EVENTS GUIDE for Surrey (Dec. 1 and beyond)

Concerts, Christmas events, fundraisers and more in our weekly calendar

Royal City Youth Ballet's seasonal production of 'The Nutcracker' returns to Surrey Arts Centre from Dec. 9 to 11

Royal City Youth Ballet's seasonal production of 'The Nutcracker' returns to Surrey Arts Centre from Dec. 9 to 11


Jazz Vespers at Northwood United Church: Hour-long concert events on second and fourth Sundays at church, 8855 156th St., Surrey, 4 p.m. start, Dec. 4: Mighty Fraser Big Band, with Steve Maddock and Jennifer Scott; Dec. 11: Mass choir special event.

“A Christmas Concert for Kenya” on Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage theatre on Saturday, Dec. 3, presented by New Hope Therapeutic Society and directed by Deanna Wegenkittl-Baker. “Join us for a night filled with beautiful Christmas music to benefit over 100 children cared for and educated at St. Elizabeth Children Centre in Kisumu, Kenya. Enjoy the performances of talented local artists such as Eldon McBride and his choir Frontline Voices, singers Ava Carich and Tiffany Desrosiers, Spiral Dance Co. and many more.” Tickets: $15, 604-501-5566,

“Gospel and Blues Christmas” concert hosted by John Lee Sanders in sixth annual event presented by Peninsula Productions, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at White Rock Baptist Church, 1657 140th St., Surrey. Tickets $30 adv., $35 at door. Info:

Kelita Haverland performs women-only concert/comedy show on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Pacific Community Church in Cloverdale, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets and info:

Yuletide Blues: 10th annual concert event hosted by White Rock Blues Society in support of Sources food banks, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Rhumba Room in Pacific Inn Hotel, South Surrey, from 5 to 11 p.m., featuring several bands and performers. Info:

VSO: “The Music of Tchaikovsky and Bruch” concert on Monday, Dec. 5 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, featuring young violinist Simone Porter, 8 p.m. start. Info:

Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir returns to Surrey Arts Centre with annual Christmas concert, on Tuesday, Dec. 6. “Nearly 80 male voices singing in glorious four part harmony. The program will include traditional carols, seasonal songs and readings, and something a little zany.” Tickets and info: 604-501-5566,

“Christmas Fantasies” concert as part of Classical Coffee Concert Series at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre, on Thursday, Dec. 8 starting at 10 a.m., 13750 88th Ave., Surrey. “The Bergmann Piano Duo performs a program with some of their favourite works for piano duet, including Schubert’s famous ‘Fantasy in F minor,’ Mozart’s ‘Fantasy for a Musical Clock Work,’ and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’ and Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio.’ Plus, the lobby of the Surrey Arts Centre will have all the trimmings of a winter wonderland.” Info and tickets: 604-501-5566,

“Sounds of the Season” concert by Surrey Youth Orchestras (Surrey Symphony Society), 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Chandos Pattison Auditorium, Surrey. “An evening of festival favourites and joyous music performers by the Junior Strings, Intermediate Orchestra and Surrey Youth Orchestra.” Tickets $12/$18 via 778-549-5515,

“A Traditional Christmas”: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual concerts at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 4:30 and 8 p.m., featuring Christopher Gaze as host, UBC Opera Ensemble and EnChor. Info:, 604-876-3434.


Toy Mountain gift-collection event at Guildford Town Centre in Surrey on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9, in support of The Salvation Army, featuring TV/radio broadcasters at the mall’s Centre Court area starting at 5:30 a.m. daily. Info:


Surrey Christmas Bureau Toy Drive event on Sunday, Dec. 11 at SEVA Thrift Store, 9430 Scott Road, Surrey, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Bring new, unwrapped toys and meet Santa.”

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women event hosted by Kwantlen Faculty Association, at noon Tuesday, Dec. 6 at KPU Surrey campus, 12666 72nd Ave. This annual ceremony coincides with the anniversary of the death of 14 young women killed on Dec. 6, 1989, at l’École Polytechnique in Montréal. Info: 604-599-2152.

