Nicklaus Children’s Celebrates Tree-Lighting Tradition

Published on: 12/07/2017

It’s a special time of year, and that is no exception at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. On December 6, patients and families were treated to a tree-lighting celebration that included singing, delicious holiday treats, and even “snow.” The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Employee and Volunteer Choir kept guests in the spirit throughout the ceremony, singing Christmas and Hanukkah songs, while the lyrics were displayed on screens for everyone to sing along. Even the children from the Early Learning Center joined in on the fun, as they accompanied the choir in singing “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Our December Patient of the Month, Frankie, and his sister, Kailynn, were also in attendance, and they had the honor of flipping the switch to light the Christmas tree. Click here to view Frankie's story.

The tree-lighting ceremony is a tradition that the Children’s Experiences team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital hosts every year in order to help boost the spirit of the children who are in the hospital during the holidays. This year’s event also included special messages by Chaplain Hadson Solis and Rabbi Jonathan Tabachnikoff, as well as a Gingerbread House play area.

There are many ways to help make the holidays special for our patients and families, including supporting our Spread Joy Holiday Toy Drive. 

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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