Christmas Tree Jubilee is a free event at the Eccles Conference Center on Wednesday, November 23rd and Friday, November 25th. We offer over 100 beautifully decorated Christmas Trees donated and displayed for sale along with our fabulous boutique and endearing entertainment! What a wonderful way to start the Holiday Season! Don’t forget that Friday night, starting at 6:00, is Family Fun! Santa and Mrs. Clause will be waiting to see you there.
The concept of helping children with special needs in the schools started as a PTSA fundraiser in 1980 called Christmas Wonderland and was held in the gymnasium at Canyon View School. We offered 25 trees donated by the parents, teachers and friends of the school, raising $4,000.
In 1982, Christmas Wonderland had outgrown the gymnasium and was moved to the Ogden City Mall where trees were displayed for a wider audience in the hallways of the mall. In 1983, the event was moved to the Union Station, which provided a beautiful backdrop for the decorated Christmas trees. The name was changed to Christmas Tree Express to reflect the rich heritage of the train station and the event was expanded to include a bakery, boutique, and a gala dinner. The dinner served to signal the start of Christmas festivities in Weber County.
Due to the overwhelming community support, the event had grown to include over 75 trees and could no longer be accommodated by the Union Station space. In 1998, the Christmas Tree Express was moved to the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, which helped to increase the community’s awareness and made it one of Weber County’s premier holiday events, kicking off the holiday season. This event shows how much we as a community care about our children with special needs.
2001 brought yet another change to further enhance our event. After much research, the name of the event was changed once again to reflect the changing community. The name is now Christmas Tree Jubilee. The name signifies a joyous celebration for the holiday season of giving to support the children with special needs in the Weber School District.
Over the past 23 years, the Christmas Tree Jubilee has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and helped countless special children. Money raised has been spent to buy educational supplies as well as special wheel chairs and devices to make education more accessible to the children.