by Catherine Dunwoody
Imagine 28,000 square feet of Christmas entertaining ideas, delectable gift shopping, and décor all under one roof. The Christmas Store at Potters Nurseries in South Surrey is open now until Christmas Eve, and you have never seen a thing like it.
The foodie on your list will love the thought you put into creating your own culinary gift basket, delicious hostess gift, or stocking stuffers for them. Think hot chocolate packs, dips, soups, crackers, sauces, jellies, British biscuits, and preserves from local wineries. Bacon candy canes? Why not. Ornaments with a food theme? How do a burger and fries grab you? And nutcrackers? Imagine an entire section dedicated to a jaw-dropping display and variety of options that make fabulous gifts.
The Gourmet Food area offers thousands of products you won’t easily find elsewhere, including popcorn in at least 10 fun flavours, a staggering 30 flavours of hot chocolate and hot chocolate toppings, jams and sauces. And new this year are speciality product lines from Cranberries Naturally in Fort Langley, farm-direct BC honey, and classic Scottish mince tarts.
For the foodies, the Gourmet Food area offers thousands of products you won’t easily find elsewhere, including multiple flavours of popcorn, hot chocolate, jams and sauces (including irresistible ice cream sauces like Butter Tart Caramel). New specialty product lines include Cranberries Naturally from Fort Langley, farm-direct B.C. honey, and classic mince tarts from Scotland. And Saturdays and Sundays they have food demos, so you can taste before you try.
Décor inspiration and gift ideas run the gamut here too, from a frosty winter white palette to traditional red and green, or geared to the gardener, the pet lover and well, just name it. This year, they’ve added WhoVille, with a wide variety of all things Grinch including teddy bears, ornaments, mugs and snow globes. And don’t miss the “Sweet Tree” – an upside-down tree with a scoop of “ice cream” on top, covered by ornaments of your favourite sweet treats.
Grinch wouldn’t stand a chance here. This Christmas happy place is a force to be reckoned with.
Open daily through December 24
Mon – Wed: 9am – 6pm
Thu – Fri: 9am – 7pm
Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: 9am – 5:30pm