2012 Festival of Trees Chairs

The Festival is pleased to announce this year’s Honorary Medical Chairs:  Dr. and Mrs. Eric Billig and Dr. W Marcus Newberry and fiancé Elizabeth Z. Harding.  We extend our gratitude for their support of the Festival of Trees.

The Festival is also pleased to announce this year’s Volunteer Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Dennis.  The Dennis’ lead the many volunteers who devote their time to make the Festival a success.

The Festival of Trees, benefitting Friends of Caroline Hospice, will be held December 3 – 8 at the Charles Lind Brown Neighborhood Activity Center (formerly the Greene Street Gym) located at 1001 Hamar Street, Beaufort, SC.  As Beaufort’s premier holiday event, the Festival includes a showcase of beautifully decorated trees, a gala and grand opening reception with silent auction, a gourmet and gift shop, the sale of barbequed Boston Butts, a 5K Run through Port Royal and daily lunches.  During these remarkable week, the gym is transformed into a holiday wonderland, where simply stepping through the door puts you in the holiday spirit.

In the past 24 years, Festival of Trees has raised almost $900,000 for Friends of Caroline Hospice.  The Festival is Friends of Caroline Hospice’s largest fundraiser, helping them provide free care and volunteer services offering hope, encouragement and comfort to our friends and neighbors who live with life-threatening illness.

Trees Sponsorships

Trees are still available for sponsorship.  For a minimal $225 sponsorship fee, Tree Sponsors not only support FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice, they receive exposure to over 3500 Festival of Trees attendees.  This is a FUN way to showcase your business and support a worthy cause at the same time.  For more information, please contact Vicki Verity at 263-4108 or visit the website, .  Information is also available on the Festival of Trees Beaufort Facebook page.

Grayco will once again be a major sponsor of the Festival of Trees by serving as this year’s Tree Provider.  Grayco works diligently with the Festival to provide beautiful live trees at reduced prices.  Grayco, a leading building supply, hardware and rental equipment provider to professional contractors and local residents for more than 40 years, has been a faithful supporter of the Festival.

For the second year running–Show your team spirit with a Collegiate Themed Tree Sponsorship.  Area Collegiate Clubs are vying for the most Spirited Tree award.  Make sure YOUR team isn’t missing from this event.  Contact the Festival today to find out how you can have your team represented.

Holiday Butts

Are you entertaining this Holiday Season?  Festival of Trees has your solution: a perfectly cooked 6 to 8 pound BBQ Boston Butt.  Butts will be fully cooked and vacuum wrapped so they are easy to reheat or freeze for any Holiday occasion (they even come with instructions on the best way to heat).  For only $30 each, dine or entertain with some of the BEST BBQ or state has to offer.

Pre-orders are currently being accepted at 525-6257 with pick-up scheduled for December 2nd at the Festival.  This is a limited offer so be sure to get yours today. Orders are also being accepted by email at or via mail at Festival of Trees, PO Box 363, Beaufort, SC 29901.  Payment may be included with mailed order or pay at pickup.

Military Appreciation Discount

Military Appreciation Discounts will be offered all week long.  Military servicemen and women, and their families, will receive reduced admission during any day of the festival.  This is one small way we can thank our military community for all they do to serve our country.

Festival Quilts

One of the Festival’s cherished traditions is the annual showcasing of a beautiful handmade quilt generously donated by the Sea Island Quilters.

Saturday at the Festival – December 8th

Saturday at the Festival will feature several new events:

Yoga Among the Trees from 8:30am until 9:45am

Join Shelley Lowther from Dancing Dogs Yoga for yoga among the beautifully decorated trees of the Festival of Trees.  All levels welcome.  Suggested minimum donation of $10 per person.

Brunch & Lunch from 10am until 2pm

Visit the Festival and enjoy brunch or lunch prepared by one of Beaufort’s best local spots using local, fresh and healthy ingredients.

Gift Wrap Galore from 11am until 3pm

Wrapping presents not your thing?  Bring your gifts with you and have them wrapped by experienced giftwrappers while you visit the Festival.  Most gifts are $2 per gift, although upcharges may apply for larger gifts.

  • Musical Entertainment
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Stay tuned for updates on additional Saturday activities


104.9 the Surf & 94.5 The Party Showcase the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is grateful for its 2011 media partnership with 104.9 The Surf and 94.5 The Party, locally owned and operated radio stations.  104.9 The Surf features live and local news weather and information playing the greatest hits of the 60’s,70’s and 80’s.  94.5 The Party is Beaufort’s OFFICIAL party music station featuring today’s hottest music.  Festival organizers are excited to be working with these stations on promotion and look forward to their participation in the 2012 festivities.