The 2011 Festival of Trees Debuts Friday at the St. Johns County Convention Center at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

Posted by: Caryn Best in Uncategorized

163790_10150370345470385_243700390384_16182321_6591327_nThe Festival of Trees with its amazing variety of beautifully decorated trees never fails to spark my creative energy.  Browsing the more than 60 decked-out Christmas trees and wreaths provides inspiration and fresh ideas for tackling my own holiday decorating.  The event is free and open to the public at the St. Johns County Convention Center at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village from this Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 11th.

The Festival of Trees started back in 2005 and has become a well-loved tradition in World Golf Village and throughout Jacksonville and St. Augustine.  It provides much needed support for needy families right here in St. Johns County with proceeds benefiting The United Way of St. Johns County and The Empty Stocking Fund. You can simply admire the trees, or you can “vote” for your favorite creations with a $1 donation which goes to charity, or you can even take a tree or wreath home with you by bidding through the silent auction.

162688_10150370345940385_243700390384_16182332_8307108_nThere’s a range of themed trees, from the traditional to the more unusual.  In year’s past, some of my family’s favorites were the dog-themed (one was complete with a life-size golden retriever sculpture), beach paradise (a palm tree), floral explosion and angels, angels, angels.  The event is a great family outing.  Kids love the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree and just a few bucks can keep them occupied while also giving back during the season of giving.  This year, we plan on making it a festive evening out with dinner at the Renaissance’s new Villagio restaurant, followed by a scrumptous latte from Starbucks now in the hotel lobby while we ooh and aah over the Festival of Trees.


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