Christmas tree festivals set in Blackfoot, Arimo

The Bingham County Festival of Trees started off with the Holiday Tea Tuesday night with the main event starting at 10 a.m. today in the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.

By Kendra Evensen

Before you go purchase a Christmas tree or chop one down, you may want to consider attending the Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy or the Festival of Trees Scholarship Drive this month. You can buy a unique, pre-decorated pine for your home at either event and contribute to a good cause in the process, or you can just browse and get ideas for decorating a tree of your own.
The Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy kicks off today and runs through Saturday at the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot. The event costs $2 per person or $10 per family and takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., today through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“We have a variety of different trees,” said Jana Rupe, co-chairman of the event, adding that many of the trees follow this year’s nutcracker theme, but there are several others that have a theme of their own.
Rupe said nearly 50 trees and wreaths have been decorated for the event, and all of them will be auctioned off on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The event will also include several other activities. There will be a Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. on Saturday, which costs $10 per person and includes a meal and a chance for kids to mingle with Mr. and Mrs. Clause and receive a gift. Those who attend the Christmas Tree Fantasy can also purchase homemade items like blessing dresses, crocheted hats and table centerpieces at the boutique, pies rolls and other goodies at the sweet shop, and lunch and dinner at the kitchen throughout the week.
Rupe said proceeds from the event are used to help community organizations like the SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency, Bingham Crisis Center, senior centers and humane societies. Last year’s event raised about $30,000, she said.
For more information, call 390-5710.
The Festival of Trees Scholarship Drive will take place on Dec. 7, from 5- to 7 p.m. at the Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center in Arimo.
That event will include Christmas trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses and crafts, which will all be sold through a silent auction that closes around 8 p.m., said Chairman Karen Brady. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships for high school students involved in music, art, dance and drama.
The festival is free to the public and will also include Christmas music and hot cider. In addition, the variety show “Christmas Chaos” will take place during the event and costs $15 for adults, $10 for teens and $5 for kids under 12.
For more information about the festival, or to donate a tree, call 251-0794.