This festival near Vancouver features one of Canada's tallest Christmas trees

Nov 8 2019, 10:14 am

It features one of Canada’s tallest Christmas trees, and this month, the Highstreet Holiday Show returns to the Fraser Valley.

Taking place in Abbotsford and kicking off on Friday, November 16, the annual festival includes the lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree — one of the tallest in Canada, the arrival of Santa Clause, Rudolf, Frosty, and ‘Spandy Andy’ the dancing elf, a 40-piece marching band, a team of festive dancers, and live music.

Holiday shows run every Saturday, from 5 pm – 5:30 pm with pre-show festivities starting at 4:30 pm, until December 14th. The shows feature a multi-media light display, which utilizes 6,000 tri-color LED bulbs set to holiday musical favourites.

“We love bringing this holiday tradition to the Fraser Valley and delighting our guests with a truly spectacular outdoor show,” said Tanya Curtis, general manager of Highstreet.

Additional festivities include:

Photos with Santa

From November 21 to December 24, attendees can visit Highstreet’s oversized 18 x 18 Holiday Gift Box, home to Santa and his beloved elves. Photos include a high-resolution digital image and a free 5 x 7 print, compliments of London Drugs. Photos are by appointment only, please visit highstreetsanta.com.

Santa’s Mailbox

From November 21 to December 10, kids’ wish lists can be dropped at Highstreet’s oversized mailbox, located inside the post office at London Drugs, Highstreet. Santa’s helpers are ready to collect the letters and ensure a personalized note will be mailed back to every girl and boy. For every letter collected, Highstreet will also donate a can of food to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Letters must be received by December 10.

Gift wrapping and personal shopping

Complimentary gift wrapping is offered from November 21 to December 24, with donations to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Shoppers are encouraged to drop by the Holiday Gift Wrap Station at Guest Services. For those that are too busy to find time or need help choosing the perfect gift, Highstreet also provides personal shopping services.

Holiday pop-up

The ever-popular Herschel Sale is back in Unit M210 across from Marshalls, from November 21st to December 1st.

Highstreet Christmas Festival

When: Friday, November 16 at 5 pm, and every Saturday until December 14
Where: Highstreet Shopping Centre – 3122 Mt Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Admission: Free