On Wednesday, Nov. 20-23, 2019 the city of Prescott and Kind Defined hosted Festival of Trees at the Prescott Gateway Mall. This event was located inside the mall and drew a reasonably sized crowd of children and families. It featured a variety of entertainment, from games to performances, and of course over forty decorated Christmas trees. Festival of Trees was sure to have something for all ages. This was a free event, but it offered hot chocolate for three dollars and a variety of snacks at different price points. Upon entering the mall, you were greeted with a pamphlet with all the local businesses and the tree they decorated this year. A raffle was held with tickets selling for two dollars. Each ticket was a chance of winning the honor of choosing the winning tree among the forty trees present.
There were Christmas songs playing with a live performance by two little girl ballerinas dancing to “It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas.” For the teenage and adult crowd, they offered a selfie station where you could dress up as an elf or Santa Clause and receive a free holiday card. For the little kids, they offered face painting with artistic options of Christmas characters such as Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer. Santa Claus and a few of his elves were there taking photos with families and asking the children what they would like for Christmas. After the raffle was over, Christmas trees went up for sale that would be delivered once the event ended on Nov. 23. All proceeds were donated to the Kind Defined workshops held for children to learn about kindness and positive growing methods.
Overall this event was a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful people of Prescott, Arizona come together and be sweet to one another. It was great to experience the community get into the holiday spirit with people from many backgrounds. This event was so beautiful and offered so many fun and engaging activities, you would never have guessed it was free. This event was a great way to celebrate kindness and transition into the season of giving.