Festival of Trees
For many in Greeley, the holiday season is wrapped in tradition and begins the weekend after Thanksgiving…Perfect timing for the upcoming 30th annual Festival of Trees presented by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild. 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. From whimsical to elegant and everything in between, this year promises to be no different! The Teddy Bear Bash, the Whoville Holiday, the Silver Bells Social for Seniors, Sip & Shop ladies night out, all of the amazing silent auction items, choirs and musicians, and of course, visits from St. Nick and Mrs. Claus - all the blessings of the season are packaged in this 9-day festival which is almost as magical as Santa himself!
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, 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.
Check back for a list of 2018 designers!
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, Moonlight Carriage Company 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!
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Kids can vote for their favorite display in Security Service Federal Credit Union’s 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!
Our celebration also includes the following special events with their own schedules and pricing.
Step into the Festival of Trees Whoville Holiday and you’ll be walking into the pages of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Seniors 55 and older (age exemption for those assisting patrons) can ring in the season at the annual Silver Bells Social and enjoy special activities including holiday entertainment, a silent auction, wonderful door prizes, refreshments and more!
Attention all “festival fashionistas!” Grab your gal pals and join us for a night of merriment at the Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out.
You and the kids won’t want to miss our annual Teddy Bear Bash. The morning will be filled with “unbearably” delightful activities!
Greeley’s Festival of Trees 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.
Directions and Parking
Daytime and FREE Evening/Weekend Downtown Parking Maps
From Fort Collins/Loveland:
South on I-25, turn east on Highway 34. Take Greeley Business exit. This turns into 10th Street. Proceed to 10th Avenue, turn north. The UCCC is three blocks ahead on your left, 701 10th Avenue.
North on I-25, turn east on Highway 34. Take Greeley Business exit. This turns into 10th Street. Proceed to 10th Avenue, turn north. The UCCC is three blocks ahead on your left, 701 10th Avenue.
South on Highway 85. Stay on 85 Business route, which becomes 8th Avenue in Greeley. Turn west on 7th Street. The street dead-ends at the UCCC, 701 10th Avenue.
2017 Festival of Trees Winners
Assistance League of Greeley
Girls Scouts Service Unit 702
Contact Rhonda Welch for more information at 970-350-9451 or Rhonda.Welch@greeleygov.com.