Festival of Trees 2014
A fundraising event for Gualala Arts
Friday, November 28, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts' Eleventh Annual Festival of Trees will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 28, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., kicking off the Holiday Season on the Mendonoma Coast. Admission is free.
The entire Arts Center will be transformed into mid-19th Century Gualala. Highlights include festively decorated booths displaying handcrafted wares and demonstrations in both the Coleman Auditorium and the Burnett Gallery.
The Gualala Arts Interest Groups will fill the Burnett Gallery with a wonderful display of crafts handmade by our own Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Fiber Arts Group, Woodcarvers and Woodworkers groups, Basket Makers and Beads n' Beyond.
Due to the popularity of this Festival, we will have several vendors offering their hand crafted wares in the upstairs library and gallery. A new and improved payment system is also being implemented, with shoppers being able to pay the vendors directly for their purchases rather than having a central cash register. No more long lines to get those perfect gifts!
The Magical Gingerbread House will again offer activities and crafts for the children, and it has now moved into the Clay Studio downstairs at the Arts Center. For the delight of children of all ages there will be daily visits from Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus, his sleigh and reindeer and a snow flurry direct from the North Pole in the DePrima Terrace!
Holiday cookies, breads, puddings, fruitcake and an assortment of confections will be available for sale at Mrs. Claus' Bake Shoppe & Confectionery. Local bakers and candy makers donate goods from their favorite holiday recipes (many handed down through the generations) to this appetizing shop. New this year will be an amazing offering of whole pies and cakes for sale, so be sure to bring your sweet tooth and take home the perfect dessert to go along with those Thanksgiving leftovers!
Festival-goers will be greeted in the foyer by the Old Gualala Mill Cookhouse serving fresh baked goods in the morning, and hearty homemade vittles for lunch, as well as fresh coffee, hot chocolate, chilled apple juice, and hot-spiced apple cider. For the adults, there will be the yummy winter beverage called "Scrumpy" available as well as spiked egg nog.
Refreshed, you may continue shopping for those perfect gifts and take a closer look at the beautifully decorated Fantasy Trees decorated with exquisite ornaments, the sale of which benefits Gualala Arts.
The Friday Festival time has been extended to 6:00 p.m. this year so that Festival goers can enjoy the tree lighting around 5:15 p.m. and sing Christmas carols to close out the day while enjoying complimentary hot cider and home baked cookies.
Santa has also put together a very special Go Local basket that will be a raffle prize awarded at the end of the Festival on Saturday. You don't need to be present to win. The basket will be on display at the Arts Center in early November and tickets will be available at the Arts Center up to and during the Festival of Trees.
Festival of Trees
Gualala Arts Center
Festival of Trees 2013
Festival of Trees 2012
Festival of Trees 2011
Festival of Trees 2010
Festival of Trees 2009
Festival of Trees 2008
Festival of Trees 2007
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.