Work began early in the week as volunteers filled with hall with custom-designed artificial trees that are decorated by teams of designers. The fanciful trees are auctioned at Saturday night’s soirée, and the money is used for the Tracy Hospital Foundation’s health services and to help local families.
The three-day Festival of Trees kicks off each year with the Friday morning Silver Bell Tea Social. This year, it will be followed by a new addition, a Ladies Night Out gathering for women at 6 p.m., which features wine tasting, appetizers and shopping.
Things get into full swing Saturday with the Once Upon a Time Tea at 10 a.m., including a mini “Nutcracker” performance by the Children’s Dance Theater of Tracy. The day is capped with the sold-out Enchanted Evening Soiree, starring silent and live auctions and entertainment.
Another Once Upon a Tea, with live appearances by storybook characters, anchors Sunday’s festivities.
During the day Saturday and Sunday, visitors can view wreaths and trees, pose for photos with Santa and visit Santa’s Secret Shop. Daytime general admission to the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry is $4 for adults and $2 for children.
Some of the special events have a few tickets still available, and callers can reach the hospital foundation at 832-6502 to learn more. Costs vary for each event.
For information: www.suttertracy.org/foundation