We were kindly invited to check out the West Coast Christmas Show & Market that started today and runs til Sunday evening on November 24th. It is being hosted at the Tradex in Abbotsford near the airport.
We packed up Everly early in the morning so that we could get there in decent time, we wanted to be there before it potentially became crowded. We arrived for right when the doors were going to open. It seemed many others had the same idea, as there was a large crowd waiting to get in, but we got in very quickly.
I loved seeing the trolley, from The Vancouver Trolley Company, just outside the entrance. It is available to shuttle visitors to and from their cars. I think this is an wonderful, special touch, especially if you have children with you. They would find riding on the trolley a unique little experience.
As soon as we walked inside there were many Christmas trees, and Santa’s reindeer, Everly’s was instantly busy trying to take in all of the different sights. We walked through the Festival of Trees to see all of the different Christmas trees that have been decorated by several charitable organizations who are competing for a grand prize. We made sure to make our donation and vote for our favourite tree.
You will hear lots of Christmas music as you wander through and check out the different vendors. There are different performers, and groups scheduled for entertainment during the event. There was a little bit of everything for everyone… hand crafted items, electronics, and different food items. Guys, there are even model cars that can be made!
The big hit for us was the display from The Fraser Valley G Club & Friends. We all loved watching the different model trains go round, and round. We spent a good amount of time at this display. We especially loved the steam locomotive. So much detail and work went into this display. We even found Santa tucked away on one of the trains. Trains are something that instantly make me thing of Christmas time because my Dad put a train under our Christmas tree several times. This display brought back lots of great memories.
If you are a fan of Anna Olson make sure you go at the time she is on The Home for the Holidays Stage. I have been seeing some incredible photos of the ugly sweater gingerbread cookies she made. She has lots of baking tips that she is sharing. You can check the schedule of events here.
We really enjoyed checking out the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace, it was a fun way to start getting into the holiday spirit. I am now daydreaming of different ways I would love to decorate our home and Christmas tree for the holidays…. maybe some day. The one thing I would love to see at this event, is more vendors geared towards items for children. The West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace is a great option to check out this weekend if you are looking for somewhere to wander around with a hot chocolate or coffee in hand. You just never know what you will discover there.