A Christmas Staycation in South Delta
For some people, the Christmas Season is about jumping into a plane, heading to the hottest beach in the tropics and drinking pina coladas in the sun. That works for some, but for those who will be home for the holidays, there’s plenty to savour and enjoy right here.
If you want to start a brand new Christmas tradition you can start by taking a stroll in old Ladner Village, now festooned with thousands of beautiful white LED lights. You can stroll arm-in-arm with your favourite someone while peering into the beautifully decorated windows at Muddy River Landing, Vinca’s Kitchen, Fancy This Gift and the other mom-and-pop shops along 48th Avenue.
Be sure and stop by Delta Street to see the gloriously decorated Christmas Tree, which like Ladner, is neither too big, too small, but somehow just right for the size.
Ladner Village was made for exploring on foot and with the road construction from this past summer completed, it’s been made very pedestrian-friendly. Grab a coffee at Stir’s and warm yourself as you walk around. Even if you’ve lived in South Delta all your life, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve never noticed.
Be sure to walk on down to Chisholm Street to see if you can catch a glimpse of any of the ships lit up in all their Christmas glory. If you’re really lucky, you might catch the Christmas Carol Ships (due to sail from Westham Island bridge to the Ladner Harbour on Dec. 2 and 3).
Speaking of Westham Island, the iconic house boats at Canoe Pass and Ladner Reach are beautiful at any time of year but they are particularly nice when adorned by Christmas lights reflecting into the waters of the mighty Fraser River.
Tsawwassen is a different animal entirely from Ladner’s quaint little village, but no less interesting a visit. That’s particularly the case because of the geography of the peninsula.
Tiny Tsawwassen has all the modern amenities of boutique shopping and premium java, and yet lies just minutes (or less) from sandy beaches and gorgeous wetlands. And yes, they can be thoroughly enjoyed in the winter.
Wait for a nice day and head on down to 56th Street and 12th Avenue where you can select from a wide variety of warm holiday drinks at Petra’s by L’Aromas or across the street at the Wood ‘N Frog. The Woods Coffee shop at Tsawwassen Springs is also a strong candidate, where you’ll find an outdoor skating rink nearby and a beautiful Christmas tree.
Then walk on over to the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, say hello to Santa Claus (and Mrs. Claus) and have a peek at the little clothing shops and stores there.
While Ladner has an antique charm to it, the pastel-coloured buildings of Tsawwassen offers its own vibe and style and I think you’ll agree it retains all the friendliness you’d expect from a small town.
After you’ve had your fill of window shopping and coffee cupping, head on down to Centennial Beach and let your eyes drink in the beauty of the waves lapping the shore. Dress warmly, however. Just in case!
There’s plenty to explore in South Delta this Christmas. To find specific events and activities near you check out our “Some good things to do” page for December.