7th Annual Festival of Trees | SkyHiNews.com

7th Annual Festival of Trees

Special to the Sky-Hi News

Presented by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club and Beaver Village Lodge, this year’s “Christmas Enchantment” features fully decorated live trees and wreaths, and a menorah, created by 27 community nonprofit organizations.

Admission is free, and families are encouraged to attend. Children will enjoy a chat with Santa Claus and a sing-along as recorded holiday music wafts among the lighted trees.

Parents are encouraged to take their cameras; and children are encouraged to produce a wish list for Santa.

The trees will be presented at silent auction from 4-7:30 p.m., when the bidding will end and winners will be announced. The festival also features a specialty dessert silent auction, appetizers, refreshments, no-host wine and beer, and a “best decorated tree” contest.

Buying a decorated tree offers an opportunity to support local nonprofit organizations, as 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to participating organizations.

Busy business owners, condo residents lacking attics filled with ornaments, and holiday-harried families can relax as their decorated fresh trees are delivered by Lions to places of work or homes on Monday, Dec. 6.

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The festival also creates an opportunity to purchase a tree and donate it to a family that can’t afford one.

This year’s tree-decorating participants include CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Trout Unlimited, Cub Scouts Pack #104, Eternal Hills Christian Pre-School, Fraser Creative Learning Center, Girls Scouts of Colorado – Granby, Granby Play Days Pre-School, Grand Beginnings, Grand Characters (decorated by Red Hat Society), and Grand County Model Railroaders Club.

Also decorating trees are Grand Huts, Grand Kids, Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Mountain Family Center (decorated by Grand County Board of Realtors), MPHS After Prom Party, NSCD,

P.E.O., Pet Pals, Shining Stars Foundation, ACHES/Children’s Advocates, Grand County Blues Society, Horizons, Middle Park Land Trust and Winter Park Rotary.

Generous restaurateurs will create confections for the dessert silent auction. Busy bakers will appreciate a respite from the holiday kitchen. If you succeed as the highest bidder on a dessert, plan to take it home with you – unlike the trees, desserts cannot be delivered.

Again this year, wooden carvings by Bill Brown will be on display for sale. The charming figures make wonderful Christmas gifts or holiday decorations.

The evening will also feature a Best Decorated Tree Contest. Winners will be chosen by an impartial panel of judges, and cash prizes will be awarded. Each nonprofit organization will have a representative hosting their tree, ready to describe the virtues of the decorations.

Those who don’t succeed in making the winning bid at the tree festival can purchase an undecorated tree at the King’s Crossing Lot in Winter Park in the days after the festival.

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