There is nothing like a Christmas tree to fill us all with childlike wonder. Whether it’s traditionally decked with holly or our favorite sport’s team, it ushers in the season like no other decoration. This year, find your wonder at Providence Southwest Washington Foundation’s Christmas in the Forest, where your decorating money supports critical programs in our community. This year’s Fund-A Need cause is to expand the Providence Oncology Patient Navigator program.
Mini Tree Auction
All the fun starts now, when you can bid online with the popular Mini Tree Auction through 12 p.m., Sunday, December 4. When you head to the auction website, scroll down past the previews for the live auction items for the Gala on Friday night. There you will find a glorious forest of mini trees that will compliment any décor – from gnomes and reindeers to Barbie and fairies. Need a gift? These mini trees are a great present anyone will enjoy year after year.
How to Bid on Trees
Click on each tree and you can see the amazing designer that created it, along with more detailed information about the lovely decorations adorning each tree. Then just hit the “Get Started” button to register and place your bids! Remember to check back often before 12 p.m. December 4 so you don’t get outbid on your yuletide treasure.
Christmas in the Forest Public Viewing Days
On Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is invited to come and view the spectacular trees at The Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake – formerly Hotel RL – before they leave for their new homes. Come view the trees and enjoy all the seasonal festivities!
Both days will feature live music and dance, to keep you in the festival mood. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and whisper your wish list to them. You also won’t want to miss the meet and greet with Ballet Northwest’s “The Nutcracker” characters, happening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. View the Christmas in the Forest’s full schedule here.
Missed out on a tree at the Gala? You have a chance to win a tree by purchasing raffle tickets! Tickets are just $5 and could make you the lucky winner of a stunning Sugar Plum Dreams tree; hot-chocolate inspired wreath; Great Wolf Lodge stay; and downtown Olympia dining and arts package that includes two gift cards for dinners at Budd Bay Cafe and Uptown Grill as well as vouchers to a show at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and Studio West Dance Academy’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Raffle drawings are December 4 at 4 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win!
It’s two days full of festive fun and admission is just $5, with kids under 12 getting in free! Tickets are sold at the door. The holidays are the time to spread cheer and give with full hearts. The annual Christmas it the Forest does both, so don’t miss out. For more information, visit the Christmas in the Forest website.
Providence Southwest Washington Foundation Christmas in the Forest 2022
December 3-4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia