The 34th Annual Festival of Trees gets underway at Evergreen Park later this month. Sally Bellerose with the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation says there are several things to do with kids at this year’s event, including the Teddy Bear Hospital.
Bellerose explains that this area has different stations in it that teach kids about different areas of the hospital, so that if the if they ever have to go or visit in the future it is maybe a little less scary. There is also a new area called Gingy’s Gaming Room, which is an area for all ages with the latest tech games.
“We have simulation rides, such as a Formula One simulation racecar experience, as well as Santa’s Sleigh Ride simulation ride,” Bellerose says. “There are just all sorts of technology in this room, it is lots of fun and it’s a chance to do something together as a family.”
Bellerose says that Evergreen Park will be decked out in holiday cheer. She says if there was a visual of what goes into decorating it would be five transport trucks, loaded top to bottom with decorations, plus several vehicle loads. She adds that each year the event gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better.
All the money and proceeds from the festival go to the Grande Prairie Region Hospital Foundation.
“It supports our greatest needs, so we can keep fundraising throughout the year so we can bring new equipment, programs and technology to your hospital, and it helps keep our local patients local.”
The Festival of Trees runs November 24th to 27th at Evergreen Park.