Festival of Trees Opening Ceremonies set for Nov. 23

Christmas displays were donated to the Olympic Medical Center Foundation from Microsoft will be featured in a new Festival of Trees Opening Ceremonies event set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, outside of the main entrance of Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The public is invited to see the event free of charge — when the LED-lit “ornaments” will be turned on — which will include performances by the Port Angeles Symphony, Ballet Workshop and Ghostlight Productions.

A limited number of tickets to the event, which will be under cover, are available by going to omcf.org for $20. Following the ceremony, ticket purchasers will also be able to view the 50 decorated trees inside Vern Burton that will be auctioned/raffled/sold during the festival over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“We are extremely fortunate to be the recipient of these displays,” OMC Foundation executive director Bruce Skinner said. “I think people are going to say ‘wow’ when they are lit, as they will include bigger than life ornaments, fountains and a Christmas tree.”

Said festival chair Lindsay Fox, “They will come to life with the performances of three of the Peninsula’s incredible arts organizations.”

The event is presented by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

The foundation was able to obtain the displays through its participation with the Washington Festivals and Events Foundation, where Microsoft is also involved.

Tickets are also available for the foundation’s three other events over the weekend – the Gala, Teddy Bear Tea and Family Days — at omcf.org.