Festival of Trees in full bloom across South Okanagan

It’s enough to cause a bad case of Christmas Tree envy.

It’s the seventh annual Festival of Tress, now in full bloom at three locations in Osoyoos and Oliver.

The festival showcases the very best in spectacular Christmas trees adorned and decorated with bells, bows and other finery. Each is sponsored by a local business or community organization.

“This year we aim to have more than 2,500 visitors to the festival,” said Jennifer Busmann, executive director of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association, which sponsors the event.

Twenty-four trees are on display at Nk’Mip Cellars and Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos and in the lobby of the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver.

There’s no charge to tour the trees, although a $2 donation is encouraged. Visitors can also vote for their favourite tree.

There’s more to the effort than just providing some coniferous eye candy, though.

The event raises funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

As well, money raised at a silent auction held at Watermark Beach Resort will support the the South Okanagan Children’s Charity.

“Every year a second charity has been selected for fundraising from a silent auction to bring support to our communities,” explained Ms. Busmann, adding previous recipients have included the Spirit of the Game Society and the BC Hospitality Foundation.

“This year we have opted to go back to supporting the South Okanagan Children’s Charity. In selecting this charity, we ensured that we had a local focus as well as one on healthy children as sickness knows no boundaries and Christmas is about children.”

Over the past seven years more than $65,000 has been raised through the event.

The Festival runs through January 2.

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