The 2016 Apopka Festival of Trees illuminates the holiday season with an official lighting of the trees tonight.
The free event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Apopka City Hall, 120 E. Main St., will feature special holiday decorations, music and carolers, a bake sale and Santa Claus. Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer will lead the tree lighting, which includes trees decorated by Apopka-area businesses, civic organizations and artists.
The trees will be on display at City Hall through Dec. 4, when they will be sold through a silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m. Interested bidders can sign up at each tree location in the City Hall atrium. Proceeds will benefit the Apopka Historical Society, custodian of the Museum of the Apopkans, 122 E. Fifth St.
“Every year we have very interesting trees,” said Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez, who is among the volunteers who organized the Festival of Trees. “I always look forward to seeing them.”
Sunday’s kick-off lighting will include a visit from Santa Claus, who will read the children’s classic, “The Night Before Christmas.” Aunt Gingibread’s Bakery will have cookies for sale. See the festive holiday model-train village and gingerbread houses.