One of Prince George’s longest-running winter festivals begins today.
The Festival of Trees opening day will be accented by the annual Civic Light Up in and around Canada Games Plaza tonight (Wednesday).
According to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, money raised at this year’s Festival will go towards expanding and enhancing UHNBC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only one in northern BC.
The expansion aims to double the number of beds in the unit to 15, “allowing premature infants born as early as 30 weeks’ gestation to receive vital care they need while remaining close to their families and support systems.”
“This is a significant enhancement to care for our littles patients in Northern BC ensuring they have the best possible start in life, and one that we felt matched the legacy of Festival of Trees,’ said Aimee Cassie, Spirit of the North, CEO.
“The impact of Festival has been felt by thousands of patients both locally and throughout the North, and this year we wanted the theme to reflect the spirit of Festival after all these years.”
It costs $5 to get in to the Festival of Trees, or $15 for a family, it will be open for 12 hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
While the Festival is held inside, the Civic Light Up will be held outside in the evening from 6:00 to 8:00, featuring complimentary hot chocolate and snacks, food trucks, and special visits from Santa, Mr. PG, and other local mascots.
The light-up itself takes place at 7:40 and will be followed by fireworks at 7:45.