Festival brings the holiday season closer

November 17, 2013 by  

Like many communities, to celebrate the holiday season and to raise funds for charity, the city of Longview is having a Festival of Trees this December. This is the 29th annual occurrence of the event which is presented by the Longview Junior Service League.

Proceeds from the festival will go to help several local charities. In past years, the festival has included a Teddy Bear Breakfast which features photographs with Santa Claus and crafts. This is usually followed by a cocktail reception later in the evening when the trees are auctioned off.

The next day, the Christmas Parade is taking place in Downtown Longview. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.” Participants are expected to represent the theme in some way. There will be plaques awarded for the best floats in several categories. Of course, Santa Claus will also be appearing in the parade. Residents are encouraged to donate items to the city to help decorate the parade route.

To help make a float look more festive, many participants invest in products from local printing companies such as colorful banners. It’s likely that some of those taking part in the Longview parade this year will likely invest in such products.

The Festival of Trees is taking place at the Cowlitz County Expo Center on December 6. Contact Joanne Pucci at 360-431-3773 to learn more about this year’s event.

The 33rd annual Downtown Christmas Parade will be held on December 7 beginning at 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Arleen Hubble at 360-425-7707.