Festival of Trees at Grand Boulevard
Grand Boulevard’s 8th annual Festival of Trees kick-off will take place Nov. 21 from 4-6pm. The festival will showcase twelve uniquely decorated Christmas Trees from area non-profits. Bring the whole family to enjoy the tree lighting and announcement of the Grand Prize winner for best decorated tree. Then join Grand Boulevard merchants for a festive Town Center Holiday Open House from 6-8pm.
The non-profit organizations are competing to win cash prizes including Best of Show and People’s Choice. For the People’s Choice Award, the public will be able to vote for their favorite tree at Grand Park and the tree with the most votes will win the People’s Choice award. The trees will be on display Nov. 21 - Dec. 25 and open to the public to enjoy.
During the kick-off, Nov. 21 from 4 - 6 p.m., twelve non-profit organizations are competing to win cash prizes totaling $7,000. For the People’s Choice Award, everyone who attends will be able to vote for their favorite tree at Grand Park and the tree with the most votes will win. This event is a great way for local charities to earn some extra money during the holiday season. The trees will remain on display in Grand Park, through Christmas, for the public to enjoy.
This year’s Festival of Trees participating organizations are: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Children's Volunteer Health Network, Inc., Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, HEART Animal Rescue, Shelter House, The ARC of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis, The ARC of Walton County and The Sonder Project.
Last year, HEART Animal Rescue won Best of Show and People’s Choice and took home $4,500. ECTC won Second Place and $1,500, the $1,000 Third Place prize was split between ARCEC and Sea Turtles.
Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture program presents an exciting variety of entertainment and events this season. Live performances by Northwest Florida Ballet and Emerald Coast Theatre Company highlight the Town Center offerings for fall. The Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place in Grand Park on Saturdays year round (9am-1pm).
Some of SoWal's biggest cultural events coming to Grand Boulevard: 30A Songwriters Festival, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, Best of the Emerald Coast, Northwest Florida Ballet, Festival of Trees, and Emerald Coast Theater Company performances. These events are presented as part of the Coastal Culture Series made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.
Grand Boulevard is located near the entrance to Sandestin. The lifestyle center features exclusive shops, fine dining, lush green space, and contemporary accommodations. For a list of shops, restaurants, movie show times and events, please visit www.grandboulevard.com. Stay up to date on the latest on Facebook.
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