A Christmas tree provides more than shelter for gifts—it’s a convenient hanger for light strings and a shady respite from its own harsh glow. Celebrate evergreens’ ingenuity with today’s Groupon to Goodwill Industries’ Festival of Trees, held at the Century II Exhibition Hall Balcony. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get two tickets to the Public Tree Viewing and Reindeer Romp on Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. or Sunday, December 4, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. (a $10 value). Children 12 months and younger receive free admission to this event.
- For $35, you get one ticket to the Starlight Gala and Tree Auction on Friday, December 2, 7 p.m.–11 p.m. (a $75 value).<p>
Goodwill Industries’ Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for local residents with disabilities, spreads holiday cheer with gussied-up evergreens, Christmas carols, and cameos by Kris Kringle. During the Starlight Gala and Tree Auction, guests bid for firs trimmed by community groups and local businesses rather than disgruntled reindeer (trees will be delivered the week following the event). After basking in fresh forest scents, revelers can nibble holiday-theme hors d’oeuvres and peruse a silent auction to gather stocking stuffers.
Baubles and sparkles entrance visitors during the public tree viewing, where more than 40 full-size pines compete for the affections of passersby and the attention of paparazzi. A Reindeer Romp area invites youngsters to decorate cookies, play carnival games, and debate the space-time continuum with Santa. Performances by the Wichita State University Quartet and Broadway Singers infuse the event with jolliness, and a wreath-decorating seminar distinguishes circular pine designs from spearmint-flavor donuts.
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