Christmas tree festival raises money for children’s hospital

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People admire the donated decorations at the Festival of Trees (photo courtesy of the Festival of Trees).
People admire the donated decorations at the Festival of Trees. (Photo courtesy the Festival of Trees)

Festival of Trees, the annual holiday benefit for Primary Children’s Hospital, will take place Dec. 4–7.

The festival was started 43 years ago by a group of volunteer women and has raised over $33 million for children since then. It raises money though ticket sales, as well as a tree auction, and all money raised goes directly to help Primary Children’s.

There are over 700 trees at the festival for visitors to admire, as well as food stands, entertainment and pictures with Santa.

Madeleine Homer, a junior biology education major from Midvale, has volunteered at the Festival of Trees in the past and attended almost every year because it represents the true meaning of Christmas

“What I enjoy about the Festival is that it envelops the spirit of Christmas because it involves everything Christmas, with decorations and food and music, and is all about serving the kids at Primary Children’s Hospital,” Homer said.

According to Robyn Austin, public relations chair for the Festival of Trees, the festival is a great way to start the Christmas season because it provides a way for the community to make a difference in the lives of children.

“Christmas is about one child that was born so many years ago to make our lives better,” Austin said. “It’s only fitting that we do the same wherever possible, and Festival of Trees is a great way to do that.”

The Festival of Trees is located in Sandy and is a great holiday activity for families and students to remember the meaning of Christmas and give back.

“It’s all about service. The motto of BYU is come here to learn and go forth to serve, and the festival provides a great opportunity to students to go out and live that,” Homer said.

Tickets cost $5 at the door and $4 at most Zion’s Bank locations. For more information on the Festival, visit http://www.festivaloftreesutah.org/.

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