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The van Mil’s go Country at the Timberline Country Christmas

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We love all the fun Christmas family events in Vancouver that pop up this time of year. There are some that we do every year without fail, and new ones that we add to our roster each year. This week we checked out the Timberline Country Christmas in Maple Ridge for the first time and I know it will become a family favourite tradition in the years to come!

Timberline Ranch Country Christmas on Life, Love and the Pursuit of Play

From beginning to end there was so much to see and do that kept both our toddler and our 6-year-old entertained!  Everything was well planned and executed in small, staggered groups so it was never over crowded and we could relax and enjoy our experience.

We started off with cookie making which was a big hit for the girls (and Daddy too)! They spread their icing on their cookie Christmas trees and decorated it with red and green smarties – most of which didn’t make it to my toddler’s cookie before she ate them. They then had a little snack to nibble on as we went to the other activities!

Cookie decorating at Timberline Country Christmas

The girls had a ball at the next stop (pun fully intended) throwing “snowballs”, making snowmen crafts and hamming it up in the photo area. There were some neat interactive boards that explored the origins of some of holiday traditions including Santa Claus (with a nod to Sinterklaas – woot!), mistletoe, stockings and more. They also had a separate room where they did a story time every 20 minutes, but my girls heard the call for the wagon ride and were off like a shot! We never did make it back for the story, but it will definitely be on the list for our next visit.

Timberline Country Christmas Collage

The covered wagon ride was one of my favourite parts of our country experience, and I loved the blending of the old and new with the vintage styled covered wagon and the iPad hooked up to speakers playing all our favourite Christmas tunes. Aven especially loved every little bump and bounce, giggling away like a mad woman. The wagon took us over to the barn where the petting zoo and pony rides were. We had booked pony rides ahead of time as they are one of the very few things not included in the admission and I was glad we did. Adri, at almost 6, LOVES ponies and horses and although my youngest was apprehensive at first, she quickly got the hand of it and loved every minute with Penny, her pony. The petting zoo was equally as popular with the goats, sheep, ducks and more, and the girls even tried their hand at a game of horseshoes!

Wagon and Pony Rides at Timberline Ranch

Sadly our time was over when the wagon came to pick us up from the barn and take us back to pick up our crafts and find our car. We got one last treat with a beautiful sunset on our journey back!

Sunset at Timberline Ranch

The Timberline Country Christmas definitely gave us some extra holiday cheer and put a spring in our step, as you can see here……


I would highly recommend checking out the Timberline Country Christmas with the entire family. Be sure to visit their website for a complete list of activities and to reserve your spot! This event only runs until December 21st, and is booking up fast, so don’t wait! I hope we’ll see you there on our next visit!!

All on the table disclaimer: While I was compensated for this post, all opinions are completely honest and totally my own and you know I would never share anything less than superbly stellar with all my fave readers.


  1. Nice way to get Christmas-y in the country. You were in my neighborhood too! I live and work in Silver Ridge or Silver Valley as the map know it.
    Merry Christmas!

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