Candlelight vigil to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action Day To End Violence Against Women: Annual event organized by Public Service Alliance of Canada on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Holland Park in Surrey from 6 to 8 p.m., 13428 Old Yale Rd. “There will be local politicians, speakers, music and collection of donations for the women’s shelters in Surrey.” Info:


Carolling event in Newton with Friends of the Grove group, starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 outside Newton rec centre and moving through the community, featuring “Music Therapists for Peace” Sue Baines and Steve Cotrill on accordion and ukulele.  “Please make and bring homemade decorations from recycled materials to hang on trees in the Grove.” Info:

Surrey Santa Parade of Lights: 11th annual event features big rigs lighted up on route through Surrey, in Cloverdale on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. “Santa comes to town escorted by a lighted convoy of Trucks, vintage cars, floats, marching groups, R/C, horses, boats, mascots and much more. Event has two primary charities: The Surrey Food Bank & Surrey Christmas Bureau, so were hoping that you can bring a donation to the parade.” Event hosted by Cloverdale BIA, 604-576-3155.

Big Rigs for Kids lighted truck parade on Sunday, Dec. 4 along University Drive in Surrey, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. “They will be stopped in front of the library for around an hour, from 7 until just after 8 p.m. for everyone to enjoy.” North Surrey Lions Club will be selling hot chocolate and hot dogs, with all proceeds going to the Surrey Christmas Bureau and Surrey Food Bank. Event host is Downtown Surrey BIA, 604-580-2321.

Seniors Christmas Dining Out Series hosted by the City of Surrey’s recreation department from Dec. 8 to 16. “Socialize with friends while enjoying Christmas festivities, a delicious meal and great entertainment that’s sure to bring out a sleigh full of holiday spirit. Bring your guests – the more the merrier this holiday season.” Events on Dec. 8 at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, on Dec. 9 at Cloverdale Recreation Centre, on Dec. 9 at Newton Seniors Centre, on Dec. 9 at Fleetwood Community Centre and on Dec. 16 at Guildford Recreation Centre (a Christmas luncheon with the Jammers). Register online or by telephone at 604-501-5100. Info:

Winter Ice Palace indoor skating sessions at Cloverdale Arena from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. Annual event features old-fashioned pond setting, at 6090 176 St., Surrey. Open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission (2+ years): $4.50; skate rentals: $3.25; helmet rentals: $1.75. Info: Call 604-502-6410.

“Grandma & Me Christmas Tea” event on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Guildford Recreation Centre, 15105 105th Ave., Surrey, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. “Celebrate the Christmas season with your grandkids (ages 3 to 7 years) and join us for a morning of holiday festivities. Enjoy making a Christmas craft, decorating cookies and warming up with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. There will also be storytelling and a magic show presented by Surrey Libraries. Grandpas are welcome to join the fun too.” Cost per child is $7 (child must be accompanied by an adult), and cost per grandparent is $3. Pre-registration is required and we encourage participants to secure their spot before December 10. To register, call 604-501-5100.


Seasonal Sizzle business reception hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. “Over 500 people attend this networking and trade show event annually. This year’s theme is ‘Christmas in Paradise,’ featuring live music and entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres and great networking.” Info: or 604.634.0341.

“Transit and Transportation in Surrey” luncheon event with Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink, on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. “Bring your questions and suggestions to this lively lunch dialogue.” A Surrey Board of Trade event, or call 604-581-7130.

Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi organized by Surrey Board of Trade starting on April 3, 2017. Rate of $2,995 for a seven-day trip, for members of SBOT. “Come travel with the SBOT and explore Dubai and Abu Dhabi with like-minded business professionals and owners. The SBOT has worked diligently to set up industry tours in these cities. We are happy to customize your trip to include key business meetings, making this eligible for tax deductions.” Info:


Peacock Bar & Grill: Live music, open-mic nights (Tues./Thurs.) and more at all-ages venue in Whalley, 10257 King George Blvd. Info: 604-584-1388,

Donegal’s Irish House: Live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 12054 96th Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-584-2112,

Escape bar at Elements Casino: Live music and more on select nights at 300-seat licensed venue, 17755 60th Ave., Cloverdale. Info:

The Taphouse Guildford: Upscale music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. Tuesday: Acoustic Night, 8 p.m. Wednesday: “Almost Famous Karaoke”; Friday/Saturday: live cover bands. Info: 604-583-8828,

