Saturday, October 23, 2021

Save the Date for Festival of Trees

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Marco Island Center for the Arts is looking for creative individuals, businesses, groups, and organizations to help increase the holiday spirit by decorating a tree for the Art Center’s annual Festival of Trees.

The Festival of Trees is a holiday event at Marco Island Center for the Arts and dollars raised benefit the nonprofit’s classes for children and adults, and art exhibitions and events. Founded in 2014 by dedicated Marco Island volunteer and art supporter Mr. Dave Rice, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising and community goodwill event. The 6th annual Festival of Trees is December 3 – 5, 2019. The Festival offers students, individuals, families, businesses, clubs, and organizations a unique opportunity to participate in this annual holiday fundraiser.

“We are excited to have people showcase their creative talent, providing a beautiful atmosphere for families that consider the Festival of Trees the official start to the holiday season,” said Dave Rice.

How it Works

Three foot trees or smaller can be decorated with any style or theme you choose, so let your imagination run wild! Tree decorators will be responsible for providing a tree and all lighting and decorating materials. Electrical outlets are available. A limited number of spaces are available. Register early. There is no registration fee! Registration forms are available at the Art Center or just call the Center at 239-394-4221 and the form will be emailed to you. The form will be online soon at

There will be a silent auction for the trees. This is a joint fund raising effort with the decorator and Marco Island Center for the Arts. Each will receive 50% of the net proceeds. You can also elect to submit a tree that is Not for Sale.

The trees will be judged by the “Marco Island Christmas House Decorating Committee” elves. A prize will be awarded for the 1st place winner.


November 25 9 AM – 4 PM Registration forms due at the end of the day.
December 2 9 AM – 5 PM Installation of the trees.
December 3-5 9 AM – 6 PM Festival of Trees and Tree Silent Auction.
December 5 5:30 – 6 PM Festival of Trees judging for 1st place.
December 5 4 PM Silent Auction closes; highest bidders notified.
December 6 9 AM – 4 PM All trees must be paid for and picked up.

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