Christmas

Sadly the annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Get ready for the 2020 Rotary Christmas Show on Dec. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Christmas Show will be making its livestream debut for Chilliwack kids Saturday

Rotary Christmas Show will be waving the holiday flag with virtual ‘celebration of Christmas’

Sadly the annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Get ready for the 2020 Rotary Christmas Show on Dec. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Bright Lights Christmas Train at Stanley Park. (submitted photo: Vancouver Park Board)

Bright Nights Christmas Train to roll at Stanley Park, tickets on sale Nov. 6

COVID-19 precautions in place for the 23rd annual attraction in Vancouver

The Bright Lights Christmas Train at Stanley Park. (submitted photo: Vancouver Park Board)
Santa Claus says hello to one of the younger children who lined up to meet him during the 2019 Christmas season at Cottonwood Mall. Things will look and feel different during the 2020 Christmas season, with Santa visiting children in a socially-distanced way. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Socially-distancing Santa Claus at Chilliwack Cottonwood Mall this Christmas

The pandemic continues to turn things upside down, and Christmas is next to feel the weirdness

Santa Claus says hello to one of the younger children who lined up to meet him during the 2019 Christmas season at Cottonwood Mall. Things will look and feel different during the 2020 Christmas season, with Santa visiting children in a socially-distanced way. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
(Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau/Instagram)

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, PNE to host drive-thru holiday toy collection

COVID-19 means more families could need extra help during the upcoming holidays

(Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau/Instagram)
Booklet covers for two of the holiday stamps being released by Canada Post on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Canada Post)

PHOTOS: Canada Post releases four new stamps to brighten up the 2020 holiday season

Collection features one Nativity inspired scene and three secular folk artist pieces

Booklet covers for two of the holiday stamps being released by Canada Post on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Canada Post)
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Annual display opens Nov. 27; timed ticket reservations available now

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
The annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Rotary Christmas Celebration for children will replace downtown Chilliwack parade this year

Parade committee felt it ‘inappropriate’ to host Christmas parade with thousands in the stands

The annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Glow Gardens light display will be moving to the Greater Vancouver Zoo this year for an outdoor event. (Langley Advance Times files)

Glow Gardens light display re-locates to Greater Vancouver Zoo

Now outdoors, the event will start nightly in November

The Glow Gardens light display will be moving to the Greater Vancouver Zoo this year for an outdoor event. (Langley Advance Times files)
A cleaner wipes a glass panel at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Shopping mall on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

12 weeks of Christmas — retailers speed up holiday plans in a daunting year

Higher than usual unemployment, end of loan deferrals could hamper shopping

A cleaner wipes a glass panel at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Shopping mall on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Drew Harkness with Mopsy, one of more than 110 adoptable dogs and cats that LAPS is hoping to send home for Christmas this year. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Langley shelter aims to find homes for every animal by Christmas

The I’ll Be Home For Christmas campaign seeks homes for more than 100 cats and dogs

Drew Harkness with Mopsy, one of more than 110 adoptable dogs and cats that LAPS is hoping to send home for Christmas this year. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The exterior of Heather Dickson’s Oak Bay home decorated for Christmas. Don Denton photography

Picture Perfect House of Christmas Decorations

Heather Dickson shows off her curated Christmas collections

  • Dec 24, 2018
The exterior of Heather Dickson’s Oak Bay home decorated for Christmas. Don Denton photography
Victoria council may stop funding Christmas decorations, such as Christmas trees, to make the city “more inclusive.” (File photo)

B.C. city considers scrapping funds for Christmas decorations

Victoria city coun. Ben Isitt doesn’t think the government should pay for any religious symbols

Victoria council may stop funding Christmas decorations, such as Christmas trees, to make the city “more inclusive.” (File photo)
Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch

Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch

Specialty meats are perfect for holiday entertaining

  • Dec 10, 2018
Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch
Kylie Gardner is one of seven preschoolers who talked Christmas with the Langley Advance. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Just curious: How old is Santa and other timely holiday questions

In our never-ending search for truth, we went to the Christmas experts. Here’s what they had to say.

Kylie Gardner is one of seven preschoolers who talked Christmas with the Langley Advance. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)
The Berry family in Langley has created a holiday light extravaganza at their home. The display features over 10,000 lights and many inflatables, with new additions this year. At 9562 215A St, nightly from 4 to 11 p.m (Submitted)

PHOTOS: B.C. lights up for the holiday season

Cities from Langley to Victoria are merry and bright this year

  • Dec 21, 2017
The Berry family in Langley has created a holiday light extravaganza at their home. The display features over 10,000 lights and many inflatables, with new additions this year. At 9562 215A St, nightly from 4 to 11 p.m (Submitted)
Lori Megley-Best, minister at Cloverdale United Church, holds a Christmas service for those who are greiving, suffering, or lonely during the holiday season. (Grace Kennedy photo)

‘Longest Night of the Year’ service aims to support those who find holidays difficult, emotional time

People leave Christmas service ‘much more at peace,’ says Reverend Lori Megley-Best

Lori Megley-Best, minister at Cloverdale United Church, holds a Christmas service for those who are greiving, suffering, or lonely during the holiday season. (Grace Kennedy photo)