Goodwill Industries' sixth annual Festival of Trees, presented by FineMark National Bank & Trust, will return to the Fort Myers River district on Nov. 23 at the historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers.
The week-long festival will feature more than two dozen beautifully decorated holiday trees, as well as elaborate wreaths and other holiday fare.
The 2012 Festival of Trees is open to the public during the following times:
- Nov. 23: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Nov. 24: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Nov. 25: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Nov. 26: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Nov. 28: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Nov. 29: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Nov. 30: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Donations are appreciated at the door.
During the festival's opening weekend, families are invited to bring their little ones to the Children's Holiday Workshop. For a $6 per child admission fee, children can play holiday games, create ornaments and cards, enjoy stories and more.
The workshop is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25.
Other highlights of the festival include the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center's Brunch with Santa on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the brunch is $12. On Saturday evening, the Fort Myers River District will celebrate its annual Holiday Stroll, and the Art Center will host a holiday concert by Beatles tribute band "The Nowhere Band."
The charitable and glamorous Tux & Trees Gala concludes the festival on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. All of the festival's trees will be sold during an exciting live auction, while wreaths and other extravagant items will be available in a silent auction. The evening will be hosted by Stacey Adams of WINK News and auctioneer Mike Joyce of Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry.
Tickets to the Tux & Trees Gala are $100.
Last year's festival and gala raised $56,000 to support the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation, which provides long-term financial support to programs and services of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.
In 2011, Goodwill helped 23,000 Southwest Floridians with disabilities and other disadvantages become more independent.
For more information, or to purchase Tux & Trees Gala tickets, visit: www.tuxandtrees.com or call 995-2106 ext. 2213.