Kick off the holiday season with free entertainment, craft-making sessions, snacks, and memorable photos with Santa. Experience it all while surrounded by beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths that volunteer designers worked on for days—some even weeks—to bring you holiday cheer.
In partnership with Providence General Children’s Association, this free open house features fun activities for all ages. You’ll love the crafts, teddy bear store, raffles, and lots of local entertainment—including the always-popular Tim Noah. (See the full list and schedule below.)
Optum Washington is proudly serving as the presenting sponsor of Community Day. Optum’s generous sponsorship, along with other community sponsors, allows this event to be held at no cost to community members.
This year’s Festival of Trees is chaired by Joe & Ashley Gaffney.
“After celebrating Thanksgiving with our family, it is a wonderful way to begin looking towards Christmas,” Ashley says. “We are so grateful for Tulalip Tribes, Optum, and all the other sponsors and volunteers who make Festival of Trees such a joyful tradition for our community.”
Here’s the list of activities for Community Day & Teddy Bear Celebration:
- 1- 6 p.m. – Santa Photos, Raffles, Teddy Bear Store, Cookies
- 3 – 5 p.m. – Children’s Crafts
The entertainment lineup, with new acts every hour:
- 1 p.m. – Lake Stevens High School Jazz Choir
- 2 p.m. – Arlington High School Aerie Treble Choir
- 3 p.m. – Three to Tango (cello, clarinet, flute)
- 4 p.m. – Kamiak High School Barbershop Groups
- 5 p.m. – Tim Noah
- 5:45 p.m. – Children’s Story Time with Cathy Albrecht
Proceeds from raffle tickets and teddy bear sales will benefit the Providence General Children’s Association.
The Community Day & Teddy Bear Celebration event is part of Providence General Foundation’s Festival of Trees. The beautifully decorated trees on display will be auctioned off at the Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, Dec. 1.
The Gala is a fundraiser for Children’s Services at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and this year’s special focus is on raising funds for Providence’s Pediatric & Adolescent Behavioral Health programs.
“Pediatric behavioral health is one of the most significant—if not the most significant—issues facing our children today,” Ashley said. “With four children of our own, we have seen how the changes in society have affected the mental well-being of so many children and families. We feel so passionate and grateful to support this need with Festival this year.”