Gingerbread Village 2018

The Downtown Surrey BIA’s Gingerbread Village is back! This event adds some creative fun to the holidays and raises money for the Surrey Christmas Bureau. Plus, you could win some sweet cash prizes (including a $500 People’s Choice Award).

How It Works:

Build a Gingerbread Creation of one of your favourite buildings in the area or something that you would like to see in Downtown Surrey – A carousel? A playground? LRT? Now is the perfect time to get creative! The entries will be on public display during mall hours from Saturday, December 8th to Sunday, December 16th.

The deadline to register is November 30th, 2018. If you would like to participate, please email the entry form to info@downtownsurreybia.com. You can also call 604.580.2321 for more information.

Important Dates (Please Read):

  1. Entries must be delivered to Central City Shopping Centre on December 7th between 10am-3pm.
  2. Entries must be picked up at Central City Shopping Centre on December 17th between 9:30am-12pm. We cannot store entries after that date/time.    
       If you do not want to pick your entry up, please let us know in advance. We will display it as part of a Silent Auction.    All the money raised will go to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
  3. There will be an Award Reception. The date will be announced later.

 Cash Prizes:

The entry categories and cash prizes are as follows:  

  • Elementary Schools: $500, $250
  • High Schools: $750, $500, $250, $100
  • Universities, Colleges: $500, $250
  • Charities/Non-Profits: $500, $250
  • Service/Community Groups: $500, $250
  • Professional/Post-Secondary Culinary Programs: $500, $250
  • Businesses: $500, $250
  • Open: $500, $250

 

The winners in each category will be selected by our panel of community judges. To sweeten the deal, 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 18, 2018.

Gingerbread Village 2018 – Entry Form

Community Safety Breakfast

On July 11, Knight and Day Restaurant is hosting the annual Community Safety Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The breakfast and seminar will take place at 9677 King George Boulevard.

Learn how to spot counterfeit bills from guest speaker Farid Sajli. As part of the Bank of Canada’s currency awareness and education team, he is experienced in detecting various forms of counterfeit. Farid has taught police and merchants how to identify fake bills and prevent debit card, cheque and other currency fraud.

This event is free for Downtown Surrey BIA members—anyone that runs a business within the DSBIA boundaries.

RSVP at safetybreakfast2018.eventbrite.ca.

Glitter Unicorn Festival

Ryley and Chloe are back with another fun-raiser! This time, it’s full of sweets, sparkles, and sunshine.

Come out with your family and friends to the Glitter Unicorn Festival on July 14 at Forsyth Park from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Delight in unicorn-themed crafts like glitter tattoos, unicorn slime, and face painting. Cool down with frozen treats while enjoying fun games and upbeat music.

Bring your empty bottles and cans for recycling. All proceeds will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.

Canucks Autism Network Birthday Festival

The Canucks Autism Network is celebrating their 10th Birthday Party at the Surrey Civic Plaza on July 7. This inclusive, free event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

Enjoy outdoor inflatables, family-friendly activities, vendors and food trucks, photo opportunities with the Canucks mascot (FIN), and a chance to meet local celebrities.

The Birthday Festival will also host sensory-friendly hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This session will offer smaller crowds, shorter line-ups, and reduced volume to accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities. RSVP to attend sensory friendly hours at canucksautism.ca/bdayRSVP.

 

Whalley’s Corner Community Festival

Are you ready for an afternoon with music, delicious food vendors, and local businesses?

Come out on Saturday, July 7 for the fourth annual Whalley’s Corner Community Festival. Find us at the corner of 108 Avenue and King George Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Explore the unique history of the Whalley community. Photos and newspaper articles will give you a snapshot of Whalley’s past at the Whalley Historical Tent. There will also be a Vintage Firetruck from the Surrey Firefighters.

Want to see what your local business vendors and organizations have to offer? Visit the variety of booths at the festival for the opportunity to support local businesses and buy well-made crafts and other goods.

If you’re feeling hungry, try out one of the many ethnic food vendors that will be on site. Be sure to pick up your fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market. Visit the Kid’s Area for a chance to play fun games. Spend the day enjoying live music performances as you experience all these wonderful activities.

Come enjoy this free, family-friendly event and get to know your Whalley community.

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

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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