Festival of Trees Kicks-off the Season in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
November 8, 2012 by SoWal Staff
Grand Boulevard’s third annual “Festival of Trees” will showcase 13 uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations, Nov. 20 – Dec. 25 in Grand Park. The public is invited to attend the kick-off on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. as the trees are lighted, judged on their decorations, and winners are announced at 6 p.m. “Festival of Trees” is free and open to the public.
This year’s participating organizations are: American Cancer Society, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Seaside Neighborhood School, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, South Walton Montessori Academy, Shelter House, Children in Crisis, Junior League of the Emerald Coast, Okaloosa AIDS Support and Information Services, Alaqua Animal Refuge, Hope Medical Center and Guardian Ad Litem.
The non-profit organizations are competing to win cash prizes totaling $5,000, including Best of Show and People’s Choice. New this year - Best of Show and Second Place winners will be announced at the kick-off, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. For the People’s Choice Award. The public can vote for their favorite tree once a day at the kiosk at Grand Park. The tree with the most votes will win the People’s Choice award, which will be announced by Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at Grand Park in Sandestin's Grande Boulevard.