Christmas

An RCMP officer came to the rescue of two children stranded at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) on Christmas Eve. (Black Press file photo)

Constable Claus saves Christmas for kids stranded at Kelowna Airport

The 12 and 13-year-olds were trying to make it home to Victoria for Christmas from Alberta

 

A flight departure board at Abbotsford International Airport illustrating the the cancellations and delays that were common through the holidays across Canada. (Jane Bouey/Twitter)

Frustrated travellers turned to Twitter when winter storm slammed Abbotsford airport

Missing luggage, no staff and cancelled flights made travel less than merry this Christmas

 

Fraser Valley Junk Solutions is holding a $10 Christmas tree pickup in Chilliwack and Abbotsford to raise money for the Salvation Army. (Fraser Valley Junk Solutions submitted)

Fraser Valley $10 Christmas tree pickup food bank fundraiser

Fraser Valley Junk Solutions picking up trees in Chilliwack and Abbotsford for the Salvation Army

 

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Christmas tree recycling is a good alternative to landfills

Taking down the Christmas tree is only one task after the holiday…

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Santa Claus can be seen in many places at this time of year. (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: How much do you know about Christmas traditions?

There are plenty of celebrations and customs on Dec. 25.

Santa Claus can be seen in many places at this time of year. (Pixabay.com)
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NORAD Tracks Santa live: Follow St. Nick as he delivers presents around the world this Christmas Eve

Rest assured, kids of all ages: Santa’s coming this Christmas Eve. That’s…

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Johanna deJong of Abbotsford has been collecting Christmas village items for more than 40 years. (Submitted image)

Abbotsford woman continues to raise funds for Alzheimer Society with Christmas village

‘Sparkyville’ includes countless figurines and has been in the works for more than 40 years

Johanna deJong of Abbotsford has been collecting Christmas village items for more than 40 years. (Submitted image)
Grade 1 and 2 students at Sunnyside Elementary school in South Surrey penned letters to Santa and shared them with the Peace Arch News. The young students asked the Jolly Old Elf a wide range of questions, including his preferences in cookies and whether they would find themselves on the naughty list this year. (Brenda Anderson photo)

Dear Santa – Grade 1 and 2 students in B.C. have a long list of questions for the Jolly Old Elf

Sunnyside Elementary students in South Surrey share their letters to Santa

  • Dec 24, 2022
Grade 1 and 2 students at Sunnyside Elementary school in South Surrey penned letters to Santa and shared them with the Peace Arch News. The young students asked the Jolly Old Elf a wide range of questions, including his preferences in cookies and whether they would find themselves on the naughty list this year. (Brenda Anderson photo)
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EDITORIAL: The holiday season doesn’t need to be perfect

Wonderful time of the year can be ruined by high expectations

  • Dec 24, 2022
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The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board’s annual tour of Christmas lights for 2022. (CADREB)

Spirits brighten on the annual Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board Christmas light tour

Visit great light displays all over Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope

  • Dec 22, 2022
The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board’s annual tour of Christmas lights for 2022. (CADREB)
Heather Stark sent in this photo of the Grinch collecting recycling in Sardis on Dec. 22, 2022. (Submitted by Heather Stark)

The Grinch spotted scooping up recycling in Chilliwack this week

A friendly version of the iconic anti-hero working an Emterra truck around town

Heather Stark sent in this photo of the Grinch collecting recycling in Sardis on Dec. 22, 2022. (Submitted by Heather Stark)
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B.C’s Coquihalla closed between Hope and Merritt

Crash has major route shut down overnight

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Kim Dixon reacts after being told on Dec. 20, 2022 that she is this year’s Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway recipient at Fix Auto on Young Road in Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Chilliwack Toyota-Fix Auto Christmas car recipient ‘the first person to help someone in need’

‘Really?’ Kim Dixon asked when told the news. ‘Isn’t there somebody else that is more deserving?’

Kim Dixon reacts after being told on Dec. 20, 2022 that she is this year’s Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway recipient at Fix Auto on Young Road in Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
The CP Holiday Train stopped in Agassiz this weekend for the first time in three years. Hundreds of people lined the tracks to check out the holiday display on wheels. (Adam Louis/Observer)

VIDEO: CP Holiday Train’s long-awaited return draws hundreds to Agassiz

Country music and Christmas cheer warmed up a cold, rainy night

The CP Holiday Train stopped in Agassiz this weekend for the first time in three years. Hundreds of people lined the tracks to check out the holiday display on wheels. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Volunteers collect some of the 1,100 gifts donated as part of the third annual Adopt-A-Senior program on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘It’s magic’: Gifts coming pouring in for 1,100 seniors as part of Adopt-A-Senior in Chilliwack

‘It’s about the connection and making sure the senior knows someone is thinking about them,’ says organizer

Volunteers collect some of the 1,100 gifts donated as part of the third annual Adopt-A-Senior program on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A.D. Rundle Middle School students delivered holiday cards to seniors before leaving for their winter break. (Submitted by Haley Borchert)

Middle school students deliver handmade Christmas cards to Chilliwack seniors

Students were so excited to visit, sing, present their cards, says A.D. Rundle teacher

A.D. Rundle Middle School students delivered holiday cards to seniors before leaving for their winter break. (Submitted by Haley Borchert)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News and a big fan of Father Christmas.

COLUMN: The magic of Christmas isn’t so unbelievable, is it?

A deep adoration of Santa Claus and everything he represents has led to a life of loving Christmas

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News and a big fan of Father Christmas.
The Chilliwack Community Services Angel Tree program collects unwrapped gifts for children of all ages. The demand for hampers for 2022 is higher than ever, according to organizers. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Demand for Chilliwack Community Services gift hampers at an all-time high

Support from community has been ‘spectacular’ but registrations for hampers up 33%

The Chilliwack Community Services Angel Tree program collects unwrapped gifts for children of all ages. The demand for hampers for 2022 is higher than ever, according to organizers. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
People get their photo with Santa and his workshop, located next to the outdoor skating pond at Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas attraction. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Light Walk photo ops, skating and more: Tips to enjoy Peak of Christmas on Grouse

Reservations are now required for photos with Santa, so be quick to book

People get their photo with Santa and his workshop, located next to the outdoor skating pond at Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas attraction. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
A parcel of land on the Sahtlam Tree Farm is seen, in the Cowichan Valley area of Duncan, B.C., on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The effects of climate change are taking a toll on Christmas tree farms in British Columbia and beyond, and one forestry expert says the sector that’s already shrinking will need to adapt in the coming years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Climate change affecting Christmas trees in B.C. and beyond: expert

Drought, extreme heat making it difficult for seedlings to grow

A parcel of land on the Sahtlam Tree Farm is seen, in the Cowichan Valley area of Duncan, B.C., on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The effects of climate change are taking a toll on Christmas tree farms in British Columbia and beyond, and one forestry expert says the sector that’s already shrinking will need to adapt in the coming years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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