2015 Schedule of Events
Saturday, Dec. 5 – Family Fun days – 10 am-4 pm
Tickets $5 adults, or free with a new, unwrapped toy donation. Age 10 and under free.
Saturday, Dec. 5 – Jingle Bell Jam Dance – 7 pm-12:00am featuring The Clintons Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 21 and over semi-formal dance.
Sunday, Dec. 6 – Family Fun Days – 10 am-4 pm
Tickets $5 per person, or free with a new, unwrapped toy donation. Age 10 and under free.
Questions? Please contact 406-457-4804.
It’s time! Yes, the months have flown by and suddenly it is time once again to begin the planning for the Intermountain Festival of Trees. We are excited to introduce the theme for this year’s Festival—“Christmas in the High Country.” It promises to be a fun-filled week at the Helena Civic Center as we kick off the Christmas season. Click on the video at left for a reminder of last year’s Festival and then, use the bars above to register as a volunteer or a designer.
Auction Design Information
How to Sign Up
- Silent Auction Table Top Tree / Wreath Designer Guidelines
- Live Auction Large Tree Designer Guidelines
Registration and Forms:
To register as a silent auction designer (table top tree or wreath) or live auction designer (large tree) fill out the appropriate forms below, or pick one up at the office located at 500 S. Lamborn. Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Silent Auction Table Tree/Wreath Designer Form (Due Oct. 15th)
- Live Auction Large Tree Designer Agreement Form (Due Oct. 15th)
- Live Auction Program Description and Notes (Due Oct. 30th)
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 for pickup at Valley Farms during normal operating hours, located at 250 Mill Road, Helena MT. (Supplies are limited.)
Donation and Reimbursement Forms
Silent auction designers (table top tree or wreath) and live auction designers (large tree) must print and fill out the appropriate forms below.
- Silent Auction Tree/Wreath Donation Record Form (Due Dec. 1st)
- Live Auction Reimbursement/Donation Record Forms (Fair Market Value & Donation Forms are Due Dec. 1st, Reimbursement form is due Dec. 11th.)
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. The silent auction trees must be checked in upstairs, large trees must be checked in downstairs.
Fire Safety Tips
Award-winning silent auction designers will be notified on Wednesday, December 2nd with information regarding picking up awards.
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|
|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
|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.
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.
Festival of Trees 2015 Major Sponsors
Montana Rail Link
Holiday Hero Sponsors:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
Diamond Dream Wholesale & Supply
Cloud Peak Energy Montana
Montana Radio Company
Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage Co.
Roger Mathis Photography