The Festival of Trees returns to the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center

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Introducing the Fort Myers Tree Festival, one of Southwest Florida’s most sensational holiday traditions. Presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, the gala is a huge downtown vacation destination where beautiful trees are decorated and filled with gifts from local businesses to help raise funds for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center at 2301 First St. Offering family events for all ages, the seasonal celebration begins with a ticketed preview night Nov. 30 from 5-7 p.m., featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a silent auction.

A holiday-themed Wine & Paint party will be offered on December 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. ‘Tis the season to get creative with one of Southwest Florida’s favorite local artists, Dharma Lefevre. This talented and eccentric elf will show you how to create a beautiful winter landscape. Each artist will be provided with canvas, paints, brushes and, of course, wine.

Mayor Kevin Anderson will continue the annual tradition of lighting the massive wreath adorning the SBDAC loggia, followed by live music from the Nowhere Band. Everything happens on December 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Festival of Trees returns to the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center

The Festival of Trees returns to the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center

Santa’s Day jingles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 3. It’s a chance for kids to create Christmas artwork, color Christmas and holiday cards, decorate delicious cookies from the Publix supermarket, enjoy a train ride and write letters to Santa Claus and our military service members. Then Memphis Motown Soul Experience will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The tree raffle, with trees and gifts for the lucky winners, is scheduled for 5 p.m. on December 4. With the exception of the tree donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital, all of the trees, valued at over $1,500 each, will make spirits shine in their new locations. A toy drive is also available, so bring your unwrapped gift for free entry to see the trees.

General admission to the Festival of Trees to view, vote for favorites and purchase raffle tickets ($10 each or $25 for three) runs throughout the five-day festival and is $2 per person, with 5 and under free. ¦

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— Call 239-333-1933 or visit www . sbdac.com/ for details, tickets and to check for any schedule changes.

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