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Festival of Trees in Mt. Vernon to benefit Spero Family Services

Christmas is a little more than a month away, but holiday cheer has already begun at the Granada Theatre. 

That’s where the Festival of Trees event is taking place from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24.  

Community members come together to decorate Christmas trees and wreaths with different themes like the Wizard of Oz, sea shells from the beach and traditional decorations. 

Visitors can stroll through the threatre looking at the beautiful decorations or put in a bid to take them home. 

The goal is to raise at least $20,000 for Spero Family Services, which provides 13 programs to locals here in southern Illinois. 

Some of those include a program to find and train foster parents, prepare young mothers for their first newborn and help teens transition from the Department of Children and Family Services into adulthood. 

There’s a preview party taking place on Friday, November 22 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with a live auction taking place for some of the more extravagant Christmas trees. 

You must be 18 or older to attend the Festival of Trees on Friday and the cost is $5.

The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday when the event is free with a suggested donation and open to visitors of all ages. 

The silent auction will also take place on Saturday and Sunday. 

The event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m on Sunday. 

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Another Festival of Trees will take place in Murphysboro on December 7th and December 8th. 

Organizers say more Christmas tree donations are needed for the event. 

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