A Christmas Marketplace takes place Friday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at McMillan Elementary. Th event includes vendors, entertainment, free family photos, a concession, free Santa photos and more. Info 604-504-3042
The Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) holds a pasta night on Friday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost for spaghetti and meatballs with garlic toast is $12. The legion also holds a meat draw every Saturday with entertainment. This week is Hong Kong Cowboy. Info: 604-853-1711
The annual Christmas Market at Straiton Hall (4698 Sumas Mtn. Rd.) is held Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes local artisans, vintage furniture, home decor, handmade gifts and a vintage sleigh photo booth. Admission is $5 (free for kids 12 and under), which includes coffee. Partial proceeds will be donated to the Starfish Pack program.
Novemberfest takes place Saturday, Nov. 18 at Bradner Hall (5305 Bradner Rd.). The event includes a traditional Bavarian buffet, music by the band S-Bahn, a cash bar, contests and prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Wilway Lumber or Davis Meats.
The annual Christmas Fayre takes place Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. The event includes a cookie walk, treasures table, books, and handicrafts. A pancake-and-sausage breakfast runs from 8 to 10 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.
Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts – North Poplar holds the annual Poplar Market on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 32041 Marshall Rd. The event includes vendors, musicians, food and more. Admission is $2.
BUY THE BOOK
Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries hold a book sale at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Books, DVDs, magazines, puzzles and more are available. Info: 604-859-7814
Abbotsford Art Galley ( #2 – 33286 South Fraser Way) opens the Small Works Art Show on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. The show runs until Dec. 10 and features the works of gallery artists Min Ma, Katerina Mertikas, Bonny Roberts, Donna Zhang, Shirley Thomas, Kirsten Sheffield, Mac Grieve and Hong Zhu.
Abbotsford After 5 holds its annual Festive Dinner on Monday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Ricky’s Restaurant (32080 Marshall Rd.), featuring decor and gift ideas from Gail Harrington of Silk Degrees in Mission. Teacher and author Linda Schafran shares her story Fitting In and Finding Myself. Cost is $21. Reservations: Pat at 604-856-7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AT THE MUSEUM
Mennonite Heritage Museum and Judson Lake House Publishers present Christmas at the Museum! The annual Christmas Market runs Nov. 20 to 25 at the museum, 1818 Clearbrook Rd. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day. The market features the work of artists, crafters and more. Admission is $2 general and $1 for seniors/students. Info: mennonitemuseum.org
The Valley Women’s Association meets Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Rd. Cost is $23. Reservations are required on the Friday before the meeting at abbotsfordvalleywomensnetwork.com.
IN THE MARKET
Margaret Stenersen Elementary (3060 Old Clayburn Rd.) holds a Marketplace Night on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come do some holiday shopping with local vendors. Admission is free. Info: 604-316-5136
TOYS FOR TOTS
The Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast takes place Friday, Nov. 24 from 6 to 9:30 a.m. at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre (36035 North Parallel Rd.) to benefit the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau. A free buffet breakfast is provided for those who bring a cash donation or a new toy. Info: abbytoysfortots.com