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Posted: November 11, 2011 8:00 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Guests to the 2009 Festival of Trees view the spectacular giant holiday storybook tree from Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. This year’s Festival of Trees offers a variety of events during its 12-day run, including a family magic show.

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Festival of Trees, the annual winter wonderland of everything Christmas and holiday-related, has expanded into a 12-day festival at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the official kick-off to the holiday season opens tonight when Festival of Trees will host a special VIP Preview.

Doors open to the public on Saturday when the ninth annual Festival of Trees opens at Westfield Town Center on The Patios, adjacent to Sears.

The event should feature nearly 45 full size, elaborately decorated trees and more than 40 tabletop trees.
My favorite part of Festival of Trees are the gingerbread houses. Most of the houses are decorated by children and the clever use of candy and other edible materials never ceases to amaze me.

Festival of Trees will feature a new and improved Kid’s Korner.

“The Kid’s Korner will be open every day with changing activities for children,” said Ronda Chobanian, of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Foundation. “There will be sugar cookie decorating, ornament making, something different for the kids to do every day.”

Chobanian said the Festival of Trees event has been expanded to a 12-day run with the help of the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

“We are able to offer new, fun events like the Jingle Jam nightclub for adults,” she said. “This will be a fun evening for adults to come and enjoy the Festival as well as have a night out, with music and dancing.”

Festival of Trees will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday;11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 14-17; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19; noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 20; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 21-22 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 (free admission and item pick up)
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“People are going to see trees and designs they’ve never seen before,” said Chobanian. “It will delight their senses, it is a wonderful holiday tradition to kick off the holidays, and it helps the Boys and Girls Club and the children of the SCV.”
Tickets are $6 for ages 15 and older; $3 children 4-14; age 3 and under free; seniors (65 and older) $4 per person.
For more information visit www.scvbgc.org or call (661) 254-3063.

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