Festival of Trees

Elizabeth Spence, who works in the ICU at St. Luke's Magic Valley, decorates a tree in 2013 for the 29th annual St. Luke’s Magic Valley Festival of Trees at The Historic Ballroom in Twin Falls.

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TWIN FALLS • Do you plan to buy new Christmas decorations, but don’t know what to do with the old ones?

Consider donating them to the 30th annual St. Luke’s Magic Valley Festival of Trees at the Historic Ballroom. Festival of Trees will take place Dec. 4 through Dec. 6. The theme this year is “Reach for the Stars.”

“Businesses and individuals donate trees, wreaths and Christmas decor. Instead of recycling, up-cycle,” said Terry J. Rowe, event coordinator.

Rowe said if people wish to donate decorations, artificial trees or wreaths for the event, she can be reached at 208-814-0045. Organizers will be decorating and setting up trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3.

Last year, the event raised $85,000 for behavioral health. This year, proceeds will go toward Youth Engaged in Healthy Activities (YEAH).

“They (YEAH) teach children and families how to eat well, cook better and how to get up and move around. It’s an absolutely wonderful cause that these funds go to,” Rowe said.

On Dec. 4, the trees will be decorated and up for bid by 9 a.m. for anyone who would like to purchase them. The trees will then be marked with a tag saying who bought it and will remain on display for the three-day event.

General admission for adults is $5, children 12 and younger are $2 and seniors are $3. Seniors and veterans will receive free admission to the tree exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4.

A Ladies Night Out event will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $50 each.

A breakfast with Elsa will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dec. 6. The price is $5. Then from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 there will be a free children’s day for children age 12 and younger.

“We will have the Polar Express train and royalty corner where little boys and girls can get crowns. There will be a stuffed animal petting zoo. Kids can pick out a stuffed animal and adopted it,” Rowe said.

The “Reach for the Stars” gala reception will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $50 each. A sponsored table is $1,000.

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