During the kick-off, Nov. 21 from 4 - 6 p.m., twelve non-profit organizations are competing to win cash prizes totaling $7,000, including Best of Show and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice winner will be voted on and announced along with Best of Show, Second and Third Place winners, at the kick-off.

For the People’s Choice Award, everyone who attends will be able to vote for their favorite tree at Grand Park and the tree with the most votes will win. This event is a great way for local charities to earn some extra money during the holiday season. The trees will remain on display in Grand Park, through Christmas, for the public to enjoy.

This year’s Festival of Trees participating organizations are: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Children's Volunteer Health Network, Inc., Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, HEART Animal Rescue, Shelter House, The ARC of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis, The ARC of Walton County and The Sonder Project.

Last year, HEART Animal Rescue won Best of Show and People’s Choice and took home $4,500.  ECTC won Second Place and $1,500, the $1,000 Third Place prize was split between ARCEC and Sea Turtles.