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‘Purposeful light’: Hamilton tree lighting spectacle helps children in need

As we near the close of the year and the temperatures drop, Hamiltonians’ thoughts gravitate towards cherished holiday traditions. Among the most beloved in downtown Hamilton is the yearly illumination of the Christmas Tree of Hope.

Gore Park rekindled the tradition on Dec. 1. from 5 – 7 p.m., inviting Hamiltonians to the transformation of the park as it was set aglow with festive lights.

Established in 1976, the Children’s Fund Christmas Tree of Hope has been a beacon for children and families navigating challenges during the holiday season. This cherished tradition continues to deliver festive joy year after year.

“It’s my first time in Gore Park, we traveled with my family from Mississauga to visit friends and experience the tree lighting and choir,” Andres Da Silva said. “They treated us to hot chocolate and cookies, and to top it off, they handed out pins with lights to attach to our clothes. Despite the chilly night, my children are overjoyed.”

Visitors had the opportunity to grab snacks before visiting Santa and posing for a photo with two princesses. Attendees also took in the impressive giant manger located at the centre of the park. There was a live musical performance by the Mountain Citadel Brass Band starting at 5:30 p.m., setting the festive Christmas atmosphere.

“Christmas is also about sharing with those who are most in need, and it’s heartwarming to witness children bringing donations while patiently awaiting the tree lighting,” chorus singer Karla White said. “Children are the most joyful at these events because they get to relish the presence of the princesses and indulge in some treats while we play holiday music.”

Downtown Hamilton came alive with the festive spirit as Gore Park illuminated the surroundings.

Finally, the tree’s lights came on at 6:45 p.m., casting a warm glow over downtown Hamilton. 

Individuals who want to contribute to the fund can text DONATE to 30333. Alternately, they can support the cause by calling 905-521-2310. 

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