9th Annual SCV Holiday Festival Of the Trees

by Ben Pierce, Staff Writer 600 views0

It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas…

The holiday season started early in Santa Clarita this year with the 9th annual Festival of Trees at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The festival was held from November 11th through the 23rd and featured over 45 elaborately decorated trees and over 100 mouth-watering gingerbread houses all being sold through auction to benefit the Boys and Girls club of Santa Clarita.

This years event also showcased the 1st annual “Holiday Hocus Pocus Show” featuring 12 magicians from the Magic Castle, all of whom donated their time to perform dazzling magic and tricks for the attendees.

Ronda Chobanian the Development Director of the SCV Boys & Girls Club explained why this event is special,

“The best part about the festival of the trees is that there is something for everyone. The entire Santa Clarita valley can be involved. We have had 105 ginger bread houses that have been made in people’s houses all over town along with Church groups and girl scout troops helping to decorate the trees.”

“Adults love looking at the trees, grandparents are enjoying it with their grandkids and the kids corner has over a dozen activites including emailing Santa and standing inside a giant bubble. Plus it gets you into holiday spirt which its a great.”

Gary Condie the President of thew SCV Boys & Girls Club also spoke about the purpose of the event and about the festivals origins,

“Festival of trees is the introduction to the holiday season for the Santa Clarita valley. We are expecting to have over 20,000 people come through. We have trees that are almost 15 feet tall as well as our tabletop trees that are about 3 feet, all decorated with different themes.”

“Festival of trees is a lot of fun, it helps people get into the holiday spirt but it’s also a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls club of Santa Clarita.”

“In 2003 the boys and girls club opened their new facility at Sierra Vista Jr. High School. We were excited because we could now double the number of young people that we could serve, but we were also frightened because our budget suddenly doubled and we weren’t sure how we were going to pay for it. It was at that time that my wife brought the idea for this event and in the 9 years since it started we raised well over a million dollars for the boys and girls club.”

For information on future events benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of SCV you can visit their website at:

http://www.scvbgc.org/index.php

 

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