Making Holiday Traditions

Whether it’s a new baby in the family or you simply want to start a new tradition, don’t let the pressure to come up with a great photographable experience overwhelm you this holiday season.

Here are our Top 7 ideas that’ll make you look like a star!

1. Find One Thing to Bring Out Every Year

There will be lots of toys coming from the family for the kids. It’s time to find the perfect item that will be a symbol of love for holidays to come. This is something your child will remember about “home”. Maybe it’s a large musical Christmas snow globe, a Christmas village, or a toy train that runs around the bottom of the tree.

2. Give Pyjamas on Christmas Eve

If you like the idea of opening one gift on Christmas Eve, make it pyjamas. Christmas jammies are adorable no matter your age. In the years to come, the feeling of wearing something new to bed will make your kids even more excited. Plus, the whole family can lounge around in style the next morning as you open gifts.

3. Take Photos with Santa. Just Do It.

Yes, this means you must come to the mall. Santa photos are a classic and it resonates with all your family members. Don’t worry if your child freaks out – it’s part of the memory. No time? You can a) book a time with Santa through our Fast Pass program, and b) opt for the Valet service.

4. Make (Or Buy) a Personalized Photo Ornament

They can be hung every year and personalized, so the entire family has their own. How much will they love pulling them out of the box each year?

5. Advent Calendar

How exciting is it when the chocolate starts to arrive on December 1st! If you purchase an advent calendar that is refillable, you could fill it with Lego or puzzle pieces instead next year.

6. Wear Crazy/Ugly Christmas Sweaters

This is not just for the young or an office Christmas party! These Christmas fascinations have gone mainstream, but finding them is still half the fun. Pair them with a special night to make cookies, trim the tree, or watch your favourite show.

7. Special Christmas Activity

Going out to see the lights have always been a popular activity. We are lucky to have so many great displays. Don’t forget these lights are rain or shine, which is perfect for the West Coast.

VanDusen “Festival of Lights”
Bright Nights Christmas Train at Stanley Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights
Park & Tilford’s “Holiday Hi-Light Festival”

A little fresh air goes a long way, especially with kids. Whatever you do, just make sure to do it every year, and do it together.

Bonney Rempel                                                                                                                         A retail expert and a savvy shopper herself, with a keen eye on fashion and all things beauty – from her passion for flower gardening, to her savvy in skin care (she was an aesthetician before all, and it shows), so when it comes to getting and keeping a glow, she’s the one in the know.  Her fashion dictum is “There’s no such thing as being overdressed”.

Swarovski – Winter Sparkle Ornament (Limited Edition), $179.99

Papyrus – Wooden Music Box, $59.95

Hudson’s Bay – Assorted flannel pyjama sets, prices vary





Hudson's Bay

Crate & Barrel – Enamel Photograph Ornament, $7.95

Oakridge CentreSanta photosavailable daily

Purdys Chocolatier – Advent Calendar, $25


Crate & Barrel

Oakridge Centre

Purdys Chocolatier