Many gathered to sing Christmas carols, enjoy some hot chocolate and special treats, before the lighting of the donated tree, which is part of the new initiative for Bruyére "Eastern Lights-Helping Ottawa Seniors Christmas Campaign."
Funds donated towards the Eastern Lights campaign will help support the activities going on at Bruyére Village.
Finally, once the tree and its 3,000 lights were lit, residents were in awe. Many watched from outside as well as inside out their window, where they could stay warm.
"It is so beautiful," said Ken Volwes. "I saw them putting it up yesterday and it is indeed a showcase. It turned out so beautiful-3,000 lights they say? I wonder who counted them!"
Volwes said this tree means is more than just having that Christmas flare to the village. It brings comfort during the holiday season.
"I think it is nice especially as you know people who reside here are 60 plus. This tree gives them a nice feeling because unfortunately you don't know how many years the good Lord will give you."
Food donations were also being accepted for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Organizers said although they are raising money for activities going on in the village, it is also important to give back at this time of year.