Festival Of Trees And Photos With Santa BESC Nov. 19

Santa visits with Michele Irish and her new son at the 2021 Festival of Trees. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Members of Alpha Zeta gather Thursday to decorate a holiday tree. Courtesy/LARSO


The Festival of Trees returns to a pre-COVID atmosphere this Saturday. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC).

The fundraiser benefits two non-profit organizations. The first, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which operates the Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Center. The centers welcome members at the age of 50, with a cost of $20 annually. Once seniors turn 60, a world of possibilities opens up to them at no cost.

The second organization, Champions of Youth Ambitions, hosts the local Community Assets Awards, science education in elementary classrooms with Chad the Sci Guy, and sending mail to active-duty military members across the world.

The weekend event will include a mini mall with a variety of vendors for those shopping for holiday gifts. Stories about vendors will be published throughout the coming week.

The highlight of the day will be pictures with Santa. Santa has confirmed his attendance and visitors are requested to don masks for the photo shoot to keep Santa safe for his busy schedule ahead. The senior center will have lots of free masks and sanitizer available for all. To reserve a time to take a picture with Santa, call 505.662.8920. Pictures are free but donations are gratefully accepted.

A raffle is available with tickets just $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, sold at both senior centers starting Monday.

Raffle items include:

  • One fully decorated tree; and
  • A chance to win a donated item from every vendor.

Raffle holders need not be present to win and calls will take place Monday.

More than 80 items are available through the silent auction, which is open to the public all week long.

More than 25 Hummels have been donated and are for sale individually. Courtesy/LARSO

XiNu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has a Christmas in New Mexico tree option available for purchase. Courtesy/LARSO


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