Surrey, BC –More than 15,000 people were in attendance on Saturday alongside Santa, the Mayor and special guests to help light the 55 foot tree at Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival at Central City Plaza. The City’s free family event was presented by Coast Capital Savings showcasing a wide variety of holiday activities and 30 performances on four different stages.
“The tree lighting ceremony is a kick-off to the Christmas season,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “It is a time for families and friends to come together and share in the magic of the holidays.”
The crowd got into the holiday mood and enjoyed high energy performances by Victoria Duffield, Sway: A Tribute to Michael Buble, Good for Grapes, Dr. Strangelove, the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir, PraiseTEAM and renowned children’s entertainer, Norman Foote. Carollers, visits from Santa and ballet performances from Lavrova Dance added to the fun.
Besides enjoying the holiday fun, the event accepted food and cash donations for the Surrey Food Bank and fund raised for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
“Our thanks to all the Elves who work so hard to ensure that this event is such a success,” remarked Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism Committee. “We simply couldn’t put on an event of this magnitude without the assistance of community partners such as Coast Capital Savings, Central City Mall, Blackwood, BC Hydro and Progressive Waste.”
“The Tree Lighting Festival has become a much-loved Surrey tradition and one that we always look forward to supporting,” said Wendy Lachance, Director, Community Leadership, Coast Capital Savings. “With a promise to help build a richer future for youth, Coast Capital regularly partners with the City of Surrey to bring the city together for positive family-minded celebrations that contribute to a strong inclusive community. This fantastic festival does just this, while also showcasing the beauty and vibrancy of Surrey.”