With more than 30 local performers, amusement rides, and a holiday market, the 60-foot tall tree is just the cherry on top of the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival.
This year’s annual event takes place on Saturday, November 23rd and offers families and friends a chance to join in on a full-day of events.
Here’s your guide to this year’s festival.
The lighting of the 60ft Christmas Tree is the main event. Join Mayor McCallum and Santa Claus, among others, while they flip the switch to light up the giant 60-foot tree, loaded with giant ornaments, lights, and a tree-topping star. The Surrey tree lighting takes place at 6:30 pm at City Hall Plaza.
Holiday Fun Zone
The Holiday Fun Zone is one of the most Instagrammable spots at the festival. Get your next selfie in the Light Tunnel and Enchanted Forest.
You can also get nostalgic with the giant Light Brite, where you can make your own shapes on this giant light-brite display.
Don’t miss out on the Candy Cane Dance tent with an LED dance floor and live DJ sets. This tent will have pop-up performances and even a breakdance battle at 4pm.
For more breakdancing, check out the demos and cultural performances at the North Pole Stage, next to the Food Trucks off University Drive.
There are also games to play, whether you enjoy more physical sports or ones on the screen. Join in on the fun at the road hockey tent or take a seat in the arcade bus.
Then, of course, there are amusement rides, including the Berry-go-round, Elephants & Jets, and Frozen Bounce.
Holiday Market & Village
In the large tent on Surrey Civic Plaza, is the Holiday Market & Village. Inside the Village it will feature exhibitors, live music, and various light installations.
Then, have a wander through the Market to meet artists and crafters. Pick up a few one-of-a-kind gifts along the way, for those who made it onto your “Nice” list.
- A Cloudy Day Studio
- Annie Mays Bakery
- Celina Miller Arts
- Essential Rays
- Exotic Gem Jewelry
- Honeybee Centre
- J.F. Cotton Candy
- Karen’s Fun Kreations
- Life Unpacked
- Lovelace Cakes
- Martha’s Delectables
- Me Time
- Raincity Vinyl & Printing
- Rayve Arts
- Woodbarn Studio
- Zombie Babe Jewelry
Expect live music from each of the festival’s seven stages, including a Juno award-winner Begonia headlining the Main Stage. Other notable acts include Fleetwood Mac tribute band Dreams, local alternative rock band, Hotel Mira and indie pop group Leisure Club.
The full line-up:
- Leisure Club
- Hotel Mira
- Dreams – The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
- Glass Forest
- Antonio Larosa
- Westcoast Harmony Chorus
- The Kwerks
- Rejean Bussieres
This year’s festival has nearly 10 food trucks to choose from, with plenty of vegetarian options as well. The food trucks this year are:
- Express Rotato
- Japa Dog
- Mr. Ken’s Mini Donuts
- Salty’s Lobster Shack
- Taco N Todo
- Tim Hortons
- Triple O’s WhiteSpot
The kids will be overjoyed with the activities in store for them. But first, make sure to look out for Mickey and Minnie, as well as a certain man in red.
Santa Claus will be available for free photos from 1-5pm in the Atrium.
You can also catch Mrs. Claus as emcee at the Main Stage in City Hall Plaza.
Other kid-friendly events happening are:
- A holiday-themed crafts station with the Downtown Surrey BIA
- Storyville at the City Centre Library to hear some seasonal stories
- Toddler Town, where young ones can run around safely and have fun
- An ice carving station, where professionals hand-carve an intricate Christmas tree made of ice
- The Tree Lighting Express, offering a journey around the festival site
It seems there’s not enough time to enjoy all the fun in one day, so make sure to get there early. The Tree Lighting Festival is FREE and runs from 12 pm-8 pm on Saturday, November 23rd.
And don’t miss out on the 12 Days of Giveaways. Check out the @surreybcevents on Instagram and Facebook to participate. Everyday for 12 days (excluding Remembrance Day) they are giving away a gift to their followers. The giveaways range from $20-250 in value and begins November 4-16.
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Surrey Tree Lighting 2019
Location: Surrey Civic Plaza - University Dr, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday November 23rd, 2019