It started with a vision of a grand celebration of tree lighting. A vision of a large evergreen covered with so many sparkling Christmas lights that it took your breath away at the beauty of it all, and of course, hot chocolate to go along with it too! (Hot chocolate goes with everything!)
President Gerry Kentner envisioned this in 2008, when the Canadian economy was in a mild recession. She felt that people and families needed something to care about, hang on to, enjoy with their children and give them hope. It was important to Gerry that this event be FREE-to-everyone.
On Christmas morning, some get nothing and many get lots, but we could all come together and stand by this grand planting and know that our neighbor beside us shares in our hope too and we all could feel the strong sense of community that Halton Hills is so proud of.
Since Gerry had that vision in 2008, not only was a Tree of Hope planted in Georgetown and covered in lights, but as of 2015 there is now a Tree of Hope in Acton (2010) and Glen Williams (2013), with plans to expand the "Light Up The Hills" initiative into more of the communities that make up Halton Hills. Each tree is a 25’/7.6m Colorado Blue Spruce that is planted one year prior to being decorated with over 2000 LED lights.
Light up the Hills is now entering into its 14th year and so many look forward this event and bring their children, holiday company, friends and family to embrace the spirit of the season. A community meeting place, a celebration and something to bring hope and joy to everyone, the “Tree of Hope” will be illuminated every year in each community from December 1 to January 3.
Georgetown, as the first site selected for the “Tree of Hope”, is also the location of “Ignition”, a family-friendly night of fun and freebies held every year on December 1. Due to COVID-19 this year, we will be unable to hold our large Opening Ceremony, but we hope to be able to bring it back in 2022. The lights will all still be lit this year for everyone to enjoy!
Dominion Gardens Park, the site of Georgetown’s Tree of Hope, has been expanded with lighting displays throughout, featuring wreaths, candy canes, Santa’s House, and much more! Bring your family and friends out for a wondrous winter walk through the sparkling lights during the month of December – we’ll see you there!