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Festival of Trees wraps up Dec. 2

By Staff | Dec 1, 2011

The holiday season in the Fort Myers River District officially kicked off on the day after Thanksgiving when the Festival of Trees opened at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District.

Last year, nearly 5,000 visitors attended the free showcase of 27 beautifully decorated trees.

The Festival continues through Friday, Dec. 2. Hours vary and are listed on the official Festival of Trees website at www.tuxandtrees.com

Visitors to the popular festival will be invited to vote for their favorite trees to win several awards, including most creative and best all-around.

A $5 admission fee applies to the children’s workshop.

Other Festival events include family fun night on the evening of Dec. 30. Family fun night tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Festival is open during the River District Holiday Stroll and December Art Walk. That evening, the Southwest Florida Handbell Ensemble will perform.

The Festival closes with the fifth annual Tux & Trees Gala, a black-tie optional charity auction. In four years, the Festival and Gala have raised nearly $215,000 to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence.

The Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala are presented with the assistance of sponsorships from The Home Depot, the Fort Myers News-Press, D’Latinos Magazine, Azteca America SWFL and Sunny 106.3. Other sponsors include Two Men and a Truck, Gulfcoast Consulting Group, Inc. and Westco Builders of Florida, Inc.

For more information, including Festival times, dates, and tickets to special events, visit www.tuxandtrees.com or call (239) 652-1649.