Friday, December 2, 2011

2011 Festival of Trees Highlights

Snoopy Tree

Congratulations to all who participated in this year's Festival of Trees to benefit Primary Children's Medical Center!  Once again, people have cleverly decorated wreaths, trees, and gingerbread houses to entertain audiences and raise money for this worthy organization.  This tree featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts gang was one of the crowd pleasers.

Giant Snoopy on his dog house.

This tree package came with ski passes and  more.  As usual, there were sports trees and Disney trees.  I liked this tree based on the Pixar film, "Up."  It came complete with Ellie and Carl's mailbox and savings jar for Paradise Falls.

"Up" tree

Carl and Russell top this tree.

Several unique trees caught my eye as well, including the neon pink tree, honoring the band "Neon Trees."

Neon Trees - tree

Someone was very creative this year and showed new uses for motorcycle tires.  If you need ideas to spice up your own Christmas decor, this is definitely a great place.

Motorcycle Tire Tree

Detail of the motorcycle tire tree.

Some of our personal favorites featured Lego and Eric Carle.  Who wouldn't love a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" tree?  This tree was surrounded with Carle's children's books.

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Detail from a Lego themed tree.

We braved the crowds and soaked up some Christmas atmosphere at this wonderful festival. The cinnamon rolls and scones smelled wonderful, but the line was rather long, so we bought divinity at the Sweet Shoppe instead.  Saturday, December 3 is your last chance to enjoy the Festival of Trees this year.  It is open from 10am to 10pm, and is located at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.

Steam punk Christmas, anyone?

Where else can you see flying steam punk pigs and a Jolly Roger topping a Christmas tree?  This is a great place for young and old alike.  Adult admission is $5, with lower prices for children and seniors. And remember, there is more to see at the Festival of Trees than just trees!  Watch for my next post about the wreaths, quilts, and some amazing gingerbread houses.

Pirate Tree

Just a quick shout out to Greg Newbold!  His picture book, The Touch of the Master's Hand, was tucked under a tree that was decorated in honor of that wonderful poem.  Congrats for being in the Festival of Trees again, Greg!

The Touch of the Master's Hand book under a Christmas tree


  1. What great pictures and awesome trees! Also, I had no idea your sons were playing the piano for the event. It sounds like a wonderful time .

  2. Thanks, Brandi. It has been a fun tradition to hear the boys and see the trees.