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Hospital Lights Up Tree Dec. 5

Castle Medical Center’s 28th tree-lighting ceremony is set for Dec. 5, kicked off by the Marine Forces Pacific Band at 6:15 p.m.

A formal program will follow with the lighting of the hospital’s 60-foot Norfolk island pine, bringing thousands of twinkling lights to all the trees on the grounds. Festivities include trolley rides, performances, Wellness Van activities, Santa’s arrival at 7 and a holiday concert at 7:30 by Vaihi.

The free trolley rides, courtesy of Kaneohe Ranch and Castle Foundation, begin at 5 and take in the other light displays of Kailua town. Event parking is at Kailua High School with free buses shuttling between the hospital and the school.

Also on the program are the Kailua High Air Force JROTC, Hoku-award winners Barrett and Tar Awai, free popcorn, cookies and drinks (while they last), light meals for sale at the Bistro tent, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Nana Bear and other characters.

Castle’s landmark tree is staying busy this fall. It was covered with 3,750 pink lights and a giant pink ribbon to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. For more information, call 263-5400.