There are only a few days left for the public to visit the Idaho Falls Festival of Trees. 

The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser that benefits various charities. This is its 56th year. At the festival, people can see dozens of beautifully decorated trees ranging from 18 inches to 9-feet tall. Each one is available for purchase. 

The festival has several other things for sale like door and tabletop displays, fireplace mantlepieces and baked goods. Santa Claus is also appearing at the fundraiser.  

Mike O’Bleness, the chair of the committee for the Festival of Trees, has been helping with the fundraiser for about 35 years. He said he and his coworkers usually start planning for the festival as early as May.  

In an interview, O’Bleness said his favorite part is getting to work with the different charities with the collected funds afterwards.  

“That’s where you really feel the return to the community,” he said, “from not only a great community event, but what good it does in the community.” 

The Festival of Trees is being held at Elk’s Lodge of Idaho Falls at 640 E. Elva St. It’s open through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To see admission costs and the weekly entertainment schedule, visit