On Saturday, December 9, “My Day with Santa” contest winners (@mrsjenniferlynnetaylor and her family) had a chance to explore the Fraser Valley with the best tour guide around, Santa Claus!

They built their own expenses paid itinerary and checked out local shops and eateries, the Greater Vancouver Zoo, the Abbotsford Firehall and the Highstreet Holiday Show—all with Santa by their side.

Included below is a snapshot of their day:

1. Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe (Fort Langley)

Jenni, James, Grayson and Santa started off their day at Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe with toast, blueberry pancakes, avocado Benny, smoked bacon Benny with Yukon potatoes, coffees and apple juice. Grayson also received an early Christmas gift delivery from Santa himself.

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2. Blacksmith Bakery (Fort Langley)

After breakfast, Santa and the Taylor family took a short stroll down the street to Blacksmith Bakery where Santa and Grayson caught up on some light reading with gingerbread cookies.

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3. The Greater Vancouver Zoo (Aldergrove)

Next, the family headed over to The Greater Vancouver Zoo to learn more about their many rescued, donated and orphaned animals. Here, Grayson saw lions, tigers, baby monkeys, train tracks, and much more.

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4. Fieldhouse Brewing (Abbotsford)

After a morning outdoor, it was time for a pit stop to refuel at Fieldhouse Brewing. Here, Grayson ordered a cold-pressed juice from the Habit Project, with a classic gruyere and havarti grilled cheese and one of his favourite snacks—brown butter Chilliwack popcorn.

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5. Abbotsford Firehall (Abbotsford)

With their bellies full, the family went to the Abbotsford Firehall for a visit where Grayson got a chance to sit inside one of their fire trucks.

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6. Oldhand Coffee and Highstreet (Abbotsford)

As the day drew to a close, the family wind down at Oldhand Coffee with a sweet treat before heading over to the Highstreet Holiday Show to take in a 65ft Christmas tree with digital lights choreographed to holiday tunes, BC’s best marching band, the MEI Screaming Eagles, Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy, and, of course, the jolly man himself—live for 30 minutes.

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What are your favourite Christmas traditions in the Fraser Valley?

Happy holidays!

PC: Lexa Bergen

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December 20, 2017

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