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ABA to host Festival of Trees & Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Dec. 3-5


November 24, 2021
ALTON — The Alton Business Association Presents the Third Annual Alton Festival of Trees & Gingerbread House Decorating Contest from Dec. 3-5 at the Gilman Museum!

The event hours are Friday, Dec. 3, from 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Alton "Light Up Night" is also happening at the same time on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. across the street at Town Hall!); and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.!

This is for local businesses, organizations & residents who want to get creative with promoting your business and organization in ways you normally couldn't. Get creative with using items that you sell, themed trees, toys or items that represent your business/organization. This is a fun way to display what your business/organization does and display your community pride! The trees will be raffled off for $1 a ticket. A display table will be provided for the gingerbread houses and voting categories are youth & adult.

Here's how it works:

Participating businesses/organizations/residents will REGISTER and "donate" a tree, decked out with all the trimmings of their choosing! Participants will set up their tree or wreath at the museum. The registration form and rules can be found on our website, www.altonbusinessassociation.com or our Facebook event page @altonbusinessassociation. Registration must be received by Nov. 29!

This is a free event to attend, but attendees have the option to purchase raffle tickets (for $1 each) for a chance to win their favorite tree(s) or wreath(s). Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Alton Community Services/Mrs. Santa Fund. At the end of the event, each of the trees will be given to the raffle winners. Tree winners are announced on Dec. 5, and will be picked up that night or by Dec. 6. We'll also ask our community to vote for a "Community Favorite" tree.

At the end of the event, our participating businesses will have made the season brighter, and supported a great local cause! This event also includes light refreshments, music, a raffle and more… This event is free to attend and open to the public. Stay up-to-date by following our Facebook event page or visit our Web site.

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