(The Bay Centre / Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

For the past 29 years, Festival of Trees has been the unofficial kick off to the holiday season in Victoria. It has traditions that go all the way back to 1991; traditions that are especially important to the community of Victoria during this time of year. 

With the new Provincial Health Order extended to January 8, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) has pivoted to ensure this community tradition remains alive, safe and available to all – even from the comfort of your own home!

While the trees remain on display at the Bay Centre for public viewing, a new video has been crafted to allow the public to take a cruise through the trees – virtually.

You can take a look at this year’s tree lineup in the video below; and don’t forget to text to vote for your favourite tree by making a $5 donation to BCCHF!

Ready to vote for your favourite? Text the tree code next to the corresponding sponsor to 45678!

  • Outlook Project Management – TREE001
  • RemovALL Remediation – TREE002
  • Colwood Dental Group – TREE003
  • West Coast Appliances – TREE004
  • Westhills BC – TREE005
  • Team for Hope (donated by Mayfair Optometric) – TREE006
  • Westshore Dental Centre – TREE007
  • FIVE Behaviour & Education Services Inc. – TREE008
  • REMAX Alliance – TREE009
  • Townline Construction – TREE010
  • Peninsula Co-op – TREE011
  • Thrifty’s – TREE012
  • Island Savings – TREE013
  • West Shore U-Lock – TREE014
  • Glenlyon Norfolk School – TREE015
  • BC Hydro Power Pioneers – TREE016
  • Coastal Community Credit Union – TREE017
  • Rotary Club of Victoria – TREE018
  • Star Fish Medical – TREE019
  • The Bay Centre – TREE020
  • SMUS – TREE021
  • Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society – TREE022
  • CGI – TREE023
  • Superstore – TREE024
  • Ross Place Retirement – TREE025
  • Bastion Books – TREE026
  • Hermans Jazz Club – TREE027
  • Hot Tub Boats Victoria – TREE028
  • Lifestyle Markets – TREE029
  • DFH Real Estate – TREE030
  • Buttons’n’Bows – TREE031
  • Victoria Residential Builders Association – TREE032
  • Tri- X Excavating and Trucking – TREE033
  • Shannon Oaks – TREE034
  • Peloton Technologies – TREE035
  • Friendly Giant Window & Gutter Team – TREE036
  • Deep Cove Customs – TREE037
  • St. Margaret’s School – TREE038
  • Earls Kitchen + Bar – TREE039
  • Hendra Moving and Storage – TREE040
  • Stone’s Jewellery – TREE041
  • Baker Tilly Victoria – TREE042
  • eWomenNetwork – TREE043
  • Nordic Fencing – TREE044
  • Wilson’s Transportation & Victoria HarbourCats – TREE045
  • Used.ca – TREE046
  • Ocean 98.5 – TREE047
  • Times Colonist – TREE048
  • Victoria Buzz – TREE049
  • Innov8 Digital Solutions – TREE050

Also, if you’re a business who wasn’t able to participate at the Bay Centre this year, or even an individual or a family who has always loved Festival of Trees , there’s now the option to set up your very own virtual Festival of Trees page; and join in on this year’s magic free of charge!

Simply visit www.bcchf.ca/FOT and register under the “Participate” button by selecting Victoria as your location. 

“While our holiday plans go on pause this year, the healthcare of BC’s sickest kids can never rest,” says Lacey Sheardown, Festival of Trees Committee Chair. 

“We hope you consider registering your business or family to participate virtually, or vote for your favourite tree either at the Bay Centre or by watching our virtual tour. From all the volunteers on the Festival of Trees committee, thank you and Happy Holidays!”

For any questions about the virtual Festival of Trees program, please contact Shaun Cerisano, Philanthropy Manager at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation at scerisano@bcchf.ca

Festival of Trees 2020

  • When: November 19th – January 5th, 2021 – regular shopping hours
  • Where: The Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street
  • Admission: Free – vote by donation!

Colin Smith Takes Pics

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