(Morning News photo from previous event)
Article Submitted by Susan Nalley
BLACKFOOT – This year the Christmas Tree Fantasy's theme is Christmas Traditions. The Christmas Tree Fantasy begins on December 4, 2019 and goes through December 7, 2019, at the Needlecraft Building on the Eastern ldaho State Fair Grounds.
On Monday December 2, the Christmas Tree Fantasy begins to come alive. Their Christmas Tree Fantasy Decorator Kelly Mansanarez and her committee will have spent days beautifully decorating the needlecraft building turning it into a Christmas Wonderland. On Monday morning, Bingham County businesses, community groups, individuals and families come set up and decorate their trees and wreaths. Monday is truly a magical day to see the needlecraft building transform from a concrete building into one of the most beautifully decorated buildings in ldaho. lf people are interested in donating a decorated tree or wreath for the Christmas Tree Fantasy Auction, they should contact the Tree Room Chairman, Amanda Nelson at 208-351-9568.
The Fantasy begins with the Holiday Tea on December 3, 2019, at 5:00 P.M. The tea is a great way to start the holiday season. Participants will have a chance to see all of the beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, and also get a sneak peek at the Holiday Boutique and Sweet Shoppe. This really puts visitors in the holiday spirit.
The tea is sold by advance tickets only. Tickets are only $20 per person. Annie Halls' Vintage Boutique, out of Pocatello, does a beautiful vintage fashion show. lf people have questions about the tea or are interested in Tea tickets, they should contact the Tea Chairman, Jaeme Freeman at 208-680-0591.
The Christmas Tree Fantasy officially opens on Wednesday, December 4 at 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. through Saturday, December 7, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
The Fantasy Sweet Shoppe has every type of treat one can imagine that will satisfy a sweet tooth. The shoppe has sugar cookies, fudge, and cakes, different types of cookies, breads, and candy. There are so many great treats to choose from. lf one would like to donate any goodies to the Sweet Shoppe, they can contact by calling and leaving a message, or by texting the Sweet Shoppe Chairman, Pam
Killpack at 208-520-3399.
The Fantasy Boutique is another attraction that people will find at the Christmas Tree Fantasy. They have beautiful handcrafted items to sell. These are donated by individuals in the community and by the boutique committee. The boutique has something for everyone–and items change daily. lf anyone has questions about the boutique or would like to donate, they should contact the Boutique Chairman, Susan Nalley at 208-680-6524.
The Fantasy Café has wonderful food, lunch and dinner. In fact, Sandy has a new entree every day and her food is said to be "divine and worth the trip to the Fantasy Café." lf people have questions about the Fantasy Café, they should contact the Fantasy Café Chairman, Sandy Empey at 208-680-6955.
Bingham County is full of great musical talent. Musical groups, and musicians perform throughout the week. Many agree that it is fun to watch the talent surrounded by the Christmas Spirit. If people would like to perform or have questions, they should contact the Entertainment Chairman, Susanne Walton at 208-680-2236.
They also have a Raffle Basket that is filled and overflowing with fabulous donations from the community. lf one is interested in donating to the raffle basket, they can contact Jerrilyn Tovey the Raffle Basket Chairman at 208-681-1756.
The Christmas Tree Fantasy Auction is on December 5, 2019, at 7:00 P.M.; registration begins at 6:30 and hor d'oeuvres will be served. The auction is always such a fun, exciting and emotional evening.
As a board, the team loves to see the community come together to bid on the trees and wreaths, knowing that they are helping so many non-profits in Bingham County. lf people have any questions about the auction, they can contact the Auction Chair, Jacque Burt at 208-569-6298.
On Saturday, December 7, at 9:00 A.M., they are having Breakfast with Santa. The team is excited to have Riverside Greenhouse and Western Realty sponsor the Breakfast with Santa. Tickets will be $7. The children will enjoy breakfast, a goody bag and a story with Santa. For tickets, please contact Susan at 208-680-6524.
The Christmas Tree Fantasy is an amazing event that is put together by a board with love, sweat and tears. They said they all love what they do and every year they feel so blessed that Bingham County businesses and patrons come out and support the Christmas Tree Fantasy. "Without local businesses and patrons, the Christmas Tree Fantasy would not be as successful as it has been for over 40 years." So the team would like to thank Bingham County for all that everyone does for the Christmas Tree Fantasy. "We are looking forward to seeing you all this year."
lf residents have any questions, they can contact any of the Christmas Tree Fantasy board members or call either Susan Nalley (Christmas Tree Fantasy Chair) at 208-680-6524 or Marsha Delaney (Christmas Tree Fantasy Co-Chair) at 541-792-0224.