Over 100,000 lights set to twinkle on this breathtaking display in Vancouver


St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver will once again glow bright with thousands of lights for the 22nd annual Lights of Hope display.

St Paul’s Hospital will once again glow bright with thousands of lights for the 22nd annual Lights of Hope display. File photo

The lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 14, will see the hospital building twinkle with more than 100,000 lights, 200 shining stars, and the new Living Light art installation. The interactive art piece gives everyone the opportunity to light a star. Organizers say the Living Light “shines brightly when you donate, and fades when it goes too long without support.”

“Passersby can choose a donation amount, tap their contactless card to donate, and help keep hope alive for the patients of St. Paul’s,” a release stated.

Lights of Hope display. Photograph By Martha Perkins

The holiday event kick-off on Burrard Street will feature the traditional lighting display, celebratory fireworks, a chorus of holiday caroling, delicious eats served up by food trucks and photos by donation with Santa.

Since its inception in 1998 donations to the St Paul’s Foundation campaign have exceeded $37 million and have provided much-needed funding to purchase urgently needed equipment, have supported world-class research and teaching, and enhanced care for Providence Health Care’s patients and residents.

The community celebration also 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.

In support of the campaign, landmarks around Vancouver will simultaneously light up, brightening the entire city — these include Science World at TELUS World of Science, BC Place Stadium, Telus Garden, and Davie Street LED strip lighting from Burrard St to Jervis St.

Lights of Hope

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, with lighting display and fireworks between 6:30 and 7pm
Where: St. Paul’s Hospital | 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: Donations welcome