Festival of Trees opens today

This is the 28th Safeway Providence Festival of Trees. $300,000 has already been raised to help hospital patients.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 4:03 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 7:30 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- You can start your weekend by celebrating the holidays. The 28th Festival of Trees opens, today. 

Almost 100 trees are on display at the Medford Armory. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. It costs $5 to see the Festival of Trees. Kids who are two and under can get in for free. Ticket proceeds will be used to help hospital patients. 

Providence said they've already raised at least $300,000 from tree auctions. 

"Every year, we have amazing designers who put things together you just wouldn't expect," said Katie Hutchinson, from the Providence Community Health Foundation. She added that this year designers put together a lot of unique designs, including a tree dedicated to Stranger Things and another tree that's flipped completely upside down in honor of Dr. Seuss. 

Garrison's Home designed the festival's only moving tree. They've been donating trees for eight years now and said this year, they decided to build an entire storefront with a spinning tree inside. 

The people who design the furniture layouts at Garrison's Home also design the tree. They choose a theme and then they start building. It's an entire process that starts in the summer and ends during the beginning of December. 

"We're blessed to have so many people come to our store in the Rogue Valley," said Garrison's Owner Brian Garrison. "I feel as a business owner, as a local business owner, that's our responsibility. If we're a thriving business in the community, we need to give back to the community."

Garrison's tree was auctioned for more than $2500 and the tree will be donated to a local shelter. 

For more information about the Festival of Trees you can click here

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