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Kelowna's Tree of Hope light up live streamed on Castanet Friday night

Tree of Hope lights up

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m.

Kelowna's 25th annual Tree of Hope not only lit up the holiday season but also raised money for charity.

The tree shines with 25,000 LED bulbs illuminating the Landmark Centre and stands over 120 feet tall.

The Tree of Hope symbolizes the start of the holiday season and this year the fundraising was for YMCA of Southern Interior BC and BGC Okanagan – two local charities that are united in sharing their common goal of raising healthier families and communities.

Donations will be directed to programs such as child care, summer camps, workforce training and leadership development for youth, nourishment for children with breakfast programs, mental health and early-intervention programs and so much more.

The Stober Foundation will be matching all funds raised up to $500,000 and directing them to the YMCA of Southern Interior BC and BGC Okanagan – two local charities that are united in sharing their common goal of raising healthier families and communities.

From Late November until January, the Tree of Hope is a visible reminder to the citizens and visitors of Kelowna that the Christmas season is a time of generosity and compassion, bringing joy to friends and family.

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: 5:50 p.m.

Following a medical emergency, the Tree of Hope light up ceremony has resumed.


UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

The Tree of Hope light up and accompanying event has been delayed due to an on-site medical emergency.


UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

Several speeches will be made prior to the Tree of Hope light up, which is expected to occur at 5:45 p.m.

Check out the livestream above for coverage of the event.


ORIGINAL: 2:30 p.m.

The 25th annual Tree of Hope light up takes place Friday evening.

The giant LED Christmas tree, erected each year to stand as a beacon of hope and goodwill for the community, will be lit on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

The event will be streamed live on Castanet.

Residents are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m. at Kelowna’s Landmark District to grab a good spot.

The Stober Foundation will be matching all funds raised up to $500,000 and directing them to the YMCA of Southern Interior BC and BGC Okanagan – two local charities that are united in sharing their common goal of raising healthier families and communities.

Donations can be made here.



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