Several area groups are getting into the holiday spirit by decorating trees that will be displayed at the Carnegie building downtown throughout the season.
A total of 10 trees are included in this year’s Fantasy of Trees event, hosted by the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Director Angie Bruna said the event was started around five years ago as a chance for organizations to show off their creative sides, while showing off the historic building that once served as Beatrice’s library.
“We started the Fantasy of Trees upstairs as a way that we can showcase this beautiful building and decorate it for Christmas,” she said. “We have different groups that are able to promote themselves and people can stop in and enjoy some Christmas decorations.”
Hope Crisis Center, Yesterday’s Lady, Burwood Books and Mother to Mother Ministry, Beatrice Educational Foundation, SCC Ag Club and multiple 4-H groups are some of the organizations that decorated a tree, in addition to one from the Chamber, itself.
The groups each took a unique approach to preparing their tree. The Best Foot Forward 4-H Club used cutouts of feet with members’ names and photos to share in the season.
“There’s a lot of creativity that goes into it because they’re promoting themselves through Christmas ornaments and telling the story,” Bruna said. “They’re telling that story through a Christmas tree. The creativity is definitely cool to see. Some of them have more of a fun flair. Some of them have more of a traditional decorative piece with it.”
The trees will be on display until Jan. 2, and the building will be open during the Holiday Lighted Parade through downtown on Sunday, Dec. 1.
In addition to the trees, the Carnegie building is also featuring a collection of art from area schools.
Middle and high school students submitted their art projects, which line the halls of the main floor and also the lower level of the Carnegie building.