December heralds the arrival of the holiday season, bringing with it the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and preparation. It’s great to add merriment to the mix by enjoying some stress-relieving winter activities too! But where to begin? We’ve made it easy by compiling this holiday gift guide with suggestions for fantastic local shopping and safe, socially-distanced winter activities the whole family can enjoy.
Lift the spirits of your community retailers by shopping locally this holiday season. The Harrison River Valley is home to a fabulous variety of shops and services that will help you wow everyone on your holiday shopping list. Watch for local Agassiz shops to host pop-up promotions on Fridays and Saturdays between December 4-19. An added bonus to holiday shopping here: you’ll enjoy the holiday lights you see along Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz and Esplanade Avenue in Harrison!
Gift cards to local businesses. See which businesses are participating in Support Local BC or ask your favourite shop if they offer gift cards (many do)!
Chocolate covered espresso beans from The Back Porch for the coffee connoisseurs on your list.
Bath bombs, bath salts, candles or tea from Harrison Lavender.
For the Kids
Blue Dandelion Gifts
Blue Dandelion boasts a huge selection of games, toys, puzzles and books for kids of all ages.
The Garden House
The Garden House offers a marvelous array of locally sourced clothing, decor, and toys for toddlers and babies.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Adorable Christmas-themed chocolates or candy apples will delight the kids.
Sasquatch Mountain Resort
Lift tickets for family fun on the slopes!
For the Foodie
The Back Porch roasts several different blends of rich organic coffee. The Rustic Rooster is a dark and delicious blend perfect for sipping on Christmas morning.
Farmhouse Natural Cheeses: create a beautiful holiday charcuterie board as part of your Christmas eats, or order a custom gift basket.
The wine connoisseur in your life will love locally sourced wine and spirits from the abundant Fraser Valley. A sure-fire favourite: the Whispering Horse Wild Series.
Check out Santa’s Workshop at The Garden House! Browse their charming, locally made holiday décor, ornaments, wreath kits, and Christmas Trees!
Casa Lifestyles has a huge selection of beautiful seasonal décor and ornaments.
Canwest Art Gallery on the Lake features local artists like Richard Brodeur and Robert Andrews. Shop for unique items like paintings, pottery, sculptures, and stained glass.
Hand-woven baskets and hand-crafted pottery by Lynda at The Back Porch.
Health and Wellness
Essential Oils, bath and body products from Blue Dandelion Gifts.
Candles, bath and body products, and lavender tea from Harrison Lavender.
Golfing is available year-round in the Harrison River Valley. Find something special at the Pro Shop at the Sandpiper Resort.
Photo: Mia Gołębiowska
Memorable family traditions are created by taking part in fun winter activities and experiencing the wonder and glow of sparkling Christmas lights.
Top 5 Winter Activities in the Harrison River Valley
1. Winter Night Lights, Pioneer Park, Agassiz, December 1-28
2. The Old Settler Pub and Liquor Store
3. The Sandpiper Resort
4. Esplanade Avenue, including Muddy Waters Café
5. Agassiz Harrison Museum
Top 5 Locations to View Christmas Lights in the Harrison River Valley
1. Sasquatch Mountain Resort for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing.
2. Victorian Christmas at the Agassiz Harrison Museum, December 3 - January 9.
3. Viewing Holiday Lights in the Harrison River Valley: see our top five picks above.
4. Grabbing your favourite holiday beverage, from eggnog lattés to hot toddies.
5. Mask-erade Christmas Dinner: a four-course dinner at the Lakeside Café.
Happy Holidays from Tourism Harrison! We hope you have a wonderful time with loved ones and stay safe. Show us your holiday celebrations by tagging your photos with #justuptheroad.