Festival of Trees, Dec. 5-8
Kick off the 2019 holiday season at the 24th annual Festival of Trees, taking place Dec. 5-8 at One Vision in Clear Lake.
More than 100 Christmas trees, wreaths and swags of all sizes will be on display and for sale at One Vision’s Kinney Lindstrom Center gymnasium throughout the weekend. Trees are decorated by various volunteers, including local organizations, businesses and residents. Events planned during the Festival include special activities for children and families, the Lights On 5K Run/Walk, an Opening Night Gala and Cookie Walk, as well as live musical entertainment.
The festival is a fundraiser for One Vision, a nonprofit organization that supports more than 550 individuals with disabilities throughout 30 North Iowa communities. Proceeds from the event will benefit services for those supported by One Vision.
Festival events include:
Thursday, Dec. 5
The 7th Annual Lights On 5K Run/Walk kicks off Festival events at 4:30 p.m. New this year, the Kids’ 1/2 mile will start at 4:45 p.m. The 5K Run will start at The Other Place, 200 U.S. Hwy. 18, and follow streets throughout the One Vision neighborhood in northwest Clear Lake. Participants are encouraged to dress in holiday lights and costumes.
Registration is available at www.LightsOn5K.org. Proceeds from this event are used to buy Christmas gifts for individuals with disabilities in need.
Friday, Dec. 6
Be among the first to view and purchase a decorated tree at the Opening Night Gala, held from 5-8 p.m. at the Kinney Lindstrom Center gymnasium, located on One Vision’s Clear Lake campus, 1200 N. Ninth St. W.
Opening Night features hors d’oeuvres, desserts and live music. Tickets for Opening Night are available at www.ovfot.org.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Kids and their families have a chance to enjoy Breakfast with Santa from 8-11 a.m. The Clear Lake Knights of Columbus will serve pancakes, sausage and bacon. Pictures with Santa are available from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast tickets also include admission to Festival tree displays.
Kids also can make gifts to take home or share with loved ones at the Secret Santa Workshop, held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The workshop allows kids supervised “parent-free” time to create something special on a child-sized budget.
Tree displays are open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8
Let someone else take care of the holiday baking this year at the Cookie Walk. Attendees choose from a large selection of homemade holiday cookies and candies, available for purchase. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until cookies are sold out.
Tree displays are open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Buyers also are allowed to pick up their purchased trees following the event’s close.