Gingerbread Village Winners 2019

A big thanks to those who participated in Gingerbread Village 2019 and to those who voted for their favourite creation and supported the Surrey Christmas Bureau! Below are the list of winners and the winner of People’s Choice Award.

Elementary school: 1st place – KB Woodward Elementary School Division 13 & 14
2nd place: Hall’s Prairie Elementary
3rd Place: Brookside Elementary

High School: 1st place – Enver Creek Secondary
2nd place – Abbotsford Secondary
3rd place – LA Matheson Secondary Mustang Justice Program
4th place – Surrey Education Services + Garibaldi Secondary

Post Secondary: 1st place – Emily Carr University
2nd place – Canadian Tourism College – Daniel

Community: 1st place – Surrey Christian Alliance Church Children and Youth Ministries
2nd place – Guildford Athletic Club

Business: 1st place – Hamilton Duncan –> prize is being donated to the Surrey Food Bank
2nd place – Healing Movement Yoga Centre

Open: 1st place – Amanda
2nd place – Catherine
3rd place – Germaine

People’s Choice Awards are in! 
5th place: KB Woodward
4th place: Amanda
3rd place: Enver Creek
2nd place: John Volken 
1st place: Elim Village

Congratulations to all the winners and Elim Village for winning the $500 People’s Choice Awards! 

Happy holidays and we hope to see you all next year! 

The Return of Gingerbread Village – 2019

Gingerbread Village is back and better than ever.

Pull out your whisks, icing and gumdrops! The 3rd annual Gingerbread Village contest hosted by the Downtown Surrey BIA is back! Gather your friends, family, classmates, teammates, and coworkers and enter the contest to show your creativity and holiday spirit! Plus, it helps raise money for the Surrey Christmas Bureau AND you can win some cash prizes!

How it works:

What would you like to put in your gingerbread village? Playgrounds? Disneyland? Skytrains? Flying cars? You can design, create and build your gingerbread creation based on what you whatever you would like to see in your gingerbread village.

All items and decorations used must be edible and non-flammable. The only non-edible items that you can use are the base of the Gingerbread Creation, motors, and Christmas lights. (Note: Christmas lights and motors must be batter operated LED.)

The entries will be on public display at Central City Mall during mall hours from Saturday December 7th to Sunday December 15th.

Deadline to register is November 30th. If you would like to participate, please email entry forms to janette@downtownsurreybia.com or complete the Google Form here.

Cash prizes:

The entry categories and cash prizes are as follows:  

  • Elementary Schools: $500, $250
  • High Schools: $750, $500, $250, $100
    • There will be a special prize of $500 to the top Surrey High School (whether or not they have placed in the top 4)
  • Post-Secondary: $500, $250
  • Charities/Non-Profits: $500, $250
  • Service/Community Groups: $500, $250
  • Businesses (excluding professional bakers/bakeries *professional bakers/bakeries will be judged under the “People’s Choice” category only : $500, $250
  • Open: $500, $250

The winners in each category will be selected by our panel of community judges. Additionally, all entries are eligible for the $500 People’s Choice Award. Everyone who visits the display can vote for their favourite entry with a cash donation. Following the end of the display, the entry that receives the most donations will win the People’s Choice Award.

The donations will be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau, a local non-profit that helped over 4000 children celebrate the holidays last year with toys and food. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on Facebook on December 17, 2018.

Make sure you come and visit Gingerbread Village to vote for your favourite gingerbread village and see what the community has created. If you smell the aromatic gingerbread, you’re in the right place! 

Again, deadline to register is November 30th. If you would like to participate, please email entry forms to janette@downtownsurreybia.com or complete the Google Form.

You can also contact the DSBIA at 604-580-2321 or at janette@downtownsurreybia.com if you have any further questions. 

Happy frosting! 

