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FORT LEE, Va. -- Fort Lee community members are cordially invited to the installation’s tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 6, 4:15 - 6 p.m., on the Lee Club lawn.

The annual Grand Illumination will feature music by guest carolers and Fort Lee’s audiovisual staff, free hot chocolate and cookies, train rides, pictures with Santa, and activities for children such as letters to Santa and a penguin fling game.

“The illumination is a great time for the whole family,” said Darrell Clay, Family and MWR director here. “There is music and holiday treats, and the children really get excited when Santa arrives in one of our post fire trucks.”

The Girl Scouts will place final decorations on the Fort Lee holiday tree before Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, and his wife Janie flip the switch to officially light the festive evergreen. Following that, Santa will arrive promptly at 5 p.m.

“Out of all the events throughout the year, I find this one really brings Fort Lee families and the community together,” said Don Houchins, FMWR special events manager. “It’s rewarding to see the faces of military and family members, civilians, contractors and volunteers as they share their holiday spirit. There is so much joy. Team Lee is truly visible during this celebration.”

Admission to the Grand Illumination is free and open to the public. The Lee Club lawn is located on the corner of Mahone Avenue and Battle Drive. Off-post individuals who do not have a DOD identification card or valid Fort Lee access pass will need to stop at the Visitor Control Center adjacent to the Lee Avenue Gate for background screening. Read more about this requirement at Additional info about this and other Fort Lee FMWR activities, to include last-minute schedule changes or weather announcements, can be found at