The City of Surrey is inviting people to kick off the holiday season at the eighth annual tree lighting festival on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the Civic Plaza.
No ordinary Christmas tree, this impressive nearly 18-metre tall specimen is adorned with giant decorations and a star topper, and is scheduled to be lit up on at 6:30 p.m., broadcast live on CTV Vancouver.
Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the free event starts at noon and features a holiday marketplace, photos with Santa, cookie decorating and other family friendly activities like road hockey, soccer, inflatables and amusement rides.
“We are so pleased to once again partner with the City of Surrey to present the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, a great event that brings families and the community together to kick off the holiday season,” said Maureen Young, community leadership director at Coast Capital Savings. “Coast Capital Savings is excited to support this holiday tradition that aligns so well with our commitment to build a richer future for youth in our communities.
Visitors can also look forward to live entertainment and musical performances — headliner urban gospel and R&B singer Warren Dean Flandez will be joined on the main stage by a 10-piece choir. Other performers include soul singer Dawn Pemberton, children’s songwriter Jessie Farrell and indie soul-pop band Lovecoast.
Guests are welcome to bring a donation to Surrey Food Bank, the Surrey Christmas Bureau, Sophie’s Place and the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society. The top eight most-needed food items are canned protein, fruit, an vegetables, meal in a tin, whole grain rice, pasta and sauce, canned soup and baby formula.
For more information about the festival, visit www.surrey.ca/treelighting.