Holiday tree lighting festival offers unique date ideas and family fun

Nov 20 2020, 6:15 pm

The Christmas season is a joyous time to explore the various winter wonderlands across the city. Hot chocolate stations, Christmas tree lightings, and kids entertainment have long been just a few of the things to look forward to every December.

These aspects of our favourite season might look different this year, but we can still enjoy them — albeit in new, creative ways.

There’s still a way this year for everyone to feel the holiday spirit, even if it’s from your home. The Virtual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival will be bringing the Christmas cheer directly to you this year on Saturday, November 21. 

The event will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube Live and is completely free of charge. This is the 10th year anniversary for the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, and luckily, it can still play a part in your family holiday traditions.

The City of Surrey understands that for so many of us, we just want things to be normal. This exciting event offers a fun variety of programming no matter who’s watching.

First and foremost, the Virtual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival will be the positive, family-oriented experience it’s every year. It’ll also be hosted by non other than Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will introduce the various arts and crafts activities, holiday games, and light entertainment that kids and the whole family can enjoy together. 

The festival isn’t only for kids, though. The fun programming will lift the spirits of anyone watching. The tree lighting is an inclusive event suitable for all ages. In the times of social distancing, the virtual festival is a unique and uplifting way to spend a Saturday night.

The festival allows viewers to spend more time with others in their bubble, turn on the live stream and play charades or board games, heat up some homemade mulled wine, or indulge in watching the tree lighting ceremony. 

The virtual festival includes performances from talented artists, dancers, bands, choirs, and more. There will also be delicious displays of holiday baking and hilarious comedy sketches that adults can laugh along with, too.

What’s more, the festival is hosting two grand prize contests, plus 12 Days of Giveaways following the live stream on their social media pages — giving you a chance to get a little competitive with one another and maybe even win a prize.

The pandemic has made it incredibly difficult for couples to come up with date ideas. Don’t just watch another movie and don’t start that second season of the show you’ve already seen six times. The Virtual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is a great option for a cute and unique date night.

Drink hot chocolate together and cook a favourite meal before lighting some candles as the organizers light the tree. Doing something new goes a long way, and nothing says romance like helping to flatten the curve.

To find out more about this year’s Virtual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, visit the event’s website.

Virtual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

When: Saturday, November 21
Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
Where: Facebook Live and YouTube Live

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