Find ways to participate and volunteer in Festival of Trees by creating and donating handmade items for the Opening Night Silent Auction, serving as a host volunteer or an auction host, or providing entertainment. View the directory below to see all of the different ways you can participate in this year's event. 

Registration will open for all auction areas on July 2, 2018

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Aisle of Nativities

The Aisle of Nativities is making its debut in the 2018 Festival of Trees. We look forward to your creativity in making your nativity stand out. Please do not include live plants, water ornaments, globes, or other water features in your nativity.

Aisle of Nativities Resources:

Aisle of Nativities is now full. Please register on the wait list.

Kristy Hanni, Aisle of Nativities Chair
Phone: (801) 560-7091

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Aisle of Wreaths

Wreaths must be artificial and new (never been used) with a minimum size of 24” in diameter. Wreaths are sold through silent auction on Opening Night. Decorated wreaths with retail value less than $125 will be sold in the Gift Boutique.  

Aisle of Wreaths Resources:

Aisle of Wreaths is now full. Please register on the wait list.

Leann Hansen, Aisle of Wreaths Chair
Phone: (801) 572-3738

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Centerpieces and Collectibles

Beautiful centerpieces and collectibles with a current retail value of $75.00 or more are sold Opening Night through silent auction, and throughout Festival week at a fixed price. Centerpieces and collectibles with a retail value less than $75.00 will be sold in the Gift Boutique.

Centerpieces and Collectibles Resources:


Cathy Strunk, Centerpieces and Collectibles Chair
Phone: (801) 750-0355

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Elf Emporium

Elf Emporium features handmade gifts and games for children. Felt items filled with individually wrapped candy, as well as toys, and treats must be delivered to Elf Emporium at Mountain America Expo Center between November 28 and December 1, 2018. For delivery times and details, contact Keeli Taylor, Elf Emporium Chairwoman.

Elf Emporium Resources:

If you are interested in donating to the Elf Emporium, please contact Keeli Taylor..

Keeli Taylor, Elf Emporium Co-Chair
Polly Kirton, Elf Emporium Co-Chair
Phone: (801) 750-7745


Visitors to Festival of Trees enjoy a variety of tasteful entertainment featured in the lobby and on two performance stages in the exhibit hall.

Entertainment Resources:

**Update: The North and South Stages entertainment spaces have reached capacity and are both closed. At this time we are only accepting applications for the Lobby.


Karen Hansen, Entertainment Chair
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Gift Boutique

Gift Boutique donations do not need to be registered and may be turned in at 824 West Fine Drive (3710 South), South Salt Lake City, UT 84119 on Saturday, November 3 or Saturday, November 17, 2018 between 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 pm to the north east dock.

Donations will also be accepted at the Mountain America Expo Center on Monday, November 26th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Boutique is at the North end inside the exposition hall where there will be a donation table. You may also send them with a Board Member.

If you have questions or concerns about delivery, please email or call the number listed below.

Gift Boutique Resources:

Jennifer Whitworth, Gift Boutique Chair
Phone: (801) 230-0168

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Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread creations are displayed at the Festival of Trees in Gingerbread Village. Displays must attach to a base size ranging from 15”x 15” to no larger than 30”x 30.” Height of the gingerbread must not be taller than 36.” Weight cannot be more than 50 pounds. Gingerbread creations are sold on Opening Night through silent auction.

Gingerbread Village Resources:


Kristy Hanni, Gingerbread Village Chair
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Hosting Volunteers

Hosts help make the Festival of Trees a success by protecting the beautiful trees, wreaths, centerpieces, quilts, and gingerbreads, as well as provide crowd control, and share the “Festival Spirit” with those who attend. Volunteer schedules are listed in the Hosting Guidelines link below.

Hosting Volunteers Resource:

Kelly Van Sickle, Hosting Volunteers Chair

Kids Korner

Kids Korner volunteers help children make crafts, paint fingernails, or man other booths with activities for children.

*Must be 16 years or older to volunteer.


Kaylene Mower, Kids Korner Chair
Phone: 801-541-8853

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Large Trees

Large Trees must be artificial and new (never been used). Trees must use a Festival of Trees approved tree stand. Display must fit within a 9 foot wide by 7 foot deep area. Large Trees are sold on Opening Night through silent auction. Decorators are required to attend the Decorator’s Workshop on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Primary Children’s Eccles Outpatient Building from 10 am until 12:30 pm.

Large Trees Resources:

Large Trees is now full. We are no longer accepting registrations.

Jennifer Ward, Large Trees Chair
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Opening Night Auction Host

Thank you for your desire to help Primary Children’s Hospital by serving as an Opening Night Auction Host at the Festival of Trees. Opening Night is a semi-formal occasion when trees, gingerbread creations, quilts, wreaths, and playhouses are sold to the highest bidder through silent auction. Hosts facilitate the auction and ensure that the process is conducted in a welcoming, professional and fair manner.

Hosts must be at least 18 years old and must be trained prior to Opening Night. Information on training sessions are found in the Auction Host Information Packet link.

Opening Night Auction Host Resources:


Heidi Zarbock, Opening Night Auction Host Chair
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Playhouse Plaza

Playhouse Plaza features playhouses, gazebos, dollhouses, children’s furniture, backyard décor, and playground equipment. Items are sold through silent auction on Opening Night November 28, 2017 and throughout Festival week at a fixed price. All the money raised at this event helps children at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Playhouse Plaza Resources:


Jennifer John, Playhouse Plaza Chair
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Quilt Block

Quilters share unique talents by designing, creating, and donating beautiful quilts. Quilts featured in Quilt Block are sold by silent auction and Cash and Carry on Opening Night. Quilts not sold on Opening Night will be available for purchase in the Gift Boutique. Sizes range from king, queen, twin, baby, and wall hangings – all in a variety of colors.

Quilt Block Resources:


Natalie Mayhew, Quilt Block Chair
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Small Trees

Small Trees (3 feet to 5 feet tall) must be artificial and new (never been used). Small Trees are placed on a floor space approximately 45 inches by 45 inches. Trees smaller than 3 feet will be on tables in a 36-inch wide diameter space. Small Trees are sold through silent auction on Opening Night.

Small Trees Resources:

Small Trees registration is now full. We are no longer accepting registrations.

Angie Smoot, Small Trees Chair
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Sweet Shoppe

Sweet Shoppe needs donations of fresh baked goods and candies to sell each day. Only items prepared in Board of Health approved kitchens can be accepted. For delivery times and details, contact Michelle Breck, Sweet Shoppe Chair. Everything donated helps children at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Sweet Shoppe Resources:

If you are interested in donating to the Sweet Shoppe, please contact Michelle Breck.

Michelle Breck, Sweet Shoppe Chair