Perhaps the greatest phenomenon of this annual event is that hundreds of people contribute countless hours and means to support this fund-raiser for the Opportunity House homeless shelter. Everything sold at Festival of Trees is donated and everyone working the event is a volunteer!
Trees are decorated and donated by individuals, businesses, service groups, churches and schools. Others generously donate crafts, baked goods and raffle items to fill the shops. Corporations provide some of the covered trucks and drivers who help deliver trees.
And, of course, it wouldn't make any sense to showcase such gorgeous trees, crafts, baked goods and raffle prizes if nobody was there to enjoy them!
Looking for ways to participate? Here's how you can help:
Volunteers are the foundation of the Festival of Trees. People working together for a common cause are why it is so successful. The Festival relies completely on the efforts of volunteers and would not be possible without their involvement.
We're always looking for entertainment announcers and emcees, Santa's helpers, and people to greet guests and staff the auction table, as well as the crafts, baked goods and raffle shops.
If you're interested in volunteering your time, please click on the Sign-up Genius on the right column of this page, or email email@example.com.
Each year the Festival of Trees presents a forest of beautiful Christmas trees that are auctioned off to the highest bidder. This year will again feature 50 large trees and 50 mini-trees. All are ornately decorated and donated by local individuals, businesses, service groups, churches and schools.
Since space and electricity are limited, there is an application process for tree donations. If you are interested in donating a small tree, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decorating a Large Tree
For large trees, the committee begins contacting potential decorators in August and sends out applications in mid-September. You may have heard there is a long waiting list. That is not always the case. Most of the time, you will be able to decorate a tree the upcoming season or, at longest, the following year. It depends, though, on how many people sign up, so it pays to sign up early.
The application deadline for decorating a large tree is Oct. 1 each year. However, if you are reading this after the deadline, don't fret - we occasionally have dropouts, and you may still be able to decorate this year. Just shoot us an email at email@example.com.
During this year's Festival, you can sign up to decorate a tree at next year's event: Just go to the auction table and ask to be placed on the waiting list. This will ensure you will be contacted first next Festival.
If you have any questions or would like a copy of the guidelines for decorating a large tree, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our craft shop is always busy and features an assortment of handcrafted treasures, including toys, Christmas décor, jewelry, baby gifts, kitchen gadgets, quilts/blankets, and much more! Grandparents love our shop and often buy holiday gifts for their grandkids here!
If you would like to contribute your new, handmade treasures, please drop them off during set-up, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, or Monday, Dec. 2. If you would like to volunteer to work in the craft shop, please click on the Sign-up Genius on the right column of this page, or contact: email@example.com.
Remember those elementary school bake sales? Baking your favorite brownie or cookie with mom ... and running to the table after school to make sure you got the first pick? Now is the time to reminisce and create memories with your own children, parents and friends.
Our baked goods tables are filled with holiday confections, including fudge, pecan rolls, cupcakes, cookies, caramel apples, monkey bread and divinity. But we can't fill that table without you!
Have a favorite treat you'd like to donate? Please click on the Sign-up Genius on the right column of this page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also drop off your donation at the baked goods table starting the first day of Festival.
Are you a local business owner who'd like another way to get your name out to Vacaville ... or perhaps you're just feeling generous? Donate your goods & services to our raffle!
Past raffle items have included: car washes, movie tickets, hair/nail/massage services, exercise equipment, dental & orthodontic services, floral arrangements, home cleaning services, furniture, sailing excursions, and Tahoe getaways. Our visitor favorites: the annual holiday-themed cross stitch, quilt by A Quilt at Heart, and the popular Food Tree that is covered with hundreds of dollars worth of restaurant & grocery store gift certificates!
We need your raffle items BEFORE Festival starts. If you're interested in donating a raffle item, please contact: email@example.com.