Celtic band 1066 is just one of the many performers who will return for the annual Christmas at the Clarke event.

Holiday tradition returns to Mission

T he 16th annual Christmas At The Clarke event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

The 16th annual Christmas At The Clarke event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Clarke Theatre in Mission.

Appearing at the show are some of the best entertainers and groups from the Fraser Valley and beyond and there will be something for almost everybody’s tastes.

Coming back after several years absence is Rob Hess, performing all-time Christmas favorites. He will be joined by the group 1066, who will be entertaining the audience with their Celtic tunes that get the audience clapping and tapping along with the music.

The local duo Boilies Goat will also perform, playing the type of blues and light rock that makes them crowd favourites wherever they play.

The eight-piece band Horizon will have the audience on their feet, closing the show with blues, rock and roll, gospel and jazz.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be a silent auction where items generously donated by businesses and individuals from around the valley will be sold to the highest bidder. There is also a raffle, offering a television, a bike and an e-reader as prizes.

Sponsored by Black Press, Prospera Credit Union, Fraser Valley Building Supplies, Country 107.1, Star 98.3, VanCity, Envision and Aldergrove credit unions since it began in 2000, the benefit concert has raised well over $200,000 to support two worthwhile community organizations: the Christmas Bureau, and the shelter programs operated by the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley, which provide assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Tickets are $18 for adults. $15 for seniors and students and $10 for children 12 and under. Every cent goes directly to the two organizations.

Tickets are available in Mission at London Drugs, Rex Cox Men’s Wear, Shoppers Drug Mart, your local credit unions and Fraser Valley Building Supplies, and in Abbotsford at the House of James. For more information or for group tickets call the show’s founder and producer, John Agnew at 604-826-4903 or the Clarke Foundation Theatre at 604-820-3961.