Spirit of the Season 2015

On November 28th and December 5th, come join us for the first ever Downtown Surrey’s Spirit of the Season. This three part multicultural holiday event includes a decor contest, fun activities and a dance parade.

Make sure you stop by Civic Plaza during your holiday shopping on both days! Free face-painting, balloon twisting and henna, in addition to live entertainment, will begin at 2:30 in Civic Plaza, and continue until 5:30pm.

Then skip over to City Parkway by 6:00pm so that you can watch over 200 dancers participate in the Spirit of the Season Dance Parade. We’ve booked some amazing groups- from Praise TEAM to local high school students from Queen Elizabeth and Frank Hurt. You can then continue your gift-getting after watching the parade end at Central City Shopping Centre!

By |November 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Lighting Up the Season

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying the fascinating light display designed by local truck drivers.

The Big Rigs for Kids – Lighted Truck Parade will be coming back to Downtown Surrey in December for the sixth year in a row. Surrey’s John White, editor of Pro-Truckers Magazine predicted the community would love watching seemingly plain semi-trucks turn into beautiful representations of the holiday season. With his hard work, his vision came true; over the past few years the Lighted Truck Parade has become a staple for many Surrey families.

On Sunday, December 6th, these spirit filled big rigs will parade down University Drive covered in strings of lights. The trucks will be stopping in front of the City Centre Library for all onlookers to enjoy, from around 6:45 PM until just after 8 PM. Truckers spend hours decorating their vehicles, picking out the lights, creating a thoughtful design and finishing the tiny details. The trucks will twinkle no matter the weather, so you can admire them in rain or shine.

Not only can you appreciate the downtown core sparkling in hundreds of little lights, but you can also experience the live music and face-painters in the Civic Plaza at this family friendly event. The North Surrey Lions Club will be selling hot chocolate and hot dogs to help keep you warm.

Be sure to arrive by at 6:30 so that you don’t miss out on all of the action! Please note that the Surrey Christmas Bureau and Food Bank will also be onsite, and all attendees are encouraged to participate in the season of giving by bringing donations.  Celebrate the holidays by enjoying the fascinating light display designed by local truck drivers.

For further information 604.580.2321



By |November 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Spirit of the Season

What does this time of year mean to you?

Come celebrate with us!

A new event for November/December in Downtown Surrey.

A parade!

A decor contest for local businesses!

Spirit Spots – fun activities for everyone!

Saturdays – November 28 and December 5!

Watch for details ….

By |October 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Downtown Businesses – SHOW YOUR SPIRIT

We want you to show your spirit! Get involved. Spirit Spots are a great way to show your #surreyspirit. As a part of the BIA’s new multicultural holiday event, Spirit of the Season, Spirit Spots are great way to be involved and promote your businesses in the downtown core. Spirit of the Season will be hosted on three Saturdays this winter: November 28th, December 5th, and December 12th, with Spirit Spots occurring from 2:30 to 5:30pm each afternoon.

One way to be a Spirit Spot is to offer a family friendly holiday activity or promotion during that time period. Activities could range from face-painting to cookie decorating, and promotions could be anything from a free gift with purchase to discounts on special items in your store.

Is your business closed before 5:30 on Saturdays? One option for you is to grant a local charity permission to fund raise on your site. They could sell popcorn, do a choral performance, or some other family-friendly activity.

Your business will be promoted through our Spirit Spot Location Map, which will be available for download on our website as well as through our social media campaign.

To register or ask any questions you may have, call Maggie at 604.580.2321 or email maggie@downtownsurreybia.com today.

By |October 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Filling Tummies for 32 Years

Help the Surrey Food Bank kick-off the holiday season on November 28th and join them at their annual Open House and donor awards. There will be food, entertainment and Santa!

The not-for-profit was established in 1983 to “helping people help themselves”.

They provide biweekly food hampers to low-income individuals and families who live in Surrey and North Delta. The Surrey Food Bank does not receive any core government funding so they rely on community donations and support and events throughout the year such as Breakfast with the Bank and Blues for the Bank.

Community is important part of the Food Bank’s work. Working with the community it raises the funds and with hardworking volunteers provides for many of our low-income neighbours. More volunteers and donations are always welcome so that the Surrey Food Bank can continue to make a difference.
Join the Surrey Food Bank for their Open House on November 28th from 11am-2pm at their location at 10732 City Parkway!

