Festival of Trees goes on via driving tour

By Lindsay Advocate

The 23rd annual Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees, held annually at Kawartha Settlers’ Village, will go forward in 2020, but in a new way.

This year has posed many challenges to local businesses, organizations, and individuals alike, the village acknowledges in a press release.

“Though most of our events have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, we felt it was important to find a way to make the Festival of Trees happen. The event is a tradition for many families in Kawartha Lakes and beyond. The Festival of Trees has been a tremendous success, and a main source of revenue for KSV for many years, thanks to local contributions. We hope this re-imagined version will bring holiday spirit in a time when we all need it most,” reads the release.

So what will a COVID-19 Safe Festival of Trees look like?

The village will hold an online auction through McLean’s for a two week period. There will be 50+ decorated trees, wreaths, garlands, and additional items that will be up for bidding.

To accompany this, a drive-through experience has been worked out by organizers.

“The outsides of our buildings throughout the village will be decorated by our talented decorating committee, showcasing the items up for bids and allowing a glimpse of Christmas festivity in a safe and COVID-friendly manner. Fun activities have been planned for children to partake in while you drive through,” reads the release.

Dates For Drive-Through: Nov. 12, 13, 14, 15 and Nov. 19, 20, 21 from 6-9pm

Online Auction: Nov. 12th – 22nd

Tickets will be $20 per car and will need to be purchased in advance online here on their website.

“You will be able to choose a time slot and date you would like to attend. There are limited slots for each evening, so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets. The link for the online auction will be shared closer to the event.”

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