Holiday Tree Trail In Mercy Park

2020 Tree Sponsors Needed

Join Joplin Parks and Recreation and become a part of the inaugural Holiday Tree Trail at Mercy Park! Help us transform our park into a winter wonderland of decorated trees along the trail at Mercy Park.

This is a unique opportunity for area businesses, organizations, and groups to highlight their mission and services in a highly visible area during the holidays. Trees can have a theme, tie to the sponsor’s mission, or be whatever you want to create! Park guests will have a chance to vote for their favorite tree throughout the season.

All you will need is a tree, some lights, and a little creativity! The event will run from November 24 through January 1 and is free for the public to attend.

Sponsor Benefits

  • Advertisement for your business, organization, or groups in a high traffic area.
  • Endless decorating possibilities! Be creative – traditional, unique, follow a theme, or tie to your mission or brand!
  • Team building opportunity for your company or organization’s team. Strengthen employee relationships and have some holiday fun!
  • Opportunity to attract more consumers and families to local businesses during the winter months.

Rules & Requirements

  • Trees should be artificial and prepared to handle outdoor elements for 5 weeks. Trees should be no shorter than 6 feet and no taller than 12 feet. Each space will have a T-post to serve as an anchor for your tree. You may also use weights or in- ground stakes as needed. We will provide one T-post per tree. Lighting should be LED only. Every tree is allowed one plug-in. Participants will be responsible for getting power from the tree to the electric box (approx. 312 feet). Decorations and lights should be rated for outdoor use.
  • Theme/decorations should be family friendly.
  • The City of Joplin and Joplin Parks & Recreation are not responsible for any loss or damage to a tree, decorations, lights, anchors, or power cord.
  • If you choose to display signage naming business/organization, please limit the sign size to 2×2 feet.


The event begins November 24 and will open to the public daily from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Sponsors are welcome to set up an information booth next to their tree during the 3 special event dates.

  • Registration Deadline: November 18 or until all tree spaces are claimed
  • November 21 23: Decorating Days
  • November 24: Kick-off ceremony from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. December 5: Holiday Movie & Refreshments
  • December 12: Children’s MiniChristmas Parade, Holiday Movie, & Refreshments
  • December 21: Voting ends for Tree Decorating Contest at 11:59 p.m.
  • January 2 – 4: Clean Up Days; Decorations remaining on January 5 will be discarded

Helpful Tips

  • The trees will be exposed to the elements for over a month. Do not use water-soluble glue on ornaments.
  • Spray any fabrics with Scotch Guard to prevent mildew.
  • We ask that you check your tree periodically. Our staff will be occasionally checking the trees too. Bring a small step ladder to decorate the top of your tree.


A limited number of tree spaces are available. Cost to reserve a space is $25. An assigned space and electricity access will be provided.

How to Register

Registration Deadline: November 18 or until all spaces are claimed. Want to register your organization? Have additional questions?

Contact Jessica Johnson at 4176254750 or email

Tree Decorating Contest Sponsored by Texas Roadhouse
Visitors will be able to vote online for their favorite decorated tree from November 24 – December 21. Contes winners will receive:

  • $300 catering credit to the 1st Place Tree Winner
  • $150 catering credit for the 2nd Place Tree Winner
  • $50 catering credit to the 3rd Place Tree Winner

Winners will be notified on December 22 & 23.

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