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‘Tis the Season for Tree Lighting Festivals


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It’s still technically November, but some of us are already feeling pretty inspired by the upcoming holiday season! Celebration time is upon us, with Surrey and other areas kicking things off with Tree Lighting events that are sure to light up your social calendar. (If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could try to go to them all!)

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

The festivities start Saturday, Nov. 24 as Surrey’s Mayor, Diane Watts, and Council join Frosty and Santa to switch on the City’s official Christmas tree in Central City Plaza. The fun begins at noon and runs until 8 pm.

In addition to road hockey, sleigh rides and kids’ activities, this year’s headline musician is Dragonette, the electropop band behind the massive hit “Hello”. They will be joined by Dear Rouge. This Pop/Rock duo out of Vancouver was the Peak Performance Project Top 20 Finalist, and created the single “Heads Up! Watch Out!”.

Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration

Vancouver Christmas tree 2010
Photo Credit: Herbert Figuiere, Flickr

A 50-foot Christmas Tree, the Vancouver Children’s Choir, soloists, and Santa Claus. Sounds like we’ve got all the ingredients we need to announce the holiday season in style with the Vancouver Tree Lighting on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Jack Poole Plaza from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Need one more reason to show up? How about giving back? This year’s event is collecting donations for the following charities:

  • Rock 101 Cares
  • The Empty Stocking Fund
  • BC Lions – Courage for the Kids
  • The Vancouver Whitecaps – Whitecaps Foundation
  • B.C. Children’s Hospital
  • Lasting M.A.G.I.C.
  • Canada Company

Celebrate Christmas Heritage at Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

Photo Credit: Pomo Mama, Flickr

Burnaby Village Museum is always a cool place to visit, where you can step back into an era of pioneers, horses and B.C. heritage. From Nov. 24 to Jan. 4 (Closed Christmas day), they’ve got something really special:

Enjoy the boughs, red bows and all the other old-fashioned ornaments and decorations throughout the village and farmhouse. The season features traditional entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits from the early 1900s. The craft is popular with children as is a chat with Father Christmas. Complete each visit with a whirl on the C.W. Parker Carousel.

What are your favorite holiday season activities for locals and tourists around Surrey and the Vancouver area? Tell us your tips!