Gingerbread Village – Come & Vote for your Favourite

Thursday December 14th marks the opening of our new signature event, Gingerbread Village! Come check out the display of over 30 entries at Central City Shopping Centre (on the 2nd floor near Winners) and vote for your favourite creation with a cash donation. The creation with the most votes will win the $500 People’s Choice Award cash prize! $1 = 1 vote, so the more you give, the more chances they have to win. The proceeds from all votes will be donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau, so you can feel good knowing you’re having fun and helping out a good cause at the same time.

We have entries in a variety of categories including: Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Post-secondary Institutions, Businesses, Charities, Community & Service Groups, and Open.

Visiting Hours for Gingerbread Village:
Thursday, December 14 from 5-9pm
Friday, December 15 from 10am-9pm
Saturday, December 16 from 10am-9pm

On Friday night (December 15th) we will have a special ceremony to announce the grand prize winners. Stop by between 4-7 pm for face painting, snacks, and entertainment from everyone’s favourite Organ Grinder, Ingmar.

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/

Retail Theft Seminar

 

On Wednesday August 30th, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association hosted a Retail Theft Seminar with guest speaker Stephen O’Keefe.

Stephen is a theft prevention consultant with the Retail Council of Canada.  He presented a very informative Seminar on Retail Theft and its effect on businesses across Canada.  

Business Owners from both small and large scale businesses and Loss Prevention officers from various retail locations were in attendance.  They were joined by volunteer members of the Surrey RCMP who will be taking the information and visiting businesses in Surrey to educate them on current practices to help alleviate this ongoing problem.  

If you missed the seminar and would like to hear what Stephen O’Keefe had to say, you can view the entire Seminar here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k44VeQYIU3w

 

 

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

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

Surrey Fest Downtown

Saturday, September 9 from 11am-4pm at Holland Park

As our community grows and changes, so has the name of the festival. The organizing committee felt that the new name, Surrey Fest Downtown – A celebration of community better reflects the location of the event while at the same time, encourages other communities to participate.

Surrey Fest Downtown (originally known as the Whalley Community Festival) was formed in 1999 to promote and celebrate community pride through a day of fun and entertainment for all ages while providing a venue for groups and organizations to inform the community of their services.

Surrey Fest Downtown has continued to grow through the efforts of a small group of volunteers representing residents, businesses, city employees and non-profit groups.

We  mark the 19th anniversary of the festival this year. There is always something new or different for pre-schoolers, children, youth, adult and seniors. We encourage you to come out, enjoy some entertainment and visit with the many groups that will have a display – find out how you can become involved in the community.

For further information www.surreyfest.com

2017 Event and Entertainment Schedule

MAIN STAGE (Times Subject to Change)

11:00 am –  Bollywood Aerobics
11:30 am –  Pat Chessell Band
12:30 pm – Opening Ceremony
12:45 pm – J-ClaWsin
1:30 pm  –  Mazacote
2:30pm –   Sun Hang Do (on special events lawn)
3:00 pm –  Fab Fourever

KIDS ZONE

A-Star Balloon Artist
Bouncy Castles
Pacific Trackless Trains
Art & Crafts
A Star  Face painting

DSBIA Renewal EGM

The Downtown Surrey BIA is currently going through the Renewal Process and part of the process is to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). All DSBIA Members are invited to join us on Thursday, September 28 at the City Centre Library at 10350 University Drive, Room 120.

The DSBIA Directors will be available to discuss plans for the future and details about the Renewal Documents from 5:30-6:15pm. At 6:15pm, Members will be asked to vote on:

  1. Renewal of the DSBIA for another five years.
  2. Levy over the next five years.
  3. Budget for 2018.
  4. Changes to the Bylaws to conform to the New BC Societies Act.

Further detailed  information can be found http://downtownsurreybia.com/agm/egm-2017/

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