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

Movies Under the Stars – Updated!

For those of you who were looking forward to seeing Wizard of Oz on August 7th, be prepared to dust off your ruby slippers & follow the Yellow Brick Road!

Wizard of Oz has been rescheduled to Friday August 20 at Holland Park!

See below for the updated schedule on our poster:

Come join us next week (August 14) for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

There will be library story telling, spaghetti eating contest, and more!

Wizard of Oz Postponed

Due to the rainy weather we are experiencing, today’s (August 7th) Movies Under the Stars featuring Wizard of Oz will be POSTPONED until further notice. We will announce the new date for Wizard of Oz when we can!

We still have THREE more movies nights every Saturday in August!

Please join us for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball next week (August 14) in Holland Park! 🙂

Cheers to You, Canada!

Never did we expect the incredible response we had this Canada Day!  As we were setting up our arts and crafts tent, aspiring artists and crafters arrived early and stayed late.  We could barely keep up with the supply and demand throughout the day!  We were making visors to shield the sun (or the rain) and bookmarks to decorate your books.  But, our best selling craft that were our maple leaf wands.  The day was spent scotch taping, glitter glueing, ribbon tying and all kinds of tomfoolery.

Intern Marie managed to venture the Cloverdale grounds and took some pictures.  They should be on the website in a couple of days.  Intern Sarah was most excited about the proximity of the face painting station and sported a nice looking design all day.  Intern Melanie experienced nostalgia as Charlotte Diamond charmed the children (and herself) on the main stage.

We would also like to send a special, special thanks to all of our volunteers that day.  Without their help and enthusiasm, we would have had a lot of upset kids with no crafts in their hands and sadness in their hearts.  Thanks to all who made Canada’s 143rd birthday bash the biggest and best one yet!

Always Working For the Weekend – More Events!

No rest for the wicked it seems!  The Downtown Surrey BIA office is a buzz for this upcoming weekend.

SATURDAY JULY 10 marks the very first Q Fest in downtown Surrey!  Organized by Quattro and the Downtown Surrey BIA, this guaranteed block party will surely be fun in the sun, as residents of downtown Surrey welcome their new neighbours into the area.  It’s about neighbours meeting neighbours, new residents getting together with old residents in the area and having a grand old time.

There will be plenty of information about the area, as many organizations and groups will be present.  Look for the RCMP, BC Hydro, Surrey Parks & Rec, The Surrey Now, Surrey Food Bank Society and Cinemazoo among many others.  Activities will include face painting and live entertainment in the forms of singing, dancing and martial art-ing (courtesy of Sun Hang Do) .  We hope to see on Saturday!  Be sure to say hi to us DS BIA gals (Interns Melanie and Sandra, Tracey, Bonnie).

Starting around noon, the shindig is located on WHALLEY BOULEVARD (E Whalley Ring Road) between 107A and 108 Avenue.

SUNDAY JULY 11 marks the Annual Surrey Pride Festival featuring live bands entertainment, community/business booths, food vendors and much more!  The Downtown Surrey BIA will be there with an inflatable, bouncy castle and crafts for everyone.  Finish the weekend off right by celebrating diversity and equality at the Pride Festival.  We hope to see you on Sunday as well!  Say hi to us at our DS BIA tent (Interns Sarah and Marie, Tracey, Bonnie).

Located at HOLLAND PARK, the fun stars at 11:30am until 5:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Surrey this weekend!

ETA:  Sorry, wrong dates were previously posted.  This has been corrected.

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