After the event, all the decorated trees will be given to the Christmas Bureau and will be distributed to families and seniors in Mission. / File Photo

After the event, all the decorated trees will be given to the Christmas Bureau and will be distributed to families and seniors in Mission. / File Photo

Mission Festival of Trees opens Dec. 11

Trees will be given to the Mission Christmas Bureau to be distributed to families and seniors

The purpose of the Festival of Trees and Dramatic Reading of Henry Van Dyke’s “The Other Wise Man” is to give everyone in Mission an opportunity to enjoy decorating a tree together, as well as supporting the Mission Christmas Bureau.

After the event, all the decorated trees will be given to the bureau and will be distributed to families and seniors in Mission.

The Festival of Trees and dramatic reading event has, over the past five years, raised over $6,700, provided 104 decorated Christmas trees that have been distributed to families and seniors in Mission, and collected hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items and many gifts, all of which were donated to the Mission Christmas Bureau.

Admission to the event is by cash donation and you vote for your favourite trees by ticket (three votes per person).

The decorated trees will be displayed and voted on by all the visitors to the Festival of Trees. Recognition and People’s Choice Awards will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the dramatic reading.

There will be musical entertainment, refreshments, a puppet show, children’s activities in the afternoons, and on special days have your photograph taken with Santa in his Grotto among the beautiful decorated trees.

The official opening is on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m.

The Festival of Trees is open Dec. 11 to Dec. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. The reading takes place Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)