The annual Christmas tree lighting at Confederation Hill in St. John’s will take place Thursday as part of the 2013 Christmas Lights Across Canada celebrations.
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A Christmas tree at Confederation Building is seen in this Telegram file photo.
A news release notes the festivities will begin at 6:15 p.m. and about 60,000 bulbs will Illuminate Confederation Building and Prince Phillip Parkway. A variety of special guests will be on hand with refreshments to follow in the main lobby of the Confederation Building.
“Celebrations are taking place in capital cities across the country,” said Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works.
“Together with family and friends our community will celebrate the beginning of the festive season.”
The Christmas Lights Across Canada program was launched in 1985 to brighten the Ottawa winter, and the program expanded over the years to include 13 provincial and territorial capitals.
Newfoundland and Labrador joined the Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration in 1987, this year will mark the 27th annual ceremony.