One young fan brought Santa a handmade present. Black Press photo

VIDEO: Lighting the tree in Fort Langley

Annual event draws hundreds to mark the start of the holiday season

“This is my first time for the Christmas tree lighting,” said Brigette Seib, the newly-appointed executive director of the Fort Langley Community Improvement Society, the group in charge of the historic Fort Langley Community Hall.

“I’ve lived here 30 years.”

On Saturday night, Seib joined several hundred people on the grounds of the iconic yellow two-storey building for the annual event the celebrates the holiday season with Santa, who turns on the brightly-lit Christmas tree.

Thanks to the good weather and the presence of the Langley Community Music School children’s choir(who brought their parents), attendance was up, and while precise figures weren’t available, the rough estimate was somewhere around 400 people, most of them children, showed up.

This year, the event collected donations for the Langley food bank, which filled two totes with food.

Seib thanked The Cap Group: Raymond James in Fort Langley for arranging the tree that made the event possible, and Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe for the hot chocolate.

View more photos of the evening online.

READ ALSO: Fewer floats and bigger crowds at Langley City Magic of Christmas parade: report

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Mae Remple, 7 and dad Roger dropped by from Willoughby. Black Press photo

Several hundred people attended the annual Christmas tree lighting at the historic Fort Langley hall. Black Press photo

The Langley Community Music School children’s choir serenaded Santa with Christmas carols. Black Press photo

There was hot cocoa, courtesy of Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe. Black Press photo

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