Vancouver Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 9, 2011

Vancouver's 50-foot Christmas Tree moves to the Jack Poole Plaza for 2011. Photo: Amacon

One of the top Christmas Events in Vancouver—and one of the best free Vancouver Christmas events—is the relatively new (2011 is its fifth year) tradition of lighting a huge, 50-foot-tall, Rockefeller-style Christmas tree in the heart of downtown Vancouver. For the last four years, the tree was in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery; this year, it will be at the Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre (where the Olympic Cauldron is).

Called the Vancouver Tree Lighting, the ceremony and free party to light the huge Christmas tree has fun for all ages, with live performances from the acapella group Aliqua, the Vancouver’s Children’s Choir, and Christmas soloists, plus special guest appearances by the BC Lions, the Felions and Bro Jake from Rock 101, and, of course, Santa Claus.

The free Vancouver Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on December 9, between 5:30pm – 7pm; Rick Hansen will light the tree around 6:55 p.m.

Bring an unwrapped gift for a child between ages 1 – 18 and your toy will be collected at the site, to benefit the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society.

If you can’t make the lighting ceremony, you can still see the tree: Dubbed the “Shaw Holiday Tree” for 2011, the Christmas tree will be shining its lights through New Year’s 2012.

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