08 December 2010

Festival of Trees - A Feast for the Eyes

Every year for the past 25 + years, The Festival of Trees has operated in the city of Edmonton as an annual fundraiser for the University of Alberta Hospital.  The last two years I have volunteered as a tree guardian and an assistant in the Children's World Activities.  The goal of this year's fundraiser was to fund state-of the art-technology to support the brain sciences program at the University of Alberta Hospital.

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?

This tablescape was stunning!!  I think my daughter has another of this from a better angle.  If so, I will post it later with the photos from the interior of the hall.  You've got to see these trees!!!!



14 comments:

joo said...

The photos are terrific! What a great idea to organize Festival of Trees! I love EVERYTHING about it:)

EG Wow said...

This is a wonderful fund raiser! I would LOVE to see it in person.

Shirley said...

It is a wonderful fundraiser and a great opportunity to help with a great cause. Many young people volunteer for the Festival of Trees. It's good to see their involvment. Thank you for your comments Joo and EG Wow!

Arija said...

What a wonderful event indeed. I just love the expression of wonder on the little boy's face.

Rambling Woods said...

We have a Festival of Lights here, but I think that budget constraints have ended it for now...Lucky that you have this festival...

Linda said...

I love it that the displays are all so natural. I'm not a fan of too much electric light at Christmas.

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