South Surrey Holiday Season And Local Events
The holidays can be stressful, so our team at South Surrey Chiropractic and Wellness have got six tips to support you in having a calm, stress-free and enjoyable holiday season, including a list of free, fun local events and activities. December and January are busy months with many holiday celebrations across cultures all around the world. Some of these holidays include:
- Three Kings Day
- Winter Solstice
- St. Lucia Day
- St. Nicholas Day
- New Year
- Orthodox Christmas and New Year
- Chinese New Year
Our feelings about the holidays are very personal. They can cause us to feel happy, sad or a mix of feelings. The holidays can also cause stress because of:
- Overscheduling, overindulging and overspending
- Too much time with family or not enough
- Multiple caregiving roles
- Personal or family illness
- Work demands
- Expectations of what you should do
- Seasonal affective disorder, anxiety or depression
What can we do to minimize the stress? It all starts with good choices. Hang on to your healthy habits. It’s OK to indulge a little but overdoing it only adds to feelings of stress and guilt. Keeping to your regular healthy habits and including healthy fruits, vegetables, and exercise, yoga and meditation over the holiday will make a big difference to your mental health and well being.
The following tips can help you enjoy the holidays as much as possible. Read on for more information and some fun activities and local events for kids and adults.
Take time to breathe and Stretch
One of the best ways to survive the holiday craziness, astonishingly, is as simple as TAKING A DEEP BREATH. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for remembering to take deep belly breaths, focusing on relaxation, feeling grounded and still for a few moments.
You can take a few moments on your own to lay on the bed, the couch or sit in a comfy spot. Put away your phone, close your eyes and just focus on your breath for 5-10 minutes. Do this on your own or you can even encourage your kids to join you for some quiet moments to focus on breathing.
Now, add in stretching! What happens when you stretch everyday? Regular stretching helps increase your range of motion in the joints, improves blood circulation and posture and alleviates muscular tension throughout the body.
Starting and ending your day with stretching is a great way to support your body during busy, stressful days. Check out these videos from MadFit (Maddie Lymburner – Canadian Fitness Blogger) for some good stretching and relaxation.
Take time for yourself
While it’s important to spend time with your loved ones, it’s also important that you take some time for yourself. Set aside a few minutes each day to do something that makes you happy and some moments of calm. Whether it’s reading a book, having a bath, knitting, going for a walk, watching a holiday movie (we love the cheesy holiday Hallmark movies!), yoga or meditation.
Making rest and sleep a priority, helps you feel recharged and relaxed during busy times.
Book an acupuncture, chiropractor or massage therapy appointment to give yourself some additional selfcare.
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Enjoy the holiday lights with a drive or a walk.
One of the best parts of the holidays is seeing all the lights brighten up our homes and businesses, but sometimes it’s hard to get out there and enjoy them! Grab some hot coco, steamed milk or a tea from a local biz and go for a walk or a drive around your neighborhood to check out the lights.
If you live in an area that has an abundance of holiday lights and decorations, take advantage! Get in the car and drive around to see what neighborhoods are doing this year—or go on a walk through your area and look at all the different houses that have decked out their homes with lights and festive displays. There’s nothing like seeing all those twinkling lights after dark to put you in the holiday spirit!
Local South Surrey Holiday Lights
A great local light show “Totally Sleighed It” put on by local South Surrey realtor James Walker, as a fundraiser with 100% of funds going to Jessie Lee Elementary, is definitely one you want to check out!
“Totally Sleighed It” 15967 19A Ave Surrey, BC. A musical light show at their house starting December 1st, 2022 from 4:30pm to 10:00pm daily. Tune into 87.9 FM on your car radio to hear the music that goes with the light show. On December 18th, Little Oodies donut company will be on site.
Crafts and fun for kids and adults.
Gather up some materials and get creative! Make snowmen out of cotton balls, or make Christmas cards out of construction paper and glitter glue… whatever works for your family!
If you need some ideas or inspiration, check out these links for craft ideas.
Try non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails.
