The North Pole is in… Maple Ridge!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This might be the coolest thing to add to your holiday to-do list this year. The North Pole BC is in Maple Ridge from now until December 24th, before Santa sets out on his journeys.

Call ahead to book a time for you and your family to visit. Children’s names and information are registered ahead of time so that when the meet Santa, he’s in-the-know and ready to wow them! There are all kinds of activities for the kids to do during their visit, besides visiting with the big guy. They will build a toy in Santa’s workshop, train to be an elf in Elf Academy… you can even bring a wrapped gift so that Santa can gift them something they’ve been longing for.

Register for this ASAP as you can imagine how busy it will get closer to Christmas. Allow at least 2 days prior to your visit and Santa will phone your child on the telephone to invite him/her to the North Pole!

I can’t think of a more creative way to get the kids excited about the holidays. I kind of wish I was 5 years old right now. I’ve heard how spectacular this is.

Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Kristi Ferguson is the Founder & Editor of The Pulse. Her company, Double You, offers online communications consulting, project management and event planning. Kristi is a proud mama who loves to explore, shop, laugh & create. She is passionate about promoting all things local. Twitter: @pulseblogonline @MrsKFergie

8 Responses to “The North Pole is in… Maple Ridge!”

  1. Christie says:

    This is so cool!! I wish i was still a kid. I am emailing the link to my sister ASAP so she can take my neice and nephew!!

  2. Diane Bernardin says:

    My family and I went to North Pole, B.C. last year and had such a wonderful time, we told everyone we knew about and declared it our newest yearly tradition. Imagine our dismay upon going this year to discover several very unpleasant changes. Last year, the ‘elves’ took us in small groups, so small in fact that the elves were able to remember each child’s name. This year, there were over 30 people in our group. It was awful. When we asked if we could be split into 2 groups, we were told rather rudely that all the groups were like, and yet we saw at least 2 other groups with only 4 or 6 people in it… we paid the same money, but did not get the same experience because of this. The all-time negative however was when the children were brought to the ‘toy shop’ to help stuff bears. The kids were encouraged to name ‘their’ bear and then put their own names on the bears, after which the parents were informed that they could PURCHASE these bears for their children. I thought for sure I was hearing this wrong. Last year, the bear was much smaller, but the kids were GIVEN the bears. This year, the parents were basically coerced into buying it, with no advance notice I might ad, however even had their been mention of this on the website, what parent could tell his/her child that they could not have the bear they had so diligently worked on. THAT WAS OUTRAGEOUS!!! If you were determined to squeeze out every last $ from every individual, you should have rolled the cost of the bear into the admittance fee. Whoever came up with that marketing strategy should be fired! Needless to say, we’ve already been spreading the word about the changes that have been made, and we won’t be coming back next year and neither will our friends.

  3. J. Wright says:

    As this is all in the spirit of Christmas and is a fairly new event, I feel that changes are to be expected each year. Every business experiences growth. I think it is wonderful that people have created the North Pole to spend time at. What a truly unique experience.

  4. This year we have reduced the group sizes down to 20 and grown significantly by adding 4 large, interactive scenes along with several smaller ones. The teddy bear is still by far our most popular activity but comes at quite a high cost. We are trying to find a way that is optional and comfortable for all (but we always state very clearly what is included and not included)? It’s tricky keeping everyone happy, the alternative is to not have the Teddy Bear stuffing at all but then there are thousands (really) that will be very disappointed with this decision. We sell these bears at a very reduced cost, this year they start at $4.95 which we know is far, F-A-R cheaper than anywhere else! North Pole BC is one of a kind, the options and interaction we give are simply not found anywhere. We are not interested in squeezing every last penny from you, we want North Pole BC to be one of the best valued Christmas activities around!

  5. another mom says:

    In defense to Diane Bernardin the bear stuffing has made it’s way around the school yard. Parents are being warned about the bear stuffing to prepare your kids. I have not been to the north pole and find it too expensive but upon listening to the gossip I may try it next year with caution.

  6. D. Urquhart says:

    Group size way too big for the size of buildings used. We were a fair sized group, 3 adults, a 3 year old, two 2 year olds and a 1 year old. They were bored and we left each workshop and waited outside so we didn’t disrupt the rest of the groups experience. I did not have to pay for the 1 year old but was told she would not receive all the extra goodies because the cost of these add up, but she would receive a smaller cookie at the gingerbread bakery. There were NO extra goodies except a cookie!!! I did purchase gifts for Santa to give to the kids, I also filled in my 10 words online so that it seemed that Santa “knew” our kids. Our experience with Santa was less than 5 minutes for all 4 kids, not personalized except he said their names, but they were written on the gifts. In Santa’s defense, the one year old was afraid of him and was crying, loudly! Not worth the $ 210 our group spent. Won’t be going back, next year back to Grouse Mountain, much more magical!!!!

  7. Vivian says:

    I am shocked that you would publish a comment made by someone who has not even visited the business, but has the nerve to write a review!? (another mom) My large family also went to North Pole BC this year, and had a wonderful experience. We looked at our options of holiday outings, and found this one, one that we could all afford. There are many things we can not afford to do with our family (like trips to Hawaii, hockey games, snowboarding). We just deal with it, and do what we can. Why criticize things just because you can’t afford them?? We had a great night at the North Pole. The cabins were so well done, both in decoration and activity, the lights were beautiful, Mrs. Claus was an absolute hit, and Santa was the star of the show. We initailly did not choose to buy the bears, but after having so much fun stuffing the extra large ones in the toy factory, we went back and bought small ones for the kids to make and keep. (they named them after the elves!) My kids didn’t want to leave! We will be going back for sure. Basically it was the same price as going to a movie with the family – but a lot more memories were made. It’s a lot closer than Grouse – a lot cheaper too! ( I don’t believe $43.00 per adult for breakfast with Santa at Grouse to be good value!) Merry Christmas.

  8. Jessica Brand says:

    So glad the North Pole is going to be at Tradex in MY backyard this year! (2014) We went last year in North Van, and it was incredible! This year, the Blogger reviews I’ve seen are amazing. Really looking forward to something different, and WARM!

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