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Festival of Trees event kicks off holiday season at Valencia Town Center

Posted: November 16, 2013 12:17 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2013 12:17 p.m.

The Olson family, from left, Christi, Gwen, Damon and Jenna, tours the full-sized trees on display at the 11th annual Festival of Trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley at the Westfield Valencia Town Center in Valencia on Friday.

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One of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most recognized yearly holiday season fundraisers opened at the Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday.

The Festival of Trees will offer 10 days of fun and magic at The Patios at the mall in Valencia.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase holiday décor — including 41 large decorated holiday trees, dozens of table-top trees, wreaths and more than 100 gingerbread houses.

The event is a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, which provides after-school care for nearly 2,000 children in the SCV at or near schools in Newhall and Canyon Country.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year,” said Barbara Morris, foundation board member for the foundation that supports the Boys & Girls Club. “This event is very popular with families because we have a lot of fun activities going on.”

The club netted nearly $100,000 from last year’s Festival of Trees, and organizers hope to net the same amount this year, Morris said.

The event will also feature photos with Santa Claus, food and a Children’s Corner where kids and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of crafts and activities.

“This year we have a two-part series of the Holiday Hocus Pocus Magic Show,” Morris said. “On the first night, our show will be filled with marionettes and puppets. The following show will be more of a holiday-themed show.”

The first part to the Holiday Hocus Pocus will be held at 6 p.m. today. Part two will be at 6 p.m. Friday with magic acts by members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Magic Castle.

Holiday Hocus Pocus requires a ticket to enter; tickets can be purchased at the entrance or online.

“On Saturday, Nov. 23, we have the Magic of the Lights Gala where we auction off all of the live trees,” Morris said. “We will have music, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. It will be a very fun and nice event to come to.

“This fundraiser is a big deal,” Morris continued. “We start planning almost a year in advance because there are a lot of factors involved in it taking place.”



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