Help kick off winter in the spirit of the season!

By |October 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Brew Ha-Ha: Coffee and Comedy!


Have you been wondering what the new building is on 100 Avenue near 140th Street? It is the Rising Sun Social Innovation Centre.

And we are going to give you a chance to take a look around during the informal and unofficial opening – a Brew Ha-Ha.

The Brew-Ha-Ha on Friday, November 6 is a new event for the Downtown Surrey BIA. It’s all about coffee, comedy and art. Local artists have been invited to display their artwork around the themes of laughter, comedy, community, happiness, or coffee. A number of local coffee shops including Blenz, McDonald’s and Starbucks are supplying the coffee.

The comedy shows are hosted by Colin Sharp and featured the comedic talents of Gavin Clarkson, Shane Clark, and Ryan Lachance. The host, Colin Sharp, hails from Vancouver. He spent his high school years telling people he was too scared to do stand-up, his college years telling people he would love to do stand-up, and is now spending his adult years trying to avoid telling strangers that he does stand-up.

Gavin Clarkson, a transplanted Yukoner, now lives in Vancouver. He is a gold mine as an up and coming comedian. Shane Clark grew up in a small town in Northern B.C. Last, but definitely not least, is Ryan Lachance. While he has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, Ryan has toured Canada from coast to coast.

So join us and bring your friends, family and neighbours to the first Brew Ha-Ha. Tickets are available in advance […]

By |October 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Read what the candidates have to say!

Questions and Answers ~
We have given each candidate in the Surrey Centre riding for the upcoming Federal Election a list of questions. Listed below are the candidates based on the order we have received the answers. Click on their name to view the answers they have provided.
Answers from Candidates
Randeep Sarai

Jasbir Sandhu

Iqbal Kahlon

Kevin Pielak


By |September 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

All Candidates Meeting

The Downtown Surrey BIA will be hosting an All Candidates Meeting at SFU Surrey on Monday, September 21 from 6:30-8:30pm.

We will be forwarding a list of questions to each candidate. The candidate to answer the questions and when the answers are returned, they will be posted on our website.

On the evening of the All Candidates meeting the format will include:
• Short opening statement from each candidate
• 2 questions relating to the answers provided to the questions circulated in advance (these will be candidate specific)
• 3-5 questions per candidate from the DSBIA and SFU (same question to each candidate)
• We will then ask questions from the audience – the audience will write down questions and will be asked by the moderator so we get a variety of topics. (same question to each candidate)
• Short summary statement from each candidate

Note: the number of questions will depend on the number of candidates that participate – we do not want to go over 2 hours.

Any candidate who has not received the questions and wishes to participate, should contact Bonnie at info@downtownsurreybia.com or 604.580.2321.

By |September 11th, 2015|Event|0 Comments|

Get Ready for Something New!

A new event for November/December in Downtown Surrey.

A parade!

A decor contest for local businesses!

Spirit Spots – fun activities for everyone!

Watch for details.

November 28, December 5 and December 12!

By |August 29th, 2015|Event|0 Comments|

Night Steps at Holland Park

Mark your calendar in preparation for Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) has a signature national event called Night Steps.

Night Steps is an annual fundraising event held across the country. It is an exciting, fun, and easy family-friendly five-kilometer walk at night under the stars. The event, held this year on September 26th at Holland Park in Surrey, will be an evening of celebration filled with music, family, and friends.

For those who are unable to walk, there is always the option of volunteering for the event. Volunteers help with set-up, running kid’s activities, keeping everyone safe, cheering on walkers, and more. Events such as Night Steps also raise awareness about CNIB and the work that they do. This allows anyone who is experiencing vision loss or who knows someone who is to find them, turn to them for valuable support, and learn valuable skills to live independently.

CNIB is a registered charity that focuses on providing personalized services so that those who are blind or partially sighted learn to ‘see beyond vision loss, build their independence, and lead the lives they want. CNIB also works in conjunction with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to eliminate societal barriers. In British Columbia, CNIB only receives 9% funding from government sources. They rely on the generosity of donors and events such as Night Steps to fund their life-changing rehabilitation programs. CNIB, and their Night Steps event, are all about passionately providing personalized, community based support, as well as providing a national voice to empower those Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

Register today at www.cnibnightsteps.ca or phone 604-431-2121 extension 6026

By |August 29th, 2015|Event|0 Comments|