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Vegas Golden Knights Marc-André Fleury and Max Pacioretty Host Third Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Vegas Golden Knights Marc-André Fleury and Max Pacioretty Host Third Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Last night, Friday, Nov. 22, The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrated its Third Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Vegas Golden Knights icons Marc-André Fleury and Max Pacioretty (Photo credit: Pat Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com

Marc-Andre Fleury at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony
Marc-Andre Fleury at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo credit: Pat Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com

The full ceremony, emceed by the beloved and ever-witty Vegas Golden Knights announcers Mark Shunock and Big D, welcomed the crowd of thousands of fans, locals, and tourists as they gathered around the 36-foot holiday tree. Fleury and his family surprised guests and skated with fans, alongside Benny the Ice Skating Dog, before heading over to the stage for the Tree Lighting.

Max Pacioretty and fans at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony
Max Pacioretty and fans at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo credit: Pat Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com

To kick off the festive occasion, Daniel Espino, chief people officer at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, took the stage to present Folded Flag Foundation with a $15,000 donation. Tom Rankin, operations manager for Folded Flag Foundation, joined Espino on-stage to accept the check and graciously thank the resort for its ongoing support while the packed crowd cheered.  The Cosmopolitan has been a kingpin for veteran aid in Las Vegas, and its partnership with Folded Flag Foundation directly aligns with the resort’s dedication to veterans and their families through its Supporting Our Veterans program.

Marc-Andre Fleury at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony
Marc-Andre Fleury at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo credit: Pat Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com

Following the presentation, Fleury and Pacioretty made their way to the stage where they counted down to the highly anticipated lighting of the tree. Getting into the playful holiday spirit, Fleury faked out the crowd pretending to flip the switch, leaving guests with overwhelming anticipation. Finally, guests applauded the Knights as they officially lit the tree and christened The Ice Rink for its 2019 season as the iconic Golden Knights entrance song, “John Wick Mode” played throughout The Ice Rink.

Benny the Ice Skating Dog at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony
Benny the Ice Skating Dog at Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo credit: Pat Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com

Attendees spent the remainder of the evening enjoying fire-roasted s’mores, festive cocktails and season-friendly comfort food while skating to music by DJ Josh Bliss.

Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony
Cosmopolitan Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo credit: Pat Gray / www.KabikPhotoGroup.com

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan is open daily through Jan. 5. The 4,200-square-foot ice rink offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and has become one of Las Vegas’ most cherished holiday traditions. Hours of operation vary per day. For more information on The Ice Rink, please visit https://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ice-rink.