Barton Health’s annual Festival of Trees & Lights celebrates eighth year in South Lake Tahoe |

Barton Health’s annual Festival of Trees & Lights celebrates eighth year in South Lake Tahoe

A bear receives an X-Ray at the Festival of Trees & Lights' Teddy Bear Hospital. The event returns to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Thursday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 4.
Courtesy / Sherry MacManus |

STATELINE, NV — Ring in the winter holidays with Barton Health’s Festival of Trees & Lights, which returns to South Shore for the eighth time from Thursday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 4.

“The Festival of Trees & Lights provides a warm and family-friendly atmosphere to inspire people to get into the spirit of holiday giving,” Barton Foundation director Kindle Craig said. “All the money raised goes back into the community and supports health and wellness programs.”

Volunteers and staff from the Barton Foundation decorate the convention center at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa with trees and wreaths decorated by local artists and students to get attendees into the holiday spirit. All ages are welcome to attend the event, which features a teddy bear hospital — from which children receive a free teddy bear — along with a craft area, visit from Santa Claus, raffle and live entertainment.

Special events round out the weekend schedule. On Thursday, Dec. 1, seniors ages 55 and older are invited to the free senior stroll from 2-4 p.m. A teddy bear brunch is slotted for Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, and is a favorite among children and their families. The Barton Foundation recommends buying special event tickets ahead of time, as they are expected to sell out.

Festival proceeds this year go toward the expanding Barton Health Cancer Wellness Program, which provides services related to battling cancer and improving quality of life for patients, their families and caregivers. Once expanded, the program will address social, emotional and functional components of the patient’s cancer journey, offering massage, exercise, psychotherapy and nutrition classes.

Additional information and ticket purchases are accessible at or by calling 530-543-5909. Public viewing is available to children and seniors for $3, and to adults for $5, though family rates are offered.

If interested in volunteering for the event, contact Marty Green at 530-543-5784.

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