Santa and Mrs. Claus will again make an appearance at this year’s Winter Jubilee taking place in historic Abbotsford on Saturday, Nov. 23. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Santa and Mrs. Claus will again make an appearance at this year’s Winter Jubilee taking place in historic Abbotsford on Saturday, Nov. 23. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Winter Jubilee includes tree lighting, ice rink and fireworks

Annual event in historic downtown Abbotsford on Saturday, Nov. 23

The Downtown Abbotsford Business Association presents the 30th annual Winter Jubilee on Saturday, Nov. 23, including the official Christmas tree lighting.

The free event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. in the area of Essendene and Montrose avenues, which will be closed to traffic for the evening.

Activities include 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.

This year’s event also includes a skating rink, which is twice as big as last year’s. Ice skates will be available on site.

There will also be a live ice sculpture, a cookie decorating contest, a full-site liquor licence, and a Winter Wonderland-themed lounge.

The official tree lighting takes place at 6 p.m. with Mayor Henry Braun and the Clauses. The tree has been a part of the downtown since 1947, growing to its massive size and marking the west entrance to the area.

The fireworks display is slated to begin at 8:45 p.m.

Free-parking lots are located within walking distance at Montrose and Pine Street, West Railway Street, the MCC Plaza on Gladys Avenue, and the old CIBC parking lot at McDougall and McCallum.

Visit “Downtown Abbotsford” on Facebook for more information.

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