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Tis the season for trees and lights
The inaugural Festival of Trees to benefit Stage New Westminster kicked off Thursday at the River Market.
The Stage and the Quayside Community Board (QCB) have created the festival in the hope of creating one of the largest food drives in the city during the holiday season.
Trees purchased at the Royal Columbia Hospital Foundation's tree lot have been decorated by local schools. People can vote for their favourite tree by coming down to the River Market and exchanging a canned food item for a ballot until voting closes Jan. 4. The tree with the most votes wins a prize from the Vancouver Circus School in the market.
After a winner is declared, the trees will be chipped at the New Westminster Fire Fighters Society's annual tree chipping event Jan. 5.
The QCB's eighth annual Light Up The Quay contest will wrap up the evening of Thursday, Dec. 19 when judges determine the best residential, lobby and building Christmas light displays, as well as the Griswold Award for the most over-the-top display.