Free Christmas Fun: Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration, Nov. 29

Photo: Flickr | nadeel2011

One of the top free Christmas events in Vancouver is the annual lighting of the 50-ft.-tall, Rockefeller-style Christmas tree in Jack Poole Plaza at the harbourfront Vancouver Convention Centre.

“How often has the Christmas tree afforded me the greatest glee?” asks the classic holiday carol O Christmas Tree (known in Deutsch as O Tannenbaum). I’d have to concur on the topic of all those “lovely branches.” Seeing a soaring evergreen tower illuminated with tiny, twinkly lights is heart-melting holiday goodness right up there with watching Home Alone as an adult.

The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This is the sixth year Amacon real estate developers have sponsored the event. At this point, it’s safe to say this is a special Vancouver holiday tradition.

If you can’t make the tree lighting celebration, which includes live performances and local celeb appearances, you can stroll by and enjoy the cheery magic any day of the week through New Year’s. The tree is in Jack Poole Plaza by the Vancouver Convention Centre and iconic Olympic Cauldron.

True to the giving spirit of the holiday season, the Amacon tree lighting celebration is a charitable event. See the list of local charities benefitting from the celebration here.

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One Response to Free Christmas Fun: Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration, Nov. 29

  1. Peter vT

    Really a shame I think that since last years occupy movement in front of the Art Gallery, seemingly was a reason for the Christmas Tree being moved down to Jack Poole Plaza. I guess I like tradition and where the tree used to be was one of our traditions now lost. My old Aunt in her 80’s is a tad steamed about the whole deal too actually as she used to be able to enjoy the tree when out for her strolls (she’s a West End Girl). Best put, is when you look at the above posted picture… now doesn’t that look alot more like Christmas “in Vancouver”!?! I guess I’ll be one of many who will not see and will miss the tree in the centre of our city.