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Become a Festival of Trees Decorator

It’s almost time to get ‘Merry and Bright’ with the Watertown Family YMCA and the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation at A North Country Festival of Trees!

As a tree decorator, your designs will create holiday magic and bring the Festival to life. Join our efforts to make this holiday season a special one for our community.

We are working diligently to plan a safe event for all. With a venue that allows for social distancing and a responsible setup, we hope you will join us as we safely continue this important, long-standing community event.

A panel of judges will select the 4’ and 7’ winning trees in each category, and present special decorator awards. The categories are:

  • Jim Henry Most Whimsical: In memory of former tree decorator extraordinaire, Jim Henry, this award recognizes the tree which displays the most whimsy and humor.
  • Best Use of Theme: Recognizes the tree which most fittingly represents this year’s Festival theme of “Merry and Bright”.
  • Most Traditional: Awarded to the tree that best characterizes the traditions of Christmas.
  • Most Innovative: Awarded to the tree that has the most unusual and unique use of materials and tree design.
  • Most Elegant: Recognizes the tree with the most ornate and sophisticated use of ornaments and decorations.
  • Judge’s Choice: Awarded to the tree that the judges feel is deserving of special recognition (not fitting in to the above categories).
  • People’s Choice Award: Recognizes the tree that receives the most votes from the community.

As a Decorator, you will receive:

  • Choice of a 4’ or 7‘ artificial tree
  • White tree lights
  • 8’ x 8‘ space for tree and other decor
  • Your name and tree decoration theme listed in event program
  • Signage with your name and tree theme

Decorations for the trees should be considered a donation to A North Country Festival of Trees. Each decorated tree will be priced for the public to purchase, thus raising money for the charities.

Decorator Guidelines and Award Categories — Click to download PDF.

Sign up to Decorate!