Festival of Trees Highlights the True Meaning of the Holidays

Nov 28, 2019

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An annual holiday tradition kicked off in downtown Sioux City on November 25, 2019.   

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On opening night, people at the Ho-Chunk Centre could see an atrium filled with festivity.  More than 70 creations of yule tide teamwork.

If you add up all of the goodwill over the past 27 years, the Festival of Trees raised $388,000.

“This year our local charity is Lila Mae’s House, a place for victims of human trafficking.”

That’s Dr. Tom Molstad who helps coordinate this major event.

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The goal this year is $20,000 through bids on more than 70 trees, wreaths and other Christmas creations.

REPORTER:  “Do you have a favorite tree?  What do you think of the trees this year?”

“My tree.  I did a tree too.  Just kidding.  There are many that are really gorgeous. It’s hard for me to pick which one is my favorite.”  

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REPORTER: “This is just kind of the event that really gets Sioux City in the Christmas Spirit.”

“That’s right.  We start just before Thanksgiving. And, then our auction is on the 5th of December, a week after the Christmas season  When a person buys a tree or wreaths from this they’re able to put it up for the while month of December and for the whole Christmas season.  It’s a great way to start off things.”

A worthwhile ritual for celebrating the true meaning of the season.

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