Festival of Trees
November 24 @ 10:00 am - November 25 @ 4:00 pm
Gualala Arts’ 14th Annual Festival of Trees will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 24, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, kicking off the Holiday Season on the Mendonoma Coast. Admission is free.
Highlights include festively decorated booths displaying handcrafted wares and demonstrations in both the Coleman Auditorium and the Burnett Gallery. Join us for our 3rd annual Christmas Tree lighting and singing of Christmas carols on Friday, Nov. 24th from 5:00-6:00 pm.
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.
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! Also returning is The Grinch, who will welcome visitors at the front door of the Arts Center.
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. There 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, a great selection of sandwiches, homemade soups, fruit & baked goodies 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 eggnog.
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.