The Seattle Festival of Trees allows you to decorate your home in a charitable way.
What: This month, Seattle’s 33rd annual Festival of Trees Celebration will raise money for patients of Seattle Children’s Hospital. This year, the time-honored event will feature 20 designer Christmas trees on display.
Prior to the festival, Seattleites have the opportunity to purchase any tree in the 2011 collection for $4,000; all unsold trees will be auctioned at the festival, starting at a base amount of $2,500. As an incentive to act early, any price tag that exceeds the base amount will be matched by The Goodman Foundation, and all proceeds will be donated to Seattle Children’s. To enter in a $10 raffle to win one of the trees, Poinsettia Tradition (pictured below), please contact festival organizers.
As guests view this year’s trees and read the inspiring stories of Seattle Children’s patients, they can sip on cocktails, nibble homemade cookies and enjoy music by the St. Jude Parish Sanctuary Choir. Attendees are also invited to the silent auction, which will take place until 5 p.m. in the foyer to the Spanish Ballroom; biddable items include wreaths, small trees, table decorations and ornaments. Kids can listen to Christmas stories and take photos with Santa.
As the festival wraps up, dinner will be served in The Georgian Room from 5 to 9 p.m.; for reservations, please call (206) 621-7889. From the day of the festival until Friday, Dec. 23, all guests are invited to enjoy The Festival of Trees Menu, a delicious three-course meal for $59 (add a fourth course for $10 more) served at the Fairmont Olympic. Children’s plates are $39 each, and 10 percent of the bill will be donated to Seattle Children’s.