O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a partnership with HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation and the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce to hold the O’Fallon Festival of Trees Celebration at the new O’Fallon Station in downtown O’Fallon this November.
“The purpose of building O’Fallon Station is to provide a space where the community can come together and support local businesses,” said Mayor Herb Roach. “I’m proud that the first event will be a collaborative effort between O’Fallon Parks and Recreation, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation and the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce.”
The Festival of Trees will feature exclusive holiday trees and wreaths that have been ornately designed by local decorators within the community. The decorated trees will then be sponsored by local businesses with proceeds to benefit the HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation.
“We are so pleased to be able to be part of this new effort to build community in O’Fallon,” said Patti Fischer, President and CEO of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is committed to the health and wellness of the communities we serve in O’Fallon. The support that is received from Festival of Trees will allow us to continue to improve healthcare for every member of the community.”
The Festival of Trees will kick-off with a reception that will provide attendees and sponsors with a premier first look inside of O’Fallon Station as well as the opportunity to be the first to view the collection of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. This event will be held on November 16 and will feature local entertainment and food. Ticket information is available at ofallonfestivaloftrees.com.
The Festival of Trees will include:
• Tours of O’Fallon Station Festival of Trees display from November 17-25
• O’Fallon Polar Express, an exclusive story time in O’Fallon’s own caboose
• Santa & Mrs. Claus, visits daily
• Craft making for children
• Hot Chocolate
• Christmas Cocktail Contest
Entry to the Festival of Trees events is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students, children ages 5 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door.
“The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce is excited to support this new celebration in downtown O’Fallon,” said Sid LeGrand, President of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce. “It is our hope that this event will become a new holiday tradition for everyone within and surrounding the O’Fallon and Shiloh communities.”
The Festival of Trees will be the start of a 6-week celebration of the holidays to support and drive business to the local shops and restaurants in downtown O’Fallon and will include:
November 16 – The Extravaganza
November 17- 25 – The Festival of Trees
November 24 – O’Fallon Annual Christmas Parade, 5 p.m.
December 1 – Christmas Hand Lettering for Beginners Class – O’Fallon Station – 10 a.m.
December 8 – O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce’s Tinsel Around Town
December 8 – The Kissing Ball – O’Fallon Station – 10 a.m.
December 8 – Carriage Rides (visit ofallonparksandrec.com for more information)
December 15 – Carriage Rides (visit ofallonparksandrec.com for more information)
“We are so excited to bring the magic of Christmas to O’Fallon this year,” said Parks Director Mary Jeanne Hutchison. “O’Fallon Station is going to be home to so many of these types of events and it’s fitting that we can kick off both the venue and the holiday season in such a community-centered manner.”
Participating members of O’Fallon Parks and Recreation, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation and the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce were recently onsite to view the progress of the new O’Fallon Station. Pictured is O’Fallon Mayor Herb Roach, Director of Parks & Recreation Mary Jeanne Hutchison, CEO and President of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Patti Fischer, Sue Ellen Dumstorff, Foundation Leadership Chairman, O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce President Sid LeGrand, and O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Arell-Martinez.
To sign up to be a volunteer, decorator or sponsor, please fill out a form on ofallonfestivaloftrees.com website or email email@example.com for more information.