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Kick off the 2016 holiday season at the 21st annual Festival of Trees, scheduled Dec. 2-4 at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake.
Turn on the lights for the Festival at the Lights On 5K Run/Walk
4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
Festival Tree Display Hours
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
One lucky person who buys online tickets for Friday's Opening Night or Saturday's Breakfast with Santa by Nov. 28 will be randomly selected to win the Golden Ticket.
The Golden Ticket admits the winner to the Festival of Trees before anyone else, for an exclusive early preview of the decorated trees. The winner gets to pick out their favorite tabletop tree, wreath, or swag as a gift from Opportunity Village.
The first 100 people who buy online tickets get $5 in Jingle Cash to spend at the Festival. Jingle Cash can be used towards the purchase of a tree, a gift basket, Secret Shop merchandise, Cookie Walk or other Festival merchandise.
What is Festival of Trees?
More than 100 Christmas trees, wreaths and swags of all sizes will be on display and for sale at the Village’s Kinney Lindstrom Center gymnasium throughout the weekend. Trees are decorated by various volunteers, including local organizations, businesses and residents. Events planned during the Festival include special activities for children and families, the Lights On 5K Run/Walk, an Opening Night gala and Cookie Walk, as well as live musical entertainment.
The festival is a fundraiser for Opportunity Village, a nonprofit organization that supports more than 600 individuals with disabilities through 30 North Iowa communities. Proceeds from the event will benefit services for those supported by the Village.
Schedule of Events
LIGHTS ON 5K RUN/WALK
THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 4:30 P.M.
The fourth annual Lights On 5K run/walk kicks off Festival events. The run will start at The Other Place, 200 U.S. Highway 18, and follow streets throughout the Opportunity Village neighborhood in northwest Clear Lake. Participants are encouraged to dress in holiday lights and costumes.
Earlybird registration is available at www.lightson5K.org at a cost of $20 per person. On Nov. 12, registration cost increases to $25 per person. Proceeds from this event are used to buy Christmas gifts for individuals with disabilities in need.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 5-8 P.M.
Be among the first to view and purchase a decorated tree at the Opening Night gala, held from 5-8 p.m. at the Kinney Lindstrom Center gymnasium, located on Opportunity Village’s Clear Lake campus, 1200 N. Ninth St. W. Opening Night features hors d'oeuvres, desserts and live music.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 8-11 A.M.
Admission $8 adults, $5 kids 5 and under
Kids and their families have a chance to enjoy Breakfast with Santa from 8-11 a.m. The Clear Lake Knights of Columbus will serve pancakes, sausage and bacon. Pictures with Santa are available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast tickets also include admission to Festival tree displays.
SECRET SANTA WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Kids also can make gifts to take home or share with loved ones at the Secret Santa Workshop. The workshop allows kids supervised “parent-free” time to create something special on a child-sized budget. Parents can enjoy a drink from the hot chocolate bar while waiting for their children.
SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 11 A.M. until SOLD OUT
Let someone else take care of the holiday baking this year at the Cookie Walk. Attendees choose from a large selection of homemade holiday cookies and candies, available for purchase. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until cookies are sold out.
About Opportunity Village
Opportunity Village, a nonprofit organization, provides services to more than 600 individuals with disabilities. Based in Clear Lake, the Village supports people of all ages throughout North Iowa communities including Clear Lake, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Garner, Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Webster City, Lake Mills and more. As one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa, Opportunity Village staff supports children and adults to find success at home, at work, and in the community. For more information, visit www.oppvill.org.
When & Where
Opportunity Village provides supports and services for individuals with disabilities in northern Iowa. Your support of our events helps people find success at home, at work, and in the community.