While visiting Fort Myers, make sure to schedule some time to see the Festival of Trees. This is a great event to attend, and will get you in the holiday mood. Beautifully decorated holiday trees and lavish wreaths will fill the historic Sidney and Berne Davis art center. Each tree is decorated by a different sponsor for the event. These trees are then created with a theme in mind. Some examples of the themes are toys, teddy bears, gingerbread men, or any other theme you can think of. Some trees are decorated in a more traditional way. This includes snowflakes, ornaments, garland, and bows. A few trees are decorated more unconventionally, like with origami cranes, seashells, or sports memorabilia. Those who attend are encouraged to vote on their favorites. The categories you can vote for are most creative, most traditional, and best all-around tree. The mayor will also select his favorite tree at the end of the festival.
What is the Festival of Trees?
The Festival of Trees is an event that is held annually. It will display a beautiful arrangement of trees that are decked out in unique decorations. Each year the decorators will find more unusual and beautiful ways to decorate the trees. Some are decorated in ornaments, tinsel, or with objects like teddy bears and candy that sit upon the branches. Others are decorated more traditionally with ornaments, ribbons, and bows. There are even some trees that are decorated with power tools, sports teams, or dog toys. Usually, over six thousand people will visit the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center to see this beautiful display of trees. There is a small admission fee, but all proceeds help benefit the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. Sponsors of the event decorate the trees. This includes some local businesses, organizations, families, and individuals who design the trees from start to finish. After the festival, the trees are then auctioned off during a live auction. This is at the glamorous Tux and Trees Gala. The tree is then delivered to the home, office, or favorite charity based on the choice of the winner.
Other things to See at the Festival of Trees
No matter what your favorite style of decorating is, make sure to visit the Festival of Trees. The decorations can range from angels to nutcrackers, butterflies to birds, and sports teams to fishing lures. The festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Besides the trees, there are other great events and things to do. The Children’s Holiday Workshop is a weekend of arts and crafts that are fun for the children. At the end of the festival, the Tux and Trees Gala is held. This is a glamorous and exciting live auction event.
The Tux & Trees Gala
As the festival starts to wind down, the trees will then be auctioned off. This helps to raise funs for the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. The auction is held at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. The elegant evening will begin with complimentary valet parking, and continue with live music and hors d’oeuvres. It will then end with wonderful desserts and the chance to bid on the beautiful trees.