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Olds Festival of Trees on weekend

Christmas comes early to Olds this weekend with the Festival of Trees.

The fifth annual event features 13 decorated theme trees auctioned to benefit the Olds Fashioned Christmas Light Up event and upgrades to the TransCanada Fine Arts Theatre.

“We usually raise between $10,000 and $14,000, with 60 per cent going to the Light Up and 40 per cent to the theatre,” said event co-organizer Bibianne Munksgaard.

The three-year-old theatre on the Community Learning Campus requires additional lighting, special curtains and “whatever else they tell us they need,” said Munksgaard.

The free Light Up event from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 takes place in Centennial Park and the nearby Cow Palace.

It features a Christmas village, Santa Claus parade, skating, wagon rides, hot dogs and hot chocolate, live entertainment and fireworks.

“It’s a really good for community building,” she said, adding it’s the cornerstone of Olds Fashioned Christmas, a series of events started in 1993 to usher in the Yule season.

The festival starts Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. with tree viewing in the TransCanada Theatre.

Door prizes and silent auction items are up for grabs and patrons can vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Admission is free with a donation to the Mountain View Food bank.

Saturday’s events include a Gingerbread Tea with live entertainment and hosted by Olds High School students supplying baking from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Festive Social goes from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with a wine bar, appetizers, silent auction and live auction of trees. Tickets $20 each and are available at the Town of Olds office or from a committee member.

More information is available online at www.olds.ca/ofc.html or by calling Munksgaard at 403-556-6644.

 
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