Rogers Hometown Hockey

“Hear the Stories, Feel the Passion, Celebrate the Game!”

Pull out your favourite team’s jersey and get ready to celebrate one of Canada’s most loved sports, because on December 9th and 10th, Hometown Hockey is coming to Surrey!

For the ultimate NHL fan experience, join us at Surrey Civic Plaza (behind City Hall) for some true Canadian fun on Saturday from 12pm-6pm and Sunday 12pm-10pm.

Hometown Hockey is a family-friendly festival providing a weekend of free outdoor hockey activities for all ages. It is a chance for the community to gather together and show their passion for the game, as well as a chance to hear stories about local upcoming talent and some of the game’s most famous stars. Hometown Hockey is the ultimate experience for any NHL fan: enjoy live music, games, and even get the chance to meet some NHL alumni!

On December 10th there will be a broadcasting of the Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs game at 3:30 pm. Don’t miss Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, who will be hosting live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.

The Downtown Surrey BIA will be on site with some hockey-themed crafts to get you into the spirit, as well as face painters so you can show support for your favourite team.

Come celebrate the game that has become synonymous with Canadian culture with Rogers Hometown Hockey. Learn more about Hometown Hockey and keep an eye out for new event activities here: http://www.hometownhockey.com/

Lighted Truck Parade – Big Rigs for Kids

Join us on December 3rd for a holiday celebration like no other, as the annual Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade rolls back through Downtown Surrey.

For the last seven years, the Lighted Truck Parade has been a holiday tradition for many local families. Children and adults alike love to see the elaborate light displays that the truck drivers decorate their vehicles with, depicting different Christmas scenes from Frosty the Snowman to a giant Rudolph semi-truck. Stopping in front of City Centre Library, there’s lots of chances to get your photo taken with one of the festive trucks.

There will be events and entertainment throughout the evening, beginning with the one and only Chris Hamilton at 4:30 pm. Warm up your voices and get ready to sing some of your favourite Christmas classics with the 2nd annual Christmas Carol sing-a-long from 5-6 pm.

In the spirit of the holidays, the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau will be on site collecting donations from all the generous people in the Downtown Surrey community. The Surrey Central Lions will also be on site selling some delicious snacks such as hot dogs and hot chocolate.

Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends right in the heart of Downtown Surrey by watching a parade of lighted trucks and singing along to your favourite Christmas classics. For more information and updates about the event, make sure you follow us on twitter @dtsurreybia 

Ryley, Chloe and Aubrey’s FunRaizer

Little girls can do big things, and big things can help local charities like the Surrey Christmas Bureau! On November 18th Ryley and Chloe (and their latest team member Aubrey) will be hosting their 4th annual FunRaizer Spaghetti dinner to raise toys and cash for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

The dinner will take place at Knight and Day Restaurant on King George Boulevard in Surrey from 5-7 pm. Tickets will be sold for $12 which includes a buffet style pasta dinner (vegetarian options available). We ask that all guests please bring a toy or cash donation to be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau in addition to their ticket.

Ryley and Chloe first decided to hold a FunRaizer in 2014. Every year since she was 2 years old, Ryley and her Auntie Bonnie would buy a toy and take it to the Christmas Bureau for Ryley to put on the shelf. Ryley said she wanted to find a way to take more toys to the Christmas Bureau, and Bonnie gave her the idea to hold a fundraiser dinner. However, not any old fundraiser would do for Ryley and Chloe. The girls wanted to call it a “FunRaizer” instead of a “Fundraiser” because “toy’s are fun, and all kids should have fun at Christmas!”. The first annual Spaghetti dinner was a success, and as it has progressed over the years the girls have gotten more and more involved, holding meetings in the summer to plan the upcoming dinner. Every year after Christmas they hold a follow up meeting to decide what they would like to do next year, and they always say they want to raise more toys for the Christmas bureau. Ryley and Chloe like being able to bring the toys to the Christmas bureau themselves, lining the shelves with all the gifts they have worked hard to collect.

In the past three years, Ryley and Chloe have raised over $4000 and 10 boxes of toys. Aubrey, who was an intern elf in 2016, is excited to help with this year’s annual Spaghetti Funraizer dinner. Please join us for some delicious food and exciting door prizes. Your generosity is sure to put a smile on many children’s faces.

