Festival of Trees Saturday

‘Merry Christmas from Don Ho Ho Ho,’ palm by Linda Hull is one of the trees available for auction at Saturday’s Festival of Trees. Photo by Chad Lauritzen


The weather about to roll in will certainly support the idea that it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions will present the Festival of Trees 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Festival functions as a fundraiser for these two community organizations.

More than 60 items are on display at the Betty Ehart Senior Center as last week’s Festival of Chocolate, kicked off the week long fun.

Plans for Saturday include a craft fair with a variety of vendors and artisans, holiday medleys provided by local musicians Greg Schneider, Tom Oliphant, Winnie Berry and Frances Meier and free photos with the jolly old elf himself.

One of the many highlights is the holiday trees and wreaths with a variety of themes.

“Downton Abbey fans will love that namesake tree and anyone wishing they were having Christmas in a tropical place will want to bid on the, ‘Merry Christmas from Don Ho Ho Ho,’ palm by Linda Hull,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, LARSO director and event co-chair. “Santa’s Clothesline tree donated by the RSVP quilters and our RSVP quilters have pillows, children’s socks, baby quilt/bib sets and of course quilts,” for sale.

Weather won’t derail Santa, who has the event on his calendar and is ready to have his picture taken with any and all of his fans.

The fee to enjoy the festival is a small donation of a non-perishable item. Items are being collected to benefit those less fortunate this holiday season. A special request for diapers has been made to assist the Los Alamos High School FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America), in a community service project. Another need is items that can be given to school aged students for lunch and snacks.

The Festival of Trees can also help to solve your Thanksgiving centerpiece conundrums. The co-chairs have usually been able to get their hands on two to three dozen poinsettias, available to purchase and they have become a hot item. 

“I love seeing the holiday spirit come to life,” Schneider. “It is a wonderful all generations event!”

Tickets are also being sold for $1 a chance to win a variety of items from arts and crafts vendors, as well as a fully decorated holiday tree, donated by the Xi Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. The tickets will be available throughout the event. The silent auction formally ends at 2 p.m., bringing the week-long event to an end.

In case of bad weather, check the Los Alamos Daily Post or call 505.662.8920 to make sure the event is going on as scheduled.