Northside Hospital - Annual tree lighting celebrates hope, honors Northside Hospital patients

Annual tree lighting celebrates hope, honors Northside Hospital patients

Posted on: December 01, 2017


For the last 29 years, thousands in the community have come together for the Celebration of Lights, an annual tradition that raises funds for cancer patients, celebrates patients and cancer survivors, honors caregivers and remembers loved ones who passed.

On Friday, Dec. 1, four giant holiday trees atop Northside campuses in Canton, Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming will light their trees following a free community-wide celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Northside Hospital Cherokee, 450 Northside Cherokee Boulevard in Canton. 

Free parking and shuttle service at Hasty Elementary School, 205 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton.

“The Northside Hospital Foundation is so pleased and proud of all the people who support Celebration of Lights and our efforts to bring hope to those affected by cancer, our babies in the NICU and families grieving the loss of a pregnancy,” said Freda Hardage, director of the Northside Hospital Foundation.

The holiday celebration includes several choral and performance groups, including Knox Elementary, Indian Knoll Elementary, Avery Elementary, Power Taps, Dance Now, Oak Grove Elementary, River Ridge High School and Freedom Middle School.

In addition, there will be photos with Santa Claus, refreshments and many other activities to entertain children. For the eleventh consecutive year, WSB-TV anchor Fred Blankenship will serve as emcee.

Each of the nearly 50,000 lights on the four holiday trees can be purchased and symbolically designated in honor or memory of loved ones, physicians, caregivers or friends during the Northside Hospital Foundation’s #LightsForGood campaign. All proceeds go to the Northside Hospital Foundation’s support of cancer patients at Northside, NICU families and perinatal bereavement. 

Since 1989, Celebration of Lights has raised nearly $600,000 for the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. Northside treats more newly diagnosed cancer cases than anyone in Georgia and continues to be a regional and national leader in the fight against cancer.

“We are excited to host this event for the first time at our new campus,” said Billy Hayes, CEO at Northside Hospital Cherokee. “The holiday tree will illuminate even brighter this holiday season and hopefully bring hope, promise and healing to all in our communities.”

Participants are being asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift to donate to the Malon D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club.

For more information about Celebration of Lights, or to participate in the Northside Hospital Foundation #LightsForGood campaign by purchasing a symbolic holiday tree light, visit


Northside Hospital Atlanta

1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 851-8000

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450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115
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Duluth, GA 30096
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Cumming, GA 30041
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Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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