The Royal Hotel downtown Chilliwack has an Angel tree set up, with tags placed on it that can be removed by visitors who wish to purchase an item for a child. The lobby is set up for visiting, with protocols, and photo opportunities. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

The Royal Hotel downtown Chilliwack has an Angel tree set up, with tags placed on it that can be removed by visitors who wish to purchase an item for a child. The lobby is set up for visiting, with protocols, and photo opportunities. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Angel tree at Royal Hotel in Chilliwack stands 12 feet tall

Historic downtown hotel trimmed to the ceiling for the holiday season

For more than a century Chilliwack’s Royal Hotel has celebrated the holiday season by adorning the hotel’s interior with festive décor including multiple Christmas trees.

And this year is no exception.

“With Christmas looking a little different this year, we wanted to ensure the tradition of holiday decorating the Berry Family started here at the Royal continued, and that means having several Christmas trees, including a live tree in the lobby,” notes Len Wiens, the hotel’s General Manager.

The hotel’s lobby is home to possibly Chilliwack’s tallest indoor Christmas tree. At 12 feet tall, the Balsam fir was hand selected and harvested from a local tree farm and measured to ensure it is tall enough to reach the ceiling of the historic hotel lobby.

The fragrant fir is also a perfect backdrop for seasonal photos, and people are encouraged to pop in to admire the tree and take photos.

While visiting, there is also an opportunity to do spread some Christmas cheer.

Amongst the silver and gold ornaments trimming the tree you will find Angel tags. There are an initiative of Chilliwack Community Services who believe every child in Chilliwack deserves to celebrate the holidays.

Choose a tag, purchase a gift and drop off the unwrapped gift to the hotel.

The hotel lobby is open from noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

READ MORE: The Christmas list: Where and how to give, receive in Chilliwack


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