History of the Festival

History of the Festival

The Barton Foundation has a long history of hosting a Christmas event in South Lake Tahoe. What started in 1997 as the “Special Tradition” Christmas party at the Emerald Bay Trading Co. moved to the Heavenly Village in 2003 and in 2009 was reinvented as the Lake Tahoe Festival of Trees and Lights. The Festival is the kick off to the holiday season and offers the community and visitors a family-oriented event while at the same time raising much-needed funds for our area hospital.

Historical Timeline

  • 2017

    In 2017 we are raising funds to benefit Barton's Mental and Behavioral Health Services

  • 2016

    In 2016 we raised over $90,000 to support Barton Health's Cancer Wellness programs, which will expand upon the opening of the new Robert Maloff Center

  • 2015

    In 2015 we raised over $60,000 for our newly validated Level III Trauma Center

  • 2014

    In 2014, the Festival of Trees raised over $60,000 for Barton Hospice programs and services.

  • 2013

    In 2013, the Festival of Trees raised nearly $40,000 for the Barton Cardiology department.

  • 2012

    The Barton Foundation contributed more than $54,000 to the Barton Emergency Department’s Level III Trauma Center initiative. This designation increases the level of care that Barton is able to provide right here in our community, saving dollars and lives.

  • 2011

    The Lake Tahoe Festival of Trees and Lights had a net income of more than $48,000 and The Gala raised an additional $27,900 through its “Fund a Dream” appeal at the auction. All proceeds benefitted the Barton Community Clinic expansion project which is projected to break ground in 2012 and open to the public Spring 2013. Festival attendance grew to over 3,600 over the 3-day/3-night event. Unfortunately, this was the last year that the Polar Express event was offered due to competition from a “real train” event in Carson City.

  • 2010

    The Lake Tahoe Festival of Trees and Lights had a net income of more than $28,000 and The Gala raised an additional $13,500 through its “Fund a Dream” appeal at the auction. All proceeds benefitted the Barton Community Clinic expansion project. The Festival saw just over 2,900 visitors and introduced a new event – the Teddy Bear Hospital where Barton physicians and nurses.

  • 2009

    In our first year, the Festival saw nearly 2,500 visitors at our four ticketed events and during Public Viewing, featured more than 25 trees and other holiday décor items, 12 designer trees, three great raffles, non-stop entertainment, Santa and friends, a gorgeous gift shop, crafts and so much more! Best of all we raised more than $20,000 for the Barton Community Clinic.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

MONTBLEU
Edgewood Companies
Benefit Intelligence
Wells Fargo Private Bank

About Us

The Festival is held the first weekend of December inside the Montbleu Resort Convention Center. Designers and volunteers work feverishly for days before the event to transform the Convention Center into a holiday wonderland!

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Contact Us

Address: 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 600 South Lake Tahoe, CA

Phone: 530.543.5909

Lake Tahoe Festival of Trees and Lights

Email: foundation@bartonhealth.org