Thursday 24 January 2019
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Friends of Caroline Hospice Announces 30th Annual Festival of Trees

The Festival

     The Festival of Trees benefiting Friends of Caroline is one of Beaufort’s beloved holiday celebrations.  The 2017 Festival continues a tradition that started thirty years ago.  The Festival showcases beautifully decorated trees that are judged for their originality and creativity.  The Festival kicks off with an Opening Gala featuring a silent auction, music, wine, beer and appetizers from local restaurants.

This year’s event will be held at The Shed November 30th through December the 3rd.  The Opening Gala will be Thursday, November 30th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  More than 350 individuals usually attend this reception where the trees are previewed prior to opening to the general public on Friday, December 1st.

     This year there will be Festival Shoppes open throughout the event where you can get curated Christmas treasures from Friends of Caroline Thrift Store, school tours, kids fun zone, a Sunday Snow Day (with real snow to play in), a visit by Santa himself along with Mrs. Claus and even a live reindeer.

Here’s the schedule for this year’s event. You just don’t want to miss it.

Festival Schedule

November 30, 2017– Opening Gala from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Shed in Port Royal (featuring tree sales, silent auction, and local restaurants)

December 1, 2017– General Admission from 10 am to 6 pm

December 2, 2017– Yoga in the Trees at 8 am, General Admission 10 am to 6 pm, Frozen Day 11 am to 2 pm

December 3, 2017– General Admission 11 am to 6 pm, Snow Day 11 am to 2 pm

     Come and see the decorated trees and enjoy food vendors with themed dishes and lots of fun for the kids including a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, face painting and more.

Any child who signs up for their school’s tour will receive free admission, courtesy of Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.

General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children

     On Saturday meet special guests Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen who will be in attendance from 11am to 2pm to enjoy talking with the kids and taking photos and visit with our live reindeer, Sven, courtesy of Sea Island Carriage Co.

     Yoga in the Trees is also scheduled for Saturday at 8am with Brittney Hiller. Yoga in the Trees is free, but donations are accepted.

     If Frozen Saturday wasn’t enough, a special Snow Day returns bigger and better than before. Bring the kids from 11am to 2pm to enjoy playing in the snow, building a snowman or having

snowball fights with our outdoor snow fields bungee jumping, face painting and more. General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children

     Opening Gala Reception tickets can be purchased online by visiting

Become a supporter of this year’s Festival by sponsoring a tree, decorating a tree, donating an item to the silent auction, buying a ticket to the Opening Gala and telling your friends about the event. The Festival has raised close to a million dollars and this treasured event would not be possible without the amazing support of businesses, community groups and individuals who donate their time, talent and treasures to make this event a success.

     FRIENDS of Caroline HOSPICE serves individuals and families in Beaufort County and provides hospice care, bereavement and caregiver support services to all individuals in the community regardless of their ability to pay.


FRIENDS of Caroline is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients and families of those suffering from a life-limiting illness.  FRIENDS is a local, non-profit, Medicare-certified hospice provider that has been serving throughout Beaufort County for the past 37 years.  Adult Bereavement and Support groups are offered to family members of patients served by FRIENDS as well as any member of the community at large who has experienced a loss. Donations from individuals, businesses and foundations allow FRIENDS of Caroline to provide hospice care, bereavement and caregiver support services to all individuals in our community regardless of their ability to pay. FRIENDS of Caroline, “adding life to days”.