Pancho’s Top 40 Rock Club: Live top 40 and classic rock. Tuesday karaoke, Thursday jam night. At 10768 King George Blvd., Surrey, 604-583-3536. Band and special-event info:

Dublin Crossing: Live music four nights a week at 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. 604-575-5470,

Central City Brewing Co.: Live music on select nights at restaurant/bar, 13450 102nd Ave., at Central City, Surrey. Info: 604-582-6620,


“Pinocchio: The Pantomime” brought to Surrey Arts Centre stage by FVGSS, a Musical Theatre Company, to Dec. 4, with show times at 7:30 p.m. on Wed/Thur/Fri and 2:30 on Sat/Sun. Tickets and info: 604-501-5566,,

“A Christmas Carol”: Imagine That! Productions stages a radio-theatre play, complete with live music and sound effects, from Dec. 2 to 4 at Clova Theatre in Cloverdale. “This adaptation of A Christmas Carol follows the original Dickens tale and takes audiences along on Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformational journey as four ghostly visitors lead him on a trip through Christmases past, present and future.” For tickets and info, visit

“The Nutcracker” staged by Royal City Youth Ballet from Dec. 9 to 11 at Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage, with five show times over the three days. “This production , a holiday tradition for many, delights all ages with its beautiful sets and extravagant costumes that illuminate the magic of the toy soldiers, Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree.” Tickets: Adult $40, Child/Youth/Senior (65+) $28. Info: 604-501-5566,

“A Christmas Carol”: Peninsula Productions continues its Staged Reading Series with the yuletide classic, by Charles Dickens, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at 14600 North Bluff Road, White Rock. Tickets $10 via

“Ellie King’s Beauty and the Beast” traditional British panto produced by Royal Canadian Theatre Company, at Surrey Arts Centre from Dec. 16 to 26 on select dates. Comedy suitable for all ages. Tickets and info: 604-501-5566,,

“The Comic Strippers” adult-only show offers a male-stripper parody and improv comedy for audiences of all genders, on Jan. 28 at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre. “Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.” Tickets and info:, 604-507-6355,


Ukrainian “soul food” – perogies, cabbage rolls and borscht – available for sale on the last Friday of each month as fundraiser at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Surrey, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Eat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer.” Info: call 604-531-1923 or 604-581-0313.


Surrey International Folk Dancing meets Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm at Walnut Road Elementary, 16152 82nd Ave., Surrey. “No partner or costume required. Beginners welcome. $4 drop-in fee.” Info:, 604-496-4236,

Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Clayton Hall (18513 70th Ave., Surrey) on the first Thursday of every month, except July and August, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $4. For info, call 604-576-1066.

Scottish Country Dance classes at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd St., Surrey. Hosted by White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club. “First class free, drop-in fee $5.” Events are held on Wednesday evenings each week, starting at 7 p.m. For info, call Maureen at 604-536-1367 or visit


Jamming at Fleetwood: Golden-agers are invited to join group of senior musicians that meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 15996 84 Ave. “We play for the sheer pleasure of entertaining a dedicated audience who come in to listen or dance, every week. Lunch is available for purchase, and you can try your luck at winning a 50/50 draw.” Info: contact Mildred, email or call 604-789-5037.

Newton Seniors Centre Tennis Club seeks experienced, senior (55+) tennis players. “We are not a teaching club, so you must know how to play, serve and score.” For information, call Al or Sue at 604-594-8783, or Jan, 604-502-7844.


The Cloverdale Market: “Your Weekly Treasure Hunt” in two buildings with 200 tables and 100+ outdoor spots, open every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, off 176th St. (Hwy 15) and 62nd Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-837-1676,


Colebrook United Church craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5441 125A Street, Surrey. “Come for all kinds of Christmas gifts & goodies. Have a bite to eat at our Kris Kringle Kafe. All welcome.” Info: 604-596-2412,

Trinity Lutheran Church Christmas Bake Sale and Lunch on Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon, 11040 River Rd. North Delta. “There will be lots of wonderful baking (including Norwegian KrumKake and Rosettes), Christmas Evergreen ‘Kissing Balls,’ and soup/sandwich lunch.” Info: Call Helen, 604-584-6928.