Don’t want to give up your favorite holiday drinks? Try non-alcoholic versions instead! There are some great options out there that are very yummy and festive, without the next day headache. Here are some great ideas and recipes from Canadian Food Bloggers.
These yummy 7 non-alcoholic drink recipes for the holidays from Canadian food bloggers across Canada will be fun to try and enjoy. Be sure to let us know if you try any of the recipes or what other non-alcoholic mocktails you create over the holidays.
Canadian Food Blogger Mocktail Recipes
Get outside for local family activities.
Enjoy the many free family events and local artisan markets in South Surrey and White Rock areas. Enjoy the outdoors, lights and holiday cheer for all ages, while getting everyone moving. Many of these events are also wheelchair or walker friendly, so great for all ages and abilities.
Kensington Prairie Farm
Kensington Prairie Farm Market
Artisan Holiday Market at the farm, December 2, 3, 4, 2022 from 10am to 5pm.
Buy local this year & enjoy our holiday festivities at the same time! Shop over 20 local vendors, eat and drink with food and coffee trucks, meet Santa and princesses, snuggle with bunnies, and join in on hourly alpaca information sessions.
stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market returns to Museum of Surrey
Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 from 10am-4pm
The Fifth Annual stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market returns to Museum of Surrey featuring a wide variety of Indigenous makers and artists. https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/news/stalw-christmas-craft-market-returns-museum-of-surrey
The Shops at Morgan Crossing Holiday Event
December 3rd, 2022 from 12pm to 4pm
Morgan Crossing Shopping Center 15765 Croydon Dr, Surrey, BC
Unit D105 (Next to Roots)
Enjoy complimentary photos with Santa (no reservation required)
Ornament making station
Make holiday buttons – hosted by our friends at Arts Umbrella (Unit N116)
Holiday treats and much more!
White Rock Bright Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday December 10th, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm
Memorial Park at the Pier
15300 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC
The City of White Rock presents an evening of free, festive, family fun. Experience an evening of new light displays and photo opportunities, the 20-foot tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Knight and White Rock City Council, live entertainment, activities and games, walk through the Christmas Market at the White Rock Museum, free hot chocolate, and a special visit from Santa Claus!
Heritage Christmas Weekends at Stewart Farm
December 3-18, 2022
Historic Stewart Farm
13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey, BC
A Return to a Classic Christmas
Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas with a different theme each weekend. A free, local back- to-basics holiday outing for the whole family. While you’re here, tour the festive Victorian decorated farmhouse and even take a brisk walk of the grounds and Elgin Heritage Park.
There are different events each weekend in December. Check them out and enjoy the fun!
Victorian Christmas Evening at Stewart Farm
December 10, 2022 3-7pm
Historic Stewart Farm
13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey, BC
A free, local holiday outing for the whole family.
Virtual Tour of Historic Stewart Farm
Would you like to take a virtual tour from the comfort of your home? Enjoy a virtual tour of the farmhouse decorated for a Victorian Christmas. A great way to bring some joy to those that are not able to visit Historic Stewart Farm in person.
Lights at Lafarge
If you would like to enjoy an longer evening walk (stroller friendly) full of lights and holiday cheer, venture to Coquitlam to check out the Lights at Lafarge Lake.
November 26th, 2022 to late January 2023
Town Center Park and Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam, BC
December 2nd and 3rd the Lights at Lafarge will also have a Christmas night market.
Lights at Lafarge is a free winter attraction that features over 100,000 Christmas lights and festive displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at night.
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We hope these tips will help you have a fun, relaxing and stress-free holiday season over the coming months.
Don’t forget to include chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy services as part of your holiday selfcare plans. Check out our contact page for online booking options.
We would like to thank all our patients for supporting our business and trusting our team to help you to become “Your Most Well Self”.
From all of us at South Surrey Chiropractic and Wellness, we wish you and your families a very happy and safe holiday season.
Contact us today to get help and support for your wellness journey. South Surrey Chiropractic and Wellness and our team of Surrey chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists are here to guide you towards optimal health. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.