Gingerbread Village 2020 Winners

The Downtown Surrey BIA is pleased to announce that Gingerbread Village that took place at Central City from December 5-13 raised $2670.00 for the Surrey Christmas Bureau..

The winning entries are:


People’s Choice Award

KB Woodward Elementary School

Runner-up: Hughes Family



1st Place:  John Volken Academy

2nd Place:  Young Families Program

3rd Place: Community Living


Elementary School

1st Place: KB Woodward Elementary

2nd Place: David Brankin Elementary School


Secondary School

1st Place: Surrey Schools Foundation Youth Program


Post Secondary School

1st Place: Anju & Karin


Open A (adults)

1st Place: Veronica’s Team

2nd Place: Savannah

3rd Place: Amber

4th Place: Hughes Family


Open B (teens)

1st Place: Samantha

2nd Place: Ian


Open C (children)

1st Place: Charlene and Cassidy

2nd Place: Holden and Ellie


Pictures of the Gingerbread creations are available here

Gingerbread Village 2020

This holiday season the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association presents Gingerbread Village for the fourth year in a row. Come visit Central City Shopping Centre from December 5th to December 13th to appreciate the wonderful gingerbread creations people in the community have made, and vote for your favourite one by donating to the Surrey Christmas Bureau!

Each gingerbread creation will be different, so take the time to appreciate the details and hard work our participants have put into their festive creations. As you take a look around the Gingerbread Village, you will also enjoy the delicious and warm scent of cinnamon and nutmeg surrounding the display.

When you vote for your favourite gingerbread creation you will also be donating money to charity. Each dollar given to a gingerbread creation will be counted as a vote and donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau. The Surrey Christmas Bureau will be donating toys, stocking stuffers and groceries to over 2000 low-income families this holiday season. So, not only will you have the pleasure to admire and vote for your favourite gingerbread creation, but your vote will be going towards helping families in our community.

We will also be holding two different giveaways for people that come out and vote! When you vote and donate online, you will be automatically entered to win one of two $250 gift cards to Central City Shopping Centre. And remember when we said to pay attention to details? We will be asking three questions related to the gingerbread display. Those who answer correctly could win one of three $50 gift cards!  That’s a lot of money that could be used on holiday shopping or to treat yourself, so be sure to visit our display and join in on a fun holiday festivity!  

Location: Central City Shopping Centre

Date: Dec. 5 – Dec. 13, 2020

Time: 11pm – 6pm

Community Conversations: Amplifying Bravery & Strength within Indigenous Communities

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Where: Zoom

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association wraps up this year’s Community Conversations series by shining light on the bravery and strength of Surrey’s Indigenous communities. With guest speakers from the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee’s Skookum Lab, Community Conversations aims to inform community members on how methods of Indigenous Social Innovation have lead to the closing of gaps and societal inequalities. And above all, how Indigenous Social Innovation methods empower Indigenous youth and persons by making their lived experiences visible. What barriers do Indigenous persons and youth commonly face today? What does it mean to be an Indigenous person living through the COVID-19 pandemic? What are some tangible steps that communities can do to support Indigenous populations? Join us on Thursday, November. 19th from 7:00pm-8:30pm to learn how you can support the empowerment of Surrey’s Indigenous communities. Register FOR FREE today!

Click here for EventBrite link.

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is excited to have Skookum Lab Ambassadors, Megan Rosso and Krystal Dumais-Ziprick, as our Community Conversations guest speakers. Megan Rosso is a Carrier Sekani woman from the Lake Babine Nation, in Northern interior of British Columbia. She comes from the house of the firekeepers and belongs to the Caribou clan. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies with Simon Fraser University. Megan has experience supporting indigenous communities for over 10 years in a variety of roles. She often utilizes her own array of experiences to engage actively within the indigenous communities that surround her. Megan’s previous community support initiatives have exemplified her dedication and commitment to assisting and encouraging her community members. She is currently working as an Employment Advisor with Aboriginal Community Careers Employment Services Society (ACCESS) and is an Ambassador with Skookum Labs in Surrey.

