Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Victoria Festival of Trees

November 16, 2016 - January 3, 2017 at The Bay Centre and The Fairmont Empress

Each year, the festival brings together the generous community of Victoria in what has become, over the last two decades, a cherished holiday tradition and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season in the city.

Event sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals decorate trees in a creative and beautiful fashion. The festival invites visitors to browse through the holiday displays and donate to vote for their favourite trees.

This year is shaping up to be our best yet as we "branch" out across the city! For the first time ever we have two festival locations to enjoy: 65 trees at The Bay Centre during regular shopping hours and, 20 trees at The Fairmont Empress, open to viewing daily until 11 p.m.

“I love seeing people’s faces light up as they tell you how they made their decorations. The Festival of Trees is a genuinely heart-warming event." - Jack Knox, 2015 Judge

How Does the Festival of Trees Help local Kids?

All funds raised through the 2016 Festival of Trees will support the Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports important programs and services provided by BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Your contribution will support the areas of greatest need in each of these facilities, including specialized research into childhood diseases, the purchase of and/or upgrading to state-of-the-art medical equipment, and education programs for caregivers and families.

Join us in giving our children the best chance of a healthy future.

Be a part of the magic!

There would be no Festival of Trees without our amazing volunteers who come together to put up, and take down all trees. Contact Danielle Fullwood at for more information.

Still want more? Follow us on social media to learn about all the exciting ways we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary, and for your chance to win great prizes!

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View the full gallery of photos from Festival of Trees Victoria 2016.

Congratulations to our 2016 winners:

Spirit of Giving

The Spirit of Giving category was introduced to encourage fundraising and acknowledge efforts made by the passionate teams who work year-round to raise funds to present as bribes. Over the years, however, this category has become so much more; it's evolved into a philanthropic movement that inspires change, and brings us together to improve the healthcare provided to kids in BC.


The Bay Centre with an outstanding $5,000 donation!

This year, funds raised through the Spirit of Giving will purchase new Activated Clotting Time Machines for the Cardiology Program at BC Children's Hospital.

Thank you goes out to everyone who participated and also helped us raise over $18,000 in monetary, gift cards, and toy donations!


Judges Choice First Place
Judges Choice Second Place

The Times Colonist


Judges Choice Third Place
Reid's Choice Award

Broadmead Care Society sponsored by Ron Cooley CFP Senior Investment Advisor Manulife Securities Incorporated

Victoria Disability Resource Centre Sponsored by Burkhart Construction Management Inc.

People's Choice First Place People's Choice Second Place
People's Choice Third Place