As the Tannenbaum Forest in Amana approaches the final weekend of its 30th season, the event is also giving back to those who need help the most this holiday season.

A $3 free-will donation is encouraged but not mandatory for admission to see a festival of 47 real Christmas trees, decorated by local businesses and schools in the Amana area. It is the largest exhibit of its kind in Iowa and proceeds will benefit patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Organizers say the annual Tannenbaum Forest is also a way for them to spotlight the proud German heritage of the Amanas, "Tannenbaum" (or tennenbaum) being the German word for Christmas tree.

Stop by this Friday, December 14th from noon-5 to put yourself in a festive holiday spirit while doing good for the community

  • Tannenbaum Forest
  • Friday December 14, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, December 15 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday December 16 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 
  • 622 4th Ave., Amana
  • More details at their website
  • Call 319-622-7622

[Via CBS2, Amana Colonies]