Wednesday evening residents will watch as the annual Civic Square Light Up kicks off the spirit of Christmas with dazzling lights and the smell of warm gingerbr
Wednesday evening residents will watch as the annual Civic Square Light Up kicks off the spirit of Christmas with dazzling lights and the smell of warm gingerbread.
Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s Festival of the Trees begins Tuesday with the Chamber of Commerce luncheon and a fashion show at 7 p.m.
“The show is new,” said development officer for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation David Wharrie. “It’s being put on by The Honey Tree and will showcase clothing from cruise wear to formal wear.”
The much anticipated light-up is set for Wednesday night at 6 p.m. With both the outside of the Civic Centre and the inside bathed in lights and Christmas goodies.
“All you’ll see is lights, with music playing and the smells of baking,” said Wharrie. “Most people buy their ticket Wednesday night and end up coming back throughout the week – there’s too much to see in one evening.”
With a gift shop, promising “unique finds,” a silent auction, raffles, a children’s activity area and 30 decorated trees it’s easy to see why many choose to return to the Festival. With activities every day, like the Seniors Tea on Thursday, the featured Gala Auction on Friday night, the dance on Saturday evening and the Sunday Telus Teddy Bear Breakfast the six-day event has an activity and tree to suit every taste.
“The tree theme this year is Santa,” said Wharrie. “And the colours are red and gold, but not everyone will stick to that when decorating their tree. Last year the Finding Nemo tree was a big hit and this year it’s Shrek. It should be a lot of fun.”
Tree designers are now hard at work in preparation for the big unveiling, many of them having chosen their tree theme months ago. “It’s amazing, we have all sorts decorators,” said Wharrie. “From a doctor to an artist, someone actually submitted their theme in March.”
And what’s more the trees offer fantastic prizes and holiday opportunities. “Some of them offer trips, rooms at various hotels for a get-away, or the golf tree with clubs and such.”
So how do people get their hands on these original and treasure riddled pines? All but three of them will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with all proceeds going towards the Sprit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
For more information or to purchase a ticket for any of the events call 565-2515 or stop by the hospital.
Festival lights up