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Lights of Hope fireworks return to downtown Vancouver for 2017

Kenneth Chan Oct 20, 2017 4:11 pm 1,875

An annual tradition at the main entrance of St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver will be particularly special this upcoming Christmas season as it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The Lights of Hope fundraising campaign generates millions of dollars each year for the hospital’s most immediate patient care and equipment needs.

The bright display of the Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital. (St. Paul’s Hospital)

And every year, the hospital invites the community to gather outside the hospital for an event that celebrates the campaign’s achievements.

The 2017 celebration, featuring fireworks and the launch of the iconic lighting display, is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 between 6 pm and 8 pm.

The bright display of the Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital. (St. Paul’s Hospital)

The fireworks last for about five minutes and are launched from the rooftop of the hospital, and the light display consists of 200 illuminated stars and over 100,000 bright lights.

Each back-lit star is dedicated to the campaign’s largest donors, whether it be an individual or company.

The bright display of the Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital. (Sam Zhao / Flickr)

In addition to the main attractions, there will also be food trucks, hot chocolate, and choir performances.

If you miss the celebration night, there will be an extended opportunity to see the light display as it will remain lit every night – from dusk until dawn – for several weeks through the holidays, right up until January 8, 2018.

Over $30 million has been raised since the campaign began in 1998.


Lights of Hope 2017 Fireworks & Display Launch

When: Thursday, November 16 from 6 pm and 8 pm

  • Lighting of the display and fireworks: Arrive early. The 5-minute fireworks show and display lighting begins at approximately 6:30 pm.
  • Festivities: 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: St. Paul’s Hospital Burrard entrance – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Cost: Free!

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St. Paul’s Hospital’s 2016 Lights of Hope

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]

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