The Festival of Trees encourages all to catch the holiday spirit and learn about the traditions and cultures of the rich tapestry of people who call the South Sound region home.
The exhibit at the White River Valley Museum features 10 artificial trees decorated by local ethnic heritage groups. See trees representing Italy, Mexico, China, the Marshall Islands and other places. The trees are spread throughout the museum’s permanent exhibits which are also decorated for the holidays.
The exhibit runs until Jan. 5 at the museum, 918 H St. SE, Auburn.
Guests who visit the exhibit will be able to vote for their favorite tree, and on Dec. 20 the winning tree will be announced. The winner will receive a $500 award to their organization or a 501c3 non-profit charity of their choice.
The exhibit is made possible thanks to 4Culture and the city of Auburn.
Special holiday events at the museum
• The History Behind Your Favorite Christmas Traditions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-2 p.m.
Learn about some of the most popular holiday traditions from around the world with Professor Michelle Marshman during the Festival of Trees exhibit. $10 includes admission, lecture, and holiday treats. Click here to register.
• Some Enchanted Evening, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m.
Open house is 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7. From ball gowns to tea dresses to prom wear, see party dresses through the decades from Seattle Children’s Vintage Fashion Collection. Before the show, enjoy our Festival of Trees temporary exhibit. $20 per person, includes admission, fashion show, and light refreshments. Click here to register.
The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. first Thursdays. Admission is $2 for children and seniors, $5 for adults. Children 2 years of age or younger are free. Museum members are admitted for free. First Thursdays and third Sundays are free for everyone.
For more information call 253-288-7433, visit wrvmuseum.org.