While the spooky season may have just came to its eerie end, the most magical time of the year is nearly upon us.
The largest Christmas store in Western Canada has already opened its doors to customers for the holiday season, offering a wild and unique selection of festive gifts and decorating ideas.
Located in South Surrey, the 28,000-square-foot Potters Nursery garden centre has been transformed into The Christmas Store where customers can find thousands of holiday-related items. The Potters team says they spend the entire year searching the globe for unique merchandise, which makes their selection so diverse. Some of the items include ornaments, designer trees, collectibles, stocking stuffers, food items and much more.
In addition to a wide selection of merchandise, Potters says they have a number of intricate displays, such as the Enchanted Fairy Garden that greets all who enter. Or, you can venture into the 3,000-square-foot Dark Room, illuminated by more than 75 different Christmas-themed canvas paintings and more than 60 different Christmas-themed water lanterns.
Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome
There is also a new Bee Tree (an upside-down tree featuring a giant honeycomb and bee-themed ornaments), as well as the returning Ice Cream Tree (a white tree with a three-foot scoop of “ice cream” at the top, complemented by ornaments in the shape of ice cream cones, donuts, cupcakes and more). Also returning this year is WhoVille, an entire section devoted to Grinch-themed items, including teddy bears, ornaments, mugs and snow globes.
The massive shop also includes an impressive inventory of toys, jigsaw puzzles, games, Coca-Cola collectibles (including ornaments and figures), Christmas stockings (more than 50 styles), and unique items for those hard-to-buy-for adults.
For the foodies in your life, the Gourmet Food area offers thousands of rare and special products, including hot chocolate from Montreal’s Gourmet Village (available in seven different colours and flavours); dessert toppings (including ice cream sauces in tasty flavours such as Banana Bread); locally-made jellies and syrups from Krause Berry Farms and The Preservatory; maple syrup and maple butter from Muskoka Lodge; and for the first time this year, Dr. Henry Whisky BBQ Sauce, created by local Chef Ann Kirsebom in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry (100% of proceeds from every bottle will go to the BC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund).
Photo: The Christmas Store at Potters
"Store management and staff have implemented safe shopping protocols, including reduced occupancy, temperature checks, hand-sanitizing stations placed throughout the store, widened and one-way aisles, check-out lanes with clearly marked distancing lines, and Plexiglas screens at every cashier desk," says Potters.
" All visitors are requested to wear a mask and respect physical-distancing guidelines."
Find out more about Potters, here.
The Christmas Store at Potters is located at 19158 48th Ave. in Surrey. They are open daily through December 24, Saturday to Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.