The holidays are officially here! I’ve put together a list of ideas that will help you and your family get into the holiday spirit in 2020 and maybe even help you find some new holiday traditions to continue on for years to come.
1. Find some Snow
Find some snow and build a snowman. Better yet, you can try out snow shoeing or tubing at one of the local ski hills. Cypress, Seymour and Grouse all offer tubing and snowshoeing adventures. Check out their websites for more details:
2. Give to a Toy Drive
Pick out a gift for one or more children to drop off at a local toy drive. There are countless toy drives happening at varying times around the Lower Mainland and beyond, so check out your cities website to find a place near you. The Salvation Army also has a virtual Toy Mountain happening this year with online donations.
Do you happen to have a used kids bike lying around? Obsession Bikes in North Vancouver has a wonderful initiative where they will refurbish used bikes that have been polished into safe bikes for kids in need of one. In addition to the bike, they also include a free helmet to go along with it. Visit their website for more details: Bikes for Tykes.
3. Cut your own Christmas Tree
Consider cutting down your own Christmas tree this year at a local tree farm. The smell of a real Christmas tree in your house really can’t be beat. Visiting a tree farm and cutting down your own tree will really help your family get into the holiday spirit in 2020. Here are a few tree farms you can visit around the Lower Mainland:
PSA: the following Christmas tree farms are out of trees. You can still visit Aldor Acres to see their animals.
- Aldor Acres– 24990 – 84th. Ave., Langley. Aldor Acres is such a beautiful holiday setting. Wander around acres of tree fields to find your perfect Christmas tree. You can also visit with their resident farm animals with the purchase of a tree. They are limiting the amount of people who can visit and there are no reservations.
- Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm– 8659 252 St. Fort Langley. Located in Fort Langley, on an 18-acre lot this tree farm perfect for families living in the Fraser Valley.
- Alouette Christmas Tree Farm– 23083 132 Ave., Maple Ridge.
- Pine Meadows Tree Farm– 47036 Prairie Central Rd., Chilliwack.
- Oh Christmas Tree Farm– 21858 Maxwell Crescent, Langley.
- Frosty’s Family Tree Farm– 24488 52 Ave., Langley.
Here you’ll find a full list of tree farms you can visit: Family Fun Canada
4. Donate to a Food Bank
Go through your pantry and set aside some items to drop off at your local food bank. Here are a list of items food banks need: 20 of the most needed items. You can also donate money or choose to sponsor a family to provide them with a warm meal for the holidays. Here are two adopt a family programs you can decide between: Presents of Peace Program from YWCA or the Adopt-a-Family program from the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
5. Make a DIY Ornament
One of our favourite traditions is to create a new ornament for our tree each year. We made these nature ornaments a couple years ago and I really loved how they turned out. Here are some other options we’ve done as well: Salt dough ornaments and diy ornaments. Bonus: you can make extras to gift to others!
6. Go Ice Skating Outdoors
Grouse Mountain has their outdoor ice skating pond open this year. With the purchase of a lift ticket you are able to use their ice skating pond at no additional charge. They do charge for rentals. Find out more information about ice skating on Grouse.
7. Make your own Wreath
Creating a beautiful wreath with your kids with natural items found on a hike or around your neighbourhood can spark creativity and some special moments. You can purchase a wreath base from Dollarama for $2.99 like this one. Here’s an example of some beautiful Nature Wreaths. Here is another easy option using a hoop: Hoop Wreath. My son and I made the wreath below in 15 minutes and it only cost $4.00. See my IG Story for a full tutorial on how to make one like ours.
8. Go for a Holiday Light Drive or Walk
Go for a drive or walk with your family in search of holiday lights around your community. Bring some hot cocoa and holiday cookies and rate which holiday lights are your favourite. Take photos of your top 3 favourites and tag #holidaylightsof2020.
9. Send a Letter of Thanks
Send out letters of gratitude along with your holiday cards to your friends and family this year. We might not be able to see those that we typically see face to face this year, so sending them a heart felt card will go a long way.
10. Take Elf on a Shelf on an Adventure
If you have an elf on the shelf, break the ‘don’t touch the elf’ rules this year and take him or her outside to capture some photos in nature. I would love to see all your elf’s adventures. Use the hashtag #elfonahike.
I hope these 10 ideas will help you and your family get into the holiday spirit in 2020. In addition to these ideas you’ll find a list of events and attractions that will be opening on December 8th for the holidays in this article that I wrote: A Holiday Guide for 2020.