If you’d like to purchase a ticket, please contact Bonnie or Tracey at the Downtown Surrey BIA office 604.580.2321.


 

Tree Lighting Festival

It’s the time of the year that signifies the true start of the holiday season – the annual Tree Lighting Festival! On Saturday November 25th Surrey Civic Plaza will turn into a winter wonderland from 12-7 pm with fun, free, and family-friendly activities to keep you busy all day.

With four stages and over 20 performers, choirs and children’s entertainers, there will be a variety of entertainment all day long. Don’t miss the performance at 5:30 pm by the festival’s headliner, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B. Ruth sings the popular track “Lost Boy” which has received over 240,700,000 streams on Spotify and won her a 2017 Juno Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year”.

This year features an expanded holiday market with a variety of local vendors and crafters. From homemade sweets to unique locally-made gifts, it’s a great place to kick-start your holiday shopping and support small businesses at the same time. Attendees can also experience the new Holiday Fun zone presented by Z95.3. Featuring a free zip line, amusement rides, road hockey and a DJ, don’t miss this exciting new exhibit along University Drive.

Stop by the Downtown Surrey BIA’s Kid Zone inside City Hall for fun arts and crafts, face painters and a balloon animal artist. Make your very own holiday gift bag, Christmas tree ornament, or even a cute penguin door hanger. The one and only Santa Claus will be making appearances every hour from 1-5 pm, so prepare your wish list and get ready for a photo with everyone’s favourite Jolly man.

 

 

To keep up the holiday spirit, consider giving to the Surrey Food Bank, Surrey Christmas Bureau, Sophie’s Place and the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society who will all be on site collecting donations.

Finally, at 6:30 pm comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the lighting of Surrey’s 55 foot Christmas Tree – one of the tallest Trees in Canada!

Bring your friends, family, and come get into the holiday spirit at the annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. For more information and performance schedules visit www.surrey.ca/treelighting

Gingerbread Village Event

This year the Downtown Surrey BIA is presenting a brand new signature event: Gingerbread Village.

We’re inviting YOU to create your own piece of the Gingerbread Village and submit it to be on display from December 14th-16th at Central City Shopping Centre! Prizes of up to $1000 will be awarded.

Here’s how it works: 

Participants will build a Gingerbread House to enter into the category that fits them best. The categories are: Elementary School, High School, Post-Secondary, Community & Service Groups, Charities/Non-Profits, and an Open category to include businesses and individuals within the community.

Entries will be on display at Central City Shopping Centre from December 14th-16th. We ask that participants drop off their entries between 11 am – 1 pm on December 14th so they can be included in the display. The display will be open to visitors from Thursday December 14 from 5-9pm as well as Friday, December 15th and Saturday the 16th during mall hours (10 am – 9 pm). On Friday night, we will hold a short presentation at 5 pm to announce the winners in each category. There will be music and face painters from 4-6 pm.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 2 entries in each category. The prize amounts are as follows:

  • 1st place – $500
  • 2nd place – $250

In addition to awards chosen by our secret panel of community judges, there will be a “People’s Choice Award”. Over the course of the weekend, we will ask everyone who visits the display to vote for their favourite entry with a cash donation that will be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau. The entry who receives the most donations will be awarded a $500 prize following the end of the display. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced on Facebook on Monday, December 18.

Create a house that models after your favourite local business, your residence, or even an iconic building in Downtown Surrey; now is the perfect time to get creative! This event is a great way to get your family, friends, or staff into the holiday spirit, raise money for the Surrey Christmas Bureau, and potentially win a cash prize.

If you would like to participate in this event, please email the attached entry form to info@downtownsurreybia.com by December 1st. You can also call 604-580-2321 for more information.

 

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

 Gingerbread Village Entry Form

Bike Patrol

The bike patrol is part of the DSBIA’s ongoing efforts to address safety concerns in the area with the goal of creating a vibrant and livable downtown. In addition riding throughout the area each shift monitoring “hot spots”, they meet regularly with the Surrey RCMP and the DSBIA to discuss data they compile from incident reports and security responses.

