2021 Festival of Trees

The year 2020 may have dampened our efforts to bring the Festival of Trees to the community, but we are full-sleigh ahead for 2021!  For many in Greeley, the holiday season is wrapped in the Festival of Trees tradition and begins the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, and continues through the following Saturday, Dec. 4.  Nine days of festive, frolicking fun!

The 32nd annual Festival of Trees is presented by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild. The first and second floors of the Union Colony Civic Center’s lobbies will be transformed into a winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees and displays, each with its own theme and style. From whimsical to elegant and everything in between, this year promises to be no different.

The 2021 Festival of Trees special events include Whoville Holiday, Watercolor & Wine, and the Teddy Bear Bash.  In addition to public hours and the individual special events, there will be an amazing live/online auction, horse carriage rides (Nov. 27 & Dec. 3), entertainment, and of course, visits from St. Nick and Mrs. Claus – all packaged in this nine-day festival which is almost as magical as Santa himself!

2021 Festival of Trees Public Hours

Admission: $5 adults; $3 kids 1-12 and seniors 60+

5-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26

1-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27

1-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28

3-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29

3-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30

3-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1

3-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2

3-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3

1-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4

 

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    Online Auction

    The annual Festival of Trees silent auction will be online this year.  Items will be displayed in the Two Rivers Lounge with numerous holiday items up for bid. Proceeds will support the Union Colony Civic Center and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild.

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    Festival of Trees Special Events

    Whoville Holiday

    Step into the Festival of Trees Whoville Holiday, Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 27, and you’ll be walking into the pages of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Throughout the morning kids can:

    •   have their who-do done at one of the Whoville Hair Salons;
    •   take their picture with the Grinch, (don’t forget your camera!);
    •   decorate a Grinch-ilicious cookie;
    •  find out their "Who" name;
    •  take part in a Seuss-tastic scavenger hunt throughout beautifully decorated trees;
    • get their face painted by Merry Makers face painters;
    • and make-and-take a “grinchy” craft! 

    Tickets are $15 per person (strollers count as a person) and go on sale at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 26. Babies under 1 year in arms or a carrier on a person (not a stroller) get in free! A limited number of tickets will be sold and may be purchased online at UCSTARS.COM, by calling 970.356.5000, or from the UCCC Box Office, 701 10th Ave. Don’t miss a “who-larious” morning of fun!

    Whoville Holiday is presented by the City of Greeley, the Greeley Philharmonic Guild, co-sponsored by Aims Community College and Roche Constructors, with in-kind support from Merry Makers Face Painters. All proceeds benefit the Union Colony Civic Center and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild.  

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    Teddy Bear Bash

    You and your kids won’t want to miss the 24th annual Teddy Bear Bash from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. 

    Children (recommended ages 3 – 9) can: 

    •             Meet Christopher the Christmas Bear, (Parents don’t forget to bring your camera!);
    •             get a holiday tattoo;
    •             play games;
    •             walk through beautifully decorated trees;
    •             watch a mini-Nutcracker Dance recital presented by Colorado Dance Theatre;
    •             fish at the North Pole Fish ‘n’ hole;
    •             make a very "beary" craft to take hom;
    •             enjoy refreshments;
    •             call the North Pole Hotline with their Christmas wish list;
    •             and, register to win a Teddy Bear and a bike!

    Tickets are $10 per person (strollers count as a person). Babies under 1yr in arms or a carrier on a person (not a stroller) get in free! A limited number of tickets will be sold and may be purchased online at UCSTARS.COM, by calling 970.356.5000, or from the UCCC Box Office, 701 10th Ave. Don’t miss this “unbearably” delightful morning of fun! The Teddy Bear Bash is presented by The City of Greeley and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild and co-sponsored by the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies.  All proceeds benefit the Union Colony Civic Center and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild.  

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    Water Color and Wine

    Enjoy an evening with friends or that special someone at the Union Colony Civic Center’s Festival of Trees Watercolor and Wine event, from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 1.  This event will be facilitated by Colette Pitcher, owner of Showcase Art Center, and takes place on the stage in Monfort Concert Hall. 

    Participants will receive individual holiday watercolor kits to include both a Christmas Ornament and a Holiday Greeting card. Choose to do one or both during the event, time allowing. Wine (2 glasses) and finger food will be provided.  Tickets are $50 (+$1.25 handling fee) per person and go on sale at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 26. Tickets can be purchased online at UCSTARS.COM, by calling 970.356.5000, or from the UCCC Box Office, 701 10th Ave.

    Watercolor & Wine is presented by The City of Greeley, the Greeley Philharmonic Guild, and co-sponsored by Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies.  In-kind donors The Showcase Art Center, LLC, Coral Bay Wine & Spirits and Meals on Wheels.  All proceeds benefit the Union Colony Civic Center and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild.  

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    Greeley Holiday Discount Cards

    This Holiday Discount card features discounts from 20 businesses and will be honored through June 30, 2022.  Proceeds to benefit the Union Colony Civic Center and Greeley Philharmonic Guild.  Look for cards on sale at the Festival of Trees tent and/or by emailing: Abby Workman at workman1985@gmail.com

    2019 Festival of Trees Winners

    Contact Andrea Haring for more information at 970-336-4219 or Andrea.Haring@greeleygov.com.

    Contact Us

    651 10th Avenue 
    Greeley, CO 80631

    Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    970-336-4219 tel 
    970-350-9463 fax 
    Andrea.Haring@greeleygov.com

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