Five enchanting tree-lighting events to see in Metro Vancouver

All the tree-lighting events offer magical photo opportunities and live entertainment, that’ll have you feeling merry in no time. If you want to see the biggest Christmas tree, you’ll find it in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The giant 76-foot-tall coniferous will start to twinkle on Friday, Nov. 29 at Robson Square, adding festive cheer to the city.

Here’s a round-up of five Christmas tree-lighting events happening this month.

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Edmonds Festival of Lights

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Burnaby will come alive with festive cheer next week when the city’s official Christmas tree is lit up for the holiday season. Photo City of Burnaby

Burnaby will come alive with festive cheer next week when the city’s official Christmas tree is lit up for the holiday season.

The community is invited to watch the magic happen Saturday Nov. 23 at the Edmonds Community Centre Festival of Lights event from 2:30p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley will do the honours of lighting the tree along with one lucky child whose name will be selected from a draw. Find out more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Cost: Free

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday Market

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Surrey will glow a little brighter when its 60-foot Christmas tree is lit up. Photo City of Surrey

Surrey will glow a little brighter later this month, when a magical 60-foot Christmas tree is lit up to mark the start of the holiday season.

While many visit to be in awe of the huge glowing tree, there’s plenty more to see and do at the festival, which promises to be bigger and brighter than ever this year with a light tunnel, enchanted forest and interactive light displays to explore. Find out more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. with the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall Plaza at the Tree Stage (outside Take 5 Cafe)

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting

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Vancouver’s beautiful 76-foot-tall Christmas Tree will be lit on Nov. 29, 2019 Photo @meghanthomas28/Instagram

It will officially be the holiday season when Vancouver’s stunning 76-foot-tall Christmas tree starts to twinkle later this month. The giant coniferous will be lit up in all its glory on Friday, Nov. 29 at Robson Square, adding festive cheer to the heart of downtown.

The family friendly tree-lighting event also features live entertainment and music, plus free cookies and hot chocolate. And of course, Santa and his elves will be on hand for photo ops. Find out more.

When: Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Tree Lighting 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)
Where: Robson Square
Cost: Free

Shipyards Christmas Festival

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The Shipyards will be transformed into a winter wonderland later this month for the City of North Vancouver’s annual Christmas Festival. Photo @gwenfarley/Instagram

The Shipyards will be transformed into a winter wonderland later this month for the City of North Vancouver’s annual Christmas Festival.

As per tradition, Metro Vancouverites are invited to watch Mayor Linda Buchanan light the city’s official Christmas tree at the foot of Lonsdale at 6:50 p.m. There’s plenty to look forward to, including browsing through the winter artisan market at the Pipe Shop, visiting Santa’s workshop and taking a photo with the jolly elf himself, as well as holiday craft making stations and pony rides for the kids. Find out more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Shipyards, 15 Wallace Mews
Cost: Free

Holiday Cheer at the Pier

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Holiday Cheer at the Pier is the kick-off to the festive season at the picturesque Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Photo via City of Port Moody/portmoody.ca

Make your way to the waterfront at Port Moody’s charming Rocky Point Park to enjoy holiday merriment and the big light switch-on to kick off the festive season.

The third annual Holiday Cheer at the Pier celebration is a free event for all ages at Rocky Point pier and boat launch, with festive lights switched on at 6:30 p.m. You can join friends and neighbours at the gazebo at the pier for hot chocolate and a sugar cookie, listen to carol singers, ride the Candy Cane mini train, and have your photo taken with Santa or Frosty the Snowman. Find out more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray St., Port Moody

 

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