It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
The final weekend of November signalled the opening of multiple Christmas attractions like markets and seasonal shops, including the 18th annual Fantasy of Trees at the Grimsby Museum.
Presented by the Rotary Club of Grimsby, the Fantasy of Trees is a fundraiser aimed at raising money for local groups and not-for-profit organizations. Last year, the event raised $15,000 through silent auction and lottery proceeds, all of which went to local charities and scholarships. Recipients are chosen based on their broad reach into the local community.
This year’s Fantasy features 45 uniquely-decorated trees being raffled off. Visitors can purchase raffle tickets in an effort to win one of the gorgeous trees or wreaths. As well, the silent auction features multiple gift baskets and prize packs donated by local businesses. New this year, Performance BMW and McDonald’s each donated a tree to be included in the silent auction. Another new addition to this year’s Fantasy is the opening of a Christmas Market on the lower level of the museum, which features local businesses.
Outside of fundraising, Fantasy of Trees is a holiday attraction for people of all ages, and often attracts families looking for a fun day of festive spirit.
“I’ve been coming to the Fantasy of Trees every year with my grandchildren since I moved to Grimsby,” said local resident Dina Nella. “I thought they would tire of it once they were older, but they’re all in their twenties now and still call me every year asking when we’re going.”
While Fantasy of Trees hosts a number of repeat visitors, the event also welcomes plenty of newcomers each year.
“This is actually my first year attending after hearing about it from friends,” said Hamilton native Lynda Bertuola. “I’m really glad they told me about it, because the trees are absolutely beautiful and it supports a good cause, which is what makes the holiday season so special to me.”
The Rotary Club of Grimsby encourages anyone interested in getting in the Christmas spirit to visit Fantasy of Trees, open from now until Dec. 10.