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Lighting of legislature sequoia Wednesday night part of cross-country celebration

Join the celebration as the sequoia tree on the grounds of the legislature is lit for the holiday season. The annual light up, set for 6 p.m.
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Light bulbs outlining the dome and entrance to the legislature have been changed to red and green until Jan. 7. GOVERNMENT OF B.C.

Update: Lighting up of the sequoia tree on the grounds of the legislature as part of the Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration has been postponed due to a protest planned for the legislature this afternoon.

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Join the celebration as the sequoia tree on the grounds of the legislature is lit for the holiday season.

The annual light up, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, is part of the Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration, which began in 1985 in Ottawa and Gatineau, with lights showcasing Parliament Hill, national museums, embassies and other sites.

The program now covers sites and monuments in different province and territory capitals, symbolically linking Canadians in the celebration of winter.

Wednesday night’s event includes musical performances by the Victoria Children’s Choir, James Bay Community Chorus and the Reynolds Secondary School Carol Band.

Those expected to be in attenance include Songhees Nation Elder Clarence (Butch) Dick, Speaker Raj Chouhan and Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Grace Lore, whose two children will symbolically throw the switch to light up the tree.

The event will be held outside this year, with seasonal treats provided for all.

Light bulbs outlining the dome and entrance to the legislature have been changed to red and green until Jan. 7.

Wednesday’s event starts at 6 p.m. with the singing of O Canada. It will take place around the main exterior staircase of the legislature, 501 Belleville St.

parrais@timescolonist.com