LEGOLAND California had its first LEGO Christmas tree lighting ceremony tonight and it was hosted by Castle’s Stana Katic (one of my favorite shows)! She, along with her 5-year-old niece Sophia, helped Santa pull the switch to light the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree at LEGOLAND California Resort during the 14th annual tree lighting ceremony in Carlsbad, California.
WATCH: LEGO Christmas Tree at LEGOLAND California
The LEGO Christmas tree stands 30-foot tall and it is created out of more than 245,000 green DUPLO bricks, features more than 400 LEGO ornaments and sparkles with more than 11,000 LED lights. In honor of the new Castle Hotel breaking ground in January, Master Model Builders created 15 new LEGO castle ornaments that hung from the enormous LEGO Christmas tree.
At the ceremony, LEGOLAND California Resort donated $10,000 on Katic’s behalf to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a nonprofit pediatric academic medical center dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures for children. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats more children with complex health conditions than any other hospital in Southern California.
“To me, it’s amazing if you can invest in a child’s health and education because then we are taking care of the next hundred years of our existence,” said Katic.
The tree lighting ceremony is part of LEGOLAND California Resort’s winter celebration, Holidays at LEGOLAND California. Now through January 1, 2017, Heartlake City has been transformed into a winter wonderland for guests to enjoy. Kids can sing and dance as they watch the LEGO Friends live holiday show and join in building activities in the Heartlake City stables. Occasional snow flurries and a traveling brass band playing festive bluegrass music will fill Heartlake City with the feeling of winter. Guests can also enjoy character meet and greets with LEGO Santa and a LEGO toy soldier and collect holiday inspired pop badges. Plus, families can ring in 2017 with San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. All Holidays activities are included with regular Park admission.
Visit LEGOLAND.com for ticket prices and daily schedule.
Photos by Sandy Huffaker/Legoland