Walk into a winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees — some traditional and some themed — at the 21st annual Providence Festival of Trees.
Festive trees of all shapes and sizes, wreaths and mantelpiece arrangements will be displayed Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Look for trees bedecked with all of the sparkle of the season — along with the Wells Fargo Disney Tree, the Home for the Holidays with Fred Meyer Tree and the Entertainment Tree — decorated by Rogue Valley florists, businesses and interior designers.
The trees were auctioned to the highest bidders during the festival's opening night gala on Nov. 28. The winner of the entertainment-themed tree took home $3,000 in gift certificates as well as a 32-inch flat screen TV, Wii System, Xbox, DVD player, popcorn maker, games and movies. The Disney-themed tree included a $2,000 gift card to be used for a Disney vacation or cruise and $500 in cash. The Fred Meyer tree came with living-room furniture, an entertainment center, a Kindle Fire, a 40-inch TV, Wii system and DVD player.
Since its beginning, the Festival of Trees has raised more than $6 million to benefit medical technology and programs at Providence Medford Medical Center. This year, the fundraiser will benefit a palliative care program, providing comprehensive care for people who are critically ill.
Santa Claus will be on hand during viewing hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday for photographs with children. The cost of a photograph is $5, free if taken with your own camera.
The festival's Holiday Store will offer candy, children's books, toys, collectible Santa figurines, gifts and traditional holiday decorations.
Raffle tickets will be available for prizes — including trees covered with gifts and certificates. The tickets cost $2 each or three for $5, and the winning tickets will be drawn at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. You need not be present to win.
Choirs and dancers from local schools will perform holiday music and presentations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. On Friday, look for choirs from Sacred Heart Middle School, South Medford High School, Eagle Point Middle School and High School, along with the Central Point Senior Singers and a show by Fusion Dance Academy.
On Saturday, the Sacred Heart Choir, Hedrick Voices, Singers Company, One Voice and the Southern Oregon Heavy Metal Music Society will perform, and there will be shows by Dance Arts Academy, Medford Civic Ballet, Southern Oregon Gymnastics Academy and Miss Diana's School of Ballet. The live performances will close with the Siskiyou Violins.
The holiday trees are the most important part of the festival, making Providence's fundraiser possible and giving designers opportunities to bring new ideas and themes to their creations. Some of the businesses, florists and designers have been participating for years.
Admission to Festival of Trees costs $5, $3 for ages 59 or older and 12 and younger.