The Grand Lobby of RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is a festive place right now. The second annual River City Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission, has 15 Christmas trees decorated and scattered in the lobby and on the Mezzanine Level.
They are all available to win by raffle, silent auction, or Facebook contest.
Two Keep Columbus Beautiful volunteers were in the lobby Thursday, collecting money from people who were hoping to buy a tree. They also were collecting votes for the People's Choice Award.
Barbara Rivers of Columbus was showing her mother, Mildred Rivers, and a friend, Benise Mincey, the tree she helped decorate. That tree, "Angels We Have Heard on High," won the judges' Most Beautiful Award.
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Rivers joked that she's been a regular at RiverCenter for the past week, either decorating the tree or attending events, including Monday's Canadian Brass concert and Tuesday's Keep Columbus Beautiful tea party.
Of the 15 trees, six will be given away by a raffle. Tickets are $10 or $25 for three chances to win a tree.
Eight trees will be sold by auction. The lowest minimum bid is $250 and each bid goes up in $10 increments. One tree can be won through a Facebook contest.
The lobby is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday.
Saturday's Family Day features activities from 1-6 p.m. Events include performances by local choirs, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and a children's decoration area.