Christmas

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)
A sleigh-riding Santa inside The Christmas Store at the Potters nursery in Cloverdale. (submitted photo)

Surrey’s huge ‘Christmas Store’ has opened for the season inside nursery

Temporary store on 48th Avenue is 28,000 square feet in size

A sleigh-riding Santa inside The Christmas Store at the Potters nursery in Cloverdale. (submitted photo)
The peninsula’s Community Christmas Day Dinner at White Rock Baptist Church – seen here in 2019 – has been cancelled for 2020, because of pandemic-inspired limitations on gatherings. (File photo)

Annual Community Christmas dinner ‘just not possible’ this year

Organizers vow that 40 years-plus Semiahmoo Peninsula tradition will return, post-COVID

The peninsula’s Community Christmas Day Dinner at White Rock Baptist Church – seen here in 2019 – has been cancelled for 2020, because of pandemic-inspired limitations on gatherings. (File photo)
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 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
Santa arrives in Clover Square. (Photo courtesy of David Tung)

Santa returns to Clover Square Village

Cloverdale Santa Hut to open Dec. 7

Santa arrives in Clover Square. (Photo courtesy of David Tung)
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)
Santa Claus visits Duckworth’s Department Store in Cloverdale, 1949. (Courtesy of City of Surrey Archives / SM.62)

HISTORY: Dark days of Second World War challenged Cloverdale’s Christmas spirit

Community looks local as rationing and blackout curfews limit Cloverdale residents

  • Dec 26, 2018
Santa Claus visits Duckworth’s Department Store in Cloverdale, 1949. (Courtesy of City of Surrey Archives / SM.62)
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
ZYTARUK: Contemplating ghosts of Christmas past

ZYTARUK: Contemplating ghosts of Christmas past

Holy jeepers, of course it’s okay to say “Merry Christmas”

  • Dec 20, 2018
ZYTARUK: Contemplating ghosts of Christmas past
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
Santa arrives in Clover Square. (Photo courtesy of David Tung)

Santa’s House in Clover Square welcomes holiday spirit

Cloverdale Santa’s House opens Dec. 8

Santa arrives in Clover Square. (Photo courtesy of David Tung)
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)
(Aaron Burden / Unsplash)

Ghosts of Cloverdale Christmases Past

The longest Christmas card in the world, jellyfish stings and tree-toppling toddlers

  • Dec 24, 2017
(Aaron Burden / Unsplash)
(Photos submitted)

Surrey dealerships fill two pick-up trucks for Surrey Food Bank

Barnes Wheaton GM founder/CEO also donates $5,000 in what has become Christmas tradition for company

(Photos submitted)
Salam Kahil, also known as the ‘Sandwich Nazi.’ (File photo)

Surrey’s ‘Sandwich Nazi’ to donate 1000 meals on Christmas Eve

“I promised myself when I start making money, I’m going to donate to the homeless,” said Kahil

Salam Kahil, also known as the ‘Sandwich Nazi.’ (File photo)
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)
Surrey RCMP embodying the Christmas spirit

Surrey RCMP embodying the Christmas spirit

They donated over 10,000 pounds of food, 4,200 toys, and over $10,600 during the holiday season

Surrey RCMP embodying the Christmas spirit