Helena Festival of Trees celebrates the stories that make up our lives

Tyler Manning

Helena’s 34th annual Festival of Trees kicks off Wednesday, Dec. 1, with the theme “Once Upon a Storybook Christmas.”

Intermountain is viewing this theme as a celebration of the stories that make up the lives of everyone in the Helena community and the interactions that make each other’s lives better, according to the organization’s Senior Development Officer Beth Wheeler.

Per the theme, a large Christmas tree made out of books adorns the main stage. Wheeler made it herself, and she is the only person who knows how many books it took to make. She said there will be a prize for whoever guesses the closest.

Community and business trees this year are themed after books such as “Harry Potter,” “Mary Poppins” and more.

The theme of this year’s Festival of Trees is “Once Upon a Storybook Christmas.”

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

The festival at the Helena Civic Center is the biggest annual fundraiser for Intermountain, a nonprofit that helps children, teens and families who struggle with emotional or mental health issues or substance use. This year there are 17 trees

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