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The holiday season is in full swing at the Bay Centre, with their 30th annual Festival of Trees.

Until January 4th, the Bay Centre’s halls will be decorated with a lush forest of beautifully decorated, one of a kind trees by local sponsors, businesses, organizations and individuals. 

Grab some hot chocolate and take a walk through and enjoy over 70 trees and vote for your favourite!

All funds raised through the Festival of Trees go toward the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as they raise money to support mental health programs through BC Children’s Hospital and the Centre for Mindfulness. 

Did you know most mental health issues begin by age 18?

According to the BC Children’s Hospital, there are more than 84,000 children and youth in British Columbia affected by mental health. Of those children, only 30 per cent are receiving the specialized care they need.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health challenges in youth are expected to increase as we navigate these unprecedented and emotionally tolling times. 

Donating is easy, safe and virtual. Simply text a particular tree number to 45678.  For example, our Victoria Buzz tree is #26, so if you’d like to vote for ours, you would text “TREE026” to the number 45678 to make a $5 donation to BCCHF and vote for our tree. 

You can also donate to the Victoria Buzz fundraising page in direct support of BCCHF.

The Festival of Trees officially kicked off November 18th and will run until January 4th, 2022.

Festival of Trees 2021

  • When: November 18th – January 4th, regular shopping hours
  • Where: The Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street
  • Admission: Free – vote by donation!

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