Published on November 30, 2023
The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the spirit of giving than by immersing oneself in the enchanting world of Fairmont Chateau Laurier's Trees of Hope.
This year, the Shaw Centre proudly participated as a tree sponsor, spreading joy and goodwill to benefit CHEO – the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The Trees of Hope event, hosted annually by the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, is an event that involves local businesses and organizations, including the Shaw Centre, who enthusiastically embraced the tradition of uniquely decorating a Christmas Tree based on a pre-determined theme. This year’s theme, Candyland, worked its magic, transforming the Chateau’s ballroom and Laurier room into a whimsical wonderland. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Trees of Hope, and, to date, it has successfully raised more than $1.2 million for CHEO. We eagerly anticipate this year’s grand total to contribute to this impressive stat.
For the Shaw Centre, involvement in Trees of Hope was more than just a festive display; it was an opportunity to give back to the community. As a committed tree sponsor, we invested our time, creativity, and resources in meticulously crafting a tree that not only sparkled with holiday cheer but also embodied the warmth of generosity. Our Candyland-themed masterpiece, adorned with pastel pinks, soft blues, muted teals, crowned with homemade ice cream cones, and embellished with candy necklace garlands made from pool noodles and more, transformed a classic tree into a whimsical wonderland. This enchanting creation was further enhanced by an ornament crafted by a child at CHEO, adding a personal connection to the final product.
November 27th marked the inaugural tree lighting ceremony. Here, tree sponsors vied for the coveted title of the most beautifully decorated tree, judged by local radio hosts and other distinguished personalities. The grand celebration unfolded at 6 pm, serenaded by live music from the talented Jeff DeValk, Duo Ed Lister Trio, and Ok Naledi. Attendees indulged in a delightful spread of decadent desserts, creating a sensory experience that harmonized perfectly with the sweet Candyland theme.
For those who find themselves in Ottawa, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier’s lobby is a must-visit destination until January 5th. The display of Christmas trees is nothing short of breathtaking, and the Shaw Centre’s Candyland-themed creation stands out, radiating the joy of the season and symbolizing the incredible power of collective giving. The public is invited to cast their vote for their favourite tree and the Shaw Centre would love your support!