Grand Boulevard’s sixth annual “Festival of Trees” will showcase 12 uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations, Nov. 24 – Dec. 25 in Grand Park. The public is invited to attend the kick-off on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., as the trees are lighted, judged on their decorations and winners are announced at 6 p.m. A People’s Choice winner will be selected by the voting public that night as well. Refreshments will be served, making this a fun kickoff to the holidays for the entire family.
The non-profit organizations are competing to win cash prizes totaling $7,000, including Best of Show and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice winner will be voted on and announced along with Best of Show, Second and Third Place winners at the kick-off, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. For the People’s Choice Award, the public will vote for their favorite tree at Grand Park and the tree with the most votes will win. This year’s Best of Show purse is $2,500, Second Place is $1,500, Third Place is $1,000 and People’s Choice winner receives $2,000.
The trees will be on display through Christmas and open to the public to enjoy at no cost. This free event is presented as part of the Coastal Culture calendar of events, made possible by Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.
Disclaimer: I am on the board of the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. I hope you can make it to this fun event, give them your vote, and support our local charities.
photo: Moon Creek Studios