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On December 6th through December 8th, the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees has fun, free activities for the entire family! Each day of the Festival is free and open to the public.

This year, join us for these special features:

  • Friday, December 6th– Special Tree Lighting Ceremony at
    10:30 a.m. with Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham!
  • Also, Friday is Senior Day at the Festival of Trees, sponsored by Prime Time Magazine
  • The Ballet Repertory Theatre performs glimpses of the Nutcracker
  • Saturday, December 7th features numerous choirs, dancers, and bands — don’t miss all the entertainment.
  • Sunday, December 8th, the People’s Choice for “Best Tree” is awarded.

And … throughout the Festival, we’ll be joined by a special visitor: Santa Claus!

Live Entertainment throughout the Festival! All of the entertainers at this year’s Festival graciously donate their time and talents to raise funds for Carrie Tingley kids.


Q. How does the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees raise money to help children with special health care needs?

A. This year’s event is expected to raise over $100,000, and because of the generous support of our sponsors, at least 95% of every contribution, sponsorship gift, and tree sale will go directly to support programming for these remarkable kids. The Festival of Trees raises funds through Tree Sponsors, through the sale of trees (whether raffled, auctioned or sold at the event), through Opening Night Gala ticket sales, through the silent auction, and through good-will donations at the event.

Q. What can I expect when I come to the Festival?

A. The 3-day Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is FREE and open to the public. Live holiday entertainment throughout the Festival will include local musical groups, talented choirs and other performers. View this year’s Festival of Trees, which will include a special tribute the children and families served by the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. We have confirmed that Santa Claus will be traveling to Albuquerque from the North Pole for this year’s Festival and available for photos and taking wish lists. We’ll also have an Arts & Crafts area where children can make ornaments to decorate a tree for the children receiving care at Carrie Tingley Hospital.

There will be trees and wreaths available for purchase. And, everywhere you look, we promise some of the most festive decorations and entertainment of the season.

Q. Do you need volunteers?

A. Absolutely. Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization, and we can’t do what we do for the kids without volunteers. Click here for more details on all the volunteer openings at this year’s Festival or call us at 505-243-6626.

Q. Where can I learn more about Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation?

A. The Festival of Trees is one of our signature fundraising events. You may also know about our Annual Mudd Volleyball Tournament held in June. The Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation is so much more … please call us at 505-243-6626 if you’d like to have a staff member present to your organization about the work we do on behalf of special needs children. Visit our website at, watch a short video, sign up for e-newsletter, and help advocate for these remarkable kids. Thank you for your support!

People’s Choice for Favorite Tree!

The 2012 People’s Choice for Favorite Tree was “The Gift Tree” decorated by Festival Volunteer Steve Smith and sponsored by US Bank. Thank you for your votes and thank you to all the creative decorators this year.

Happy Holidays and Thank You for your support of the kids! The Festival of Trees Weekend is December 6 through December 8 at Sandia Resort & Casino

We need YOUR HELP to make this year’s Festival of Trees a success. Would you or your group like to volunteer during this year’s Festival? We need your help to ensure a great event!

Appropriate for volunteers of all ages The Foundation is looking for volunteers to work with, “Kids Making Ornaments for Kids at Carrie Tingley Hospital Station Leaders,” Santa Claus helpers, Decorators, Set-up & Tear-down Volunteers. Volunteer shifts may run from 3 hours to as long as he/she wants. There will be scheduled breaks and places to sit when volunteers are not busy.

Sign up with a friend (or friends) or your club and have a joyous time. You can conveniently sign up online by clicking here to tell us more about yourself and your interests. Or, please call 505-243-6626 and ask for Tanya Robinson or email to find out more!

It truly is All About the Kids — THANK YOU for your support! Don’t miss all of the fun, FREE holiday activities in store! Special Guest Appearance by Santa Claus, as the Albuquerque Journal presents the North Pole. Bring your own ornament or craft supplies (or use ours) and create an ornament for a child at Carrie Tingley at the Elves’ Workshop, sponsored by Albuquerque the Magazine. All weekend, enjoy live entertainment from acclaimed local acts, who have all graciously donated their talents!

Make plans today to bring family and friends to the 6th Annual Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees, sponsored by Sandia Resort & Casino and presented by KOAT.

Posted 11:38 AM

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