Fantasy of Trees raises thousands for Children's Hospital

Fantasy of Trees raises thousands for Children's Hospital

Posted: Updated: Nov 28, 2013 3:01 PM
Knoxville's annual Fantasy of Trees event is now open to the public. Knoxville's annual Fantasy of Trees event is now open to the public.
Fantasy of Trees is a five day Christmas celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center, with all proceeds benefiting East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Fantasy of Trees is a five day Christmas celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center, with all proceeds benefiting East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
"We've been coming for years and years. My daughter that's with me, we started bringing them when they were little girls and now we're bringing our grandchildren," said Rita Nichols. "We've been coming for years and years. My daughter that's with me, we started bringing them when they were little girls and now we're bringing our grandchildren," said Rita Nichols.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville's annual Fantasy of Trees event is now open to the public.

It's one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for East Tennessee Children's Hospital, and is a Christmas tradition for many locals who head out each and every year to see the holiday decorations.

"Yes, we come every year. Oh, it's very special," said Rita Nichols of Knoxville.

Fantasy of Trees is a five day Christmas celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center, with all proceeds benefiting Children's.

The 29th annual event showcases more than 350 designer decorated trees all for sale. This year's theme is "Christmas on Main Street."

"I think every year they get prettier and prettier, and it's just so festive," said Nichols.

"It's really our designers who make this show happen year after year. It's their creative minds that come in and decorate their trees," said Seth Linkous of East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

The Christmas fun doesn't stop there.

There are a number of holiday themed activities, crafts and rides for children, a gingerbread house village display, and live entertainment all hours of the day.

Brand new this year, there are shopping booths for the adults.

"Black Friday shopping can be done right here," said Linkous.

Fantasy of Trees is an event many area families look forward to all year long.

"We've been coming for years and years. My daughter that's with me, we started bringing them when they were little girls and now we're bringing our grandchildren," said Nichols.

The event is particularly special for those who've had loved ones treated at Children's Hospital, like Nichols' granddaughter Ella Grace.

"They did a great job treating her, and she's been in since then with asthma, so both times we've been very pleased with the outcome of the results and the treatment she received at the hospital," said Nichols.

ETCH hopes to raise more than $350,000 at this year's Fantasy of Trees.

Funds raised this year will allow them to buy a medicine safety system that ensures all patients receive the correct medicine and dosage.

"At Children's Hospital, it's all about the kids, and so anything that we can buy that makes their stay or treatment a little bit easier is what we try to do," said Linkous.

The event continues through Sunday, December 1.

For more information, visit the Fantasy of Trees website.

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