Admission to the event is minimal and allows access to viewing of over 100 trees, gingerbread houses, uniquely designed and decorated cakes, various Christmas displays and live entertainment.
"Created in 1985, the Festival began with a display of 15 decorated trees in the University of Alberta Hospital itself. Guided by 9 volunteers, this Festival of Trees raised $15,164.
Since then, the Festival has grown to become the largest annual event held at the Shaw Conference Centre with attendance of more than 35,000 people. Currently, 25 committees organize and support all aspects of the Festival."
Since 1985, the Festival has raised over $12 Million benefitting the hospital, including the Stollery Children's Hospital and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
The following photos were all taken just outside the main hall. It appears the theme was living in a winter wonderland. I love the table setting!! (scroll down)
Looks cozy, doesn't it?