Tickets for the WinterFest gala are sold-out — however, people are still invited to enjoy the magical holiday festival during Family Day.

Formerly the Festival of Trees, the evening gala features live and silent auctions for intricately decorated trees. While the beautiful large and small will be on the auction block Friday night, they will remain on display Saturday for people to enjoy. The Family Day event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate. Admission is free thanks to sponsorship by Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

In addition to viewing the beautifully decorated trees, a variety of holiday-related activities will be available and music will fill the air. A number of local businesses, agencies and organizations are sponsoring booths and tables.

Everything from making ornaments and crafts to writing letters to Santa Claus and having their picture taken with the jolly ol’ elf will be available. Kids of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit. Also, lunch is available for purchase from Santa and his elves.

Presented by St. Anthony Hospital, this year’s WinterFest benefits the hospital’s foundation, which provides equipment upgrades and other support services for the hospital. In addition, other beneficiaries include Pioneer Relief Nursery, a nonprofit organization that provides early intervention to help prevent child abuse; and Cason’s Place, also a nonprofit that offers grief support for children and families in Eastern Oregon.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at or 541-564-4539

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