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Winter Wonderland lights up Richmond City Hall

The holiday season is officially underway at Richmond City Hall as was signaled by the opening day of the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset’s 12th annual Winter Wonderland last Saturday afternoon.

Around 80 people came out to see 28 trees inside city hall, all of which were sponsored and decorated by various people and businesses from the community.

Every year it goes very well,” said Magdalen Leung, event chair.

Winter Wonderland raises money every year for local charitable causes the rotary club supports including the Richmond Christmas Fund and to international projects including one in Refilwe, a community in South Africa.

When the city hall [first opened] we wanted to take advantage of the beautiful city hall to do something,” Leung said.

Opening day was marked with a reception followed by a sing-a-long, during which Mayor Malcolm Brodie played the piano.

The sing-a-long is something that is enjoyed by everyone,” Leung said.

The day wrapped up with the official lighting of the big tree in the hall and performances by students from Long & McQuade Richmond Lesson Centre and Richmond Music School.

Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favourite tree before the end of December when the event ends.

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