Intermountain’s 29th Annual Festival of Trees
Vintage Christmas Market
2016 Festival of Trees Schedule
|Designer Decorating Day||Tuesday, November 29|
|Tea in the Trees||Wednesday, November 30|
|Special Needs Day
Designer Showcase / An Evening in the Trees
|Thursday, December 1|
|Starlight Dinner & Live Auction||Friday, December 2|
Jingle Bell Jam Dance
|Saturday, December 3|
|Family Fun||Sunday, December 4|
An Evening in the Trees: Thursday, December 1st, 7-9 p.m.
Open to everyone 21 and older. Enjoy an elegant, quiet evening strolling through the beautifully decorated large trees while enjoying enchanting Christmas music, sipping champagne and sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres. The evening’s high-end silent auction offers many items, including vacation packages, fun local experiences and dining experiences and closes at 8:30pm. On the mezzanine, enjoy the silent auction, featuring exquisitely decorated tabletop and large trees, wreaths and artwork by local artists, which closes on Sunday afternoon. $25 admittance includes hors d’oeuvres and champagne, and a full cash bar will be available.
We’ve reserved a seat for you!
Family Days entertainment is now in the auditorium! We are throwing wide open the Civic Center’s front doors during Family Days on Saturday & Sunday December 3rd & 4th from 9am-4pm, inviting entertainment groups and their families to enter the Civic Center on the Neill Avenue south entrance. Families and guests may then enter the auditorium to be comfortably seated while watching their special performer. After the performance, wander over to Funland, located upstairs off the mezzanine, featuring Santa’s photo room and many fun, interactive children’s activities!
No more standing in line at the door!
Family Days tickets will now be presold at several locations. Adults $5 per person, children under 10 receive a free ticket.
New lunch menu!
During Family Days on Saturday & Sunday December 3rd & 4th from 9am-4pm, the ballroom now offers ample seating for lunch, which will be prepared and served by the GFWC Helena Woman’s Club. Come prepared to savor homemade lunch offerings and yummy baked goods while viewing the beautifully decorated large trees. Enjoy lunch while the kids enjoy cookie decorating and writing letters to Santa on the ballroom floor.
Jingle Bell Jam Dance Updates
Jingle Bell Jam Dance on Saturday, December 3rd featuring The Clintons is now a 21 and over event, and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Ticket sales for all events will be available at several locations and are listed on our website: www.intermountain.org/fot
Please contact 406-457-4804.
Auction Design Information
How to Sign Up
- Silent Auction Table Top Tree / Wreath / Artwork Designer Guidelines
- Live Auction Large Tree Designer Guidelines
Registration and Forms:
To register as a silent auction designer (table top tree/wreath/artwork) or live auction designer (large tree) fill out the appropriate form(s) below.
- Silent Auction Table Tree/Wreath/Artwork Designer Form
- Live Auction Large Tree Designer Agreement Form
- Live Auction Program Description and Notes
Trees and Wreaths Pick-Up Dates
Intermountain will provide a 3-foot unlit artificial tree or 24” wreath. Pick up your tree and/or wreath at
the Bare Naked Tree Party at Valley Farms on Mill Road on October 11th from 5-7pm. This year
there will be 100 table top trees and 80 wreaths available to decorate on a first come, first served
basis. If you cannot attend the Bare Naked Tree Party you may pick up your tree/wreath at
Intermountain located at 500 S. Lamborn during business hours Monday – Friday, between 9am-4pm
from October 12th – November 15th.
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 Nov. 29)
- Live Auction Reimbursement Form (Fair Market Value & Donation Forms are Due Nov. 29)
Where to Deliver Items
All entries must be delivered to the Helena Civic Center on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The silent auction trees and wreaths must be checked in upstairs, large trees must be checked in downstairs.
Award-winning silent auction designers will be notified on Wednesday, Nov. 30th with information regarding picking up awards. Award-winning live auction designers may pick up their ribbons on Thursday, November 30th from 5:30-9:00 pm at the Evening in the Trees Designer Showcase Preview event.
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.