The annual Winter Jubilee returns this Saturday in the area of Essendene and Montrose avenues, featuring the lighting of the Christmas tree, live entertainment, craft beer, fireworks and more. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Annual Winter Jubilee includes fireworks and tree lighting

Event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1 in downtown Abbotsford

The Downtown Abbotsford Business Association presents the 29th annual Winter Jubilee on Saturday, Dec. 1, including the official Christmas tree lighting.

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

Activities include live entertainment, local craft beer, children’s activities, pictures with Santa, local vendors, carollers, food trucks, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

RELATED: More than 6,000 attend 2017 Winter Jubilee

Guests are also invited to bring their ice skates to test out the synthetic ice area near the illuminated tree.

Attendees will be able to browse the local shops, eateries and outdoor vendors, while reveling in the many sights, sounds and flavours of the season.

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 this area.

The fireworks display is slated to begin at 8:30 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 instagram.com/downtownabbotsford for more.

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