Mayor George Harvie and Delta Fire Chief Paul Scholfield help Delta firefighters wrap the cedar tree outside the North Delta Recreation Centre with strands of Christmas lights in advance of the city’s North Delta Christmas tree lighting, happening this Sunday, Dec. 1. (James Smith photo)

Official Christmas tree lighting this Sunday at North Delta Rec Centre

Event to feature face painting, crafts, entertainment, marshmallow roasting, free food and hot cacao

The holiday season officially kicks of in North Delta this Sunday (Dec. 1) with the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Happening at the North Delta Recreation Centre from 4:30 to 7 p.m., the event will feature a variety of activities for the whole family including face painting, crafts, roving entertainers, choir performances, marshmallow roasting, and free hot chocolate, hot dogs and scones, with the official tree lighting by Mayor George Harvie at 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a free public skate beforehand from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with skate rental available for $3.

The event is the second attempt to start a North Delta-based holiday tradition similar to those held in Ladner and Tsawwassen.

In 2016, then-Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton, then-mayor Lois Jackson and the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society launched the inaugural Light Up North Delta. The event, which saw the trees, bushes and lawn in the green corridor between the George Mackie Library and the North Delta Public Health Unit filled with Christmas lights, was intended to be an annual celebration for the community, as well as a fundraiser for Deltassist’s Christmas programs. Light Up North Delta ran for two years but did not return in 2018.

RELATED: VIDEO: Second annual Light Up North Delta falls short on donations

This year’s Christmas tree lighting is being hosted and organized by the City of Delta, and Harvie hopes it will be a prelude to an even bigger celebration next year.

“My vision is to ensure that we are able to celebrate the festive spirit in a great way like we do the rest of Delta, so this is just a start. I’ve also just signed a letter to our friend [Mayor] Doug McCallum in Surrey asking for us to meet early in the [new] year so that we can plan lighting up Scott Road for next year’s Christmas. That’s my vision, that’s what I want to do, and we’d like to do it together,” Harvie told the Reporter.

“We have good relationships with their council and myself with the mayor … and it’s a good spirit for us to get together finally and say ‘Let’s light this up.’”



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

UPDATE: Surrey getting a new hospital, in Cloverdale

Premier John Horgan said the ‘brand new hospital’ will be built near Kwantlen Polytechnic University

15-year-old charged following threat to South Surrey high school

Police announce pair of teens arrested for Nov. 14 incident at Elgin Park Secondary

Injured eagle rescued in White Rock: ‘It was the size of a turkey!’

Bald eagle may have gotten into a fight over territory

Four ‘Nutcracker’ shows in Surrey on Royal City company’s 30th-year tour

This year’s cast features more than 70 dancers, including 18 from Surrey

‘Kind of lacking:’ Injured Bronco wonders why Canada won’t fund spinal surgery

“I think if Canada can step in and advance this program”

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Don’t expect extra bus service during impending SkyTrain strike, CMBC says

Full SkyTrain shutdown is scheduled to start Tuesday morning

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Vancouver Giants fall to Spokane Chiefs

‘We are just having a tough time scoring right now’

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

Most Read