The Festival of Trees is an annual Grand County event sponsored by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club. It began in Winter Park’s Cooper Creek Mall in 2004 and featured 10 trees. Today it is one of the most successful fundraisers in the county. It has also become a family and resident tradition to kick off the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays.

Dozens of Grand County non-profit organizations support the festival by decorating trees, menorahs, and wreaths that are later silent auctioned to the highest bidder. All sale proceeds go to the non-profits. With each passing year, competition increases as themes and décor get more evolved and creative. FRVLC provides the trees, stands, wreaths, and facilities delivery service to the winning bidders.

As in previous years, there will be a favorite tree contest where attendees will use tickets to place their vote for their favorite tree. This year FRVLC anticipates more than 30 entries with the winning bids revealed at the end of the evening.

Festively decorated evergreens aren’t the only crowd pleaser. Delicious desserts literally take center stage. Sinful rows of decadent pastries, sumptuous cakes, and other delightful desserts from Grand Counties’ finest restaurants are also silent auctioned. Santa will make a guest appearance and all good girls and boys can get their pictures taken with him.

This year’s festival will start at 4 pm on December 6th and will take place inside the Grand Park Community Recreation Center at 1 Main St in Fraser. Admission to the event is always free. This year will include a “Fraser Valley Fun Package” raffle and the lucky winner will win an estimated $2100 in local adventure prizes. The festival will conclude at 8 pm. For more details visit the FRVLC event page.

Tracy Navarrete