Decorated trees auctioned for charity at Christmas Tree Jubilee

Decorated trees auctioned for charity at Christmas Tree Jubilee

Story by Becky Cairns , Standard-Examiner staff - Nov 15 2012 - 1:59am
A variety of decorated trees are displayed and sold at the annual Christams Tree Jubilee in Ogden.

Christmas Tree Jubilee

nearly 100 decorated trees, live entertainment, craft boutique. Benefit for special needs students in Weber and Ogden School Districts.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 21 and 23; gala dinner and auction, 5 p.m. Nov. 20.
Eccles Conference Center at Ogden
2415 Washington Blvd.
Free. Dinner is $100; reservations due Nov. 16.

OGDEN -- The glitz and glamour of elegant Christmas trees takes the spotlight at the annual Christmas Tree Jubilee.

Nearly 100 trees will be available for purchase during the event on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and next Friday, Nov. 23, at the Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd.

"We've got your standard red and green Christmas trees, we've got elf Christmas trees, we've got gingerbread Christmas trees. Honestly, every tree you can think of we probably have," said event chairwoman Staci Lane.

Local businesses, schools, families, and church and community groups decorate and donate the trees, which are sold in live and silent auctions. The display is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Christmas Tree Jubilee begins with a gala dinner and auction at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. Tickets for this event are $100, and the deadline for reservations is Friday, Nov. 16.

The auction features some decorated trees as well as such items as a child's loft bed with a built-in fort, a trip to Disneyland, season ski passes, a swing set, a handcrafted children's airplane and more.

The holiday event also includes a craft boutique and live performances by singers, dancers and musicians throughout the day on Wednesday and Nov. 23.

"You can come down at almost any time of the day and hear some great entertainment," Lane said.

Santa Claus will visit, and children's crafts and activities will be featured during Friday Family Fun Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 23.

Admission to the jubilee is free. Trees purchased at the festival will be delivered and set up in the buyers' homes on Nov. 24.

All proceeds from the event are donated to the Weber School District Foundation to provide equipment or assistance for children with special needs. Last year, the event brought in more than $300,000, Lane said.

One purchase with the funds is providing iPads to children who deal with everything from blindness to cerebral palsy, Lane said.

"The technology has just exploded with advances with iPads that can help children with special needs," she said.

The festival began as a PTSA fundraiser called Christmas Wonderland in 1980 and featured just 25 trees. As the event grew, it moved to the Ogden City Mall and Union Station before finding a home at the Eccles Conference Center in 1998.

For dinner reservations, call 801-476-7896. For more information on the jubilee, call 801-540-5407.

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