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Festival of Trees

The 2020 event has been canceled.
Mark your calendars for the 2021 event!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

10 am - 3 pm

DeSoto House Hotel Ballroom



2019 Event Information:

The Festival of Trees is a public display of spectacular one-of-a-kind designed holiday trees, wreaths, table decorations, and other holiday items sponsored and created by local artists, organizations, and businesses.


The event is held in the beautiful DeSoto House Hotel Ballroom. Enjoy Santa, holiday music, cookies, and hot chocolate as you browse through this winter wonderland.


Santa will be stopping by to visit with children from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.


All items will be available for purchase through a silent auction format with many items having  a “Buy it Now” option as well. Silent auction winners bring their items home at the end of this one-day event. Winners will be announced at 3pm. All items must be claimed at 3 p.m.

RAFFLE: 12 chances to win area gift certificates for tours, restaurants and shopping!
3 tickets for $5 or 1 ticket for $2

Tickets on sale mid-November at Tammy's Piggly Wiggly (select times), Illinois Bank & Trust, Galena ARC office and at the event.

There is a HUGE list of people to thank for making this event possible:


All event proceeds to benefit the art department. The funds raised will help maintain affordable youth art class registration fees by offsetting costs for administration and art supplies. But most importantly to maintain a scholarship fund to ensure all Jo Daviess County youth have an opportunity to participate.


DeSoto House Hotel
A huge THANK YOU to DeSoto House Hotel for hosting the event in their beautiful ballroom. Thank you Deb Bertucci and your wonderful staff.



Couldn't thank the following people enough for their time and efforts to make this a successful event.

Wendy Bade Gilpen

Frances Beadle

Sabine Blaum

Ruby Dickerson

Carolyn Dregne

Jake Dregne

San DuHack

Emma Furlong

Tessa Gempler

Alexis Hilby

Caitlin Kennedy

Craig Larson

Evelyn Larson

Liz Larson

Padgham Larson

Kathy Leonard

Clark Payne

Sharon Payne

Denise Spielman

Silent Auction items:

THANK YOU to all the artists, organizations and businesses that created beautiful items for the silent auction.

Abe's Spring Street Guest House
Ali Schneider

Aldrich Guest House    
Annie Bochniak
At Home in Galena
Blaum Bros.
Bonnie Dalponte

Carolyn Dregne
Chicago Athenaeum / Jennifer Nysom
Christine Birkholz
Christie Hensley / Galena Dog Park
Connie Allendorf
Debbie Pausz
Denise Spielman

Denny & Gerrie Van Den Boom
Diane Williams

Dickerson Family / Galena Gazette
Donna Marvel
Don and Diane Elliot
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Eileen Hughes
First Community Bank of Galena
LaVonne Ohms
Floral Chic   
Galena Apothecary
Galena ARC Preschool

Galena Cellars
Galena Chamber
Galena Country Tourism
Galena History Museum
Great American Popcorn
Garden Party Florist
GHS Art Club
Grateful Gourmet
Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Hellman Guest House
His Helping Hands
Honest John’s
Illinois Bank & Trust    

Isabella’s Ltd.
Jail Hill Inn
Jim and Joan Talasek     

Karen Stockwell
Kate Mills
Kathie Farlow
Kathy Leonard
Kelli May-Krenz
Kaleigh Curtis
Kristi Gempler
Laura Edmonds
Laura Moyer
Leslie Dubois

Lynn Berning
Marcy Doyle
Marilyn Tebrugge
Mark & Carol Robinson
Marsha Miller
Mary Suddie
NAHS  Students
Nancy Hyman
Outside the Lines
Paul Chase
Poopsie’s of Galena
Prairie Ridge of Galena
Richard Hess
River Bend Gallery
Simply Elegant Home
Stacy Holland
Steamboat Guest House
Tammy's Piggly Wiggly

Towne Rebel
U.S. Bank
Valley Perennials
Wild Birds Unlimited

Raffle Items:

THANK YOU to all the local businesses for donating gift certificates for the raffle.

At Home in Galena

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co
Dillans Pizza & Tavern

Carolyn Dregne
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Embe Eatery & Lounge
Galena ARC
Galena & U.S. Grant Museum

Larson Design Studio
Spice & Tea Merchants of Galena
The Haunted Galena Tour Company
Wedding Day Bakery

Cookie Bakers:

THANK YOU to all those who baked and donated delicious holiday cookies.​

Farmers Guest House

Frances Beadle

Belle Aire Mansion Guest House

Cloran Mansion

Dittmar Family

Kathie Farlow

Goldmoor Inn

Hellman Guest House

Jail Hill Inn

Keeffer Family

Liz Larson

Sharon Payne

Santa and Mrs
Santa and Mrs


Questions? Contact:

Liz Larson, Art Program Director