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Festival of Trees to brighten Moffat County’s Christmas

The third annual Festival of Trees will take place starting Dec. 1 on the second floor of the Moffat County Courthouse, featuring decorated trees by local nonprofit organizations and businesses. The event, hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club, will run through January and feature numerous activities leading up to Christmas.

The ever-loving evergreens synonymous with the holiday season will be on display for all to see once again.

The third annual Festival of Trees will take place starting in early December. The yuletide event is hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club.

The second floor of the Moffat County Courthouse will be decked out with Christmas decorations, most notably trees festooned with ornaments, lights and other special touches reflecting the spirit of the season, as provided by local nonprofit organizations and businesses.

"It's our gift back to Moffat County for supporting us all year long," said Corrie Ponikvar, executive director of Moffat County United Way.

Setup will begin early next week, and the displays will be visible during the Parade of Lights on Nov. 29, officially opening to the public Dec. 1 and staying in place through Jan. 9.

Last year's festival included entries recreating favorite movies and TV shows like "Peanuts," "Elf" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" This year's theme is Christmas carols.

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The trees will be up and visible throughout the day, but it's Thursdays when the fun begins, as hosts welcome community members for special activities each week, offering free hot cocoa, music, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and their elves to name just a few for a great package deal full of cheer.

A Dec. 4 RSVP-only event will be tied in with the Craig Chamber of Commerce's monthly business mixer and will include the announcement of the winning entry.

Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 are open to all, as well as a weekend event Dec. 13 that will expand into special seasonal treats like live music from the Bolton family, sleigh rides by the Anson family, holiday giveaways and more.

With 28 slots out of a possible 32 reserved, there is still space for several groups wishing to enter a tree, the cost of registration $10 for a nonprofit organization or $25 for a regular business.

"It gives them a great opportunity to support the community and get a little free advertising," Ponikvar said.

For more information, call 970-824-6222.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

If you go

Festival of Trees

8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13

Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Details: The holiday celebration includes decorative trees sponsored by local groups on the second floor of the courthouse, kicking off with the Parade of Lights and available regularly from Dec. 1 to Jan. 9. Special holiday activities are available from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays before Christmas and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13. All in the community are welcome. For more information, call 970-824-6222.