Decorator Guidelines

Tinsel Trail decorator guidelines. Find everything you need to know right here. 

Decorate your Tinsel Trail Tree

Thank you for participating in the Tinsel Trail this year! 

Designated selection & decorating dates/times

Selection Days:
Flagship November 15, noon-5 pm
Regular November 16, noon-5 pm
We have added a unique and special selection day for our flagship sponsors!  2018 Flagship Selection Day will be on November 15 from noon until 5 pm in Big Spring Park East.

Regular selection day for all other sponsors will be on November 16 from noon until 5 pm in Big Spring Park East. 

For both selection days, when you arrive you must check in with a DHI staff member before you select your tree.

Decorating Days:
November 17, noon-5 pm
November 18, 2 pm-5 pm
November 19, noon-6 pm
November 20, noon-6 pm
November 21, noon-6 pm

Supplies to bring

  • LED lights ONLY. No exceptions. 

  • One #12 gauge heavy duty rated outdoor extension cord. No more than 25 feet long

  • We recommend 10 - 15 strings per tree, more is better

  • Decorations that can withstand the weather

  • Zip-ties, pipe cleaners, string or other ties to secure your decorations

  • Plastic drop cloth or other covering for the fence and grass if you plan to spray paint your tree

When you arrive at the park...

  • Check in the site manager or volunteer in the East Park (behind YMCA). Look for the check in sign.

  • Tree claiming will take place on -
    Flagship November 15, noon-5 pm
    Regular November 16, noon-5 pm

  • You will "claim" your tree with your sign. Signs will be picked up at check in.

  • You have until November 21 at 6pm to complete the decorations.

  • BRING YOUR LIGHTS. Your LED lights and extension cord must be checked before decorating your tree.

Decorating tips

  • Make sure your decorations are rain and wind safe. Trees will be standing outside in the elements for over 30 days.

  • IMPORTANT: Secure ornaments to trees using zip ties, pipe cleaner, string, wire or other ties. Ornament hooks will fall off in the wind.

  • Do not use water-soluble glue on ornaments.

  • Spray any fabrics with Scotch Guard to prevent mildew.

  • You may want to bring a step ladder. Trees range in height from 6-7 feet tall.

  • If you plan to spray paint your tree, please bring a drop cloth to protect the fence and grass. Be mindful of your neighbors and the wind when spray painting.

We will have professional electricians to check and "sign-off" on each tree. Please make sure to have an outdoor rated extension cord and LED lights. This will help to make that process go smoothly. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when can I select my tree? 

See dates and times above. We ask that decorators please comply with those times for checking in and decorating your tree. 

May I hang anything on the fence in front of my tree?

Yes. In 2018, sponsor signs will hang on the fence in front of each tree. Keep this in mind when planning decorations. 

Will someone periodically check my tree for light outages, fallen ornaments, or other damage?

Yes, but it is also recommended that you check your tree periodically. Please remember the trees are out in the elements for over 30 days, and wind, rain or other weather may cause ornaments to fall.

2013 Tinsel Trail decorators!

2013 Tinsel Trail decorators!