Christmas tree lighting celebration in downtown Abbotsford Sunday

Christmas tree lighting celebration in downtown Abbotsford Sunday

Kelsey KLASSEN

Contributor

Throughout the 22-year history of the lighting of the Christmas tree in Abbotsford, the lights could have been more impressive, according to Tina Stewart, executive director of the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association.

Prepare to be impressed this year.

“People will be shocked with the new lighting system.”

At an investment of $15,000, Stewart was quick to point out who is footing the bill.

“People always think it’s the city that puts this on,” says Stewart, “but the whole event is compliments of the historic downtown merchants.

“In the last eight to nine years … we’ve worked on the older buildings, prettying them up to make it a shopping destination.

“Now people can grab a cup of coffee and walk around. There are so many boutiques and treasures here, all these great shops with things you’d never find in a mall.”

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. with young musicians from the Sound of Music school on the main stage, followed by Aerial the Elephant, from Aerial Dance Academy. Brook Harris and select singers from Darcy D Vocal Studio will then lead into a performance by Dynamic Dance.

At 3 p.m., Santa will arrive on a 1963 fire truck, accompanied by members of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service, the Abbotsford Police Department and the Silver Fox Air Cadet band.

Mayor-elect Bruce Banman will be on hand to join in a Christmas carol sing-along with A & D Music School from 3:40 p.m. until just before the main attraction. Shortly before 5 p.m., a countdown will herald the lighting of the 80-foot tree.

In addition to free hot chocolate and cookies, a variety of food vendors, make-and-take crafts for children waiting in line to see Santa, and Christmas-themed booths, Stewart promises a number of surprises.

The Christmas tree lighting will take place at the intersection of Essendene Avenue and West Railway Street, Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1-5 p.m.

Just Posted

Alexis Paige Simpson has not been in contact with her family in two months. (RCMP photo)
Chilliwack RCMP looking for missing 20-year-old woman

Police say Alexis Paige Simpson has not been in contact with her family in two months

(Maps.Chilliwack.com)
RCMP seek dash-cam footage after Chilliwack road rage incident

Male driving a black pickup stopped and allegedly threatened to punch another driver

Deepak Sharma of Abbotsford has been convicted of the sexual assault of one of his cab passengers in West Vancouver in January 2019.
Former Abbotsford Hindu temple president convicted of sexual assault

Deepak Sharma assaulted a female passenger when he was a cab driver

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Agassiz toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Woody’s RV World hosts a grand opening for its brand-new Abbotsford location on Saturday. (YouTube)
Woody’s RV World hosts Abbotsford grand opening on Saturday

First-ever B.C. location for successful RV chain, located on Marshall Road

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read