Lights of Hope returns to St. Paul's Hospital this week

Nov 12 2019, 8:00 am

Another Lights of Hope community celebration is just around the corner.

The returning event is an annual Christmastime tradition that’s been held outside St. Paul’s Hospital since 1998.

As the unofficial kick-off to Vancouver’s holiday season, the 22nd annual Lights of Hope display will shine for the first time this year at St. Paul’s Hospital on Thursday, November 14th.

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Foundation marks the launch of its seasonal hospital lights display with a free event at the intersection of Burrard Street and Helmcken Street that includes a fireworks display from the hospital rooftop. There will also be food trucks and carollers to add to the festivities.

The lighting ceremony will see the building glow with over 100,000 bright lights, and more than 200 shining stars.

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This year, in support of the Lights of Hope fundraising campaign, landmarks around Vancouver will simultaneously light up, brightening the entire city — including Science World at TELUS World of Science, BC Place Stadium, Telus Garden, and Davie Street LED strip lighting from Burrard Street to Jervis Street.

The community celebration Thursday marks the beginning of the Lights of Hope campaign, which raises funds to support the greatest needs of patients, residents and caregivers at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Providence Health Care’s seniors care homes.

New to the display this year is the Living Light, an interactive art piece that gives everyone the opportunity to light a star themselves.

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope

Passersby can choose a donation amount, tap their contactless card to donate, and help keep hope alive for the patients of St. Paul’s. The Living Light shines brightly when donations are made, and fades when it goes too long without support.

Since its inception, donations to the Lights of Hope fundraising campaign have exceeded $37 million and provided much-needed funding to purchase urgently needed equipment, support world-class research and teaching, and enhance care for Providence Health Care’s patients and residents.

Lights of Hope 2019 Fireworks & Display Launch

When: Thursday, November 14

Time: 6 pm to 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

Daily Hive is a proud sponsor of St. Paul’s Hospital’s 2019 Lights of Hope

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