As folks gear up for the holiday season, The Progress has put together a list of festive community events. For more detailed information on many of these events, go to theprogress.com.
Now to Saturday, Dec. 7 • The Chilliwack Players Guild brings classic tale A Christmas Carol to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre now until Dec. 7. Show times: Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Dec. 1 and 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets $20-$25: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Thursday, Nov. 28 • Lisa Brokop – A Classic Country Christmas with special guest Tyler Cody is at Bozzini’s. Early show is 5:30 p.m. (doors at 4 p.m.). Late show is at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.). Tickets $29.50: 604-792-0744.
Thursday, Nov. 28 • The third annual Light-Up Downtown event, hosted by the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and Chilliwack Business Improvement Association, goes from 5 to 7 p.m. at Salish Park. There will be a lights display, food trucks, snacks, entertainment, the Rotary train and a special guest.
Friday, Nov. 29 • Join Kaleidoscope Crafts and create two Christmas ornaments out of clay at the Chilliwack Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration required. For ages seven to 18. 604-792-1941.
Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 • Main Beach will come to life during Cultus Lake Christmas. Along with the lighting of the trees in the park, there’s a visit from Santa Claus, a bonfire with marshmallows, hot drinks, an artisan gift market and more. Runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Saturday, Nov. 30 • Creative Outlet brings A Nutcracker Ballet to the stage for two performances: 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets $14: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Saturday, Nov. 30 • The Chilliwack Christmas Bazaar featuring a variety of vendors goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chilliwack United Church (45835 Spadina Ave.).
Saturday, Nov. 30 • Promontory Heights elementary school (46200 Stoneview Dr.) is having a festive market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help raise money for a new playground. A Promontory Christmas Market features more than 50 vendors, pictures with Santa ($5), and a Christmas concession.
Saturday, Nov. 30 • The Ryder Lake Handmade Christmas Craft Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ryder Lake Hall (49265 Elk View Rd.). There will be 20-plus local vendors and artisans. Free admission.
Saturday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 7 • It’s Christmas at Holly McKeen’s pottery studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 110-45473 Ariel Pl. Down the stairs to the left of the house you will find the studio entrance. 604-846-6440.
Thursday, Dec. 5 • Paint your own watercolour Christmas card at Season’s Greetings with John Le Flock at the Sardis Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For 18+. Registration is required. 604-858-5503.
Thursday, Dec. 5 • The Chilliwack Hospice Society’s Christmas Open House (7112 Vedder Rd.) goes from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bring a $5 gift and receive a gift (secret Santa), get your picture taken with Santa, and bring a can of food for the food bank. RSVP by Dec. 3 (604-795-4660).
Thursday, Dec. 5 • The inaugural Chilliwack Citizens for Change Holiday Party is at 6 p.m. in the Tamihi Room (45466 Yale Rd.). The night includes a buffet dinner, wine draw and silent auction. Funds go to benefit The Meadow Rose Society. Tickets $45: eventbrite.com
Friday, Dec. 6 • Morning concert Wintersong with tenor Benjamin Butterfield and the Bergmann Duo is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 10:30 a.m. Tickets $27: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8 • Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Rd.) presents its annual Five Corners Christmas theatre production White Out. Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets free at church office. A free-will offering will be collected at the event.
Saturday, Dec. 7 • The Rotary Christmas Parade winds its way through downtown Chilliwack starting at 5:30 p.m. chilliwackchristmasparade.com.
Saturday, Dec. 7 • Santa comes to Century 21 (45428 Luckakuck Way) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a donation for the food bank.
Sunday, Dec. 8 • The Philomusica Chorus presents Christmas Times Ten at 2 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets $20 and $25: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 • Immerse yourself in the joy of Christmas with the enchanting Winter Harp at the Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $40-$45: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Friday, Dec. 13 • The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Messiah in the Valley featuring four soloists, the Chilliwack Children’s and Youth choir and Belle Voci at 7:30 p.m. at First Avenue Christian Assembly. Tickets start at $15: 604-795-0521, www.chilliwacksymphony.com, or at King’s Music.
Friday, Dec. 13 • British comedy duo James and Jamesy bring the rollicking holiday comedy O Christmas Tea to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $29-$39: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Saturday, Dec. 14 • The Remax Nyda Realty Toy Drive goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at IHOP (45466 Yale Rd.) Bring an unwrapped gift.
Saturday, Dec. 14 • Join the Chilliwack Youth Orchestra for its annual Christmas Concert benefiting the Chilliwack Community Cupboard at 7 p.m. at the Chilliwack United Church (45835 Spadina Ave.). Tickets $10-$15 and available at the door, eventbrite and at King’s Music.
Sunday, Dec. 15 • It’s Christmas with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. Tickets $35-$40: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Wednesday, Dec. 18 • Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas starring Zachary Stevenson plus other tribute artists is at the Cultural Centre stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Thursday, Dec. 19 • Ebenezer Scrooge meets the wild west in Cowboy Christmas at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. Tickets $30-$35: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.
Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22 • Ballet Victoria (with Creative Outlet) presents The Gift of the Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $15-$30: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.