Oakland’s Trees of the Season contest open for visitors, votes

The annual season-long tree decorating contest is now open until Jan. 4, 2024

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The Town of Oakland and the Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center 3rd annual season-long tree decorating contest, Trees of the Season, is now open to the public.

Community members are invited to go see the 16 decorated trees, festive lights, and imaginative ornaments at the Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center, located at 126 W. Petris Ave. in Oakland, and vote for their top tree.

Visitors can expect traditional themes to avant-garde expressions — the contest encourages diverse styles that capture the essence of the holiday season.

The trees will be displayed, and votes can be cast, until Jan. 4, 2024.

This year’s participants include residents, businesses, and organizations from Oakland and beyond:

  • Acupuncture by Molly LLC
  • Family Church
  • The Glam Lounge Central Florida
  • Goldfish Swim School - Winter Garden
  • Hot Dog Therapy
  • Kelly Zannini – Realtor
  • LiveTrends Design Group
  • Johns Cove Neighborhood
  • OACS Spirit Squad
  • Oakland Nature Preserve
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Observer Media Group
  • Orange Blossom Market Co.
  • Reformation Chiropractic
  • State Farm Insurance – Shannon Till
  • State Farm Insurance – Jo Barsh



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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