If you're looking for a setting that will get you into the Christmas spirit, look no further than Grand Boulevard.
The boulevard's Festival of Trees is again adorning the green at Grand Boulevard this Christmas season.
For this year's event, 12 trees that have been uniquely decorated by area non-profit organizations, each one hoping to win money for their cause.
This year's participating organizations are Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis, Children's Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, The Sonder Project, 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, and The ARC of Walton County.
The event kicked off Nov. 21 and will remain in place through Dec. 25.
The 12 non-profit organizations are competing to win cash prizes totaling $7,000.
During kickoff, judges vote for Best of Show and everyone who attends the kickoff can cast their vote for the People's Choice award. The winners will be announced along with second, and third place winners at the kickoff.
The event is a way for local charities to earn some extra money during the holiday season.
Festival of Trees began in 2010 as Grand Boulevard management looked for a way to celebrate the holiday season while giving back to the community.
"Community stewardship is an important core value for Grand Boulevard, so being able to create a beautiful presentation of decorated Christmas trees while building awareness for the important missions of these non-profit organizations was a perfect marriage," said Stacey Brady, director of marketing and communications for Grand Boulevard.
In addition to the 12 non-profit trees, there is also a 30-foot live tree decorated by Grand Boulevard in the center of Festival of Trees.
"When the Town Center was first opened, there was a large tree in the center that was decorated and they have brought that tradition back," said Brady. "It will be a wonderful complement to the Festival of Trees."
In addition to Festival of Trees, the Town Center has other activities going on during the holiday season.
Every Friday and Saturday in December between 5 and 8 p.m., enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the tree display while Emerald Coast Theatre Company's Dickensian Carolers sing holiday carols until 7 p.m.
And, if you're looking for Santa, Grand Boulevard has found him. Photos with the big guy in red will be Saturdays from Nov. 25 to Dec. 16 in Grand Park from 2-3 p.m. at the trees display. Photos are free.
After visiting Santa, visit the Abrakadoodle table for free arts and crafts for kids.
In addition, Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present "A Wrinkle in Time" Sundays from Dec. 7-23.
Grand Boulevard is in the spirit of the season.