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Thousands check out Festival of Trees

The festival is spread out over five days

DES MOINES - Every year, right after Thanksgiving, people head over to see the Festival of Trees downtown.

And this year, thousands of people stopped by the Veterans Auditorium to see their favorite Christmas trees, lights and even get a photo taken with Santa Claus.

The team starts preparing for this in March. Things may look a little different this year.
The show is spread out over two different floors, and organizers say that's made a big difference for guests.

"So, that's been really great for us, and we've gotten so many compliments, that people enjoy having more space," said Alissa McKinney, the senior director of development for Blank Children's Hospital. "So, it's always great when we do something different and we hear that folks really enjoy it."

The show is expected to continue on Sunday afternoon, unless the snow conditions make it too dangerous to do so. And right now, the race for the best tree in the show is a tight one.

All of the money raised at the show goes toward Blank Children's Hospital. Their goal this year is to bring in about $700,000. 

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