Tree Lighting Festival

It’s the time of the year that signifies the true start of the holiday season – the annual Tree Lighting Festival! On Saturday November 25th Surrey Civic Plaza will turn into a winter wonderland from 12-7 pm with fun, free, and family-friendly activities to keep you busy all day.

With four stages and over 20 performers, choirs and children’s entertainers, there will be a variety of entertainment all day long. Don’t miss the performance at 5:30 pm by the festival’s headliner, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B. Ruth sings the popular track “Lost Boy” which has received over 240,700,000 streams on Spotify and won her a 2017 Juno Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year”.

This year features an expanded holiday market with a variety of local vendors and crafters. From homemade sweets to unique locally-made gifts, it’s a great place to kick-start your holiday shopping and support small businesses at the same time. Attendees can also experience the new Holiday Fun zone presented by Z95.3. Featuring a free zip line, amusement rides, road hockey and a DJ, don’t miss this exciting new exhibit along University Drive.

Stop by the Downtown Surrey BIA’s Kid Zone inside City Hall for fun arts and crafts, face painters and a balloon animal artist. Make your very own holiday gift bag, Christmas tree ornament, or even a cute penguin door hanger. The one and only Santa Claus will be making appearances every hour from 1-5 pm, so prepare your wish list and get ready for a photo with everyone’s favourite Jolly man.



To keep up the holiday spirit, consider giving to the Surrey Food Bank, Surrey Christmas Bureau, Sophie’s Place and the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society who will all be on site collecting donations.

Finally, at 6:30 pm comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the lighting of Surrey’s 55 foot Christmas Tree – one of the tallest Trees in Canada!

Bring your friends, family, and come get into the holiday spirit at the annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. For more information and performance schedules visit

Tree Lighting Festival

On Saturday November 19th, watch the magical 55 foot Christmas tree in City Hall Plaza twinkle with lights at Surrey’s annual Tree Lighting Festival.

Every year, the City of Surrey decorates an enormous Christmas tree and holds a full day of fun events in the plaza at New City Hall. Come down this year from 12-7 pm to enjoy some free activities, get a head start on your Christmas shopping, and watch as the Christmas tree springs to life with dazzling lights.

While the tree isn’t officially lit until the evening, the fun begins long before that and it will be easy to make a full day of the event. There will be tons of ways to get into the Christmas spirit, such as festive crafts, games, and local entertainers. There will be a craft table inside City Hall, as well as stations set up with face painters and a balloon animal artist. There will also be events held inside City Centre Library. Those children who have been good all year may even get a chance to meet the one and only Santa Claus! Santa will be in the plaza throughout the day picking up letters and Christmas wish lists from children and posing for photos. You can check the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival’s website on November 1st for more news about fun events and local performers that will be appearing on that day.

If you’re in the giving mood this holiday season, show some support for the Surrey Christmas Bureau by stopping by their booth at the festival. They will be holding a sucker pole, where you can purchase suckers for 25 cents each. If your sucker has a black dot at the bottom, you win a prize! They will also be accepting donations to make sure every child wakes up to a present this Christmas.

As always, the festival is free of charge, so enjoy a festive day out with family and friends and join us at City Hall Plaza for a celebration of Christmas Spirit!

 Saturday, November 19th 2016

The Plaza at New City Hall and Atrium

13450 104th Avenue, Surrey, B.C., V3T 1V8

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