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It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas at the (virtual) Festival of Trees

A group of Christmas trees are displayed during the 50th annual Festival of Trees exhibition at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.
A group of Christmas trees is displayed during the 50th annual Festival of Trees exhibition at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. This year’s festival is virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

A group of Christmas trees is displayed during the 50th annual Festival of Trees exhibition at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday. As it has done since 1970, the festival is raising funds for children and families who receive care through Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Hospital. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is all virtual. Trees can be seen on the Festival of Trees virtual hub, makegoodgrow.org, including 360 degree views of trees and auction items up for bid Dec. 1-4. The hub also allows virtual guests to build their own virtual tree, browse shops and read inspiring stories about the patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. As part of the virtual festival, a 90-minute live broadcast will be streamed from Vivint Arena on Dec. 4 featuring stories of Primary Children’s patients and Festival volunteers, appearances by entertainers and other special surprises. The broadcast will be co-hosted by singer and actor Alex Boyé, and 15-year-old cancer survivor and former Primary Children’s Hospital patient Cami Carver.