Watch out Rockefeller Center – Downtown Vancouver Getting a 50-Foot Christmas Tree

Photo sourced from Amacon

Photo sourced from Amacon

It’s turning out to be a good year for Christmas tree lovers in Vancouver.

Not only can we boast what is believed to be the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (a 46-metre Douglas fir at Capilano Suspension Bridge), but we’re also getting a towering, multi-storey tree in the heart of downtown.

Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre will be home to the colourfully decorated, 50-foot tree, to be lit Friday, Dec. 6, as part of the 2013 Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration.  This is the seventh year that Vancouver will have a gala lighting ceremony – and this one promises to be bigger than ever.

Music includes performances by the Sarah McLachlan School of Music (no word if Sarah herself will show up), as well as Showstoppers, a Glee-style musical ensemble. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate will be on offer to ward off winter’s chill. Meanwhile, stars from the B.C. Lions CFL team will be on hand, with members of the Felions dance team.

Canuck great Trevor Linden will vie for the spotlight with another all-star: Santa himself and a merry band of elves direct from the North Pole.

Since 2007, the Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration, presented by real estate developer Amacon, has raised more than $650,000 for charity.  Each year, members of the public are invited to “sponsor” a light bulb on the tree, with funds going to local groups.  This year’s beneficiaries are the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, the Trevor Linden Foundation, B.C. Lions Courage for Kids, Honour House Society, Canada Company, The Empty Stocking Fund, CKNW Orphans Fund and Lasting MAGIC Society.

This year’s lighting is presented by sponsors Amacon, the Loden Hotel, Tableau Bar Bistro and the Homer Street Cafe and Bar, as well as Cactus Club, DeDutch, Leonidas, and Tap + Barrel.

The 2013 Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration is Friday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  

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