Donations sought for annual Festival of Trees


The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (chamber) is pleased to host the Festival of Trees Gala and Auction on Dec. 4 at the Platte Valley Community Center for its thirteenth year. Decorated trees and wreaths, gift baskets, centerpieces and other holiday décor and gifts are donated by individuals, organizations and businesses and then auctioned. Proceeds of the evening are to benefit the chamber and a local charity.

Anyone wishing to donate a decorated tree, wreath, gift basket, centerpiece or other holiday décor is encouraged to join the fun. The chamber will be taking entries until December 2. Items need to be delivered and ready to go by 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 when the public is invited to see all the beautiful items. A People’s Choice vote for the favorite tree or item will be collected on Dec. 3 and 4. Ballots will be counted and the donor of the favorite item will receive a $50 gift certificate.

The public can view the trees on Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while enjoying hot cider and cookies. A small number of the trees will continue to be on display on Dec. 5 during Winter Wonderland. “Families and groups of friends love to see the creative and unique trees. I am proud of the creativity and generosity shown at this event. Stopping in on Thursday or Friday has become a Christmas tradition in itself,” Stacy Crimmins, Chief Executive Officer of the chamber, said, adding, “The Festival often showcases the wonderful gift items that can be purchased right here in the Valley.” Entry forms are available by calling the chamber at 326-8855.


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