Sarah Michelle Gellar, her children

Sarah Michelle Gellar, her children Charlotte and Rocky join Santa in launching LEGOLAND California Resort’s Holiday Show. Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND.

CARLSBADEmmy award-winner Sarah Michelle Gellar and her family came to play at LEGOLAND California Resort’s Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights and then helped Santa pull the switch to light the 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree during the 12th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Carlsbad.

Gellar, a mother of two and married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr., is most known for her popular role as Buffy Summers in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and as Daphne in the movie “Scooby-Doo and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.” In honor of both Gellar and Prinze who are big Star Wars fans, plus Prinze stars as the voice of Kanan Jarrus in the Disney XD animated series Star Wars™ Rebels, LEGOLAND California Resort’s Master Model Builders created 15 LEGO Star Wars Death Star ornaments to help decorate this year’s tree. The ornaments also represent the Resort’s recent announcement of its new LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star opening March 5, 2015. Each LEGO Star Wars Death Star ornament is made up of more than 1,000 LEGO bricks.

“When LEGOLAND asked me to light the tree and at the same time do it as a way to raise money for Baby Buggy, which is all about children in poverty, it’s marrying my two favorite holiday traditions,” said Gellar.

At the ceremony, LEGOLAND California Resort presented a check for $10,000 on behalf of Gellar to Baby Buggy Inc. which works with a network of over 100 community-based organizations throughout the country to distribute new and gently used essentials such as cribs, diapers, strollers and clothing to families.

“A donation like this can help us provide more than the equivalent of 110,000 diapers to families in need,” said Director of Baby Buggy in Los Angeles Carly Harrill.

Gellar, her daughter Charlotte(5) and son Rocky (2) joined Santa on stage to help pull a magical switch connecting  the power to set off thousands of lights and a twinkling LEGO star, followed by snow showering Park guests and a fireworks show to officially kick-of the winter holiday. Following the ceremony, Gellar and her children raced to the ice skating rink at the entrance of the Park next to LEGOLAND Hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening skating.