Festival of Cheer

The 2014 Festival of Cheer played host to more than 5,000 people.

Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier human services nonprofit, is seeking vendors to participate in the 7th Annual Benevilla Festival of Cheer taking place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Peoria’s Centennial Plaza Park.

The park is part of the Peoria civic complex, housing the main library, city offices, and police department. The annual event, which celebrates holidays and cultures from around the world had an attendance of more than 5,000 people in 2014.

The Festival of Cheer features performances by cultural organizations from around the Valley.

Last year’s entertainment included dancers representing Mexico and Germany, Taiko drumming, singers, and shows by the Wildlife World Zoo.

Each year, families also enjoy the Holiday Village with 20 tons of snow, bounce houses, face painting, fun and games - plus free photos with Santa in Santaland.

Vendors and cultural exhibitors are invited to visit FestivalOfCheer.com for an application. The event is free and open to the public, and is for people of all ages.

For more information, contact Fiona Falbo at 623-584-4999.

Started by the community and for the community in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children, and families. Services are provided through a dedicated group of staff and volunteers.

For more information on services and volunteer opportunities, call 623-584-4999 or visit www.benevilla.org.