Festival of Trees
Join us Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 3!
For many in Greeley, the holiday season is wrapped in tradition and begins the weekend after Thanksgiving. Almost as magical as Santa himself, every year the Union Colony Civic Center’s lobbies are transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday splendor created around beautifully decorated trees and displays each with their own theme and style.
The Teddy Bear Bash and the Whoville Holiday Seussabration, amazing silent auction items, choirs and musicians, The Silver Bells Social for Seniors, Sip & Shop ladies night out event, and of course, visits from the jolly old elf himself – all the blessings of the season packaged in this week-long festival would not have happened if it weren’t for the time, skills, creativity, kindness and financial resources of hundreds of generous sponsors, donors, designers, performers and volunteers as well as the loyal support and dedication of the community it serves.
We look forward to celebrating our 28th holiday anniversary with everyone again this year! Mark your calendars for November 25 - Saturday December 3.
Festival of Trees features
Displays and Candy Cane Lane
Every year the Festival of Trees presents a forest of beautifully decorated trees, whimsical to elaborate, each with its own unique theme. At the end of the Festival, the coveted People's Choice, St. Nick’s Pick, and Mrs. C’s Favorite Tree awards are presented to the businesses, individuals, or organizations whose trees are voted overall favorites.
There's also Candy Cane Lane, sponsored by Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc., a showcase of evergreens adorned with ornaments created by “mini-crafters” who compete for the Kids’ Choice ribbon! This celebration is one of the most anticipated yuletide events, not only for our community, but for all of Northern Colorado.
Throughout the festival, you can bid on seasonal items including trees, wreaths, Santas, snowmen, and year round items like jewelry in the silent auction!
Entertainment and Scheduled Activities
You'll soon discover the magnificent displays are only part of the fun! In addition to strolling through splendidly decorated lobbies, patrons also enjoy heartwarming activities including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Merry Makers' face-painters, Montessori Academy of Northern Colorado’s Kris Kringle’s Craft Corner, Hearts and Tails horse and carriage rides, holiday demonstrations, door prize drawings, and joyous serenading by Christmas choirs and merry musicians. Keep an eye out for Holly and Noel, the talking Christmas Trees!
Kids can vote for their favorite display in Candy Cane Lane and register to win a bike. Adults can vote for their favorite display and win a gift certificate from one of Northern Colorado's finest restaurants!
There will be great photo opportunities, don't forget your camera!
Our celebration also includes the following special events with their own schedules and pricing.
Step into the Festival of Trees Whoville Holiday, Saturday morning, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and you’ll be walking into the pages of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Attention all “festival fashionistas!” Grab your gal pals and join us for a night of merriment at the Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out, Tuesday evening, November 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Seniors 55 and older (age exemption for those assisting patrons) can ring in the season at the annual Silver Bells Social, Wednesday, November 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and enjoy special activities including holiday entertainment, a silent auction, wonderful door prizes, refreshments and more!
You and the kids won’t want to miss our annual Teddy Bear Bash, Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The morning will be filled with “unbearably” delightful activities!
Mark your calendars for Friday November 25 - December 3!
This is one of the most loved holiday traditions in Northern Colorado! The commitment of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, supportive businesses and talented decorators make the festival a spectacular celebration for everyone.
2015 Festival of Trees Winners
People’s Choice - Grace Pointe Continuing Care Senior Campus
St. Nick’s Pick - The Greeley Chorale
Mrs. C’s Favorite Tree - Assistance League of Greeley
Kid’s Choice - Girl Scouts Service Unit 702
Contact Rhonda Welch for more information at 970-350-9451 or Rhonda.Welch@greeleygov.com.