When you talk about the best small-town traditions in America, Elko’s Festival of Trees should be at the top of every list. Each year, this holiday event raises tens of thousands of dollars for local charities and nonprofits by auctioning and selling wreaths, decorated trees and other holiday-themed decor.
Usually held the week after Thanksgiving, this tradition of more than 30 years brings the community together to support Elko-area nonprofits and generally get into the spirit of the Christmas season. Presented by the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority, the Festival of Trees in Elko is a multi-day event during which bidders can check out trees and other items up for auction at the Elko Conference Center. The week culminates in a “glittery gala” that features trees creatively decorated by local businesses and service groups. A silent auction caps off the evening, with lucky winners getting to take home their prized decor.