Greyson Finlay-Johnson, Cayden Emmery, Elise Harrington, Maisie Ward and Alliyah Allen, grade 3 students at Willway Elementary School decorate their tree with salmon and eagle ornaments at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greyson Finlay-Johnson, Cayden Emmery, Elise Harrington, Maisie Ward and Alliyah Allen, grade 3 students at Willway Elementary School decorate their tree with salmon and eagle ornaments at Government House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of students gather at Government House to decorate Christmas Trees

The annual tradition let Grade 2 and 3 students help celebrate for the holidays

Hundreds of elementary school students decked the halls at Government House on Thursday for an annual tradition.

The Children’s Tree Decorating Party had 166 Grade 2 and 3 students from eight Greater Victoria Schools craft handmade ornaments to decorate their own trees.

Trees had themes, varying from an inclusion tree from Colwood Elementary School, a salmon and eagle tree from Will Way Elementary, a Harry Potter tree from Lakehill Elementary and a snowman tree from Doncaster Elementary.

ALSO READ: Christmas tree farmer says no shortage of local trees for families seeking the perfect one

After decorating, kids were led through the hall by a bag pipe serenade flagged by Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, and her trusty dog McDuff.

“It’s a great help to us to have the assistance,” Austin said. “As you can see, there’s a lot of decorating required here at Government House.”

The trees were set up in the ballroom, a sight that blew many children away.

“It was really fun going to a place I’ve never been before,” said Mackenzie Webb, Grade 3 student from Doncaster Elementary. “I felt like I was just dreaming.”

ALSO READ: Real or fake – The best Christmas tree option for the planet

Greyson Finlay-Johnson, Grade 3 student from Willway Elementary school, agreed.

“It was quite exciting, it was a little scary. I’ve never been to a mansion here before,” he said. “It’s kind of cool, I like it.”

The public is welcome to see the trees at the annual New Years Day Levee held at Government House on Jan. 1. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon and includes light refreshments and music.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook Send a Tweet to @NicoleCrescenzi
and follow us on Instagram

ChristmasChristmas holidayChristmas tree

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, her dog McDuff and students from across Greater Victoria at Government House where students are decorating Christmas trees. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, her dog McDuff and students from across Greater Victoria at Government House where students are decorating Christmas trees. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Just Posted

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner’s report confirms cause of death of three men at Sooke River in 2020

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen drown while ‘puddle-jumping’ in pickup truck

The Pacheedaht First Nation is planning a $1-million expansion to its campground in Port Renfrew. (Pixabay photo)
Expanded camping announced for Pacheedaht Campground

$1-million project is part of the B.C. Rural Economic Recovery program

Don Devenney is a Goldstream Gazette 2021 Local Hero as Community Builder of the year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
West Shore volunteer’s efforts an exercise in adventurous pursuits

Don Devenney is the 2021 recipient of the Community Builder Award

Sergeant Francis Dion with the box containing HMCS Calgary’s new secret mascot costume. (HMCSNCSMCalgary/Facebook)
A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria Thursday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Strong winds predicted for Greater Victoria

Environment Canada issues warning for Thursday afternoon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chosen as COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Most Read