26th annual Festival of Trees blooms on Nov. 22

For 25 years, the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has been lighting up Prince George in its biggest annual fundraiser to provide hospital equipment enhancements.

The 26th annual Festival of Trees is right around the corner, and all those beautifully-decorated trees will be on display starting Nov. 22 at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.

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Home for the Holidays is this year’s theme and the buildup to the festival is in now in full swing for the annual gathering of volunteers, sponsors and supporters. In the 25-year history of the event, more than $8 million has been raised.

“The Festival of Trees is a tradition in the community,” said foundation CEO Judy Neiser. “It’s about volunteerism, collaboration, creativity, good times with friends and family, and celebrating the festive season, all while supporting healthcare in the North – right here at home where we live, work and play.

“We are so grateful to the community and region for supporting this event. This year will be another outstanding year, for sure.”

The ever-popular Fashion Show is the feature event on the second day of the festival, Saturday, Nov. 23, followed by the Santa Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 24 and the Teddy Bear Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 1.

A fun-filled day of activities is planned for the Community Kick-Off on Nov. 24 and the civic light-up will happen that day at dusk. The signature events on the Festival calendar are the Seniors Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 25 and the Seniors Tea on Thursday, Nov. 28. Get your tickets early because both events sell out quickly. Tickets went on sale on Oct. 1.

The Civic Centre display area, which features trees of all sizes, wreathes and little houses, will be open to the public at various times during the festival and a gift shop will have something special for everybody on your Christmas list. Check out the festival website www.festivaloftreespg.ca or go to the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/FestivalofTreesPG/ for more information.

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