Ho, ho, ho, Santa here. I am here to share with you some of my favourite things to do in the Fraser Valley this holiday season – one of my favourite places to visit when I’m not in the North Pole. I love it so much, that I make an appearance at a show every Saturday night. That’s how I’ve gotten to know the place so well.


If you’re like me, you’ll start your day off with a hearty breakfast at Blacksmith Bakery in Fort Langley. My favourite dish is the Chorizo Hash made with free range eggs with a cup of hot coco. And if I am here with Rudolph, I’ll usually get the Summer Solstice salad for him (with extra butter lettuce, of course).


Once your belly is full (like mine usually is), head over to downtown Langley City. It’s a bustling area with 600 unique shops, services, restaurants. Oh, and it has free parking so I don’t have to worry about my sleigh while I look for gift ideas for my workshop.

I also like to look for gift ideas in downtown Abbotsford and downtown Chilliwack, where it’s full of charming restored heritage buildings, local stores, cafes and eateries.



After spending the morning in Langley, I like to make my way over to Abbotsford and check out some of their amazing Christmas tree farms. Fir Valley Farms and Ledgeview Tree Farm are two good options.

Daughters are carrying the freshly cut Christmas tree outdoors in winter. A light snow is falling. Kids are 15 and 12 and are wearing wearing warm clothes. Horizontal full length outdoors shot with copy space. This was taken in Quebec, Canada.

To really get me feeling festive, I like to head to Brambles Bistro. It’s a hidden gem that offers up a delicious menu of West Coast fare made with locally-sourced ingredients from around the Fraser Valley. They also have a really nice garland that Mrs. Claus always raves about.


After a short rest, it’s time for me to head to work at Highstreet Shopping Centre. Here, you can get your photo taken with me and my beloved elves in their oversized Holiday Gift Box. And if you are here on a Saturday, you’ll get to see myself, Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy the dancing elf, a 40-piece marching band, festive dancers, and a 65-foot Christmas tree. Did I mention there will be a magical snowfall too?


To end the magical day, Mrs. Claus and I like to head to Chilliwack for dinner. We like to go to Bravo Restaurant and Lounge for their house-made Gnocchi with sundried tomatoes, peas and fresh herbs. For dessert, we like their Callebaut chocolate mousse with fresh berries (I do have a sweet tooth, you know). Their menu is updated seasonally so we like to come back often.

These are some of my favourite things to do.

Happy holidays!

Stay nice folks.


P.S. I’ve partnered with The Fraser Valley on their Christmas campaign, where you’ll get a chance to win a day with me as your tour guide in the Fraser Valley on December 9th, 2017. Make sure you head over to their Facebook and Instagram to enter by November 30th at 9am.



Photo Credit: Spruce CollectiveHighstreet Shopping Centre, White Table Catering, and Joryli Romijn

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November 23, 2017

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