N.B. Festival of Trees starting Friday

By Angela Brown
November 29, 2017 - 5:00pm

Residents ready to get into the holiday spirit won’t want to miss the 2017 Festival of Trees from Dec. 1 to 7.

The annual fundraiser organized by the Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation will be held at the Western Development Museum in North Battleford this year. It will include a gala dinner, auction, and Christmas display in the theme 'Old Fashioned Christmas.'

BUH Foundation Executive Director Claudette McGuire said funds raised from the event will help purchase more equipment for the BUH dialysis unit.

The festival will kick off with a preview evening Friday, Dec. 1, starting at 5 p.m.

"That's your first opportunity to see all the decorated items and bid on them," McGuire said adding plans for the event began in August. “It’s a tradition in the Battlefords. We look forward to seeing everybody."

On Saturday, Dec. 2, organizers are planning a formal gala dinner event, with the theme "Shaken, Not Stirred," inspired by the James Bond films. The event, which is already sold out, includes an auction and a variety of activities.

Family day will be held Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. which will include pictures with Santa, a visit from the Battlefords North Stars, horse-drawn wagons, cookie decorating, crafts and face-painting. 

A Christmas High Tea is planned for Thursday, Dec. 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Visitors can also enjoy a walk through the Festival of Trees display from Monday to Wednesday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.     

There will also be a Memorial Tree on display throughout the Festival of Trees event. After that, it will be moved to the lobby of the Battlefords Union Hospital for the rest of the holiday season.


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