Lights of Hope returns to St. Paul's Hospital next month

Oct 24 2020, 3:45 pm

Lights of Hope is returning to St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver this year, continuing to brighten up downtown even during the global pandemic.

The 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 23rd annual Lights of Hope display will begin shining on Thursday, November 19.

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope

Organizers are making some pandemic adjustments this year, including livestreaming the opening night so guests can watch the 100,000 lights turn on from the safety of home. Opening night will also feature choirs singing Christmas carols broadcast to viewers at home and limited edition Hope at Home star lanterns which people can purchase on the event’s website.

“Taking a page from Dr. Bonnie Henry, we’ve reimagined Lights of Hope this year as Hope at Home – and we hope you’ll join us in our time-honoured holiday traditions, adjusted so we can celebrate together, while apart,” organizers wrote on the event’s website.

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The community celebration on November 19 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.

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.

Since its inception, donations to the Lights of Hope fundraising campaign have exceeded $40 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.

The 2020 light display will stay up until January 4.

Lights of Hope 2020 Launch

When: Thursday, November 19

Time: 6 pm

Where: The kickoff will be livestreamed online, and the physical light display is at St. Paul’s Hospital Burrard entrance – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Cost: Free