North Delta Potters Guild Christmas Sale on Saturday, Dec. 10 at North Delta Recreation Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 11415 84th Ave. “Beautiful & unique works in clay all created by guild members. You are sure to find something special for someone special.” Info: 778-590-8003, email


Fleetwood Cook Book Club meets bimonthly at Fleetwood Library on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Schedule includes event on Dec. 5 (cookie swap). “If you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes, grab your apron and sign up for the Fleetwood Cook Book Club. We pick the theme/books, and you select a recipe to make from that book, then we all get together to share a meal.” Call to register: 604-598-7346.


Clayton Heights Optometry is looking to feature Local artists at office, 103A-19151 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. “Are you an artist looking for a place to display your art? We feature an artist every few months on our waiting area wall with complete info on the artist. If you would like your painting, drawing, or photographic art displayed, email us at for consideration.”


Panorama Children’s Choir, under the direction of Dolores Scott begins their new semester with a focus on World Rhythms. No auditions. Ages K-7 New members welcome Tuesday afternoons at 14853 60th Ave., Surrey. “This is a place to share your voice with friends and shine as one!” Call 604 595-6718 to register. Info:

Maple Leaf Singers: “Meet new people, have fun, and reveal the song in your heart. Join the Maple Leaf Singers, a unique show chorus that includes singers from all parts of Metro Vancouver and performs at a variety of events. Baritone and bass voices particularly needed, but all are welcome. Learn more at Ask Anne Baird about joining at via email,


Surrey Art Gallery: Until Dec. 4, the gallery delves into people’s changing relationship with objects through a cluster of exhibitions on the ‘still life’ genre of art, featuring works by Fiona Ackerman, Kelly Lycan, April Hickox, Jay Bundy Johnson and others. Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566,

PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub: Gallery space in Newton features local artists and collectives, at 137th Street and 72A Avenue. Info:

Thursday Artist Talk: Events hosted by Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) on first Thursday of every month at Bear Creek Park facility, 7:30 p.m. Info: 604-501-5566,

Newton Cultural Centre showcases works by local artists at 13530 72nd Ave. Info: 604-594-2700,

Surrey Urban Screen: Digital art shown on screen on side of building at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, at 13458 107A Ave. Exhibit can be viewed from 30 minutes after sunset until midnight. Info: 604-598-5898,


Surrey Museum: Located at 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info:, 604-592-6956.

Historic Stewart Farm: Facility located at site of 1894 farmhouse and heritage gardens, at 13723 Crescent Rd., South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956,

Surrey Archives: Info: 604-502-6459 or 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.


Hollywood 3 Cinemas: 7125 138th St. (Newton Centre, near 72nd Ave., Surrey). 604-592-4441.

Empire Studio 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716.

Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72nd Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400.


Surrey Eagles Junior A hockey team plays home games at South Surrey Arena, 2199 148 St, Surrey. “Come see future NHL stars today. Fast-paced, family fun.” Info:, 604-531-4625 (GOAL).

Surrey Knights Junior B hockey team plays home games at North Surrey Recreation Centre. For schedule of games and ticket information, visit or call 604-534-1285.

Free swims sponsored by Westminster Savings, on Saturdays throughout the year. “Join us for our free family swims held once per month at each of our indoor pools. Free swims are part of Westminster Savings’ Project Better Balance.” Events are held at the North Surrey rec centre pool on the last Saturday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m., at South Surrey’s indoor pool on the first Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m., and at the Surrey Sport & Leisure pool on the third Sunday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m.


Cloverdale Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the month, from September to June, at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70th Ave., Surrey. Annual membership is $20, drop-in fee is $3. For information, contact Nancy, 604-530-4197.


Surrey Singles Over 60: “Are you interested in meeting new people and having fun dancing, bowling, cards, dinners, picnics etc.? We are accepting new members based in the North Surrey/North Delta area, so call 604-594-2860 and ask for Lyla or Doug or Roy at 604-593-1918.”

North Delta Newcomers and Friends is a ladies social club. “Our fall activities are in full swing. If you are new to the area or would just like to meet some new people, please call and arrange to attend some of them (morning walks, coffee times, stitch and chat, card games, and par 3 golf, potlucks and our monthly dinners.” Info: call Kathy at 604-583-3691 or Pam at 604-597-7974.

