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Blank Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees and Lights 2023


Blank Children’s Hospital is proud to announce the 40th Annual Festival of Tree & Lights. This event is the largest fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital and a central Iowa tradition to kick off the holiday season. Festival of Tree & Lights supports Child Life and the Center for Advocacy and Outreach.

Festival Favorites

• View the beautifully decorated trees and vote for your favorite.
• Bid on the custom decorated trees in the Tree Farm silent auction.
• Watch special performances from local music groups and dance teams. • Complete a scavenger hunt among the trees and earn a prize.
• Enjoy the Children’s Area with fun crafts and activities on the first level. • Slide around the sock “skating rink” in your favorite festive socks.
• Shop for holiday gifts and décor from our unique Festival Boutiques.
• Take your photo with Santa, ride the children’s train and much more!

Iowa Events Center — Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

833 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA

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November 24 – 26, 2023

Fri: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $5 (children 2 and under are free)
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online at

Festival Honorary Chairs: Kim and Tom Bakey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mark Tauscheck, Media Relations November 2, 2023 (515) 205-6090

Volunteer Opportunities

Each year, hundreds of volunteers give of their time and talents to make Festival come to life. Volunteers 14 and 15 years of age can volunteer with a parent or guardian. Volunteers 16 and older are welcome to volunteer on their own. To sign up to volunteer, please visit:

Special Events

  • Gala | Nov.21 at 6p.m.
    Entertainment, cocktail hour, dinner, program, silent and live auctions.
  • Sensory Day at Festival | Nov. 22
    Sensory Day is a special day designed for sensory sensitive individuals of all ages. This event is open to the public for those who would like to experience the trees in a quiet atmosphere.
  • Blood Drive | Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa is partnering with us to host an onsite blood drive. Sign up online at or walk- ins are welcome.

    Presenting Sponsor: Iowa Realty

    Sponsors: Sheri Avis Horner; IMT Insurance, The Graham Group Inc., Kim & Tom Bakey, CLE, Inc., Edge Companies, Fareway, Fran Fleck & Terry Greenley, The Four Sisters Foundation, Jackie and Jeff Gordon, John R. & Zelda Z. Grubb Charitable Foundation, Dennis & Barbara Linderbaum, Scott & Amy Packard, Principal Financial Group, SCHEELS All Sports, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

    Friends of Festival: Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest

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