Starting tonight, an 80-foot tree at Centennial Park will illuminate the sky in Mission. The City of Mission announced the tree will light up at dusk and remain on up to midnight until early January.
The tree, located at the corner of 11 avenue and Grand Street, was decorated with lights by Mission Fire Rescue Service on the weekend.
“Over the last few years, Council has heard a strong desire from our neighbours to create a prominent Christmas display,” said Mayor Paul Horn in a news release. “The lighting of the tree is a first step towards accomplishing this. In the coming years, we would like to see the Christmas tree and surrounding park area improved further, with the help of community groups and citizens. Our hope is to create a new tradition for Mission.”
The project is a collaboration of multiple departments. Tourism Mission and the City Parks team coordinated the project while Mission Municipal Forest funded it.
It’s a pilot project for the city with plans to expand the scope in the future. The focus for 2022 was to upgrade electrical, source lights, and find the perfect tree. However, the city hopes to create an outdoor light event at Centennial Park during future holiday seasons.