Providence Festival of the Trees inspires holiday decorators, helps needy patients, December 1-2 in Portland

Featured image: Mini-trees on display at the 2016 Providence Festival of Trees in Portland

Photos by Cheryl Landes

Looking for fresh ideas for decorating your home for Christmas? Get inspired at the 2017 Providence Festival of Trees at the Oregon Convention Center’s Hall A in Portland December 1-2. More than 100 beautifully decorated trees of varying sizes, wreaths, and holiday displays are featured. And proceeds from the event go to cancer research and kidney dialysis.

More trees on display at the 2016 Providence Festival of Trees

After you’re inspired, exercise your creativity by frosting Christmas cookies while listening to live entertainment. Think about what you want for the holidays, then whisper your wishes to Santa. And don’t forget to stop by the Teddy Bear Hospital to patch up a stuffed animal. They’ll appreciate your help.

providence-festival-of-trees-teddy-bear-hospitalTeddy Bear Hospital

Providence Health Services started the festival in 1983 to raise funds to support cancer research and kidney dialysis. Since then, the event has contributed more than $15 million to medical research programs, nurse navigators and counselors for cancer patients, and medication for low-income patients.

Hours are:

  • Thursday, November 30, 5:30-10 p.m. for the Gala Dinner and Auction
  • Friday, December 1, Open to the public 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, Open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission on December 1-2 is $10 adults, $9 seniors, and $8 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. Buy tickets online or at the Oregon Convention Center’s box office. Download a $1 off admission coupon.

Parking is available at the Oregon Convention Center’s garage and in privately owned lots nearby. View parking information, fees, and directions. Bicycle and electric vehicle charging stations are available at the center.

You can also take public transportation; the MAX light rail stops at the convention center. Plot your trip and view fares at Tri-Met’s trip planner.

For more information, visit the Providence Festival of Trees website or call (503) 216-6625.

Oregon State University wreath (left), poinsettia wreath with carolers (upper right), and the Providence Hospital Stage Band performing Christmas jazz (lower right)

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