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The Arc Festival of Trees

By now, everyone is ready for some holiday joy and cheer!

For its 36th year, the Festival of Trees, presented by AmeriLife, is back to benefit The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit The Arc Tampa Bay and those under its care. The event runs from November 20 (9 a.m.) – December 4, 2020 (

This year’s Festival will be virtual. You can bid on the wreaths and trees online at

“Beauty Tree” at Sharmaine’s Salon & Day Spa with a salon gift certificate and tons of product with the purchase of this tree.

And also this year, the Festival of Trees heads out into the community, thanks to a great partnership with Amplify Clearwater. Over 40 businesses all across our area will be community hosts of the uniquely decorated trees at Pop Up Locations throughout Pinellas County.

Sponsors of the event can be viewed at

“12 Sleeps ’til Christmas” at Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber. Photo courtesy of Sheri Heilman.

The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation is NOT hosting the event as previous years at The Long Center – although there is one tree on display there as a Pop Up Location.

“Sleigh Rides” at The Long Center

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Westfield Countryside Mall (on the lower level across from Papaya) have larger displays for the public to enjoy. View the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s video of trees here:

Decorating a tree at Westfield Countryside

A feature trees raffle will also be held, compliments of Presenting Sponsor,  AmeriLife. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at (I already got my ticket!)

My favorite – “Warm Hot Cocoa” at Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber. Photo courtesy of Sheri Heilman.

This event is free to enjoy at all participating businesses. Check out the complete list of Pop Up locations and head out into the community to see a tree at each site or view the trees online. The event has extended until December 4th.

Bring some holiday joy into your home this holiday season – all while supporting local businesses!

The Peppermint Twist tree by St. Paul’s Clearwater Independent School at CMA

Gorgeous tree at Gold & Diamond Source

The full list of Pop Up Locations with links:

Larger displays:

Westfield Countryside Mall

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Smaller displays:

Athena’s Bridal Boutique

Belleair Coffee Company

Bobby’s Bistro

Clear Sky Beachside Cafe

Clear Sky on Cleveland

Children’s Discovery Gardens

Cicis Pizza

Clear Sky Draught Haus

Consumer Energy Solutions

Crabby’s Bar & Grille

Crabby’s Dockside

Gold & Diamond Source

Greenwood Rec Center

The Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach

The Flying Needles

Galleria Misto

Heilman’s Beachcomber

Hog Island Fish Camp

Kookie Krums

The Long Center

Matter Brother Furniture-Pinellas Park

Morningside Rec Center

Olde Bay Cafe & Dunedin Fish Market

Palm Harbor Public Library

Radiance Med Spa

Ryan’s Island Cafe

Salt Essential Wellness

Salty’s Island Bar & Grille

The Sandpearl Resort

Seersucker Sassy

Serenity Gardens Funeral Home

Sharmaine’s Salon & Day Spa

Starbucks – Hwy 19 & Tampa Rd

Tampa Bay Trust Company, Belleair Bluffs

Tarpon Turtle Grill & Marina

THG Rental & Sales

The Thorn Collection

Urbaniak Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Water Oak Grill

William Dean Chocolates

“My Favorite Things” at Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber. Photo courtesy of Sheri Heilman.


#fot2020 #festivaloftrees

The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation

(727) 797-8712

Photos courtesy of The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation, except where noted.

“Dreaming of a White Christmas”


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