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City Tree Lighting and Festival of Trees Gala this Thursday

Celebrate the lighting of the City's holiday tree with Mayor Esteves, and bid on fabulous auction items at the Festival of Trees gala, benefiting local education. Both events take place this Thursday evening.

This Thursday is the first day of December - the month of Christmas! And Milpitas will be in full festive mode as it lights the City's holiday tree, and also hosts its annual fundraising gala for local grants and scholarships, the Festival of Trees.

kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Plaza by , and will be hosted by none other than Milpitas Mayor Joe Esteves himself.

The celebration will include music in the theme of "Sounds of the Season," and the Parks and Recreation Department promises it will be fun for people of all ages.

Simultaneously, the Festival of Trees gala and silent auction event will be taking place in the City Hall Rotunda.

The Festival of Trees is a fancy holiday event, for a good cause. The evening centers on several beautifully decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gift packages, donated by members of the local business community, as they are auctioned off to benefit the Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. “Chance” drawings also take place throughout the evening.

This year, the evening's keynote speaker will be San Francisco 49ers and four-time SuperBowl champion, Eric Wright.

Champagne and hors d’oeuvres are served, so the event is open only to those 21 years and older.

The earlier part of the evening, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., is by invitation only. Following the City’s tree lighting ceremony, the event is open to the public, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Bidding on silent auction items will be open until 8:15 p.m.

Entrance to both events are free. Milpitas Patch will be on the scene covering the festivities, so we hope to many of you there!

For more information on either event, call the Milpitas Parks and Recreation Department at 408-586-3210.

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