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North Country Festival of Trees Ramps Up for Holiday Season

Published on: November 13, 2018

New this year: public viewing and children’s events open Thursday, November 29th partnering with the City of Watertown and Downtown Business Association’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Watertown, New York —– The holiday season kicks off with the much-anticipated annual North Country Festival of Trees November 29th through December 2, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building. A weekend of fun, family-oriented activities is planned, as well as a first-time public auction of trees.

“Sponsor and decorator sign-ups are underway, and tickets are on sale,” explains Beth Fipps, Festival of Trees Committee Co-Chair. “This year’s theme is ‘Christmas Around the World,’ and everyone – young and old – is sure to enjoy this magical holiday event.

The North Country Festival of Trees benefits children’s services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center and children’s scholarships at the Watertown Family YMCA. Last year, the event featured 62 trees and raised over $160,000. There’s something for everyone throughout the four-day festival, including:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018 – 5-9 p.m.
Stop in to the Festival of Trees before, during or after the City of Watertown/Downtown Business Association’s Christmas Parade for public viewing, children’s crafts, cookies and hot chocolate! (Free event)

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Public Viewing and Silent Auction (Free Event)

6 p.m.
Festival of Trees Gala
Cost: $75 per person, RSVP required
RSVP Online

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Public Viewing and Silent Auction (Free Event)

6-9 p.m.
Sugarplum Ball
Cost: $75 per couple, RSVP required
RSVP Online

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Public Viewing

1 p.m.
Live Auction and Passport Drawing

3-4:30 p.m.
Tree Pick-up

Sponsor and decorator forms are available online and inquiries can be made by calling the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation at 315.785.5745.