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Christmas Events
Indoor Train Rides     Train Rides for Charity     Indoor Light Display    
Holiday Photo Ops     Family Fun Days     Owl Visits     Movie Nights    
Musical Entertainment     Grinch Visits     Santa Visits     More to Come!    

2015 Events
Chilliwack Home, Leisure & Outdoor Living Expo     Abbotsford Home & Garden Expo    
Bloomer Bus to NorthWest Flower and Garden Show     Enchanted Afternoon    

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All events are held at Minter Country Garden Store 10015 Young Road, Chilliwack BC.
See this page for opening hours and directions

A Christmas to remember
at Minter Country Garden Store

This year we've gone all out! Join us for seminars, shopping, train rides, photos and more! We're always adding new activities so check this page often for updates to our Christmas schedule.

Don't forget to visit our Store Christmas Page to get inspiration for your home, your garden and your self.

See this page for current store hours, including extended hours during the Christmas Season

All Season Long: December 1 - 24

During Store Hours

Holiday Photo Op Area Bring the little ones (or former little ones) to our Christmas Photo-Op area and take as many of your own photos that you want!


Evening Indoor Light Display

December 11 - 23, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Bring your friends and family and enjoy our annual indoor Christmas light display. While you're here, enjoy some refreshments from our Popcorn bar!
Our Callicarpa Café will also be open late for snacks and warm beverages.
Christmas Clue Search Kids... Ask for a sheet from one of our cashiers, search high and low for everything on the list and win a prize!

Christmas Train Rides

December 11-24

We have moved the train indoors and out of the rain, snow and wind and into our twinkle light paradise! Cost is $4.00 per person per ride, including tax. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available from all cashiers so you can purchase in advance! Schedule:


Weeknights (Mon-Fri): 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Weekends (Sat-Sun): 12:00pm - 7:30pm
December 24: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Are you a school, preschool or daycare? Call Jo Ann at 604.792.3799 for group rates.

Train Rides for Charity

December 16, 17 & 18, 5:00 - 7:30pm

Part proceeds of our train ride tickets will go to the following charities:
Chilliwack Hospice, Chilliwack Community Services and the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Don't miss Chilliwack Hospice Choir performing at 7:00pm on December 18!

Family Fun Days

December 13, 14, 20 & 21

Fun for the whole family, young and older! The train is running from 12-7:30pm each day, the owls will be here, our Christmas Clue Search is on all day, plus our Photo Op area will be set up for that perfect candid shot. While you're here, don't miss:


11:00am - 3:00pm Owl Visits - see below for details!

12:00pm - 7:30pm Indoor Train Rides

12:00pm - 7:30pm: Christmas Clue Search Pick up an activity sheet at the front cashier and search through the store for clues. Return your completed sheet to the front cashier and receive a prize!

1:00pm (sharp!) Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt Meet at the Info Center at 1:00pm sharp to hunt for candy canes!

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Story Time With Mrs. Claus Spend some quality time with Mrs. Claus as she reads holiday stories to the little ones.

5:30pm - 7:30pm: Visits with Santa Santa will be visiting with guests during the evening. Don't forget your camera!


Yes, there's more! A specialty hot dog cart will be in the parking area over lunch time each day, and 'Just Inked' temporary tatoos will be in the Tropical area in the evenings! 'Just Inked' is also in attendance Dec. 12, 18 & 19.

Owl Visits

December 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 11-3pm

The folks of Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey are bringing some of these magnificent creatures in the two weekends in December before Christmas! Come and learn about their habits, habitats and how you can help them out, and be sure to pose for a picture near them too!

For those who have never seen a raptor or owl before this is a fantastic opportunity to see them 'up close'. Be sure to bring the kids! There is no charge for Owl Visits. Want to see more? See their incredible video on our YouTube Page: They're Coming!

Movie Nights

Fridays, December 12 & 19, 5:30 - 8:00pm

Pull up a chair and enjoy a classic Christmas film on Fridays! 'It's a Wonderful Life' will be playing on Dec. 12 and 'White Christmas' will be playing on Dec. 19.

Musical Entertainment

Sunday, December 21

3:15pm enjoy a performance by the Cascadia Wind Ensemble and at 5:30pm get your toes tapping with Sweetwater!


