How Actress Elizabeth Banks Helps Santa

Actress Elizabeth Banks helps Santa light what is being said the world’s “largest” Lego Christmas tree at Legoland California Resort at the 11th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Carlsbad, California.

Banks, a mother of two, stars as the voice of “Wyldstyle” in “The Lego Movie” being released on Feb. 7, 2014, and currently stars as Effie Trinket in the hit movie, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

At the ceremony, Banks presented a check from Legoland California Resort for $10,000 to LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) which provides a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for elementary school children ages 5 to 12 in the City of Los Angeles.

Fireworks lit up the sky, snow fell from the rooftops of Fun Town and more than 11,000 LED lights illuminated the 30-foot tall Christmas tree after Banks and Santa pulled the switch to light the tree.

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Actress Elizabeth Banks, who voices “Wildstyle” in the upcoming “The Lego Movie,” poses with the new costume character at Legoland California Resort’s tree lighting ceremony in Carlsbad, California.

President and CEO of LA’s BEST Carla Sanger and her two granddaughters, Zada Sanger (8) and Liliana Sanger (4), were also on stage to help light the tree that is created out of more than 245,000 forest green Duplo bricks and is adorned with more than 400 Lego ornaments.

Guests at the ceremony were treated to a special trailer of “The Lego Movie” and witnessed the unveiling of the theme park’s newest Lego costume characters “Emmet” and “Wyldstyle” based on the two lead characters from the movie.

The Lego Movie” is a Warner Bros Pictures Presentation, with Village Roadshow Pictures, in association with Lego System A/S, a Vertigo Entertainment / Lin Pictures Production.

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