Last evening at LEGOLAND, Emmy award winner Sarah Michelle Gellar and her family help Santa light the 30 foot tall LEGO Christmas tree during the 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Carlsbad, California.
During the ceremony, LEGOLAND presented a $10,000 check on behalf of Gellar to Baby Buggy Inc, which works with organizations nationwide to distribute new and gently used essentials such as cribs, diapers and strollers to families.
“When LEGOLAND asked me to light the tree and at the same time do it as a way to raise money for Baby Buggy, which is all about children in poverty, it’s marrying my two favorite holiday traditions,” said Gellar.
“A donation like this can help us provide more than the equivalent of 110,000 diapers to families in need,” said Director of Baby Buggy in Los Angeles Carly Harrill.
Gellar, her daughter Charlotte(5) and son Rocky (2) joined Santa on stage to light the LEGO tree, complete with a LEGO star. The 30-foot tree is created out of more than 245,000 green , adorned with more than 400 LEGO ornaments and has over 11,000 LED lights. 15 of those ornaments are Star Wars Death Star ornaments custom built from over 1000 Lego pieces by LEGOLAND’S resident masterbuilders . Sarah Michelle Gellar’s husband, Fredie Prinze Jr., is providing the voice for Kanan Jarrus in the new Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.
Following the ceremony, Gellar and her children raced to the ice skating rink at the entrance of the Park next to LEGOLAND Hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening skating.
The tree lighting ceremony is part of LEGOLAND California Resort’s coolest holiday celebration ever, Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights. Now through January 4, 2015, the Park transforms into a winter wonderland featuring more real snow than ever before with a tubing area for kids to slide down and, new this year, guests are invited to ice skate as an upgrade. Guests can enjoy festive entertainment plus nightly fireworks Dec. 26 through 31 and will conclude with San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. All Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights activities located inside the Park are included with regular Park admission. Tickets for the ice rink, located between the ticket booths and LEGOLAND® Hotel, are sold separately.