bittered Sling Bitters. Bar Manager at UVA Wine & Cocktail Lounge. Vancouver Bartender Of The Year, 2015,
Jonathan Chovancek – chef-instructor Cook Culture, Co-proprietor Bittered Sling Bitters
Lauren & Jonathan will be on our stage at the show to demonstrate cocktail making for the Holiday Season.
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.
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 children visiting the Christmas Show and wanting to get a wish list sent off to Santa Claus.
Now aged 10 and 12, Calla & Noelle 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
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 www.facebook.com/westcoastxmas
the sweater with most ‘likes’ by November 27th is the winner.
Great prizes to be won!
For The Male Hipsters In Your Life!!!
Bad Ass Beard Balm Grooming Kits – for shaving and beards by Red Lemon Natural Living
Wayward Distillation House – Unruly Vodka
Mapacity – digital maps
Wolf – exotic socks for men
The Festival of Trees
A fantasy world of 18 decorated Christmas Trees created by as many local Fraser Valley charitable organizations, all vying for honours and prizes in this annual competition.
List of participating charities:
BC LUPUS SOCIETY
BURNS BOG CONSERVATION SOCIETY
CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
CANUCK PLACE – ABBOTSFORD
FRASER VALLEY BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION
FRASER VALLEY HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION
FRASER VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY
GABY DAVIS FOUNDATION
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
HEART TRANSPLANT HOME SOCIETY
JOB’S DAUGHTERS INTERNATIONAL – BETHEL #20
MAPLE RIDGE/ PITT MEADOWS COMMUNITY SERVICES
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
OPERATION RED NOSE ABBOTSFORD-MISSION/PACIFICSPORT
ST JOHN AMBULANCE – THERAPY DOG DIVISION
The Sounds of the Holidays Stage
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
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
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.
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