The holidays are almost here and that means Gualala Arts’ Festival of Trees, the 15th annual festival, will be here for the Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 23 and 24, kicking off the Holiday Season on the Mendonoma Coast. Admission is free.
The annual tree lighting ceremony with caroling is Friday evening at 5 pm. Santa Claus visits will visit both days—Friday, noon, 3 pm and 5 pm and Saturday at noon and 3 pm.
Artists and food artisans fill the Arts Center with handcrafted goods, homemade jams, mustards, olive oils, and the like… wonderful gift items to choose from just before the holidays! Children love shopping at the Kid’s Depot, open upstairs from 10 am to 4 pm both days, where they can choose gifts for their family and friends from lightly loved donated items that fall within a child’s budget. Uncle Sus’s Attic offers adults the same experience, with a collection of carefully curated artwork, fine furnishings, small appliances and more!
Mrs. Claus Bake Shoppe is filled with home-baked goodies such as candies, pies and cookies made from family recipes, a great addition to the holiday weekend dessert tables when family and friends abound!
The Holiday Clay Studio (downstairs) will be open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.
Ornate Christmas trees decorate the Coleman Hall stage and are available for purchase as part of our Silent Auction fundraiser, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a list of children’s wants and wishes throughout both days of this old fashioned, Winter Wonderland event! It’s cozy, cheerful fun for the family that puts everyone in the holiday mood!
The annual holiday raffle winner will be selected Saturday at 3:30 pm.