This year, Sir Winston Churchill Square will become a winter wonderland yet again, with the Downtown Business Association’s annual tree lighting ceremony taking place this Thursday.
On November 14, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, head down with family and friends to watch the magic unfold as the 75-foot white spruce tree is lit up with 8,000 LED lights at the Downtown Holiday Light Up.
The free, family-friendly event will include a celebratory countdown, carollers, free hot beverages, cookies, roasted chestnuts, bannock, and maple taffy on snow.
“Downtown Edmonton’s city lights are always bright and welcoming throughout the year, but never as much as during the holidays,” says Ian O’Donnell, executive director of the Downtown Business Association in a release.
“This annual event is always a memorable holiday experience for everyone to share.”
This year’s celebration will continue the tradition of giving back.
The DBA will also be collecting new toys for donation at the event, which attendees can drop off in donation boxes located at the square’s entrances.
The tree will be lit at 6 pm and stay on through the holiday season until January 8.
After the lighting of the tree (with 8,000 LED lights), a choir will lead the crowd to the Citadel Theatre for the lighting of the pavilion.