Drumheller's Badlands Community Facility is looking festive these days after the Trail of Trees took over the building. Xmas trees
 
The event sees local businesses purchase and decorate trees that members of the public bid on through a silent auction.
 
"This year was a little busier, for sure; we had only 16 trees last year (and) we have 21 this year," reported Erica Crocker, the acting Marketing and Sales Officer for the BCF. "Our (opening night) attendance was about 450 this year versus about 350 - 400 last year, so a small increase in attendance."
 
"We hope to make this a bit of a holiday tradition to come, to set up trees throughout the Badlands Community Facility," stated Crocker. "It was a wonderful touch to have Family Fun on board to host the movie in the field house that night (Dec. 1)."
 
It's the second annual Trail of Trees for the BCF. The first one in 2016 raised money for the Salvation Army in Drumheller. This year they've chosen to help local kids get involved in sports.
 
"All of the trees are up for silent auction until December 17, Sunday at 8:00 p.m. and then on the Monday, December 18 we'll make the call out to all the winning bidders," explained Crocker. "All the proceeds from the trees go to the Drumheller chapter of the Jumpstart program."
 
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