Santa Claus welcomed visitors to the Winter Jubilee and Tree Lighting event on Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Santa Claus welcomed visitors to the Winter Jubilee and Tree Lighting event on Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

SLIDESHOW: Winter Jubilee and Tree Lighting

Thousands invade Downtown Abbotsford on Saturday night

Historic Downtown Abbotsford drew thousands to take in the unofficial opening of the holiday season.

The annual Winter Jubilee and Tree Lighting lit up the area on Saturday, with food trucks, vendor booths, an artificial skating rink, stage entertainment and activity centres for children.

A fireworks display also entertained attendees at 8:30 p.m.

Slideshow by: John Morrow/Abbotsford News