All aboard! The train will be running again this year for the 12 days before Christmas! Tickets are $5 per person (tax included) and children aged three and under are free. Tickets can be purchased from our main cashier as you enter the store, then follow the ‘train tracks’ to the station! The Minter Gardening Christmas theme celebrates Canada in this year’s display, so bring your holiday spirit eh!?
December 12-15 5pm-7:30pm
December 16-17 12-7:30pm
December 18-19 5-7:30pm
December 20-22 4-7:30pm
December 23 12-7:30pm
December 24 12-3pm
Please note, on busy evenings ticket sales will close early due to customer volume. The busiest evenings are always Dec. 22 and 23, where expected wait time is approximately one hour or more, so we strongly encourage visitors to come on an earlier evening if they can. Pets are not permitted on the train. For safety reasons, children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Train rides are on a first come, first ride basis; there are no reservations. Thank you for your understanding!
One of the most frequent questions asked about the Minter Garden Christmas is when Santa will be on location, so here’s a quick summary:
Dec. 12, 5-7pm Circulating with Mrs. Claus too!
Dec. 15, 5-7pm Circulating with Mrs. Claus too!
Dec. 16, 5-7pm Circulating with Mrs. Claus too!
Dec. 17, 5-7pm Circulating with Mrs. Claus too!
Dec. 22, 4-8pm Near the Train Station
Dec. 23, 4-8pm Near the Train Station
Minter Gardening Christmas welcomes the following individuals and groups to the garden center this holiday season! There is no charge to enjoy any of these wonderful performances (most take place by the Train Station).
Dec. 9 & 10, 2pm: Chilliwack Harmony Chorus Choir They are ‘Barbershop’ at its best! This popular community choir will be here to get you in the spirit of the season!
Dec. 12, 5-7pm: Jeff Bowman Jeff is a gifted local musician and music teacher and he’s here to help us officially open the train!
Dec. 13, 5:30-7pm Chilliwack Senior Secondary Christmas Band
Cheer on these dedicated students as they play their hearts out for the season!
Dec. 15, 6-7pm Good News Choir Hear yuletide carols being sung by an awesome local choir!
Dec. 16, 5-7pm The Maybelles Come and hear these wonderfully talented local ladies, known for their 60s style, as they sing the classics!
Dec. 17, 5:30-7pm Cascadia Wind Ensemble This incredible concert band returns to perform holiday favourites and more. They will blow you away!
Dec. 22 & 23, 5:30-7:30pm: Sweetwater Bill and Marie are back for the final two nights of the train ride. Guaranteed to get your toes tapping!
December 16 & 17, 11am-8pm
We’re pleased to offer a number of activities throughout the day for you to enjoy! Come and see…
Live Owls & Raptors, 11am-3pm, with a Guided Nature Walk at 1pm (details below)
Christmas Clue Search, 11am-8pm Ask for a search form from the main cashiers, look high and low for all the answers and receive a prize when you’re done.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus, 2pm Bring the little ones in to hear holiday stories told by dear, sweet Mrs. Claus. Located in the Tropical House.
Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus 5-7pm Say hello to the jolly couple as they circulate through the store. Be sure to bring your camera!
And of course visit their garden store where you will find something unique for everyone in the family!