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Beautifully decorated holiday trees and lavish wreaths fill the historic Sidney & Berne Davis art center at the annual "Festival of Trees" celebration. Each fanciful tree is decorated by a different sponsor-- many of whom create "theme" trees. Toys, teddy bears, and gingerbread men adorn some trees, while others might be decorated more traditionally, with snowflakes, ornaments, garland, and bows. Still others can be ornamented with more unconventional fare, like origami cranes, seashells, and even sports memorabilia.
Visitors then are encouraged to vote for their favorites, in categories such as "Most Creative," "Most Traditional," and "Best All-Around." The mayor also selects his favorite.
The Festival of Trees is free and open to the public. In 2010, nearly 4,500 people visited this magical display of trees decked out in holiday finery.
The Festival of Trees traditionally opens the day after Thanksgiving and stays open until the following Wednesday.
On Saturday night, the festival is part of the Fort Myers "Holiday Stroll." The mayor will light the large tree on the steps of the Art Center. The crowd will be entertained by musicians and dancers leading up to the ceremonial tree-lighting.
After the six-day festival, the trees, wreaths, and other holiday items are auctioned off at a black-tie gala called "Tux and Trees." Tickets to the Tux and Trees Gala can be purchased at the Festival of Trees website.
The Festival of Trees and the Tux and Trees Gala are the signature fund-raising events of the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation.