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VIDEO: The Gingerbread Village is back at Central City in Whalley

The Downtown Surrey BIA is hosting the annual event from Dec. 3-11

The 6th annual gingerbread village contest kicked off on Saturday (Dec. 3) at Central City (10153 King George Blvd).

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (BIA) hosts the annual event and it is open daily from Dec 3- 11 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. The village is located outside of Winners in Central City.

It features 37 gingerbread creations handmade by numerous individuals, classes, schools and businesses.

Jeffrey Patterson, on staff with the Downtown Surrey BIA, encouraged people to come down and check out the different creations. “They are all so unique,” said Patterson.

There is friendly competition among the gingerbread builders, especially among the winners. “They come back wanting to do even better so they can keep their crown,” said Patterson.

Voting is on a donation basis, with all proceeds going to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

The Surrey Christmas Bureau is the largest Christmas charity in B.C. They serve low-income families at Christmas by giving them new toys for Christmas presents and grocery vouchers. They serve about 2000 Surrey families every year.

Every dollar given counts as a vote toward your favourite gingerbread creation.

The gingerbread creation with the most votes will receive a $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

Voters will also be entered into a draw to win one of two $250 Central City gift cards.

Judges will also hand out cash prizes for the gingerbread houses for the numerous different categories.

Voting ends on December 11th, with winners being announced on December 13.

Surina Sihota-Mahi, 7, and Simi Sihota-Mahi viewing the Gingerbread Village at Central City Mall in Surrey on Dec. 3, 2022. (Photo: Anna Burns)
Surina Sihota-Mahi, 7, and Simi Sihota-Mahi viewing the Gingerbread Village at Central City Mall in Surrey on Dec. 3, 2022. (Photo: Anna Burns)

Gingerbread Village at Central City Mall in Surrey on Dec. 3, 2022. (Photo: Anna Burns)
Gingerbread Village at Central City Mall in Surrey on Dec. 3, 2022. (Photo: Anna Burns)

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I started with Black Press Media in the fall of 2022 as a multimedia journalist after finishing my practicum at the Surrey Now-Leader.
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