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Festival of Trees

Nov 14, 2017

Step into a world of glittering Christmas trees as you experience the Vero Beach community’s welcome to the holidays, at Riverside Theatre's 20th annual Festival of Trees Nov., 17-19, 2017. "Sugar & Spice" is the theme which will be reflected in each creative design. Designer decorated trees, wreaths and Santa's Village are some of the highlights along with holiday shopping, children’s activities, live entertainment, food and drinks, and a community songfest.

This year the festival has expanded throughout the Riverside campus with fun-filled magical areas for all ages.  The festival features decorated Christmas trees, holiday displays and DIY demonstrations. The family friendly event supports the education and outreach programs of Riverside Children’s Theatre.

"Every year there is  a new theme that inspires the designs of the trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses" says Riverside's Annamarie LaBella. We are always so excited to see the design interpretations every year. With the expansion of the event to the entire Riverside campus, we are able to accommodate more shows and an ice skating rink for kids."

The Gala Preview Party kicks off the Festival of Trees weekend with heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and the opening of silent auction bidding on the decorated trees. Plus a special rock'n holiday performances of the wildly popular Howl at the Moon dueling pianos music show. 

Riverside Children’s Theatre is transformed into a magical forest with over 50 beautifully decorated trees that will be available to purchase during the silent auction all weekend long.  Designers the area volunteer their time, talent and treasure to create these unique holiday masterpieces. Vendors selling holiday decor and much more are spread throughout the Forest. The gingerbread village, a magical mix of large and small creations, is always a focal point in the display area and completes any home holiday décor.

"Our committed team of staff and volunteers put in countless hours of hard-work and creativity," says LaBella. "We begin working on the event in the spring with preparations. The week of the Festival, every staff member is working on setting up and organizing the event as well as over 50 volunteers."

Santa's Village will feature family activities: the candy cane cafe, arts & crafts, games & prizes, musical performances, a synthetic skating rink, and Santa himself for a photo opportunity. So, kids prepare your list for Santa! (There will be a $3 skate rental fee).

Riverside Theatre’s main building will be a hub of activity with the Community Stage on the Waxlax Stage, with performances by local choirs. The ever-popular Christmas Shoppe is the one stop location for unique gifts, gourmet cheeses, jellies, and holiday cheer. Breakfast with Santa (Nov. 18-19 at 9 a.m.) is an annual treat for the whole family includes a visit with Ole St. Nick, musical performances, and a delectable full catered breakfast buffet. Reservations required in advance. Adult $22, child $18 (3 and under free).

Festival Details:
Friday through Sunday, November 17-19, 2017.

Hours: Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Tickets: $10/person, $5/children under 12.

Address: Riverside Theatre campus, 3280 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach 

Contact: 772.231.6990   www.riversidetheatre.com