Traverse City Festival of Trees kicks off the holiday season

With only forty-seven days until Christmas, many are getting into the holiday spirit - including decorations, trees, and giving.

The Zonta Club of Traverse City kicked off it's annual "Festival of Trees" Thursday - letting you get some shopping done while supporting the community.

The festival features dozens of Christmas trees - all uniquely decorated by local professionals, amateurs, and schools.

There are also visits from Santa, a petting zoo, and a silent auction full of different decorations and treats. Tickets can be purchased for a tea (for kids) and a Veterans recognition program.

The Zonta Club uses the proceeds to benefit women and children in the area, aiding their philanthropic efforts.

The "Festival of Trees" is held at the Hagerty Center. It goes from Thursday through Sunday, with the silent auction closing at 3:30pm Sunday. Multiple decorations are available for purchase throughout the festival.

Admission is $7.50, $4 for students. Kids pre-school age are free.

"Festival of Trees" is open to the public Thursday: 4pm-8pm, Friday: 9am-5:30pm, Saturday: 9am-8pm, and Sunday: 9am-4pm.

The petting zoo is Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Santa's Workshop (Santa visits, crafts, etc. for kids) is Saturday 9am-4pm.