The bike patrol observes the Downtown Surrey area for nuisance activity and responds accordingly. They encourage DSBIA members to be proactive regarding security of their premises and the safety of their employees, and can be easily identified by the markings on their yellow jackets.

If you have nuisance concerns on your property and need assistance from the bike patrol, please call the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association from Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm at 604-580-2321. After hours (Monday to Friday between 5-7 pm and Saturday 9 am – 7pm) please contact Paladin Security and ask for the DSBIA Bike Patrol at 604-689-4005.

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm: 604-580-2321

Monday to Friday, 5 pm – 7 pm: 604-689-4005

Saturday, 9 am – 7 pm: 604-689-4005

Information Session

fortisbc-tag-stackedl-c-cmykFortis is planning upgrades in our area to ensure the reliability and integrity of the system to meet current and future energy needs.

Visit talkingenergy.ca/systemupgrades

Want to attend the information session? Visit talkingenergy/infosessions now to register for the following information session:

January 24, 2017 from 6-8pm at City Centre Library (room 120 – 10350 University Drive)

 

 

 

Christmas on the George

Christmas is coming early to King George Boulevard! From now until December 12th 2016, celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge, a chance to #EatLocal, #ShopLocal, and win one of many fabulous gift baskets valued at over $400.

To enter, all you need to do is go into a participating business and ask for your Christmas on the George entry form! Participating businesses will have the above sign displayed outside their storefront, and there is a list of them below. No purchase is required (however we would love if you chose to support our local businesses) and each person is allowed ONE entry per store. The winners of the contest will be announced on December 12th at our Mugs and Mingle event, which will take place inside our office at 10362 King George Blvd from 4-6 pm. This event will provide free coffee and hot chocolate, and serve as an opportunity for members of the community and local businesses to mingle and talk with each other. The winners will also be announced on our social media channels following the Mugs and Mingle event.

We encourage you to follow our social media channels for updates on the Christmas on the George contest, business promos from shops participating in the contest, as well as sneak peeks at some of the prizes included in the gift baskets! You can follow us at:

Facebook – @downtownsurreybia | Twitter – @dtsurreybia | Instagram – @dtsurrey

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If you have any questions or comments about the contest, you can contact us at 604-580-2321. Thanks for choosing to celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge with us this holiday season!

List of Business Participating:

  • African Cultural Village (10679 King George Blvd)
  • Blenz (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Browns Social House (9666 King George Blvd)
  • Bros BBQ (13652 Grosvenor Rd)
  • Bozzini’s (13655 104 Ave)
  • Canadian Tire (13665 102 Ave)
  • Craving for a Game (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Fukuda Sushi (10537 King George Blvd)
  • Lorenzo Clothing (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Mucho Burrito (9666 King George Blvd)
  • Nahm Thai (13650 102 Ave)
  • Northwest Eye Doctor (13737 96 Ave)
  • Pharmasave (10654 King George Blvd)
  • Past Time Sports (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Pet Solutions (10602 King George Blvd)
  • Round Up Café (10449 King George Blvd)
  • Safeway (10355 King George Blvd)
  • Save-On-Foods (10312 King George Blvd)
  • Staples (10136 King George Blvd)
  • Starbucks (10362 King George Blvd)
  • Sprite Computers (13597 King George Blvd)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Tandy Leather (13624 108 Ave)
  • Taste of Punjab (10009 Whalley Blvd)
  • Whalley Optical (10706 King George Blvd)

Surrey Social Innovation Summit

From The City of Surrey:

Across Canada, cities are increasingly turning to social innovation to address complex community-based issues including poverty, addiction, unemployment, affordable housing, health and safety. In Surrey, we’re also seeing that new ideas, more creativity and greater collaboration between government, agencies, academics, and the community can have dramatic positive impacts on people and organizations. On November 23rd, some of Canada’s most effective and inspiring social innovation leaders will come to the 2nd Annual Surrey Social Innovation Summit to share their unique experience and insight, along with social innovation success stories from their communities. It’s a chance for us to carry on the conversation from last year’s inaugural Summit and to explore new ways to build better communities. Please join us at this exciting event and add your voice to this exciting dialogue for change. To register and learn more, please visit http://www.surrey.ca/community/19760.aspx.

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