The Coralville Marriott Hotel is turning into a winter wonderland this weekend, full of trees, wreaths and stockings decked in holiday style.
More than 30 Christmas creations will be unwrapped Saturday night during a gala kickoff for the annual Festival of Trees, which runs through Dec. 1. The party is presented by City Circle Acting Company and the Marriott as a benefit for the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Patrons can eat, drink and be merry to the sounds of the Rod Pierson Big Band and a performance by the Nolte Academy of Dance. Santa, balloon art, magicians and grab bags will be there for the young and young at heart.
Festival of Trees Opening Gala and Winter Ball - 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday (11/24), Coral Ballroom, Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 300 E. Ninth St., Coralville, $25 or $200 table of 10; (319) 248-9370, CoralvilleArts.org