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  • Festival of Trees

‘Tis the Season for Giving!

A North Country Festival of Trees has sparked holiday cheer in Northern New York for nearly two decades. This year will look a bit different, but we look forward to safely celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with you! There are so many ways to get involved:

See the Trees at a Public Viewing

Although we are unable to bring you traditional Festival of Trees events, like the Gala and Sugarplum Ball, we are excited to host public “walk-through” viewings between November 27th and December 5th.

Bid on Your Favorite Trees

Throughout the Public Viewing, all trees will be up for bid in our online tree auction. Shop for trees and create a bidding account at www.samaritanhealth.com/auction!


Watch the Live Tree Showcase & Auction

No matter where you live, you can participate in the magic of the Festival by tuning in to our Live Tree Showcase at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 4th. Join us on WNYF Fox 28 or online for holiday entertainment and a live auction of 10 featured trees!

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 27

8:00 am
Virtual Auction Opens
Register to Bid

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

Saturday, November 28

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

Sunday, November 29

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

Monday, November 30

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

Tuesday, December 1

12:00 – 7:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

Wednesday, December 2

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

Thursday, December 3

12:00 – 7:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

Friday, December 4

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

12:00 – 3:00 pm
Food Delivery for Festival of Trees Dinner Packages

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Live Tree Showcase & Auction
WNYF Fox 28 and online

Saturday, December 5

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Public Viewing
Former Convergys Building, Top of the Square, Watertown

2:00 pm
Virtual Auction Closes

A North Country Festival of Trees is a joint event held by the Watertown Family YMCA and the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation.

The Watertown Family YMCA has been a part of the Watertown community since 1855. Through quality programs, the YMCA provides for the strengthening of families, the healthy development of children, positive individual behaviors, and a healthy, safer community for all. Children’s programs emphasize caring, respect, honesty, character building, fun and friendship. Over 5,000 children are served each year throughout Jefferson County. From swimming lessons and sports programs, to activities for teens and childcare – programs are open to everyone, creating a sense of community for children and families. For more information on YMCA programs call 782-3100.

The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation was established in 1996 to encourage gifts that support and advance healthcare provided by Samaritan Medical Center and to increase the public’s awareness of and participation in health and wellness programs. Funds raised by the Festival of Trees will be used to establish and maintain quality healthcare services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center. For more information about the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation call 315-785-4584.

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