BUDA, TX – The City of Buda Main Street Program, in partnership with the Downtown Buda Merchants Group, has launched a new fundraiser to help keep downtown businesses open this holiday season and spark joy in the local community.
The Buda Festival of Trees is a month-long trail of decorated trees in the heart of Historic Downtown Buda. Each tree is donated and decorated by a family or group to surround the big tree in Greenbelt Park.
Families, small groups, and individuals can sign up to participate and donate $25 between now and December 10, 2020. The donation will allow participants to reserve a spot along the festival lawn then decorate a tree to show during the Festival of Trees event in December.
Participants will receive a recognition plaque along with an entry into a contest to win downtown prizes for various decoration categories. In an effort to reduce waste, participants are asked to retrieve their trees once the festival has completed.
100% of all funds will go towards helping small businesses in Historic Downtown Buda keep their doors open during a time of uncertainty. “Normally during this time of year, Main Street and the Merchants Group is planning events like the Holiday Sip & Stroll and Cocoa Jingle that are designed to bring friends closer together and boost sales in the 4th quarter for businesses,” said Maggie Gillespie, Buda Main Street Program Manager. “During a time of COVID, we are looking for creative new ways to give businesses the extra boost they need while also keeping the heart of the community in the minds of our residents and visitors. “
For the inaugural event, the planning committee chose the theme “A Celebration of Culture” to celebrate diversity in Buda. “A Celebration of Culture’ brings to light the many heritages and backgrounds of our community members and it is a chance for families in Buda to share their story through a brilliant display of decorations and lights,” said Monica Mills, Chairwoman of the Buda Main Street Program. “This is a great way to continue to make memories during a time of social distancing. We get to finally use that tree that has been hidden in the attic, show off our decorating skills, while at the same time, helping our neighbors and friends keep their doors open.”
Spots are limited so participants are encouraged to sign up ahead of time to donate. For more information on how to participate or to make a donation to support downtown businesses, please visit www.budafestivaloftrees.com.