Krystal Dumais- Ziprick is Plains Cree from the Treaty 6 Nation in Saskatchewan. She is a small business owner and hairstylist in Surrey, B.C. for Simply Style Mobile Hair Design. She travels across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island where she does mobile hairdressing for families, group parties, event styling, clients with special needs, children with behavioural and special designations. She graduated from Surrey College Hairdressing Program, The Pics Best Program, the Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program at the Sauder School of Business, and Community Leaders Igniting Change program at the Beedie School of Business at SFU. Krystal is also the PAC co-President for Kwantlen Park Secondary and Vice President of the PAC for KB Woodward Elementary School. Krystal is a Skookum Lab ambassador and has been a part of Skookum Lab since the beginning. She likes being a part of like-minded and strong Indigenous ambassadors that help with Skookum Lab and SUILC with their methodologies of addressing and tackling Indigenous Youth in Poverty. She enjoys presenting on behalf of Skookum Lab and has developed the skills to do so thanks to the leadership education she has received since joining. She has made some great friends and enjoys beading and making ribbon skirts with some of the different groups Skookum Lab have going on.

For more information about Skookum Lab, go to

Christmas Craft Bag Event

This month The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association will be handing out FREE Craft Bags for the City of Surrey Tree Lighting Festival at Central City Shopping Centre.

Each bag will include 4 crafts. You can also colour the bag & use it as a gift bag!

Location: Central City Shopping Centre

Date: November 13, 2020

Time: 1:00pm – 8:00pm

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and the Accessibility of Education for BIPOC & LGBTQ2s+ Youth

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association brings you another pressing topic that affects our current daily lives in the age of COVID-19. Especially for youth within vulnerable communities. Our upcoming Community Conversations event encourages participants to question whether our education system is doing enough to fulfill the accessibility needs of BIPOC and LGBTQ2s+ youth. How has COVID-19 altered educational support systems for BIPOC and LGBTQ2s+ youth? What kind of gaps are present in our education system that have not been addressed yet? How can communities continue to be supportive networks for youth within vulnerable communities? Join us on Thursday, November. 5th from 7:00pm-8:30pm to learn how you can be a supportive accomplice within our community. Register FOR FREE today on EventBrite: 

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is honoured to have Annie Ohana as our guest speaker. Annie Ohana is an Anti-Oppression Teacher-Activist and Curriculum Specialist with a Masters in Equity Studies. She works from the local to international level with a variety of orgs on curriculum, initiatives, and pedagogy to bring forward intersectional, equitable, accessible education opportunities focused on empowerment, Justice, and liberation. Throughout her work in educating communities on anti-oppression, Annie is one who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action” (Annie Ohana, 2020). Annie is a force to be reckoned with, and we cannot wait for you to meet her!

Santa Window Walk Event

Date: November 23rd – December 13th 

This Christmas season the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is proud to bring back our Santa Window Walk event! For this event, we are partnering with local businesses by displaying beautiful holiday-themed artwork on their windows. Each window has a different fun and cute theme depending on the business so make sure to visit as many businesses as you can in Downtown Surrey.

The more windows you visit, the higher the chances you have of winning our Santa Window Walk giveaway contest as well! That’s right, along with this Santa Window Walk event, we will also be holding a giveaway contest (more details are below) to really get everyone excited for the holidays. For this giveaway, we will be handing out 5 prizes; a Drake Medox College Full Tuition Scholarship (valued at up to $7000) a Nespresso Coffee Machine, and 3 gift baskets valued at up to $500.

Still not convinced? Each window will also have a poster next to it linked to a local charity. While taking some time to visit these window displays, you will also have the opportunity to scan a QR code and donate some money to a local organization for this holiday season. This is a part of our Hearts of Hope campaign with which we promote that everyone should give from their heart, give hope to others and brighten our community!

