Fantasy of Trees raises over $400,000 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

The Knoxville Convention Center hosted its annual Fantasy of Trees, raising money for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Over 60,000 people attended the 32nd annual Fantasy of Trees event at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Fantasy of Trees raised over $400,000 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. This year’s money goes toward anesthesia equipment for the Neonatal ICU.

The show presented over 350 trees, wreaths and holiday home décor for sale made by local businesses. There was also a huge display of gingerbread houses.

Tickets were $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Jordan Stanton, an attendee, said, “We come here every year, and love that we can attend something so great for an even better cause.”

This event hosted many things for kids to do including face paint, cookie decorating, carousel riding and more.

Janet Williams attended the event with her niece. “I love that we can come to this event as a family, and not get bored,” she said. “Seeing Santa was definitely the best part.”

Carter High School, along with many other schools, held a performance of songs for the Christmastime. The Oak Ridge Ballet Association performed a showcase of their Christmas ballet for the people attending.

“This is my third year volunteering for Fantasy of the Trees,” Nick Wylie, a volunteer working at the cookie decorating station, said. “I want to continue volunteering because I love this cause. I have visited the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital many of times, so helping this cause is so awesome.”

For more information of Fantasy of Trees, visit their website.

Featured Image by Rylee Barnes

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo