The annual ADBA Christmas tree lighting will happen Nov. 24.

The annual ADBA Christmas tree lighting will happen Nov. 24.

Tree lighting happens at 5 p.m. Nov. 24

The ADBA event offers free activities for the whole family

The Abbotsford Downtown Business Association (ADBA) is hosting its 24th Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Situated at the corner of Essendene Avenue and West Railway Street, the annual event draws hundreds of people to the historic retail sector of town.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be parading through the downtown core on a classic 1967 fire truck starting at 2 p.m., which is an hour earlier than last year, said Tina Stewart, ADBA spokesperson.

This year’s stage sponsor is Aldergrove Credit Union, and live entertainment will be running on the main stage from 1 to 5 p.m.

Santa will be handing out candy canes, alongside the Royal Canadian Legion and the Salvation Army, which will be giving away hot chocolate and cookies.

Due to the positive response last year to the free-to-make craft booths for kids, the number of spots has expanded to five, said Stewart.

Completing a puzzle walk will put you in the running to win a gift basket of items donated from the downtown merchants valued at approximately $600. You purchase a card for a minimum $2 donation to Matthew’s House at the organization’s booth, then visit eight businesses to get a piece.

You are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or cash to donate to the local food bank. A collection point will be situated across from the Christmas tree, near the heated Investors Group tent.

The tree will be lit up at 5 p.m.