Festival of Trees begins at Orlando Museum of Art


ORLANDO, Fla. – Dozens of Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, wreaths and many more holiday decorations are taking over the Orlando Museum of Art. 

For eight days, the museum will once again host Central Florida's Festival of Trees event. This year it's being called "The Most Wonderful Time of The Year."

"We have put this event on for 32 years now and over the course of our history, we've donated over $10 million to the Orlando Museum of Art. All of this is for sale and all of it is a fundraiser for the Orlando Museum of Art," Linda Cegelis, a member of Council of 101, said.

Council of 101 is a group of about 300 women who organize the yearly event.

"It's a very special way to give back to the community; to further the arts in Central Florida and it really brings the entire community together," Cegelis said.

Hundreds of people from local businesses help turn the art museum into a Christmas wonderland.

Over at the Deck the Halls gallery, dozens of small trees and wreaths are displayed and large glittering trees are seen throughout the museum.

Megan Brown used about 50 cans of spray paint and it took her a month to create her "Nightmare Before Christmas"-themed tree. 

"I wanted them to be filled with the holiday spirit, Jack had to learn that it was a wonderful life and Sally helped him do it, so by the end of the movie, they were so much in love and I wanted people to feel that love during the holiday spirit," Brown said.

Another designer chose a more traditional creation but added decorative pillows to the skirting of the tree.

"Obviously the Christmas presents would be under the tree but then you can kinda incorporate the pillows on your couches, so kind of tie it in with the Christmas tree," Carmen Dick said, designer and member of Council of 101, said.

"The theme of our tree is Alpine Family Christmas. We came up with the theme of Christmas is a time to come together as a family. The house theme came from the putz houses, which originated in the 1800s," designer Paul Tarolli said about the theme he chose for his tree this year. 

Guests will also get a chance to indulge their senses at the gingerbread village, which has all kinds of unique gingerbread houses.

For those who'd like to get a head start with their Christmas list, there are two holiday gift shops set up.

The Festival of Trees runs from Saturday to Nov. 18. There will be several other events taking place throughout the week. For more information about ticket prices and the schedule of events, click here.  

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