“A Winter Wish Come True” 30th Annual Fantasy of Trees set for November 26 through 30

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KNOXVILLE (press release)—It’s that time of year again! East Tennessee Children’s Hospital presents the 30th Annual Fantasy of Trees Premier Christmas Event in Knoxville. This year’s event is entitled “A Winter Wish Come True” and takes place from November 26 – 30, 2014 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

The Fantasy of Trees is an annual fundraising event that takes place at the Knoxville Convention Center. The proceeds from Fantasy of Trees benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville’s only not-for-profit Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center. In 28 years, the Fantasy of Trees has raised more than $6.3 million to provide much-needed medical equipment for children served by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Since the first Fantasy of Trees in 1985 that welcomed 13,125 visitors, the Fantasy of Trees has hosted well over one million people.

The Fantasy of Trees is designed, created and staffed by thousands of volunteers who give more than 170,000 hours annually to make the Fantasy of Trees the premier holiday event in East Tennessee.

How donations are used

In 2012, children in East Tennessee and surrounding states made almost 160,000 visits to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for a variety of health care concerns from minor to major and illnesses to injuries. Because of donors like you, these vulnerable children had access to lifesaving treatments, tests and expert pediatric care.

The hospital would not be able to provide this care and necessary equipment without the generous support of people like you in the East Tennessee community who support Children’s through fundraising events such as the Fantasy of Trees.

Your donations in 2014 will help purchase an Opmi Pentero Neurosurgical Microscope.

Children’s activities

There are lots of great things to do with kids at Fantasy of Trees. Here are the fun activities your child can enjoy:

Carousel: Ride on the beautiful 30-horse carousel. ($1, children 3 & under Free)

Children’s Ride: All Children can enjoy this magical ride. ($2, children 3 & under Free)

Decorate-a-Cookie: Decorate your own sugar cookie. $2

Face Painting: Show holiday spirit all over your face. FREE

Frosty’s Freeway: Toddlers can enjoy racing around on riding toys. FREE

Frosty’s Playground: Enjoy FREE activities for preschool children including a train and building blocks.

Glitter Globe Ornaments: Children can fill and decorate acrylic ball ornaments. $2

Handprint Potholders: Make a memory that can be used every day. $2

Holiday Hissers: Decorate a movable wooden snake. $2

Holiday hounds: NEW! $2

Itsy Bitsy Trees: Small decorators can trim a tree just their size. $2

Jingle Bell Ornaments: Decorate a large jingle bell shaped ornament. $3

Princess Manicures: Children receive a manicure and a holiday halo. $2

Santa’s Sand Art: NEW! Enjoy creating a unique sand filled star. $3

Teddy Bear Clinic: NEW! Children take their new teddy bear friend to the clinic for a checkup. $5

Thumbprint Ornaments: Create a collectible ornament with your thumbprint. $2

Visit with Santa: Kids can tell Santa all their wishes (free); Photos are $14 each or $22 for a photo CD.

Special Events

Preview Party
Tuesday, November 25, 7 – 10 p.m.
Start your holidays with “A Winter Wish Come True.” The Fantasy of Trees Preview Party and gala features areas for couples and families to have their pictures made in their “fantasy frocks,” and gift shops are open for visitors to begin their holiday shopping.
The Preview Party also includes musical entertainment throughout the evening, a silent auction, and delicious holiday foods with a cash bar. The Streamliners will be performing live on the Fantasy Theater. Guests are encouraged to view the trees and other holiday decorations and choose their favorites to purchase. Attire for the Fantasy of Trees Preview Party is festive holiday wear.
NOTE: Tickets to the preview party are sold separately from regular General Admission tickets and must ordered in advance by phone. Tickets are $75 per person for adults and children. To purchase tickets (advance sales only), call the Children’s Hospital Development Department at (865) 541-8441.

Babes in Toyland Parade
Wednesday, November 26, 7 p.m.
The first and only indoor Christmas parade of the season with children from area child care centers, a marching band, Santa, costumed characters and holiday fun. Spectators are invited to enjoy the Fantasy of Trees before or after the parade.

