The year has flown by, and suddenly we’re on the verge of a brand-new decade. Let’s be sure to savour every last drop that 2019 has left to give! The communities along BC Route 7 are abuzz with fun holiday events, great shopping, delicious eats, and sparkling holiday lights. Grab your winter coats, pack the family in the car and make your way down the road to experience some holiday magic. We’ve compiled a list of holiday events we think you’ll enjoy, so join us as we start in Hope and make our way west along the always scenic BC Route 7: The Holiday Highway!
It’s easy to get lost in the holiday spirit in this charming little town; with its backdrop of towering, snow-capped mountains, sparkling rivers, and infinite stretches of forest, Hope is like a magical Christmas village display come to life.
For a small town, Agassiz puts on one heck of a Christmas celebration. Even the train gets all decked out for the holidays! You’ll find so much to see and do in this delightful town famous for its strong agricultural roots. Speaking of agriculture, make sure you check out the amazing farms and markets in the area by taking the Circle Farm Tour!
Sasquatch Mountain Resort, 20955 Hemlock Valley Road, Agassiz
December 21st – 24th, 11:00am-3:00pm
Harrison Hot Springs
There’s so much to see and do in this spectacular village, you’ll want to stay a while. Book a stay at one of their many excellent accommodations and you’ll want to make it your family’s annual holiday tradition! Doesn’t a soothing holiday hot springs soak sound inviting?
Harrison Beach Hotel, 160 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
November 30th, 10:30am-4:30pm
Downtown Mission is a harmonious blend of beautiful historical buildings, and modern revitalization. There are so many unique shops and eateries, it’s an ideal place to get your Christmas shopping done and enjoy fantastic fare from the coffee shops and restaurants along the way.
Mission Leisure Centre, 7650 Grand Street, Mission
December 19th – 23rd, Various Times
You’ll want to tackle that Christmas shopping list here! Maple Ridge has almost endless choices for shopping, so many that they have a number of distinct shopping districts: 224th Street District, the Dewdney Shopping Corridor, West Lougheed Shopping Corridor, and the Town Centre Lougheed Corridor. And, when the shopping is all done, you’ll want to stop in at one of the local craft breweries, pubs, or restaurants for a cold one and some tasty eats! There are so many to choose from: follow the BC Ale Trail and you’ll see what we mean.
Across from Billy Milner Pub, River Road, Maple Ridge
December 16th, 7:50pm-8:30pm
Coquitlam and Christmas go together like hand in glove (or fuzzy warm mitten)! The city is famous for its breathtaking “Lights at Lafarge” Christmas light display, which has run for several years, and has become a favourite holiday tradition for so many. With over 100,000 lights, the display will dazzle your eyes and fill your heart with the joy of the season.