The city says 18,000 people filled Surrey Civic Plaza during Saturday’s Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday Market.
“Record numbers” were seen at the annual event on Nov. 19, as attendees watched Mayor Brenda Locke flip the switch to light a 60-foot Christmas tree, to remain illuminated until Jan. 2.
As always, the festival featured a wide range of performances and attractions, including free photos with Santa, amusement rides, dance battles and more.
Music was performed by Pat Chessell & Friends (“Celtic Christmas”), West Coast Harmony Chorus and other groups, and Enchanted Boulevard (on University Drive) was lined with food trucks, rides and other Christmas-y attractions.
That's a wrap! 🎄
Today we celebrated the 12th annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday Market at Civic Plaza, with Mayor Brenda Locke and Council in attendance to light the 60-foot tree!
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New to the event this year were the Concord Pacific ‘Giving Trees,” where every pledge from attendees was matched with a $1 donation to Surrey Food Bank. More than $1,000 was donated to those in need.
On the website surreytreelighting.ca, attendees can take a survey to provide feedback on the festival for a chance to win a $300 gift card to Guildford Town Centre.
“The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival has become a wonderful, free holiday tradition for residents and visitors,” stated Mayor Brenda Locke. “We are proud to have record attendance this past weekend for this ever-popular and ever-growing event. I would like to thank staff, artists, vendors and sponsors for making this year’s event such a collective success.”