One of my all time favorite TV shows was Castle. The interaction between Kate Becket (Stana Katic) and Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) entertained me each and every single episode. I was so sad to see that show end. I was giddy though to be able to see Stana Katic in PERSON last night for the LEGOLAND California Christmas Tree lighting ceremony!! First, if you watched Castle you know how stunning Stana is on screen. What you probably didn’t know is that it’s NOT makeup. She is drop dead stunning in person!! HOLY MOLY the woman is gorgeous!!! EVEN UP CLOSE!!! HOLY MOLY!! The People’s Choice award winning actress along with her 5 year old (cute as a BUTTON) niece Sophia helped Santa turn on the worlds largest LEGO Christmas Tree during the 14th annual tree lighting ceremony.
The LEGO Christmas tree stands 30-foot tall, 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.
The celebration was kicked off by one of Alice’s favorites! The LEGO Friends who sang and danced!! These girls are super cute!!
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.
“Children’s Hospital Los Angeles relies on the generosity of the community to support its groundbreaking pediatric research and the complex care it provides for critically ill and injured children,” said Vice President of Foundation Development for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Robert Weiner. “It is an honor to receive this donation from Stana and LEGOLAND California Resort as it helps us continue to provide the best possible care for children.”
The highlight of the night was the lighting of the Christmas Tree along with a stunning fireworks display. Note to self…. front row seats means you get to see the singers, the special guest but getting a tree picture with fireworks in the background? Not so much!!!
Such beautiful fireworks!! All to the beat of Christmas music!!
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.