Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival is back this year to start the holidays with a bash.
The annual festival is free to attend, complete with tons of activities, over 30 live performances, amusement rides, food trucks, and even a Holiday Market full of goodies. Oh, and not to mention the 60-foot Christmas tree that will be lit as the official start to the holiday season!
On Saturday, November 23, the festival is taking place from noon to 8 pm at City Hall Plaza, with the main tree lighting event happening at 6:30 pm.
Watch as Mayor McCallum and Santa Claus flip the switch to light up the giant Whoville-sized evergreen, decked out from top to bottom.
Make sure your smartphone is charged up and ready to catch the action. Getting those likes on social (#SurreyTree) is a bonus, too.
If trees aren’t your thing, you’ll be happy to hear of the festival’s new Instagrammable additions this year. This includes a massive Light Tunnel, Enchanted Forest walk, and interactive light displays in the Holiday Market and Village tent.
Additionally, the festival’s new Candy Cane Dance Tent will host pop-up breakdancing on its LED dancefloor and a 30-minute breakdance battle with live a DJ at 4 pm — something you don’t want to miss! Another highlight is the new North Pole Stage featuring hip-hop and breakdance performances, alongside cultural dance shows throughout the day.
Be sure to check out live music from each of the festival’s seven stages, including Juno award-winner Begonia headlining on the Main Stage. Other notable acts include Fleetwood Mac tribute band Dreams, local alternative rock band Hotel Mira, and indie-pop group Leisure Club.
To get everyone in the holiday spirit and ready for Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, @surreybcevents is hosting a 12 Days of Giveaways Contest, which begins on November 4 through to November 16.
Every day for 12 days (excluding Remembrance Day), they’re giving one gift away per day to their followers. What exactly is being given away is somewhat of a surprise — but all items or activities are valued between $20 and $250.
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It’s easy to get to the event, rain, snow, sleet, or hail. There’s free parking under City Hall for drivers, and there will be plenty of large covered tents and heaters to keep you and yours warm and toasty. Of course, Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival is open to Christmas lovers of all ages.