Festival of Trees and Lights Celebrates 35 Years
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Festival of Trees and Lights is celebrating 35 years with 84 decorated trees. The festival began in 1984 with 23 decorated trees from community members. It promotes community appreciation and volunteerism for Blank Children’s Hospital. People can see five Harry Potter themed trees this year. Blank children’s Hospital Senior Director of Development, Alissa McKinney believes it is because of the novel’s 20th anniversary.