Communities from Spencer to Clinton are getting in the yuletide mood this weekend. Holiday festivals are on the schedule for numerous cities, including Davenport, which is opening its annual Festival of Trees. Fest director Naomi Stahl says this year’s forest has more than 100 decorated trees. Area designers donated the trees that will be sold or “silent auctioned” over the next several days. Some people come just to get ideas about how to decorate their Christmas trees. Stahl says a lot of work goes into the beautiful trees, but they also bring a lot of money in for charity. She says they average 400-dollars per tree but some go for over one-thousand. Many are purchased by individuals while others are snapped up by corporations for front lobbies, or for a donation to nursing homes and hospitals. Stahl says Santa’s elves can get plenty of ideas at this festival.For more information, surf to “quadcityarts.com/festoftrees”. Other decorated tree events are underway in Mount Pleasant and Ottumwa. Elsewhere this weekend, holiday open houses are planned in Bentonsport, Sioux City, West Des Moines, Story City, Marshalltown, Tama and Spencer. Light displays are opening in many cities including: Mason City and Clinton.
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