Christmastime has become overwhelmed with shopping trips, to-do lists, and countless commitments. What happened to peaceful, quiet, family time? Avoid the crowded malls, skip the lengthy line ups to see Santa, and enjoy a family-friendly, interactive, holiday experience at Timberline Country Christmas. The drive out to the Maple Ridge property – along unlit, winding country roads – sets the stage for a simpler, soul-filling, family-focussed holiday activity.
Your adventures start with a wander through community-decorated Christmas trees. Our boys had fun picking their favourite tree and casting their vote. In addition to the trees, have a peak under the wooden door flaps which teach a little bit about the origins of Christmas.
The next stop on your journey is the bakery. Everyone is given a sugar cookie, icing and candy to create a snowman face. Our 5 year old tried to eat his cookie from the top down as he was most eager to gobble off the candy corn nose. He was a gleeful but sticky mess.
Every 15 minutes a covered wagon decorated with Christmas lights takes visitors from the main farm building up to the animal barn. Three fun activities await the kids: pony rides, a petting zoo (with the fluffiest and cleanest farm animals I’ve ever experienced), and a hay bale maze. After the kids have exhausted themselves in the barn, hop on the covered wagon and head back to the main buildings for crafts, story time, ornament-making, and a cafe for snacks. Please note that pony rides are $5 and must be booked in advance.
Without a doubt, the highlight of our kids’ visit was Snowville, aka the snowball throwing room. What a brilliant idea! Timberline Ranch turned one of the rooms in their big lodge into a winter scene. Dozens of white plastic balls are in easy reach and the kids get to throw snowballs until they are exhausted. Snowflakes, plush teddy bears, Christmas wreaths and more make fun holiday-themed targets. Truly our kids would have happily thrown snowballs for hours.
Christmas at Timberline Ranch is a wonderfully simple and magical family experience. The event is designed in a linear style. Your group needs to arrive together and then proceed through the various vignettes. Most visitors take 1.5 – 2 hours to complete the Country Christmas experience. The price is $14 (kids 6+ and adults), $12 (kids 1 – 5), FREE (infants 0-1 years). Pony rides are $5. Admission prices are $2 cheaper on Fridays. You need to make a reservation; you can’t show up without booking ahead. Celebrate Christmas on a farm, it is an experience you won’t soon forget.
Timberline Country Christmas:
When: Fridays – Sundays (November 30 – December 22, 2019)
Time: times vary; you book the specific time you wish to visit
Where: Timberline Ranch
Address: 22351 144th Avenue, Maple Ridge