Tuesday, December 23

Sweetwater performs again from 5:30-8pm!

Mr. GrinchTM Makes Merry

December 22 & 23 6:00pm - 8:00pm

He's back! The Grinch is on the move and will be at our garden center on two very special nights. From the Classic Dr. Seuss tale, Mr. Grinchâ„¢ will be visiting kids of all ages and stopping for photos!

Santa Visits

December 13, 14, 20, 21 & 23, 5:30 - 7:30pm

His Jolly self will be here making sure everyone gets on the 'nice' list!

But wait... there's more!

We're always adding new things to do! Check this page often for updates.

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2015 EVENTS


Enchanted Afternoon Winter Fairy & Gnome Party

January 3, 2015 at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Register now for a Winter Fairy & Gnome Party! Young ladies and gents who have a little magic in their hearts will learn how a Fairy & Gnome Garden is made, create their own Pixie Dust Primula and finish up with an Enchanted Tea Party. Ideal for kids aged 4-10.

We will have three parties, one at 1pm, one at 2pm and one at 3pm. Each party will last approximately 1 hour. Cost is $10 plus GST. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 604.792.6612 to sign up or visit us in-store.

Please note that payment is required to secure your place. NOTE:If parents want to come to the tea, cost will be $5.00 plus GST, which can be paid upon arrival.

Chilliwack Home, Leisure & Outdoor Living Expo

January 23, 24 & 25, 2015 at Heritage Park

Save the dates - Brian will be speaking at the 2015 Chilliwack Home, Leisure & Outdoor Livng Expo all 3 days January 23, 24 & 25, 2015. Stay tuned for more information

Abbotsford Home & Garden Expo

February 6, 7 & 8, 2015 at Abbotsford Tradex

Save the dates - Brian will be speaking at the 2015 Home & Garden Expo in Abbotsford all 3 days - February 6, 7 & 8! Stay tuned for more information.

Bloomer Bus to NorthWest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:30am-9:30pm $80 per person

Once again, we are organizing a bus trip south of the line to visit the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Washington! The bus will leave Country Garden at 7:30am and should be back in Chilliwack by approximately 9:30pm. Passengers must have a current passport, travel medical insurance and be prepared to disembark and reload the bus at the border. Onboard entertainment will be provided by Brian Minter, who will be hosting the tour! Brian will also be speaking at the show at 1:45pm in the Hood Room.

Tickets are $80 per person and include transportation and admission to the show.

Click here for the complete information sheet. Tickets must be purchased in advance, in-store.

For more information about the show, see the NWFGS Website.

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PAST CHRISTMAS EVENTS


Elf Academy

December 6 & 7, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Sign up the little ones for a craft making session worthy of Santa's approval! Kids will make a special lantern, pinecone bird feeder and potting up a fragrant paperwhite narcissus. Ideal for kids 3-10 years of age. Please note there is a $6.00(plus GST) cost for materials. Call 604.792.6612 to register.

SPCA Pet Photos

Saturday, November 29, 10:00am-4:00pm

We are once again hosting Pet Photos with Santa to raise money for the Chilliwack SPCA. Photos are by donation (Minimum $10 donation please). Bring your furry friends to Country Garden on November 30 with Santa! All funds raised from this event will benefit the animals rescued and cared for by the BC SPCA Chilliwack Branch.

Pet food donations are respectfully declined, but if you would like to bring SPCA animals something special, new toys are appreciated.

** Note that there is a minimum donation of $20.00 to receive a tax receipt.

Cookies Aren't Just for Santa!

Saturday, November, 29 & Sunday, November 30, 2014
2am - 4pm

Sip and nibble your way into the holiday spirit this weekend! Customers are invited to enjoy a complimentary cup of apple cider and shortbread cookie while they shop, 2-4pm this Saturday and Sunday only.

Deck the Halls... and Doors, Deck, Mantel etc.

December 6 & 7, 2-4pm each day

Everything you need for your Pintrest Project!

Join our design experts a they demonstrate how to make great porch pots, arrangements, wreaths, door and mantel pieces and other décor around the home! This is an ongoing demonstration so come by to watch and ask questions, then head over to our DIY section to purchase the ingredients you need to create your own masterpiece!


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