Decorating the Christmas tree is a heartwarming tradition, but it can take a dangerous turn when dealing with feral treetop angels or threading string through popcorn still in mouths. Observe death-defying decorative exploits with today's Groupon for the Festival of Trees, which benefits Goodwill Industries of Kansas. Choose from the following festively fantastic choices:
- For $35, you get one ticket to the Festival of Trees Party in the Pines on Friday, December 3 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. (a $75 value).
- For $2, you get one ticket to the Festival of the Trees Public Viewing (a $5 value). Viewings are scheduled for Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 5 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The annual Festival of Trees showcases the twinkling ornamental handiwork of expert tree artists during a series of family-friendly holiday celebrations. At the Party in the Pines, Christmas conifers are auctioned to the highest bidder, while the lowest bidders go home with imaginary consolation shrubbery. Taking home a prized, bedazzled tree helps fund Goodwill Industries' education and training programs for Kansans with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment (trees will be delivered the Monday or Tuesday following the event). A more sonically subdued silent auction will result in the dutiful doling out of wreaths and other holiday gifts. A palate-pleasing dinner is included, along with complimentary beer, wine, and soulful live tunes.
The Festival of the Trees Public Viewing offers guests an ocular overload of pine gazing and a bevy of family-friendly holiday events and activities. Kids can bring their laundry lists of goodies they do or explicitly do not want to see on Christmas morning to Santa and his elf. Picturesque portraiture opportunities abound, as brightly lit trees shimmer in anticipation of appreciative glances. The Wichita Broadway Singers and the YMCA kids' dance squad are among the troupes of entertainers gracing the festival.