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A North Country Festival of Trees Kicks Off the Holiday Season in Northern New York

Published on: November 10, 2021

In-person viewing, online auction are open from Friday, November 26th to December 4th

Watertown, NY – A North Country Festival of Trees will once again kick off the holiday season in the North Country, offering an online tree auction and in-person tree viewing from November 26th – December 4th at the former Bon-Ton, Salmon Run Mall, 21073 Salmon Run Mall Loop. All trees on display are hand-decorated by community members and can be bid on for individual purchase or donation.

We are so appreciative of our generous sponsors, decorators and committee who have made this event a reality in such a challenging year. “Merry and Bright” is this year’s theme, and everyone – young and old – is sure to enjoy this magical holiday event.

A North Country Festival of Trees benefits healthcare services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center and children’s scholarships at the Watertown Family YMCA. The nine-day festival schedule is as follows:

Public Viewing: Trees will be on display for FREE public viewing at the former Bon-Ton from Friday, November 26 until Saturday, December 4. The public (in-person) viewing schedule is as follows:

  • 11/26: 11am – 5pm
  • 11/27: 11am – 5pm
  • 11/28: 11am – 5pm
  • 11/29: 12am – 7pm
  • 12/30: 12pm – 7pm
  • 12/1: 12am – 7pm
  • 12/2: 12pm – 7pm
  • 12/3: 12am – 5pm
  • 12/4: 10am – 2pm

Please Note: All best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (including face masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing) will be followed during public viewings.

Online Tree Auction: From November 26th to December 4th, all trees will be up for bid on our online tree auction site – www.samaritanhealth.com/festivaloftrees.

Live Tree Showcase and Auction: No matter where you live, you can participate in the magic of the Festival by tuning into our Live Tree Showcase and Auction from 7:00pm – 8:00PM on Friday, December 3rd. Join us on WNYF Fox 28 or online at www.samaritanhealth.com/festivaloftrees for holiday entertainment and a live auction of 10 featured trees.

Festival of Trees Dinner Packages: Dinner packages are available and can be ordered for delivery in time for the Live Tree Showcase and Auction on Friday, December 3rd. Our dinner partners this year are Garland City Beer Works, 1025 Ruyi Japanese Steakhouse and Charcuterie Boards by Lisa Sampson. To order your package or see more information, visit www.samaritanhealth.com/festivaloftrees or call 315-785-4584.

For more details of the event, go to www.samaritanhealth.com/festivaloftrees or call 315-785-4584.