The trimming of trees is a symbol of winter dating back to ancient times. While many leaves fall, the evergreen trees keep their emerald shade all year long, becoming even more spectacularly beautiful under lights twinkling like stars and ornaments varying from the clay handmade stars from childhood to bright, delicate globes.
Along with the beauty of the Christmas tree comes the spirit of giving and of peace. For the third year in a row, Town Center of Virginia Beach is holding their annual Festival of Trees Competition which rewards the winning business with a $250 donation to the non-profit of their choice.
Participating companies will spruce up their window displays to show their distinctive flare for the contest throughout December.
While shopping and dining throughout Town Center, patrons can tour the participants’ displays with their Santa Passports to receive a sticker at each of the seven businesses who have entered the contest this year. Once visitors receive a sticker from each location, they can turn it in for a free dessert voucher and make their vote for their favorite festive decor at Santa’s Cottage.
For Monkee’s of Virginia Beach manager/buyer Abby Wilkerson, the Festival of Trees is all about community and tradition.
“This is one of our absolute favorite traditions in Town Center! We love this time of year and all of the cheer and joy it brings from our customers. We also love the opportunity to give back to our community and to a non-profit, Begin Again Foundation, that is close to our hearts.”
This year’s businesses vying for the prize for their charity are Tupelo Honey, The Royal Chocolate, Paper Source, Keagan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Anthropologie, Monkee’s of Virginia Beach, and Brooks Brothers.
Here’s a peek at the other trees and fabulous displays hoping to claim the winning prize for their charity.
Giving Year Round
Many of the businesses choose a charity that many Town Center of Virginia Beach businesses support more than once a year.
“We have our Warrior Brew beers from Young Veteran’s Brewing Company on rotating taps,” said Ryan Bowen, Manager of Tupelo Honey. “We donate fifty cents to the Combat Wounded Coalition for each draft we sell.”
Town Center of Virginia Beach shoppers and diners can take in the sights of the Festival of Trees while finishing their holiday gift lists all month long. Don’t forget to grab your passport and collect stickers for a free dessert and to make your vote count for your favorite display this year. The winner will be announced on January 1, 2019.
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