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2019 Festival of Trees continues a holiday tradition to kickoff the Christmas season

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Festival of Trees continues a holiday tradition to kickoff the Christmas season (Photo: KUTV)

Once empty exhibit halls at the Mountain America Expo Center are now transformed into a holiday winter wonderland of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, playhouses, centerpieces, quilts, and gingerbread houses.

The 49th Annual Festival of Trees is preparing to open to the public for its four-day extravaganze of shops, handmade crafts and quilts, freshly baked cookies and candies, an endless assortment of freshly-made fudge and ornately decorated trees.

Funds raised at Festival of Trees go to provide medical services to patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. This year's child ambassador is a 5-year-old, Wren.

Wren was born with Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM) in her chest. She receives ongoing care at Primary Children's Hospital that has been the beneficiary of nearly $40 million from the proceeds of the Festival over the years.

The hospital serves more than 100,000 patients from communities stretching across 400,000-square miles, from Nevada to Alaska, a press release stated.

The Festival of Trees - thought to be the largest display of Christmas trees in the world - opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday and runs through Saturday.

TICKET INFORMATION

  • $7 for adults,
  • $4 for children ages 2-11,
  • $6 for attendees ages 65 and older.

PARKING LOCATIONS

Mountain America Expo Center, 9575 State Street, Sandy, UT

The InContact/WCF (Workers Compensation Fund) Building has generously offered Festival of Trees guests to park in its parking lot after 5:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and all-day Saturday.

This overflow lot is located across the street (west) from the Mountain America Expo Center. (100 W Towne Ridge Pkwy)

PUBLIC TRANSIT

To eliminate the worry of finding parking, consider taking TRAX to the Festival of Trees. The Sandy Expo Station (Blue Line) is located just north of the Mountain America Expo Center. Click here to view UTA's TRAX Schedule.

For more information, visit festivaloftrees.org.

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