DES MOINES, Iowa – In its 31st year, the Festival of Trees and Lights has become a staple kick-off to the holidays for Des Moines. Beginning Wednesday, and going into Sunday, this celebration of the holiday season isn’t just a form of entertainment – it’s giving a true gift to those who need it most.
“The Blank Children’s Hospital helps so many kids all across the state ,” said Alissa McKinney, director of development for the hospital. “Last year we helped a kid in all 99 counties.”
All proceeds from the festival benefit Blank Children’s Hospital, and organizers say they’re poised to raise over $400,000 this year. Two new events they’ve added are a “Festival After Dark” function for the 21-and-over crowd, as well as a “Family Flick” night on Friday, where the festival will show the movie, “Elf.”
The Festival of Trees and Lights is held at the Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Tickets are sold at the door for $5 each, and children two and younger can get in free. The festival will close on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.