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Surrey Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Surrey Tree Lighting at City Hall

The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is a family event marking the start of the winter season with the lighting of a giant Christmas tree at Surrey City Hall.

In addition to the Christmas tree and various activities for children, highlights of the event include a market and free concerts. In 2023, the festival takes place over two days instead of just one!


Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

In 2023 the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of November 25th and 26th. The event runs from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm each day. As always, admission is free.

The event includes family-friendly activities for children, as well as holiday crafts, food trucks, live entertainment and the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree in the plaza outside Surrey City Hall.

At the event, there are market vendors in a giant indoor tent area. Outside on the street there are food trucks. Inside City Hall there are craft activities for children.


LEGO Exhibition at Museum of Surrey


Festival Location

The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival takes place in the Civic Plaza at Surrey City Hall and in the City Hall Atrium at 13450-104 Avenue in Surrey. Some activities also take place next door in the Surrey City Centre Public Library.

Both venues are conveniently located right by the Surrey Central SkyTrain Station.


Surrey Christmas Tree Lighting Festival


Festival Entertainment Schedule

The 2023 festival takes place on the weekend of November 25th and 26th. Performers expected to hit the stage each day are listed below. Details are subject to change and exact performance times are to be confirmed.


Saturday, November 25th, 2023

The tree lighting ceremony happens at 6:00 pm today. Entertainment throughout the rest of the event on the Main Stage includes the following:

  • 12:00 pm – Westcoast Harmony Chorus
  • 12:50 pm – Indigenous Welcome with Kwantlen First Nation
  • 1:00 pm – Murray Porter
  • 2:00 pm – Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group
  • 3:00 pm – Beauty Shop Dolls
  • 4:00 pm – Josh Bogert
  • 5:00 pm – Come Fly with Me: Michael Buble Tribute with Dane Warren
  • 5:55 pm – Speeches & Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 7:00 pm – Warren Dean Flandez

Other performers elsewhere on the site this day include the following:

  • Cinderella and Beauty’s Holiday Show
  • DJ Miko.so
  • DJ Takeover
  • Fergus Dalton
  • Harmeet Kaur Virdee Duo
  • Harmoneve
  • Higher Ground Dance Company
  • Jani Jakovac
  • Kwantlen Park Glee Club
  • Marie Hui
  • Matt Henry
  • Panorama Youth Company
  • Salish Secondary Dance
  • Shelley
  • Surrey City Orchestra
  • Table Tutors
  • The Rambling Gentlemen
  • The UppaTones

Sunday, November 26th, 2023

Performers on this day on the Main Stage include the following:

  • 12:00 pm – Los Parranderos de Vancouver
  • 1:00 pm – YVR Pop Choir
  • 2:00 pm – Darren Harry & James Buddy Rogers
  • 3:00 pm – Pat Chessell & Friends
  • 4:00 pm – Phat Santa Swing!
  • 5:00 pm – Glisha
  • 6:00 pm – Merry & Bright
  • 7:00 pm – Unite for Light: Keep Surrey’s Christmas Tree Shining Bright! (featuring the Grinch, The Snow Sisters, and LED Dance Show)
  • 7:15 pm – Holiday Dance Hits with DJ Marvel

Other performers elsewhere on the site this day include the following:

  • Angels On High
  • DJ J’aded
  • DJ Marvel
  • DJ Swayzee
  • Gary Abbott
  • Ivan Hartle
  • Johnston Heights Secondary Choir
  • La Trompette de Noel
  • Leanne and Connor Page
  • Lorita Leung Dance Academy
  • Fraser Valley Academy of Dance
  • North Surrey Dance
  • Ranj Singh
  • Sax with Eric
  • The Langley Ukulele Ensemble
  • The Wee Drams
  • White Thunder Dance Theatre
  • YVR Pop Choir


Surrey Christmas Market


Festival Activities

In addition to the live entertainment and market vendors, activities at the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival in 2023 include free Ferris Wheel rides, a couple of smaller rides for kids, light displays, photos with Santa Claus, and crafts for children.

Also at the event most years are food trucks in the Enchanted Eats zone. In 2022 there were about 10 different trucks serving everything from popcorn and coffee to mini donuts, burgers and pizza.


Festival Tips and Advice

Below are suggestions on how to make the most of your festival experience.

TIP #1: The concerts with headliner bands are especially popular. Head to the stage area well before their performances if you want a good view of some of the more well-known musicians and their shows.

TIP #2: Take public transit. Parking in the area will be a challenge. Surrey Central SkyTrain Station is right next door, and being a Saturday, a single zone transit ticket will get you there from anywhere within Metro Vancouver.

TIP #3: If you want to take photos with Santa Claus, be sure to make a reservation at surreytreelighting.ca. The booking system is live as of November 10th.


Best Christmas Activities


Other Information

For more information about the Surrey Christmas event in November, see the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival website.

For other events going on this time of year in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click any of the following: