Festival of Trees

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A North Country Festival of Trees is a celebration of the Holiday season!

This unique festival highlights the spirit of the season with activities throughout the weekend for the entire family. A Gala, featuring a live auction, dinner, and music takes place on Friday evening, followed by the Sugarplum Ball (father/daughter dance) on Saturday Evening and public viewing all three days. This year’s theme is “The Stories of Christmas” and will feature over 50 trees decorated to create a magically festive setting, along with musical performances.

We offer you the opportunity to support A North Country Festival of Trees by becoming a sponsor, decorator or by attending one of the events during Festival weekend. Your support will play a significant role in ensuring quality services and programs for local children. 

Online Sponsorship Form

Sponsorship Information and Form (PDF)

Online Decorator Signup

Decorator Information and Form (PDF)

Decorator Guidelines and Awards Categories

2017 North Country Festival of Trees Schedule of Events

Kindly bring a pair of new or gently used pajamas to donate to local people in need! A collection bin will be available.

Festival of Trees Gala
Friday, December 1, 2017
Public Viewing, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gala Dinner and Live Auction, 6:00 pm

Sugarplum Ball
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Public Viewing, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sugarplum Ball, 6:00 pm
Sugarplum Early Bird portraits at 5:00 pm by Creative Imaging Fine Photography. Package Options

Sunday, December 3, 2016
Public Viewing, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
NEW THIS YEAR: Public Auction at 12:00pm
Tree Pick-up 3:00 pm

If you are interested in being contacted about sponsoring, or donating/decorating a tree, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.   If you have questions about decorating or sponsorship please call 315-785-4584.

The North Country Festival of Tree 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 pediatric healthcare services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center. For more information about the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation call 315-785-5745.