47 year old event is a magical way to kick-off the season

Festival of Trees is a magical way to kick-off the 2017 Christmas Season. It is held November 29 through December 2 at the South Towne Expo Center. The 47th annual Festival of Trees will either begin or continue a holiday tradition that guarantees to entertain you, meet your shopping needs, satisfy a sweet tooth, touch your heart, and offer a way to give back to Primary Children’s Hospital.

This holiday event began 47 years ago to raise funds for Primary Children’s Hospital. Over the years, Festival of Trees has raised nearly $40 million to further the hospitals mission of providing the best medical care to children throughout the Intermountain area. It has become a tradition that inspires individuals, groups, businesses and families to serve together for an important cause.

Some of the magic of the Festival of Trees comes from the passionate and dedicated service given by its volunteer Executive Board, composed of 90 members from throughout the state of Utah. The Executive Board is led by Chairwoman Kae Rasmussen, Alpine; and Co-Chairs, Shauna Davis, Salt Lake City; Kelly Petersen, Kaysville; Brooke Thompson, Bountiful. This volunteer board is peppered with a familial lineage. In all, there are six sisters and a sister-in-law, cousins, and two mother daughter teams on the Board. In addition, five women volunteer because their mothers once served on the Board.

A similar tradition of family togetherness can be witnessed by those who gather annually to decorate trees. Grandparents, sons and daughters, children and grandchildren put their Festival commitment at the top of their Christmas list.

The Festival of Trees is thought to be the largest in-door display of decorated Christmas trees in the world. In addition, thousands attend each year to see the display of gingerbread creations, centerpieces, quilts, outdoor playhouses, and wreaths, as well as enjoy live entertainment, have pictures taken with Santa Claus, visit Kids Korner (activities especially for children), feast on hot scones and sweet rolls and shop the Gift Boutique and Sweet Shoppe.

The Festival of Trees is open to the public 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., November 29 through December 2, 2017. Free parking is available on-site at 9575 South State Street and evenings at Worker’s Comp (across State Street). Patrons can also park at Jordan Commons for $5.00.

Tickets are $7.00 for adults; $4.00 for children ages 2-11; $6.00 for Senior Citizens (65 and older). A Family Day ticket, admitting up to six immediate family members, is good for Wednesday only. Tickets are available online at festivaloftreesutah.org. Discount tickets are available online at festivaloftreesutah.org through Thanksgiving; $6.00 for adults; $3.00 for children.

Opening Night and silent auction is Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Tickets for this semi-formal evening are $20.00 per ticket and are available for purchase online at FestivalOfTreesUtah.org. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to attend the silent auction.

Everything raised at Festival of Trees benefits children cared for at Primary Children’s Hospital. As the only free standing full-service children’s hospital in the Intermountain West, Primary Children’s Hospital offers cutting-edge treatment in over 60 subspecialties, from cancer to cardiology, and neurosurgery to orthopedics. Primary Children’s Hospital was recognized as a “Top 10 Hospital” by US News and World Report in 2017. In 2016 Primary Children’s expended $16.1 million to cover 12,779 hospital visits by children in need. The financial assistance benefited children from throughout the Intermountain area–Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana and beyond.

Join us in continuing the magic and giving “A Gift of Love” to children at Primary Children’s Hospital by putting the 2017 Festival of Trees at the top of your Christmas list!