Festival of Trees & Lights to return live on Nov. 26-28
Blank Children’s Hospital announced that the 38th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights will be back in person on Nov. 26-28 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. The annual event is the largest fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital and is a Central Iowa tradition to kick off the holiday season. The decision to return to an in-person event was not made lightly, said Dr. Steve Stephenson, president and chief operating officer of Blank Children’s Hospital. “A clinical team from Blank Children’s Hospital as well as the UnityPoint Health-Des Moines hospital incident command strike team tasked with reviewing community events both reviewed and discussed COVID precautions to be implemented and agreed to move forward with the event in 2021,” he said. A guided, one-way path will be used to view the decorated trees and read impactful stories of children cared for at Blank Children’s. In addition, visitors can shop the Holiday Gift Shop, purchase specialty bakery items, or participate in a gingerbread contest. Children’s activities will be available to-go for more festival fun at home. Tickets for a two-hour time slot must be purchased in advance. Visit the festival website for more information and to register.