Watch Santa set a 52-foot tall Christmas tree aglow with festive lights

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‘Tis the season for merriment, and the most festive time of year gets underway on November 14 at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Richmond.

The big man in red will be on hand for The Big Switch On, Nov. 14. Photo: McArthurGlen Vancouver/Facebook

As evening falls, the venue will be set aglow with 275,000 glittering lights, including on their show-stopping 52-foot Christmas tree.

The big man in red himself will make his grand entrance for “the big switch on” of sparkling tree lights. As a delightful bonus for those with children, Santa Claus will pose for one photo with the littles who can whisper their gift wishes to him for one hour following the lighting ceremony.

An air of real festivity will be all around, complete with Christmas carols performed live and a chance to write your holiday wish list. And of course, those who are truly ready to get things going may want to do some shopping and tick a few items of their giving lists.

The 52-foot Christmas tree will be lit by Santa Claus himself. Photo: McArthurGlen Vancouver/Facebook

The Big Switch On at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

When: Thurs. Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. (tree lighting is at 7 p.m.)
Where: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet – 1000-7899 Templeton Station Rd, Richmond
Cost: FREE