On November 23rd, Festival of Trees will open its doors at the Civic Centre for the 25th time. This annual event helps to raise funds for important diagnostic equipment for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
Over the past 25 years, over $8 Million has been raised through this iconic event that embraces the region and showcases amazing collaboration of volunteers, and our esteemed Festival of Trees Committee, who make sure every year is better than the last, and this year will be no exception.
Local favorites will be returning, such as the Fashion Show on Nov. 24, which allows local retailers and businesses a chance to show their clothing and the Santa Breakfast on Nov. 25, sponsored by Northland Dodge, where parents and children alike get a chance to eat and visit with Santa himself. Family Day, sponsored by Canadian Tire, is a fun filled day of activities the whole family can enjoy is also returning on Nov. 25, with the civic light up at dusk.
Seniors that are wishing to attend can look forward to the Seniors Luncheon on Nov. 26, sponsored by Medichair or the Senior’s Tea sponsored by Scotiabank on Nov. 29. Both events are Festival staples and sell out quick, so pay attention to when tickets go on sale!
As always, The Gala Fundraising Auction sponsored by Northland Auto Group takes place on Friday November 30. This must-attend event is for the philanthropists at heart who choose to support the area of healthcare selected each year by bidding on a carefully curated collection of trips, one of a kind items, and experiences while enjoying a pre-reception sponsored by Canfor and fantastic seated dinner carefully prepared by Chef Jorges at the Civic Centre.
Saturday Dec. 1 plays host to Dance and Dine among the Pine, our small business Christmas party or a great evening out with friends. As well on Saturday is the new addition of Namaste to Start your Day - Morning Yoga for those looking to unwind after a long week in a festive fashion.
And last but certainly not least, on Dec 2 is the Teddy Bear Breakfast, where the attendees young and old can bring a toy to donate to the less fortunate in exchange for a teddy bear! This event is very popular with young families.
All other times are available for public viewing of the incredible big trees, little trees, wreaths and little houses that are all available for silent bidding. There‘s something for everyone including a gift shoppe that will delight everyone who is looking for that “something special” gift.
This will not be a year to miss! Tickets go on sale Oct. 1, so join us in celebrating 25 years!!
“The Festival of Trees is a tradition in the community.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “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 for 25 years – this year will be another outstanding year for sure.”