Barton Foundation’s Festival of Trees and Lights has something for everyone |

Barton Foundation’s Festival of Trees and Lights has something for everyone

Adam Jensen
Dreu Murin hosts the Festival of Trees and Lights Gala in 2014.
Courtesy photo |

Festival of Trees and Lights entertainment schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 2 | Senior Stroll

2-3 p.m. Mary Stephens & Friends

3-4 p.m. Ukuleles of Tahoe

Thursday, Dec. 3 | Public Viewing

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Strolling Minstrels

Friday, Dec. 4 | Public Viewing

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Strolling Minstrels

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Magical Moment

12-12:30 p.m. Magical Moment

Friday, Dec. 4 | Family Night

5-9 p.m. Strolling Minstrels

5:30-6:30 p.m. Marcia Sarosik’s Shining Stars

6:30-6:45 p.m. South Tahoe High School Dance Team

7-7:30 p.m. Paul Kushner’s Elementary School Choir

7-9 p.m. Fabrizio

Saturday, Dec. 5 | Public Viewing

10-11 a.m. Tammy Owens, steel drums

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Paul Kushner’s Elementary School Choir

Sunday, Dec. 6 | Teddy Bear Breakfast

10:30-11:30 a.m. Wayne Ferguson “Magic Guy”

From themed Christmas trees to checkups for teddy bears to a black-tie optional gala, Barton Foundation’s Festival of Trees and Lights has a little something for everyone.

The 7th annual festival kicks off Wednesday, Dec. 2, with a special viewing for seniors and continues through the event’s Teddy Bear Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 6.

“It’s an opportunity to kick off the holidays and is meant to be a family friendly holiday fundraiser,” said Barton Health spokeswoman Molly Hucklebridge Coolidge.

The festival is put on by Barton Foundation staff and volunteers. Proceeds from this year’s event support prevention programs and trauma services for Barton Hospital’s Level III Trauma Center.

The centerpieces of the festival, which takes place at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, are elaborately decorated Christmas trees designed especially for the event by Lake Tahoe professionals and volunteers. Themes for the trees this year include Celtic, Steampunk, “The Wizard of Oz,” tango, golfing and gardening, among other. The trees are auctioned off at the Festival of Trees and Lights Gala.

In addition to the trees, public viewing times include entertainment, an arts and crafts area for kids, photos with Santa Claus for $10 and a Teddy Bear Hospital for children ages 12 and under where stuffed animals get the hospital experience. Each child will receive a free teddy bear as they are admitted to the Teddy Bear Hospital. Kids can also write letters to Santa during the viewings and get answers back.

Festival of Trees and Lights viewings take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, to Saturday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12 and for those 55 and over. Children 2 and under are free. A free Senior Stroll Day will also take place Wednesday, Dec. 2, and a special late-night public viewing is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Admission to the nighttime viewing is $25 per family of six or less and includes a photo with Santa Claus.

The event takes a turn toward the formal Saturday night with the festival’s gala, a black-tie optional event that includes a five-course meal, auctions, dancing and a signature cocktail. The gala takes place from 5-11:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $200. For more information call the Barton Foundation at 530-543-5614.

A Teddy Bear Brunch closes out the festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. In addition to a meal, the event includes, coloring books, crayons, a goody bag for each child, the Teddy Bear Hospital and a photo with Santa. Tickets are $30 for those 13 and over and $25 for children ages 2-12. Children under 2 are free.

Barton Foundation spokeswoman Tania Pilkinton said the festival is a way to celebrate the community, reach out and give back.

“It’s pretty much designed so that all ages will have a good time,” Pilkinton said.

Tickets are available online at and at the door. Call 530-543-5909 for more information.

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