2012 Providence Festival of Trees Celebrates 30 Years of Magic and Miracles

November 16, 2012

WHAT:

Providence Festival of Trees rings in the season like no other event in Portland. The festival celebrates 30 years of holiday magic this year, and will continue its long tradition of “Making Miracles.” This year’s beneficiaries include the advancement of cancer research at Providence Cancer Center. The festival is filled with 100 trees of all sizes, wreaths and holiday vignettes created by local designers, businesses and volunteers. Live music, Santa photos, a teddy bear hospital, elaborate gingerbread houses, model trains winding through mini-mountains and cookie decorating promise hours of entertainment for those who attend.

WHEN:

5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29: gala evening, tree auction and dinner

NOTE:

New hours on Friday, Nov. 30:
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: “Little Elves,” with activities for ages five and under
1:30-3:30 p.m.: “Honored Citizens,” with activities for ages 55 and over
7 -11 p.m.: Dancing in the Trees, advance ticket purchase required
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1: public show for audiences of all ages

WHERE:

Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

Public show admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3-12.
Children 2 and under admitted free with an adult. Discount coupons available at area merchants including all US Bank branches, Fred Meyer customer service counters, or at www.providence.org/festivaloftrees. Call 503-215-6070 for more information.

DETAILS:

For three decades, Providence Festival of Trees has been the premier holiday event in Portland. Festival volunteers transform a corner of the Oregon Convention Center into a winter wonderland and holiday village. And this year, the 30th anniversary of miracles and magic promises to be a true celebration of the season.

Those attending the event will bask in the glow of 80-thousand lights twinkling on more than 30 exquisitely decorated full-size trees. They can vote on their favorite gingerbread house, whisper their wishes to Santa, patch up a stuffed animal in the Teddy Bear Hospital, lose themselves in the model train display, or celebrate at the first-ever Dancing in the Trees event on Friday night.

Family activities abound at Providence Festival of Trees:

Santa's Workshop – Complete your holiday memories with a visit to “Santa’s Workshop” and make a special gift for a loved one. This hands-on feature of the festival offers a variety of activities and crafts to match the skills of all elves.

Teddy Bear Hospital – Children ages 12 and under can bring in their teddy bear (or get one at the festival) and learn all about hospital care from volunteer “medics” who also happen to be real doctors, nurses and caregivers.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen – This year Mrs. Claus opens her kitchen for holiday cookie decorating tips. Learn how to create festive-looking holiday treats and sample some of the sights!

Gingerbread houses – Watch the construction of a giant gingerbread house or take part in our fourth annual gingerbread competition among professional and amateur bakers alike. Winners will receive gift cards and the honors of a live TV appearance. Call 503-216-6634 to request an entry form.

Dancing in the Trees. Sip. Celebrate. Support. – This year Providence Festival of Trees adds a new event, a Friday night dance among the glittering trees. The celebration features fun food, drink and music performed by the Hit Machine. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Providence Festival of Trees is presented by Fred Meyer. This sponsor support makes it possible to provide financial assistance to several Providence Health & Services programs. The event seeks to raise $500,000. A portion of this amount will help fund cancer research conducted at Providence Cancer Center. The remaining funds will go to:

  • Providence Child Center, a leader in caring for children with disabilities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Providence Medication Assistance Program, which helps provide medication for the elderly and other individuals with limited financial means.