Surrey Beekeepers Association meetings held on third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. start at Honeybee Centre, 7480 176th St., Surrey. Contact Don or Fran Carter, 604-591-3262. “All welcome to attend and learn about bees.”

CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) North Delta/Surrey is a club open to all women graduates, students and associates who support the mission and ideals of CFUW, which provides annual scholarships and bursaries to deserving female graduates who are going on to university. The club meets monthly from September to June. Contact Heather at 604-591-7678 or Eleanor at 604-589-3631.


Valley Women’s Network Luncheons held on last Wednesday of every month at Eaglequest Golf Club, 7778 152nd St., Surrey. Event fee $27, or $30 at door for non-members. “Come share your business successes, goals with us and let us help one another.” Info:, 604-940-9355.


Surrey Libraries is looking for volunteers for Semiahmoo area to deliver library materials to customers confined to homes, hospital or care facility, as well as to seniors without transportation. “Volunteers need to enjoy working with people, have enthusiasm for books and reading, and be able to work cooperatively and respectfully with seniors and persons with special needs.” Volunteer application form online at More info, contact Ilona at 604-598-7396 or

The Surrey Board of Trade seeks volunteers for three of its advocacy teams (Agriculture Team, Environment Team and Tourism, Arts & Culture Team). Contact or call 604-581-7130.

Surrey Hospice Society, which offers programs and services in hospice, palliative and bereavement care (all offered free of charge), needs volunteers and also donations to support its programs. Volunteers needed for resource centre (reception and general office work), palliative client care at Laurel Place and SMH and thrift store (retail, cashier, stocking, inventory duties). To help, call 604-584-7006, email or visit #1-15243 91st Ave., Surrey.

Surrey Art Gallery Association seeks volunteers for its gift shop at its Bear Creek Park facility. “If you enjoy meeting new people and local artists, being around unique and finely crafted artworks by artists from around the Lower Mainland, this is the place for you.” Contact Joan Owen, 604-531-8118.


Al-Anon: “When you don’t know where to turn because someone drinks too much, Al-Anon family groups can help.” Call 888-425-2666, M-F, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or visit

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program, on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Elim Village – The Oasis, 9008 158th St., Surrey. “A self-management program designed for people who have completed treatment and are living with or have been affected by cancer. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The workshop is facilitated by two trained lay leaders, many who are cancer survivors themselves. Caregivers are also welcome to attend.” Info:

Nar Anon: “If you have a family member or friend struggling with addiction problems, then Nar Anon may be the place for you. We meet on Tuesdays at Bethany-Newton United Church on the corner of 60th and 148th St. in Surrey. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.” Info:

Surrey Multiple Sclerosis support meetings held on the last Wednesday of every month, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church, 9165 160th St., Surrey. Info: Contact Cheryl (, 604-581-3758) or Barb (778-373-0284).

Mental Health Family and Friends Info Night: “Support and information for friends and family of people struggling with mental illness. New members are always welcome,” on first and third Thursday of every month at Shirley Dean Pavilion, 9634 King George Blvd., Surrey (East entrance). For more information, call Katie: 604-585-5666, ext. 772534.

Tao Healing Group (formerly Soul Power) Surrey: “Learn simple but powerful self-healing techniques for any aspect of life, with Certified Healers and Teachers. Receive free healing and blessings.” Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., “Everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is necessary.” By donation, info: 778-379-9920.

Canadian Mental Health Association (Delta) offers an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group for individuals with OCD and/or friends and family, on first Wednesday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., 11715 72nd Ave., North Delta (house). Call 604-943-1878 to register.


Surrey English Language Centre provides free English language classes for new immigrants to Canada with proof of permanent residence, age 17 or older. “We offer full-time and evening LINC classes year-round, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.” To register, call 604-582-7479, email, visit 9801 King George Blvd. (suites #111 and #350), Surrey.

Free “English for the Workplace” classes at PICS in new Project Based Language Training Program (PBLT). “Students will learn and develop soft skills, job search, resume writing, interview skills, networking and much more.” Call 604-596-7722, ext. 138. Free childminding on site.