The Festival of Trees was blinding, strings of colorful lights strung along every attraction. Classical music, perfectly played by a cluster of violinists, drifted from the gala hall towards the holiday market. Trees, wrapped in ribbons of red and green, towered over onlookers. Parents carried wooden boxes overflowing with new toys and handmade crafts while their children posed for photos in the presence of Santa. Specs of white fell from above and covered the ground in a blanket of fresh snow.
The festival presents a wide array of unique trees, each decorated by members of the community. Snacks will be available through food trucks and live performances are provided by local entertainers. After the parade of trees, the holiday market will open and sell ornaments, toys and other great Christmas gifts. For younger visitors, the festival offers face painting, bounce houses and photos with Santa.
The Festival of Trees is a seasonal fundraiser held from November 29-30 in the Cane Island Amenity Village The festival was originally created by Brian Varvel and Christy Bohlen with intent to raise money for the Ballard House, a housing complex that provides shelter for those with life threatening illnesses. Over the course of two years, the festival was able to raise over $80,000 for their cause and properly offer better outreach to patients.
Adult tickets are available for $10 while children and seniors are $5. Buy your tickets now at https://www.bhfot.org/about-the-festival/