Santa’s Senior Stroll
Friday, November 28, 9 a.m. – Noon
Seniors 55+ receive half price admission of $4 during the Santa’s Senior Stroll. Enjoy free health screenings and guided walks every half hour from 9 am to noon through the Fantasy of Trees. Sponsored by Tennova Healthcare.

Every half hour an organized stroll will be held featuring two routes:

Route one begins in the Ticket lobby facing Clinch Avenue and proceeds down the Henley Street Hallway and the ballroom lobby on the Ballroom reception area where the Canstruction Exhibit is located. Stretching/exercise opportunities can be developed along the way if desired. A visit to Santa’s Skybox will give an overlook for the show and offer a private area for any educational activity developed as a part of the Mistletoe March.

Route two will begin after the visit to Santa’s Skybox through Fantasy of Trees floor giving participants a view of the show with the last stop at the Tennova table before being able to enjoy the show on their own.

Entertainment Schedule

The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive at the Fantasy of Trees with entertainment and music from groups throughout East Tennessee. Enjoy dancers, singers and other entertainers of all ages as they take the Fantasy Theater main stage to share their talents and ring in the holiday season throughout the five-day show.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

9:30 a.m. Jefferson Middle School Blue Chorus
10:00 a.m. Jefferson Middle School Gold Chorus
10:30 a.m. Wolf Creek Baptist Church Jr. Choir
11:00 a.m. Knoxville Area Homeschool Choir
11:45 a.m. Seymour Community Christian School
12:15 p.m. St. Joseph School Choir
1:15 p.m. Christian Academy of Knoxville “Junior Praise”
1:50 p.m. HMS – Kids in America Show Choir
2:25 p.m. Karns Middle School Dance Team
2:50 p.m. Ballet Gloria
4:05 p.m. Angela Floyd Schools for Dance & Music
5:20 p.m. Dance for Joy!
7:45 p.m. Maryville Junior High School
8:30 p.m. Knox County Homeschool Chorus

Thursday, November 27, 2014

4:00 p.m. Music Studio of Paula Johnson
4:35 p.m. Ruann L. Wood
5:00 p.m. Piper Montana Smith
5:30 p.m. Silver Winds Flute Choir
6:15 p.m. Sydni Stinnett
6:45 p.m. Knoxville Performing Arts Company

Friday, November 28, 2014

10:00 a.m. Armfield Dance Academy
10:45 a.m. Academy of Dance Arts Ensemble
11:30 a.m. Broadway Performing Arts
1:00 p.m. String Students of Mary Ann Fennell
1:45 p.m. The Atkins
2:15 p.m. The Dance Academy South
3:00 p.m. Go Dance
3:30 p.m. Pasion Flamenca
4:15 p.m. Marilee Brockman
4:25 p.m. Dream Dance Studio, Inc
6:15 p.m. 1st Baptist Church – Powell
7:30 p.m. Danse Et Plus
8:15 p.m. Sangria Dance

Saturday, November 29

10 a.m. Helen Bryenton’s Suzuki Violinists
10:25 a.m. Studio 2 Music Program
11:15 a.m. Sunshine Ambassadors
12:35 p.m. Marilee Brockman
12:45 p.m. Diamonds All-Stars Cheerleading/Tumbling
1:45 p.m. Emily Hunt
2:00 p.m. Imagine Dance Studio
3:15 p.m. Eternal Life Singers
3:45 p.m. Bethany Hankins School of Violin
4:30 p.m. Fine Arts Connection – Kathy Huber
6:00 p.m. Kelsey Cate
6:10 p.m. Maryville Christian School Orchestra
6:45 p.m. Alexia and Alexandria Dancers
7:15 p.m. Premiere Dance Studio
8:00 p.m. Sandsation

Sunday, November 30

12:30 p.m. Emily Roberts
12:45 p.m. Artistic Dance Unlimited
2:00 p.m. Soloists
2:45 p.m. Jefferson County High School
3:15 p.m. Suzuki Hart-Strings
4:30 p.m. The Dance Centre of Knoxville
5:10 p.m. Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association

Schedule and performances are subject to change.

For more information and ticket sales, please visit www.fantasyoftrees.org.

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