‘Gingerbread Lane’ offers sweet surprise for Festival of Trees

Jordan Gerard


Enter the Fest Building in Spring Grove this year at Festival of Trees and step into a sweet surprise that is “Gingerbread Lane.”

This year’s festival is set for Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 and each day offers something a little different.

On Friday, Nov. 29, open viewing is from 1 to 8 p.m. with a visit from Santa Claus and children’s activities from 3 to 7 p.m. 

On Saturday, Nov. 30, open viewing is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the food stand open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the holiday gala starts at 6 p.m. with the live auction starting at 8 p.m.

Gala tickets are $25 at the door, which comes with three drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres.

Finally on Sunday, Dec. 1, enjoy a brunch and musical entertainment starting at 9 a.m.

“You will find adorable gingerbread girls and boys welcoming you to a fun and whimsical Christmas nook filled with larger than your imagination cupcakes, candy canes and candies,” coordinator Jacqui VanMinsel said. 

Area 4-H groups will be serving the Friday night meal during Santa and Mrs. Claus’ visit. Live and silent auction items will also be on display throughout the scene.

Proceeds from the event will again be donated to three Houston County groups including Care and Share, the food shelf, and Ring and Run.

The Fest Building has been getting decked out in holiday style since Nov. 1, VanMinsel said. Hours of work by community members and volunteers have went into decorating.

“Many volunteers have shared their time,” she said. “The Festival of Trees committee wants to thank all volunteers for your time and energies, especially the dedicated Ring and Run committee members.”

She added it’s a fulfilling experience to contribute to the auctions, buy expertly decorated Christmas cookies, purchase a gift for a loved one [and] take a chance on the raffle items.

Last year, Festival of Trees was able to donate $5,500 to each organization. 

“Houston County Festival of Trees is a wonderful event,” VanMinsel said. “The weekend is entertaining to attend and see the décor community members have spent hours putting together.”

Christmas in the Village

Volunteers have also been hard at work in Viking Memorial Park recently making ready statues, figurines, decorations and lights for the annual display of lights.

New Age Tree Service was in the park last week with boom trucks stringing up lights in the tall trees.

On Friday, Nov. 29, step outside and over to Viking Memorial Park to take in the lights of Christmas in the Village at 7 p.m. with holiday treats and caroling at the log cabin.