LIGHT, the universal symbol of life, filled the grounds of Kirkwood Hospice in a moving ceremony yesterday evening.
Hundreds of visitors attended the Light up a Life service, which is now in its sixth year.
People made donations to dedicate a light on the Tree of Memories that then provided the focus for the annual event.
Over the years, dedications have totalled £30,000 to help fund the work of Kirkwood Hospice.
"It can either be in memory or celebration of a life, for someone who has passed away or somebody you can't be with this Christmas," said Annabel Arkless, hospice fundraising manager.
Organisers welcomed about 800 people to the event.
Patients at the hospice were able to watch the ceremony from their rooms.
"For a lot of people it's the first time they have come back to the hospice if they have lost someone here," said Annabel.
"And at this time of year, especially, we all think of people we could be with so it is emotional."
Visitors were greeted by the playing of Hade Edge Band. The tree was then blessed by the Rev Mike Wood who also conducted the service.
The lights were switched on at 4pm, as dusk fell, to mark the start of the ceremony.
Singer Emma Prescott then performed the song Now Light 1,000 Lights.
Prayers were also said.
After the ceremony, people enjoyed mince pies.
Everyone who has had a light dedicated to them will appear in a book of memories.
Anyone still wishing to dedicate a light to a loved one should contact Kirkwood Hospice.
Annabel thanked Syngenta and Ramsdens Solicitors in Huddersfield for sponsoring the tree.