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Opportunity Village Festival of Trees

Decorated trees from a past Festival of Trees at Opportunity Village.

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CLEAR LAKE — The 21st annual Festival of Trees will be Dec. 1-4 at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake.

More than 100 trees, wreaths and swags will be on display and for sale at the Village’s Kinney Lindstrom Center gymnasium throughout the weekend.

Trees are decorated by volunteers, including local organizations, businesses and residents.

Events planned during the festival include special activities for children and families, the Lights On 5K Run/Walk, an Opening Night gala and Cookie Walk along with live musical entertainment.

The festival is a fundraiser for Opportunity Village, a nonprofit organization that supports more than 600 people with disabilities in 30 North Iowa communities.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1

The fourth annual Lights On 5K run/walk is at 4:30 p.m. from The Other Place, 200 U.S. Highway 18. It will follow streets in the Opportunity Village neighborhood in northwest Clear Lake. Participants are encouraged to dress in holiday lights and costumes.

Registration is at www.lightson5K.org; cost is $25 per person. Proceeds go to buy Christmas gifts for individuals with disabilities in need.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2

The Opening Night gala will be 5-8 p.m. at the Kinney Lindstrom Center gymnasium on Opportunity Village’s Clear Lake campus, 1200 N. Ninth St. W. Opening Night features hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer and live music.

Tickets are $25 per person.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3

Kids and their families can enjoy Breakfast with Santa from 8-11 a.m. The Clear Lake Knights of Columbus will serve pancakes, sausage and bacon. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5 and under. Pictures with Santa are available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast tickets include admission to tree displays.

Kids also can make gifts at the Secret Santa Workshop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop allows kids supervised “parent-free” time to create something special on a child-sized budget. Parents can enjoy a drink from the hot chocolate bar while they wait.

Tree displays are open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to view trees only is $2.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4

Let someone else do the holiday baking this year at the Cookie Walk from 11 a.m. until cookies are sold out. Choose from a large selection of homemade holiday cookies and candies.

Tree displays are open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per person. Buyers may pick up their trees following the event’s close.

Tickets for Opening Night and Breakfast with Santa are available at www.ovfot.org, More information on events also can be found online. Tickets also are available at the Village General Store in Clear Lake, the front desk at Opportunity Village’s Clear Lake campus or at the event.

One person who buys tickets online for Opening Night or Breakfast with Santa by Nov. 25 will be randomly selected to win the Golden Ticket. It admits the winner to the Festival of Trees before anyone else. The winner may pick a tabletop tree, wreath, or swag as a gift from Opportunity Village.

The first 100 people who buy online tickets get $5 in Jingle Cash toward the purchase of a tree, a gift basket, festival merchandise or at the Cookie Walk.

For more information visit www.ovfot.org or call Jennifer Pinske, 641-355-1356.

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