This marks the second year that Nite Lites will sponsor Winter Wonderland. Nite Lites is pleased to sponsor Winter Wonderland will run the three weekends before Christmas. Winter Wonderland has had in attendance 31,000 patrons per year through the years, viewing the rows of live potted decorated themed trees. The themed trees are decorated by various groups wishing to support a specific community charity by having those who visit Nite Lites. Voting with a monetary vote, or bidding the highest on a tree they like decorated with the ornaments and gifts that please them, as well as planting their own live tree.
The Holiday Tree Decorating Contest has brought a fun and competitive way of raising much needed funds for the many community charities and has had over $30,000 raised in the past four years. We hope you will join us this year, bringing your holiday cheer and competitive spirit in raising much needed funds for our special charities.
When attending Winter Wonderland one can participate in making a holiday craft on certain weekends courtesy of Home Depot, view a live holiday themed puppet show, take a ride on Santa’s express, visit Santa at his North Pole Castle, and on December 21st you can pet one of Santa’s reindeer and of course view and vote for your favorite tree and even bid on one for a lasting memory of this Christmas. Winter Wonderland is included with your admission to Nite Lites.
*Dates and Hours:
Winter Wonderland will be open for 9 nights before Christmas this year, from 6-9pm at the Event Center at the Jackson Fair Grounds. Dates will be Friday December 6th. Thru Sunday December 8th, Friday December 13th thru Sunday December 15th and Friday December 20th thru Sunday December 22nd. On the closing night the highest bidders of the trees will be contacted and given specifics on how to pay for and pick up their decorated tree in time for Christmas.
Each charity will keep the proceeds generated from the monetary voting and the bids from the silent auction. After the event is over, Nite Lites will let you know how much money was raised for your charity and will send a check to your charity on your behalf. Also, there will be a bonus donation to the top three trees who collected the Highest amount of money in their voting boxes and the silent auction bid on their tree (total) , for 1st. place $500, 2nd. place $300, and 3rd. place $200 given courtesy of Nite Lites.
The fee of $60 will be asked for each tree purchased for decorating. This will buy you a 5-6 foot potted short needled pine tree for decorating.
Only 50 trees will be provided and the deadline for purchasing them will be November 10th.
Your tree will be provided by Nite Lites / Winter Wonderland. Cutting the tree is prohibited. Tree light trimming is allowed. You provide all the decorations, skirts, lights, and an extension cord (Minimum of 8 foot please) for your tree. All the unique decorations and creative items used to decorate the tree will be included with the tree bid and will not be returned to you, so please do not use personal or sentimental items. Remember the more value of the items used such as gift certificates, tickets, passes, or gifts (which you could get donated) the more value your tree will bring. As well as the more people you encourage to visit and monetarily vote on the tree the larger donation your tree will bring to the charity you choose. All items used for accent like stuffed Santa’s, snowmen, mailboxes, or anything that will be used for your theme will go with the tree.
Please don’t forget to bring something to cover the base of the tree the soil root ball, like a giant tree skirt, tablecloth, material, wrapping paper etc.
*Must decorate their tree at the event center during specific “Tree Decorating Times”, Monday December 2nd from 12pm. to 6pm and Tuesday December 3rd. 10am- 4pm. You can come at any time stated to decorate. All trees must be completely decorated by Tuesday December 3rd. by 4pm.
* The trees will be place in the way they will be viewed in the orderly rows for viewing. Participants will be given a tree in the order in which your application is received. There will be no trading so it is important to reserve your place without delay. This will make it fair across the board and no unfair advantages to anyone. Choosing or switching your tree is not allowed. *IMPORTANT: * It is the responsibility of the registrant AND the charity chosen (if not one in the same) to spread the word and help to get the people to come and support your tree by making donations and bidding in the silent auction during event nights. Without personally promoting it, you may not make as much for your charity as you hope. So spread the word!!!!!
To participate, just fill out the registration form and send it to the address on the form with your payment. REMEMBER ONLY 50 TREES WILL BE PROVIDED THIS YEAR. So please reserve your spot.
Thank you for showing your holiday spirit! Good Luck in the contest!!!!