Top 5 Holiday Things to Do with Kids in Abbotsford
The holidays are upon us, and that means that there are a plethora of meals to plan, presents to buy, and charities to support. But wait! Before you get caught up in all of the “things to do” that accompany the season, be sure to plan a bit of fun – especially if you have children in your life. From festivals to Santa sightings, here is our countdown of the top 7 places to head with the young ones in Edmonton at Christmastime.
5. Downtown Abbotsford Winter Jubilee
Historic Downtown Abbotsford knows how to ring in the holidays! Families can enjoy live music while they shop and choose which food truck offerings they are craving for dinner. Wondering what there is to do for kids? They can decorate cookies, skate at the ice rink, and visit with Santa or the Grinch – whichever they prefer. Don’t miss the fire and ice aspect of this event with fireworks and ice sculptures, and the tree lighting is always a highlight of the Downtown Abbotsford Winter Jubilee.
4. The Grinch Project
Abbotsford Children’s Theatre puts on a production that sheds new light on The Grinch. Once a mean, grouchy Christmas-stealer, the new and improved Grinch is called upon to remind the residents of WhoVille about the true spirit of Christmas. The Grinch Project is sure to delight families while teaching kids a few lessons along the way.
3. Abbotsford Santa Shuffle
Adults can shuffle in this annual 5k Fun Run while the kiddos participate in the 1km Elf Walk. No matter their pace families can enjoy this annual event together. The best part is that dressing up is encouraged! Have fun getting together crazy Christmas costumes like Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, or the 3 Wise Men as you prepare to burn off a few pre-Christmas calories at the Abbotsford Santa Shuffle.
2. Solid Rock Christmas Party
What is more of a solid rock than a block of ice – and for skating no less? Test out your skating skills (or lack thereof, but it’s still fun!) at the Solid Rock Christmas Party, which is designed for kids of all ages to enjoy. Christmas treats will also be offered, and those who don’t want to skate can head up to the mezzanine for a hot drink. Admission is free, but be sure to bring your own skates and a helmet for the littles.
And #1! Christmas Glow Abbotsford
If having a winter wonderland indoors seems too good to be true – it’s not! That is exactly what happens when guests visit Christmas Glow Abbotsford. Adults and kids alike will enjoy light displays, live entertainment, and interactive hanging lights that make the perfect backdrop for an adorable photo.
There are also a ton of child-centric attractions such as bouncy reindeer, visits with Santa, playing on the playground, and a ride on Glen the Glow-comotive. Adults can cross items off of their gift list by shopping at the artisan and boutique market booths, and families can enjoy the many food and drink options. Bonus: there is a licensed bar with seasonal beverages for those who are of age.
While you are there don’t forget to let the little ones stroll through the light tunnel and sit on the LED swings. Christmas Glow Abbotsford is truly a magical place to be during the holidays as they offer a bit of something for everyone.
No matter what you choose, be sure to plan ahead to include some family fun along the way. Want an extra tip? Sing carols and look at lights while you are on your way home to make your time even more festive.