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 in the early hours of July 1, 2019

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Aisle of Nativities

The Aisle of Nativities made its debut at 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:


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:


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: 


Stephanie Pont, Centerpieces and Collectibles Chair
Phone: (801) 369-0415

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Elf Emporium

Elf Emporium features handmade gifts and games for children as well as felt items filled with individually wrapped candy, as well as toys, and treats. Donations will also be accepted at the Mountain America Expo Center on Monday, December 2, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Elf Emporium is located on the south end, inside the exposition hall.

Elf Emporium Resources:


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


*Please note: North and South Stages are now full.

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:

*Please note: North and South Stages are now full.

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 2 or Saturday, November 16, 2019 between 10:30 am until 12:00 pm to the north east dock.

Donations will also be accepted at the Mountain America Expo Center on Monday, December 2, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Gift Boutique is located on the north end, inside the exposition hall. On Monday, December 2, there will be a donation table at the Expo Center where you may drop off your Gift Boutique donations. You may also send them to the Expo Center with a Festival of Trees Board Member.

If you have questions or concerns about delivery, please email or call one of the Gift Boutique Co-chairs using the contact information listed below.

Gift Boutique Resources:

Kimberly Ford, Gift Boutique Co-chair
Phone: (801) 971-5278

Sherry Allred, Gift Boutique Co-chair
Phone: (801) 842-3797

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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.

Please note: Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer.

Hosting Volunteers Resource: Hosting Guidelines

Kelly Van Sickle, Hosting Volunteers Chair

Kids Korner

Kids Korner volunteers help children make crafts, paint fingernails, or work in 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

*PLEASE NOTE: The Large Tree area is now full. You can still apply via our wait list and may be contacted if there is an opening. 

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. Large Trees decorators are required to attend the Decorator’s Workshop on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Primary Children’s Eccles Outpatient Building from 10 am until 12:30 pm.

Large Trees Resources:

Apply for the Wait List >

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: Auction Host Online Training


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 December 3, 2019, and throughout Festival week, at a fixed price. Proceeds raised at Festival of Trees 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 shorter than 3 feet should be registered as centerpieces. Small Trees are sold through silent auction on Opening Night.

Small Trees Resources:

 Small Trees registration is now full. Click here to sign up for the wait list. 

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:


Michelle Breck, Sweet Shoppe Chair