Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows has its own Christmas tree lighting event.

Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows has its own Christmas tree lighting event.

Osprey tree lighting

The lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree at Osprey Village has become an annual holiday tradition.

The lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree at Osprey Village has become an annual holiday tradition and a fun community event in Pitt Meadows.

This year’s Osprey Village Tree Lighting is set for Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. – the seventh annual.

The family affair will see Santa’s arrival, and children can have their photos taken with the jolly old elf.

“Every year, every event in the village has grown, which is great,” said organizer Anahi England, who owns the Stomping Grounds Cafe in Osprey Village and is part of the village business association.

That organization is taking over organization of the event this year, and they expect to see 200-300 people.

There will be Christmas carols, free hot chocolate and cookies for those who arrive early, and numerous vendors selling food and holiday wares.

England said it is a good place for people to do some of their Christmas shopping.

Many of the vendors will offer activities for children, including the creation of Christmas crafts.

“It’s a free event for everybody, sponsored by Osprey businesses,” said England.

“And the village looks really pretty, and all lit up.”

Osprey Village is an outdoor shopping district on the shore of the Fraser River. It is located at 10958 Barnston View Road.