VIDEO: Tree of lights draws 200 to Aldergrove plaza

200 people turned out Sunday, Dec. 4 to sip hot cocoa, compose and mail letters to Santa and witness the tree of lights turn on at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)200 people turned out Sunday, Dec. 4 to sip hot cocoa, compose and mail letters to Santa and witness the tree of lights turn on at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Robin McIntosh, one of the volunteers who organize the tree of lights event on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway, viewed it as an expression of pride in the community. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Robin McIntosh, one of the volunteers who organize the tree of lights event on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway, viewed it as an expression of pride in the community. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Some warmed themselves on Sunday,. Dec. 4 at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway before the tree lighting. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Some warmed themselves on Sunday,. Dec. 4 at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway before the tree lighting. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Jayne Pilot, Aldergrove Rotary president, noted the club has been putting up Christmas lights on Fraser Highway for 32 years. Pilot was among 200 people who turned out Sunday, Dec. 4 to sip hot cocoa, compose and mail letters to Santa and witness the tree of lights turn on at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Jayne Pilot, Aldergrove Rotary president, noted the club has been putting up Christmas lights on Fraser Highway for 32 years. Pilot was among 200 people who turned out Sunday, Dec. 4 to sip hot cocoa, compose and mail letters to Santa and witness the tree of lights turn on at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A young fan had their picture taken with Mrs Claus Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway. 200 turned out for the Christmas tree lighting. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)A young fan had their picture taken with Mrs Claus Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway. 200 turned out for the Christmas tree lighting. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

An estimated crowd of about 200 people turned out Sunday, Dec. 4 to sip hot cocoa, compose and mail letters to Santa in a special mailbox, and witness the Christmas tree of lights turn on at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway.

Among them was the Patrick family, Ian and Amy and their two children, who had relocated to Aldergrove about six month ago and were delighted with their new home town, especially how neighbourly people were.

“A lot more community,” Amy commented.

“There’s a lot more [family-friendly] events,” Ian remarked.

He described the tree lighting as the “epitome of community events. It’s awesome.”

Robin McIntosh, one of the volunteers who organized the tree lighting, told the Langley Advance Times the Aldergrove Christmas committee wanted to make the season special for the community.

“What we really want to to do, is make people feel welcome here,” McIntosh said.

“Just make people proud to be here.”

Aldergrove resident Ryleigh Parker, 6, was composing a letter to Santa on Sunday,. Dec. 4. She was among an estimated crowd of about 200 who attended the tree lighting at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway.

Aldergrove resident Ryleigh Parker, 6, was composing a letter to Santa on Sunday,. Dec. 4. She was among an estimated crowd of about 200 who attended the tree lighting at the Aldergrove plaza at 272nd Street and Fraser Highway.

That includes recognizing the resident with the best light display.

Entries are being accepted online at aldergrovefestivaldays.com/LightUpContest.html for the “Walt Levy” Christmas Light Up Award, named after a local volunteer, and one of the founders of Aldergrove Festival Days Society.

The winner will be announced on the Langley Christmas Lights Facebook page on Christmas Eve.

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The day before the tree lighting, Rotary Club of Aldergrove volunteers were putting up Christmas lights on Fraser Highway.

“I am not sure if people in Aldergrove know that the Rotary Club of Aldergrove has been doing this for the past 32 years,” commented Rotary president Jayne Pilot.

“I am sure many people think it is the Township of Langley, which it is not.”

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Rotary Club of Aldergrove volunteers were installing Christmas lights, something the club has been doing for 32 years. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Rotary Club of Aldergrove volunteers were installing Christmas lights, something the club has been doing for 32 years. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

More photos from the day can be found on the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.

Aldergrove’s Christmas Light Up Parade runs through downtown Aldergrove Saturday Dec. 10, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Residents are invited to the Elks Christmas party with Santa at the Aldergrove Plaza that starts at 4:30 p.m.

More information about the parade can be found online at the Aldergrove Fair Facebook page.

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