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The Big Brothers Big Sisters tree at Miner's Park is one of twenty trees by non-profits that can be viewed in various locations around town during the Giving Tree Festival's "Parade of Tree" between Nov. 18th-Dec. 3rd. 

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If you've been out and about in town this week, you may have noticed Christmas trees already popping up at local businesses. What may seem like jumping the gun on the holiday season is actually part of the Sunrise Rotary's annual Giving Tree Festival. The festival serves as a way of spreading the holiday cheer to a number of local non-profits and offers participants the chance to win prizes in return for their support. 

The Parade of Trees

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Detail from "Kids Play International" holiday tree

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One of the biggest components of the festival is the "Parade of Trees," i.e. and auction for beautifully decorated trees on display at local businesses. Through Dec. 2nd, residents and visitors have the chance to help a variety of organizations, such as Special Olympics Utah and Habitat for Humanity, by stopping by to see the trees. It is, of course, also the perfect opportunity to go hunting for your tree this year and people are encouraged to place a bid to take home their favorite via the Giving Tree Festival website. All the proceeds from the trees and other holiday items will go to support the respective non-profits. Even if you're not in the market for a tree, there's still plenty of reasons to have a glimpse at these unique trees. Anyone who visits at least 15 out of the 20 trees is in the running for special prizes, including a Park City weekend getaway and the chance to win a $500 gift card. The auction officially closes at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2nd.

Treasure Mountain Inn Celebration

The Giving Tree Festival will culminate with a community celebration at the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street. This party will take place Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 2-5 p.m. and is open to the public. There will be a silent auction of holiday decorations, refreshments, and Santa Claus will even make an appearance for the kids. 

A lot of what makes Park City such a great place to live and visit is the community's dedication to supporting local causes. And now is the perfect time of year to show your support for all many of these local organizations. 

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