Annual Festival of Trees Creates Indoor Holiday Forest in Rothschild

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Aspirus Gives Back Through Winter Wonderland

By Molly Schecklman – The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear—or just by walking through a glittering forest of over a hundred holiday trees, wreaths, and mantels at the annual Festival of Trees in Rothschild.

Photo Credits: Dave Kallaway

The Aspirus Health Foundation is hosting the 21st Annual Festival of Trees at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center November 22-26. Not only is this event a great way to usher in the holiday season, but it also raises funds for end-of-life care for people in the community.

“The Festival of Trees is the largest annual special event fundraiser for the Aspirus Health Foundation. This is the perfect kickoff to the holiday season,” said Kim Smerda, Fund Development Specialist for the Aspirus Health Foundation. “It brings the community together for a common cause to help people in our community. Every age is invited to attend.”

Aside from strolling through the magical, tree-filled forest, the event also features an Opening Night Gala, Senior Stroll, and two Teddy Bear Breakfasts. Visitors of the festival can walk through the winter wonderland while enjoying a cookie and beverage and listening to the wide range of entertainment performed by local musicians. This year’s festival will also feature a special visit from live reindeer on Friday, November 24 from 1– 4 p.m.

“At the Festival of Trees, our committed volunteers, organizations and businesses turn Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center into a winter wonderland. We appreciate the creativity and generosity of the individuals, families and businesses who participate,” said Smerda

The Festival of Trees can be viewed Wednesday, November 22 from 12-5 p.m.; Thursday, November 23 from 1– 5 p.m.; Friday, November 24 from 9– 5 p.m.; Saturday, November 25 from 12 – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, November 26 from 12– 2 p.m. Tickets for the festival are $5 for adults, $4 for juniors (ages 3-12), and children 2 and under are free.

The Opening Night Gala will be Tuesday, November 21 from 6– 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person if purchased before November 19 and $60 after November 19. The Senior Stroll is Wednesday, November 23 from 9– 12 p.m. Tickets are $4 per person.

The Teddy Bear Breakfast is Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Tickets for adults are $15, children 12 and under are $10, and children 2 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information and special event tickets, please visit wausaufestivaloftrees.org.

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