Bay Centre Festival of Trees
Photo by Jay Wallace

Get ready to spread some holiday cheer!

The B.C. Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees is back for its 26th year at The Bay Centre, and it’s bigger and brighter than ever before.

Over 80 local businesses and organizations have rooted their decorated Christmas trees throughout the mall, in a jaw dropping show of holiday spirit.

Raising funds for the B.C. Children’s Hospital

Each one of these trees hopes to win the coveted “People’s Choice” Award, and this is where you step in! All you have to do is cast your vote for your favourite tree with a donation to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Donating is easy – there are voting stations scattered around the trees OR you can even text a particular tree number to 45678.  For example, our Victoria Buzz tree is #31, so if you’d like to vote for ours, you would text “TREE031” to the number 45678 and follow the three-step prompting for your vote to be complete.

Last year, the Festival of Trees became B.C. Children’s Hospital’s largest fundraising event on Vancouver Island, after $170,500. The goal is to beat that record this year.

Check out The Bay Centre’s Christmas tree

Overwhelmed by the choices and don’t know where to start?

Take a look at The Bay Centre’s contribution to the Festival of Trees, in collaboration with Studio Robazzo.

(Ornament on The Bay Centre’s tree – Photo by Jay Wallace)

The intricate details on their fabulous golden stiletto ornaments were actually created with a 3D printer. Each one of these detailed prints took a whopping 16 hours to make.

To vote for The Bay Centre’s tree via text, just send “TREE033” to the number 45678 and follow the instructions!

Here are some more photos of the event

Photo by Jay Wallace
Photo by Jay Wallace
Photo by Jay Wallace
Photo by Jay Wallace
Photo by Jay Wallace
Photo by Jay Wallace

Festival of Trees

  • When: November 16th – January 2nd, regular shopping hours
  • Where: The Bay Centre, Douglas St
  • Admission: Free. Vote by donation

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