Google Form: https://forms.gle/8BBhW3kJEKvF3zaM6

Dropping off and picking up:

  1. Entries must be delivered to Central City Shopping Centre on December 6th during mall hours. If those dates/times do not work for you, please contact janette@downtownsurreybia.com
  2. Entries must be picked up at Central City Shopping Centre on Sunday, December 15th between 7am – 11am. If those times do not work for you, please contact janette@downtownsurreybia.com. We cannot store entries after that date

Big Rigs for Kids 2019

Get ready to see the Big Rigs cruise into Downtown Surrey – the beautiful, illuminated trucks are back for the ninth year on Sunday, December 1.

Big Rigs for Kids is a tradition for many local families that kicks off the holiday season. Children and adults alike love to see the intricate light displays on the trucks, depicting Christmas favourites, such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.

This free holiday celebration takes place at Civic Plaza. From festive crafts provided by the Downtown Surrey BIA to amazing local entertainment, Big Rigs for Kids has something for people of all ages to enjoy. Warm up your voices and get ready to participate in our community sing-a-long consisting of your favourite Christmas classics.

The trucks will wind through Cloverdale and end in Downtown Surrey, parking along University Drive near Civic Plaza upon arrival, giving you endless photo opportunities. Make sure to snap a picture with your favourite truck to use for this year’s Christmas card.

The Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau will be on site to collect donations. Don’t forget to bring a toy or non-perishable food item to the event to support those in need.

For more information and updates about the event, follow us on twitter @dtsurreybia

FUNRaizing for the Surrey Christmas Bureau

What better way to start the holidays than helping out local charities like the Surrey Christmas Bureau?

On November 17, Christmas elves Ryley Patterson, Chloe Gravel-Fallis and Aubrey Leeson will be hosting their 6th annual FUNraizer Spaghetti Dinner to raise toys and funds for the Surrey Christmas Bureau, a local non-profit that helped over 4000 children celebrate the holidays last year with toys and food.

Five years ago in 2014, Ryley, and Chloe decided to hold their first Spaghetti Dinner FUNraizer. When
she was two years old Ryley and her Auntie Bonnie would buy a toy and take it to the Surrey Christmas
Bureau to put on the shelf. However, Ryley said she wanted to put more toys on the shelves at the
Christmas Bureau, so Bonnie gave her the idea to hold a fundraiser dinner. Ryley and her best friend
Chloe, decided that not any old fundraiser would do. The girls wanted to call it a “FUNraizer” instead of
a “fundraiser” because “toys are fun, and all kids should have fun at Christmas!” Their FUNraizer was a
success, and for the past five years, the girls have raised over $4000 and 10 boxes of toys for the Surrey
Christmas Bureau. Cousin Aubrey (5 years) started assisting with the event in 2016 and this year,
cousins Sienna (3 1⁄2 years), Bella (2 1⁄2 years) and little KK (2 years) will help collect toys to take to the Toy
Depot.

The dinner will take place at Knight and Day Restaurant on King George Boulevard on Sunday, November
17 from 5-7PM. Tickets will be sold for $12 which includes a buffet style pasta dinner. All guests are
asked to bring a toy or cash donation to be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau in addition to their
ticket. There will also be a silent auction for amazing items.

Show your support for the Surrey Christmas Bureau and the efforts of these “FUNraizers” and join them for some delicious food and silent auction. If you’d like to purchase a ticket, please contact the Downtown Surrey BIA office at 604.580.2321.

Who: Everyone! Why: To support the Surrey Christmas Bureau Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Address: Knight & Day Restaurant (9677 King George Blvd, Surrey) Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $12 plus a cash or toy donation

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Environment – Affordable Housing – Entertainment – Culture – Recreation What’s on your mind?

Our Surrey Vision

The 20/20 Vision is a project by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association,
which approaches a community driven change through active engagements
and ideas from all Surrey citizens of all different backgrounds. 

Looking
into the potential of a city in transition, the 20/20 Vision Project
represents and compiles the hopes and dreams of residents in Downtown
Surrey and all areas of the City who see this as THEIR Downtown. What do
you love about Downtown Surrey? What makes Downtown Surrey a wonderful
home and an ideal place to learn, work and play?

Why 20/20 Vision?

Our
report will build a clear vision for the future of Downtown Surrey and
will be presented at the beginning of 2020 as a guideline for future
initiatives to make your dream downtown come to life. 

