Tonight at 5:30pm a 50-foot high Christmas tree will be lit in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The tree is put in place by local real estate development firm, AMACON, as they help raise funds for various local causes over the holidays.
Organizations that are supported by AMACON and its colleagues include: BC Lions Courage for Kids, Empty Stocking Fund, Rock 101 Cares, Lasting M.A.G.I.C, BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Amateur Sports in BC, Canada Company and The Diana Krall Foundation.
Special appearances tonight include The BC Lions and the BC Lions Cheerleaders, Vancouver Childrenâ€™s Choir, Arimasu Taiko Drummers, Rock 101â€™s Bro Jake, Vancouver Giants, and Santa. Honorary guests Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, and Sindi Hawkins will be present to help light the tree.
Update: I stood outside for about two hours to cover this event and I have to say, it’s cold out there folks. Luckily I wasn’t shivering too hard and was able to snap some shots of the festivities including many of the performers (such as the Vancouver Childrens Choir, the Arimasu Taiko Drummers).
Many cheques were also given to various organizations with members of the BC Lions and even little Lola (seen in the white coat below) were on hand to make some of the presentations.
Diana Krall and her husband Elvis Costello were on hand to accept a donation to VGH’s Krall Centre and also to push the big red button to light the AMACON Christmas Tree on the Art Gallery lawn.
Stop by anytime over the holiday to enjoy the tree. You can view the rest of my photos from the lighting ceremony on Flickr.