According to the Festival of Trees website, the Salt Lake City Festival of Trees was the very first one of it's kind 39 years ago. It has been copied many times throughout the United States and Canada. However, the Salt Lake City Festival of Trees remains the "granddaddy" of them all.
There were over 800 trees (and yes, we pushed through all the crowds and managed to see them all!), gingerbread houses, Santa, dancers/singers, wreaths, goodies, decorations, playhouses, etc. And the best thing about this event is everything is donated for the purpose of raising money for families in need at our local children's hospital. Many of the trees are decorated and donated in honor of someone. My favorite part is reading the stories behind each tree. Last year this event raised $1.5 million for the hospital which is amazing!!!
"UP" Gingerbread house. We are gonna try to copy this for our family gingerbread house this year. The balloons are made out of lollipops.
Aunt Rae, Matisse and Nixon joined us too, after almost an hour of looking for a parking spot.
But the best part of the night was when we were on our way out and the kids decided to make the exhibit hall their dance floor.
P.S. I took a lot of heat for the "volcano-top" on my tree but was happy to see lots of volcano trees at the festival. And I still think our tree is the cutest!