The Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights is the premier holiday event in South Lake Tahoe.
Stroll through a holiday wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights on exquisitely decorated Christmas trees and glorious holiday decor! Vote for your favorite tree in the Festival's "People's Choice Award" contest. Settle down to watch the entertainment on the Festival stage, bid in the silent auction, win big at the raffle, get a family photo with Santa and take the kids to Teddy Bear Hospital. Kids will love Gingerbread Junction, where they can write a letter to Santa and drop in the giant mailbox for express delivery to the North Pole. There is fun for everyone at the Festival of Trees and Lights, and it all raises funds for an important cause - supporting our community's health!
December 4 -6th 2014
10am - 2pm
- $5 for adults
- $3 for senior citizens (55+)
- $3 for children (ages 3-12)
- Children 2 and under are free
- Entry is Free with a ticket to "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" play, produced by the Tahoe Tallac Association
The Festival will feature non-stop entertainment on the Festival stage. Watch for local dance troupes, singing groups, magic shows, and more! Thank you to our entertainers! Thank you to Jesse Kalin, the Strolling Minstrel, "The Balloon Guy", Miss Marsha's Shining Stars, The Bijou Ballet, Forever Dance, Pau Wa Lu Middle School Steel Drums and Tahoe Hula and so much more!
The Gingerbread Junction is the crafts area of the Festival where kids are invited to color, glue and construct fun holiday crafts to keep.
Kids can also write a letter to Santa here, drop in the big red mailbox, and if you write your address on your letter, he will be sure to write back!
Teddy Bear Hospital
Sponsored by: Tahoe Emergency Physicians Medical Corps
Children ages 12 and under are invited to visit the Teddy Bear Hospital – a fun, interactive place where they learn about their health and hospitals in a safe, "no poke" environment from Barton Health's wonderfully caring doctors, nurses and staffers.
Each child will receive a free teddy bear as they are "admitted" to the hospital. Their journey through the emergency room, the operating room and the doctor's office check up help build confidence and alleviate fears. Their "patient" teddy bear is theirs to take home and treasure this holiday season and for years to come.
Santa Claus himself will be on hand to help at this year's Festival. Photos with Santa are $10 each.
The Festival owes much of its success to the many designers who create these one-of-a-kind items. Many of the trees glow with more than 2,500 lights and include gift packages ranging from exotic trips to exquisite items. Each tree is live auctioned at The Gala on December 6, 2014 and proceeds benefit the Community Health Endowment. Vote on your favorite tree for the "People's Choice Award"!
Holiday decorating wouldn't be the same without a wreath on the door or above the mantel. These fantastic pieces along with many other unique holiday decorations and gifts can be found on display and ready to bid on. Proceeds from the Festival Silent Auction benefit Barton Hospice programs and services.
Each year, we raffle off amazing items and packages donated by generous businesses and individuals, and all proceeds raised benefit Barton Hospice programs and services. Raffle tickets are just $5 each. Look for the raffle sellers at Festival for your chance to buy tickets and win some amazing prizes. Last year one of the prizes was a family trip to Disneyland! Thank you to the generous businesses and individuals who have donated items.
The Barton Auxiliary creates the most wonderful holiday store! Shop here for ornaments, décor, See's candies and of course, their world-famous cheese balls!
December 6, 2014
South Lake Tahoe's premier event is a not-to-be-missed, black-tie dinner, live auction, and fundraiser. Complete with a 5-course meal, exclusive silent auction, signature cocktail, dancing, and so much more, this memorable event raises funds for the Barton Foundation's Community Health Endowment.
The Fund a Need appeal at the Gala raises funds for the Barton Foundation's annual cause.
Reservations Required, Black Tie Optional. For tickets, call the Barton Foundation at 530-543-5614.
- Individual Admission: $200 per person
- Patron Table of 10: $2,300 per table
- Benefactor Table of 10: $3,300 per table
Teddy Bear Brunch
Sponsored by: Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services
December 7, 2014
Teddy Bear Brunch takes place Sunday, December 7th from 10am to noon with food and fun for the entire family. The kids will enjoy crafts, Teddy Bear Hospital, a photo with Santa, and can bring a teddy bear from home to be pampered and dressed. Call 530-543-5614 for tickets or buy them online starting in November. Get your tickets early - this event sells out!
Adults 9 and over, $25. Children 2-8, $20. Children under 2 FREE.
Special late-night Festival hours, all at a family-friendly price!
Admission: $25 per family (includes one Santa photo). Tickets are available at the door.
Thursday, December 4th - 7:30pm
Friday, December 5th - 7:30pm
Sunday, December 7th - Matinee (Look at the Ticket page or inquire about our special package with Teddy Bear Brunch! 530-543-5614)
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is presented by the Tahoe Tallac Association in the MontBleu Showroom. Called one of America’s favorite Christmas stories, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a funny, memorable, and outrageous family-friendly play.
Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 per child. Special package deals available for entry to Teddy Bear Brunch and the Sunday performance (matinee).
Show your ticket from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," at the Festival front desk and we will give you free entry to Public Viewing or a single free entry to Family Night. Santa Photos can be purchased separately.
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December 3, 2014
Coffee & Beverage Station Sponsored by: Elder Options
All seniors are invited to attend the Festival for FREE and enjoy a host of special holiday activities. Ballroom dance demonstrations, fun raffles, and free Danish and coffee.
Admission: FREE for seniors 55+