Nanaimo Festival of Trees Grows in New Direction

Word on the street is that Festival of Trees Nanaimo, harbinger of the holiday season, will no longer be organized by the Vancouver Island University Foundation. This year, the Nanaimo Community for Kids will be taking on the project, with a vision to make the event more focused on kids, rather than the gala affair it has been in years past.

Nanaimo Festival of Trees entrant decorates a tree. Image via viu.ca
Nanaimo Festival of Trees entrant decorates a tree. Image via viu.ca

Nanaimo Festival of Trees

This decision is a somewhat controversial one, in that it divides fans of the festival into two very clear camps. On one hand, the holiday season is generally very child-oriented, so it only makes sense to embrace that theme. On the other hand, the Festival of Trees Gala has long been a great opportunity for Nanaimoites to spiff themselves up for a night out on the town and raise funds for a great cause. This year, the festival will be held at the Nanaimo Town Centre shopping mall. The main event will be a ticketed pancake breakfast with Santa Claus.

Festival of Trees Nanaimo 2014
Image via Charlie Parker Team

Children’s Hospital Benefits

Communities for Kids is a charity paired with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Its aim is to raise awareness and funds for the hospital. Dedicated committees have been founded in Central Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, Port Alberni, Prince George, Sooke, the Upper Fraser Valley, Vanderhoof, Victoria, and Nanaimo. With committees throughout the province, this unique initiative allows BC Children’s Hospital Foundation the chance to have more presence in diverse cities and towns further away from the hospital’s Lower Mainland location.

Special for RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

100% of RE/MAX Of Nanaimo’s agents donate to the Children’s Miracle Network with each transaction. The holiday season is a special time that brings out the childish wonder in all of us, so it makes sense to give back through an organization that touches the lives of so many young ones in such a meaningful way. Festivities begin November 22nd, 2014 and wrap up on January 4th, 2015. Questions about Festival of Trees 2014? Please get in touch with CFKnanaimo@gmail.com.