Climb aboard the Polar Express for the 24th Annual Festival of Trees Weekend, which for many is the official kick off of the holiday season. This year begins on Friday, November 28th at the Vern Burton Community Center.
Following a week of frenzied tree decorating, children and families are the first to enter the amazing wonderland for the always popular Teddy Bear Tea. The two settings, at 10 a.m. and at noon, feature live entertainment, holiday refreshments, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Friday evening brings in the glamorous Gala and Tree Auction. This formal event includes a gourmet buffet from area restaurants, the live tree auction, and a silent auction for trees, wreaths, and other amazing donated items. Also coming back this year is the dessert auction – a chance for individuals or tables to bid on decadent desserts. The evening is capped with dancing to live music.
Saturday morning invites families of all ages to breakfast. The event formerly known as the Senior Breakfast is now including all ages to bring together families who are home for the holiday weekend to sit down to breakfast among the trees as a prelude to the Family Days viewing. The breakfast also raises funds for the Port Angeles Exchange Club.
The general public has the opportunity to see the magical design work of the trees on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wander through the beautiful forest, enjoy holiday music and even visit the children's activity area.
Saturday also brings back the All Class Reunion and Basketball Tournament. The games take place at Port Angeles High School during the day and will feature a number of teams of alumni through the years. The evening caps off with the All Class Reunion open to the public, at the Vern Burton Center, starting at 7:30 p.m. Visit with past classmates, and enjoy dancing to live music.
Ticket information for all events is available through the Olympic Medical Center Foundation Office at 360-417-7144 or at 1015 Georgianna St. in Port Angeles.
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