Contest Details

There will be 20 windows painted on businesses around the neighbourhood. Visit as many windows as you’d like, take pictures of the windows, post them on Instagram and tag @DTsurrey to be entered to win 1 of 5 prizes. We will be giving away:

  • Drake Medox College Full Tuition Scholarship (valued at up to $7000)
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • 3 Gift Baskets valued at up to $500


1.   Follow @dtsurrey on Instagram and like our page on Facebook

2.   Take photos of each window you visit to post on Instagram (make sure your profile is public so we can see!)

3.   Post on Instagram or your Instagram Story, tag @dtsurrey on Instagram and include #SantaWindowWalk in the caption

4.   Each different window you post = 1 entry (you can put multiple photos in one post, or you can post them separately)

5.   Comment “Done” on our Santa Window Walk Instagram Giveaway Post

6.   Contest ends December 13th at 11:59pm PST

7.   Winners will be announced on Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. 

1 winner will be announced for week 1

2 winners will be announced for both weeks 2 & 3

Winners can win more than once. 

Week 1: $250 Gift Basket

Week 2: 2 prizes for 2 winners

  1. $400 Gift Basket
  2. Drake Medox College Full Tuition Scholarship valued at up to $7000. Winner of this draw can choose one out of the three programs they offer. 


  • Health care assistant program 
  • Community Support worker program 
  • Activity Assistant Diploma 

Week 3: 2 prizes for 2 winners

  1. $500 Gift Basket
  2. Nespresso Coffee Machine or Gift Basket (value $500) 

Map of participating businesses: Click Here

List of businesses and address: Click Here

Read What the Candidates have to say

We have given a list of questions to each candidate in the Surrey-Whalley riding for the upcoming Provincial Election. Listed below are the candidates answers based on the order we have received them. Click on their name to view the answers they have provided.

Bruce Ralston

Ryan Abbott

Shaukat Khan

Do you vote in Surrey-Whalley? Register to attend our Virtual All Candidates Meeting on October 20 at 4:30pm.

Gingerbread Village 2020

Christmas is coming! Start off your Christmas festivities by building a gingerbread creation and enter a contest to win a cash prize! The Downtown Surrey BIA is hosting its annual Gingerbread Village contest for the fourth year in a row at Central City Shopping Centre from December 5th to December 13th. There is no entry fee to participate, all you have to do is register for the contest

We would like to invite all schools, business, non-profit organizations, community services, sports teams, families and all other individuals in the community to build a gingerbread creation representing what they would like to see in their Gingerbread Village. 

Our panel of judges will be awarding over $10,000 in cash prizes to the best gingerbread creations. We will also once again be awarding a “People’s Choice Award” which this year will be $1000! 

All entries of the gingerbread creations will be displayed at Central City Shopping Centre. Your gingerbread creations need to be dropped off on December 4th between 10am and 3pm. Voting will begin on December 5th and last until December 13th. Each dollar donated will equal one vote and all proceeds go to the Surrey Christmas Bureau. Encourage your friends and family to vote for your gingerbread creation!

To enter the contest, fill out the registration form and email the form to

Deadline for registration is November 20th, 2020 at 11:59pm. 


Again, you must email your form to for an entry. 

Event Details: 

Date: December 5th to December 13th 

Location: Central City Shopping Centre 

Time: 11am – 6pm

Halloween Craft Bag Event 2020

This Halloween The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association will be handing out FREE Craft Bags at Central City Shopping Centre.

We will be there from 11am – 4pm on October 31st.

The craft bags will include:

  • 3 Halloween-Themed crafts
  • Coupons to restaurants in Downtown Surrey

Not only should you come to get some free crafts, but also so your children can show off their costumes! We’re so excited to see everyone dressed up and get in the Halloween spirit, so be sure to come and join in on the fun!

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