Giving series: Richmond city hall transformed into a Winter Wonderland for charity

Richmond’s city hall has slowly transformed into a wintery forest and, on Saturday, the city will launch its Winter Wonderland event presented by the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset. The 18th annual event aims to raise funds for local charities and spread a little holiday cheer.

The arrival of 30 festive trees decked by local businesses launched an annual fundraising campaign for the rotary’s community and international programs. In fact, the Richmond News elves were out in full force earlier this month, decorating their own Christmas tree.

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Ongoing programs supported by the rotary include the Interact Program and its global youth programs, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Scholarship, the Richmond Community Foundation Scholarship, Richmond Christmas Fund, a senior Easter luncheon and the Rotary Foundation.

This year, the rotary’s Winter Wonderland Committee has chosen to support a room in the new wing at Richmond Hospital, support a trip to China with Orbis’s Flying Eye Hospital to help prevent avoidable blindness and to support the senior’s program at the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House in Vancouver.

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite trees, make a donation and bring a non-perishable food item for Richmond’s local food bank.

In addition to tree viewing, local musical groups will bring a little extra holiday spirit to the galleria on Saturdays from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. 

Check out the performance schedule and swing by city hall for some festive, community spirit.

Saturday, Dec. 1

12:30 p.m. - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

1 to 3 p.m. - Tom Lee Music Academy

3:30 to 4 p.m. - Dr. Libby Yu Piano Studio

Saturday, Dec. 8

1 to 2 p.m. - BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Richmond

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Richmond Music School

Saturday, Dec. 15

1 to 2 p.m. - Quality Piano

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Emmanuel Music Group

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