Festival of Trees

Intermountain’s Festival of Trees

Intermountain’s 2014 Festival of Trees Breaks Records in All Categories

Intermountain’s 27th annual Festival of Trees, one of Helena’s premier holiday events, was a huge success, breaking records in all categories!  We had more volunteers, better attendance, raised more money and had more fun than ever before!  This year’s light-hearted theme, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” proved inspirational to the many who participated. This extraordinary event has become a tradition of Helena’s holiday season while raising much needed funding for quality children’s programs at Intermountain.

Co-chairs Anne Pichette and Annie Peterson led a group of over 40 volunteers in planning and preparing for the big event while 28 volunteer teams of designers and decorators produced the most beautiful array of live-auction trees while over 100 others created silent auction trees and wreaths from exquisite to whimsical.  The event was held on December 3-7, 2014.  Plans are already underway for next year’s Festival of Trees.

For more information email Teresa Meyer or call (406) 457-4804.

Auction Design Information

How to Sign Up

Designer guidelines:


To register as a silent auction designer (table top tree or wreath) fill the for out below, or pick one up at the office located at 500 S. Lamborn. Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The designer information form and donation form is due November 7, 2015. Please return it to the Festival of Trees Office at Intermountain, 500 S. Lamborn, Helena, MT 59601.

Where to Deliver Items

All entries must be delivered to the Helena Civic Center on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the silent auction coordinator table upstairs. Enter through the doors on the Benton Avenue side of the Civic Center, turn left and go up the ramp inside to the balcony.

Trees and Wreaths Pick-Up Dates

Table top trees, large trees, and wreaths will be available for pick-up October 8-30th, 2015 on a first come first serve basis. They are available at Valley Farms located at 250 Mill Road, Helena MT. (Supplies are limited.)

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Award-winning silent auction designers will be notified on Wednesday, December 2nd.

Award ceremony is Thursday, December 3rd for adults, Saturday December 5th for youth, in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom

The History of Festival of Trees

1st 1988 Birth of a Tradition
2nd 1989 Festival of Trees
3rd 1990 Visions of Sugarplums
4th 1991 Babes in Toyland
5th 1992 Christmas Around the World
6th 1993 Winter Wonderland
7th 1994 Make Spirits Bright
8th 1995 Through the Eyes of a Child
9th 1996 Love, Laughter and Dreams
10th 1997 The Wonder of It All
11th 1998 The Music of Christmas
12th 1999 Turn of the Century Past, Present
and Future
13th 2000 An Enchanted Forest
14th 2001 Home for the Holidays
15th 2002 A Tradition of Hope
16th 2003 Wish Upon a Star
17th 2004 That Christmas Feeling
18th 2005 Let It Be Christmas
19th 2006 A Rocky Mountain Christmas
20th 2007 A Season of Hope
21th 2008 Music, Magic and Light
22th 2009 100 Christmas Miracles
23th 2010 Celebrate the Wonder
24th 2011 Black Tie, White Christmas
25th 2012 25 Years of Tradition
26th 2013 Over the River and Through the Woods
27th 2014 Baby It’s Cold Outside
28th 2015 Christmas in the High Country

A Tradition Continues

The Festival of Trees has raised more than $2 Million over the last 26 years for the mission of Intermountain, “Healing Through Healthy Relationships”. From its humble beginnings with a few trees that netted $5,000 in 1988, to the record of $232,000 in 2015.

A Tradition of Giving

The generosity of the Helena community has made Festival of Trees bigger and brighter every year. Thirty trees, vacation packages, and a few specialty items are auctioned each year. The record sale price for one tree sale is over $28,000! Sponsors have continued to support the event so that revenue goes directly to support the event so that revenue goes directly to the children’s needs. So many people respond to the needs of children with their time, treasures, and talent. We are blessed and thankful for each and every one.

Silent Auction areas include Table Top Trees and Winterland Wreaths. An added part of Festival of Trees is Funland, which is bright with children’s activities. The weekend is highlighted with live entertainment in the ballroom provided by talented local groups.

A Tradition of Caring

Financial contributions are not all the Festival of Trees gives to Intermountain. The many volunteers involved in the Festival of Trees also participate in the true spirit of caring. The Festival of Trees volunteer force is comprised on a 30+ member steering committee. More than 500 volunteers help to produce the Festival of Trees, many working throughout the year.



Be a Festival of Trees Volunteer!

Intermountain is fortunate to have dedicated volunteers as the driving force behind its Festival of Trees. Over 500 dedicated volunteers work to help turn the Helena Civic Center into a winter wonderland.

Do you have a few hours to make a difference in a child’s life? There are many great opportunities for you to volunteer in a variety of areas. Whether you want to setup the event, take tickets, or help guide people, there is definitely a place for you at the Festival of Trees.

Volunteer Areas

Set Up, Take Down: Decorate displays, construct the backdrop and general setup. Handyman skills appreciated but not necessary.

Security Floor Host: Provide security for the trees, auction items, and raffle prizes. Serve as host, answer questions, assist traffic flow. This position requires standing and walking.

Funland: Work with children on activites such as face painting, cookie decoration and story telling. This is a fun and active area.

Ticket Taker: Welcome guests, sell tickets and distribute programs. (Must be 18)

Volunteer Center: Welcome our volunteers. Sign in individuals and groups. Work in various areas when shortages occur.

Where Ever Needed: Your help is needed in many areas, let us assign you where the need is the greatest.

Volunteer Opportunity Dates: December 1st, 2015 – December 6th, 2015

You can also pick up a paper version of the form at the Intermountain Development office (same address as below) and return form by November 17th, 2015 to:

Festival of Trees Office
500 S Lamborn
Helena, MT 59601

For more information, call (406) 457-4804.

Thank you to Our Sponsors

Each year, individuals and corporations join together to support children and families at Intermountain. These sponsors help restore hope to children.

If you are interested in becoming a Festival of Trees Sponsor please take a look at our Sponsorship Brochure and  call (406) 457-4804.

Major Sponsors

Premier Sponsor (limit 1) $15,000
Holiday Hero: $10,000
Major Sponsors: $6000
Feature Sponsors: $4000
Area Sponsors: $2000
Vacation Package Sponsors: $2000
Tree Sponsors: $1000
Angel Sponsors: $500
Friend Sponsors: $250