Fraser River Valley Lions Club stages Christmas Festival of Trees on Saturday |

Fraser River Valley Lions Club stages Christmas Festival of Trees on Saturday

The Christmas Festival of Trees returns for its sixth year on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 4-8 p.m. at the Beaver Village Lodge.

Presented by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club and Beaver Village Lodge, the festival features fully decorated live trees and wreaths created by 25 community non-profit organizations. Everyone in the community is invited.

Admission is free, and families are encouraged to attend and enjoy a children’s sing-along and a chat with Santa Claus. Parents, take your cameras. The trees, with a “Close to Home” theme, will be presented at silent auction from 4-7:30 p.m., when bidding will end.

The festival also features a specialty dessert silent auction, live music, appetizers, refreshments and a best decorated tree contest. Entertainment is graciously and enthusiastically provided by Joe Rooyakkers, TnT and the Irvines.

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 fresh trees are delivered by Lions to places of work or homes on Monday, Dec. 7. The opportunity to purchase 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 at King’s Crossing in Winter Park (where those who don’t succeed in making the highest bid at the festival can buy an undecorated tree) participants will have decorated their trees on Thursday and Friday before the festival.

This year’s decorators include ACHES/Childrens Advocates, Bits and Spurs/Gymkanna, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Cub Scouts Pack #104, Eternal Hills Christian Pre-School, Fraser Creative Learning Center, Girl Scouts of Colorado-Granby, Granby Play Day Pre-School and Grand Beginnings.

Also decorating trees are Grand Characters/Red Hat Society, Grand County Model Railroaders Club, Grand Huts, Grand Kids, Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Horizons, Middle Park Land Trust, Mountain Family Center/Grand County Board of Realtors, MPHS After Prom Party, NSCD, P.E.O., Pet Pals, Shining Stars Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and Winter Park Rotary.

Generous local restaurateurs will create confections for the silent dessert auction. Busy bakers will appreciate a respite from the 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.

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 non-profit organization will have a representative hosting their tree, ready to describe the virtues of the decorations and of their philanthropy.

The Fraser River Valley Lions extend a special thank you to Jill Childress, who founded, planned and chaired this event beginning six years ago. And thank you to Donna Campbell who has ably chaired the event in recent years. Both have given a lovely holiday gift to this community.

Local business owners and professionals have been invited to a pre-event on Friday evening to preview and bid on the decorated trees as they support our Grand County non-profit organizations. Call Donna at (970) 887-2256 for more information.