Christmas Festival of Trees returns to Fraser Valley for its fifth year |

Christmas Festival of Trees returns to Fraser Valley for its fifth year

The Christmas Festival of Trees returns for its fifth year on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4-8 p.m. at the Beaver Village Lodge in an expanded venue. Presented by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club, the festival will showcase fully decorated live trees created by 23 community non-profit organizations. The trees, with a “Winter Fantasy” theme, will be presented at silent auction from 4-7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The festival also features a specialty dessert silent auction, live music, appetizers and beverages, a children’s sing-along and, of course, Santa. What a great way to embrace the spirit of the holiday season. Parents, bring your cameras.

Entertainment will be graciously provided by Joe Rooyakkers and Tim Connelly, Juice Box, and Third Time Lucky.

Buying a decorated tree offers an opportunity to support local nonprofits as 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to participating organizations.. Meanwhile, busy business owners, condo residents lacking attics filled with ornaments and holiday-harried families can relax as their decorated trees are delivered by Lions on Monday, Dec. 8. The opportunity to buy and donate a tree to a family that can’t afford one is surely in the holiday spirit.

Fresh from the Lions Club’s tree lot in Winter Park, trees will have been decorated on Thursday and Friday before the festival.

This year’s decorators include Bits and Spurs/Gymkanna, Shining Stars Foundation, Girl Scouts/Granby, Mountain Family Center by the Grand County Board of Realtors, Grand County Blues Society and Pet Pals.

Also decorating trees are Church of the Eternal Hills Pre-School, National Sports Center for the Disabled, Advocates, Heart of the Mountains Hospice, ACHES/Children’s Advocates, Grand Beginnings and Grand Huts.

Grand Characters by the Red Hat Society, Middle Park Land Trust, Winter Park Rotary, P.E.O., Fraser Creative Learning Center, CASA, Grand County Model Railroaders Club, High Country Stampede Royalty and Horizons will also present decorated trees.

Generous local restaurateurs will create confections for the silent dessert auction. Busy bakers will appreciate the respite from the kitchen. If you win a dessert, plan to take it home with you ” unlike the trees, desserts cannot be delivered.

The evening will also feature a “Pick Your Favorite Tree” contest. Attendees will vote, and awards will be given to first, second and third place winners. Each organization will have a representative touting the merits of their tree and its special decorations. Please vote.

Questions? Call Donna at (970) 887-2256.

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