Your ideas matter: Real innovations of the City’s core comes from its own citizens

In
addition to reflecting what makes Downtown Surrey a great place, we
want your positive, imaginative and actionable responses in order to
build the future of our downtown. You will realize great possibilities
of Downtown Surrey as you walk along with us throughout the 20/20 Vision
Project.

Where is this going?

Everything we learn through this process will be collected, studied and synthesized, to help vision the future of Downtown Surrey. The data collected will be used to help shape Downtown Surrey and highlight ideas that can be implemented by the City, Downtown Surrey BIA, other stakeholders, and community members on behalf of YOU to better your experience in Downtown Surrey.

Take the survey here http://oursurreyvision.com/survey/

Surrey City Centre – All Candidates Meeting

Tuesday, October 8 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Civic Hotel

Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is hosting an All Candidates meeting for candidates running in the upcoming Federal Election to represent Surrey City Centre.

If you are a candidate (or representing a candidate), please contact Bonnie at info@downtownsurreybia.com for details.

If you are a voter within the Surrey City Centre Riding, please check back at the beginning of October for further information on the candidates that will be participating.

August 24: Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse

Movies Under the Stars 2019 – final week

The highlight of the summer is BACK! Movies Under The Stars is returning to Holland Park the first four Saturdays in August for fun filled evenings of laughter and games with the family!

On Saturday, August 24 the feature is “Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse”.

This event is free for all to attend and enjoy. Each movie will begin at dusk (this can vary from week to week so best to arrive before 8:30pm). We encourage attendees to come early to grab a good spot for viewing the movies. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5pm to entertain the crowd until the movies begin. Alongside the featured film will be live performances, free popcorn courtesy of Prospera Credit Union will be provided for all attendees. All you need to bring is your lawns chairs and blankets for a night of entertainment that’s perfect for the whole family.

Want to make it dinner and a show? The North Surrey lions Club will
be hosting a barbeque with all proceeds going towards local charities.

Movies Under the Stars is the perfect summer family night out! There
is no better way to connect with family, friends, and neighbours, than
over some popcorn and a movie under the stars.

August 17: Lego Movie 2

Movies Under the Stars 2019 – week 3

The highlight of the summer is BACK! Movies Under The Stars is returning to Holland Park the first four Saturdays in August for fun filled evenings of laughter and games with the family!

On Saturday, August 17 the feature is “Lego Movie 2”.

This event is free for all to attend and enjoy. Each movie will begin at dusk. We encourage attendees to come early to grab a good spot for viewing the movies. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5pm to entertain the crowd until the movie begins. Alongside the featured film will be live performances, free popcorn courtesy of Prospera Credit Union will be provided for all attendees. All you need to bring is your lawns chairs and blankets for a night of entertainment that’s perfect for the whole family.

Want to make it dinner and a show? The North Surrey lions Club will
be hosting a barbeque with all proceeds going towards local charities.

Movies Under the Stars is the perfect summer family night out! There
is no better way to connect with family, friends, and neighbours, than
over some popcorn and a movie under the stars.

Movies Under the Stars – August 10

How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World

The highlight of the summer is BACK! Movies Under The Stars is returning to Holland Park the first four Saturdays in August for fun filled evenings of laughter and games with the family!

On Saturday, August 10 the feature is “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”, the final chapter of “How to Train YOur Dragon.

This event is free for all to attend and enjoy. Each movie will begin at dusk. We encourage attendees to come early to grab a good spot for viewing the movies. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5pm to entertain the crowd until the movies begin. Alongside the featured film will be live performances, free popcorn courtesy of Prospera Credit Union will be provided for all attendees. All you need to bring is your lawns chairs and blankets for a night of entertainment that’s perfect for the whole family.

Want to make it dinner and a show? The North Surrey lions Club will
be hosting a barbeque with all proceeds going towards local charities.

Movies Under the Stars is the perfect summer family night out! There
is no better way to connect with family, friends, and neighbours, than
over some popcorn and a movie under the stars.

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