Thousands took to Downtown Abbotsford for the 30th annual Winter Festival on Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Thousands took to Downtown Abbotsford for the 30th annual Winter Festival on Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

SLIDESHOW: Downtown Abbotsford Winter Jubilee welcomes the holiday season

Thousands of locals take in 30th annual event on Saturday

Downtown Abbotsford was a hub of activity on Saturday, as the 30th annual Winter Jubilee took over the area.

The free event ran from 5 to 9 p.m. and also included the official Christmas tree lighting.

Other activities included roving and stage entertainment, children’s activities, a vendor marketplace, carollers, food trucks, pictures with The Grinch, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Skating, live ice sculpture, a cookie decorating contest, a full-site liquor licence, and a Winter Wonderland-themed lounge also were some of the attractions.

Slideshow by: John Morrow/Abbotsford News