Annual Festival of Trees offers musical entertainment, tree lighting and more

VANCOUVER – Community members gathered in Esther Short Park in Vancouver the evening of Fri., Nov. 25, to participate in the kick off of the 21st annual Festival of Trees. The Vancouver Rotary Foundation Tree Lighting and Concert kicked off the weekend’s event with the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Griffin Mullin (3) of Seattle views a model train set up by the Southwest Washington Model Railroaders at the Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees. Photo by Mike Schultz
Griffin Mullin (3) of Seattle views a model train set up by the Southwest Washington Model Railroaders at the Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees. Photo by Mike Schultz

This year’s festival includes musical entertainment, the community tree lighting, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a free Vancouver Pops Orchestra concert, train engine rides, the infamous “talking tree,” a community scavenger hunt,  holiday farmers market, a variety show and a dozen beautifully decorated trees with corresponding prize packages to be raffled off on the final day of the festival.

Vistors view Christmas trees on dislay at the Vancouver Hilton during the Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees. Photo by Mike Schultz
Vistors view Christmas trees on dislay at the Vancouver Hilton during the Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Festival of Trees continues with events Saturday and Sunday. For a full schedule of this year’s Festival of Trees, visit http://rotaryfestivaloftrees.org/festival-schedule.

A large crowd turned out for the Christmas tree lighting at Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Friday, November, 25. Photo by Mike Schultz
A large crowd turned out for the Christmas tree lighting at Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Friday, November, 25. Photo by Mike Schultz
A large crowd turned out for the Christmas tree lighting at Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Friday, November, 25. Photo by Mike Schultz

A large crowd turned out for the Christmas tree lighting at Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Friday, November, 25. Photo by Mike Schultz
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