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20th Annual Festival of Trees

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20th Annual Festival of Trees

SARATOGA SPRINGS – It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Saratoga Festival of Trees, beginning on Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.


This fun family event and craft fair puts everyone in the holiday mood. Walk amongst over 250 beautiful twinkling trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items for visitors to purchase or simply admire. Money raised at the festival will go toward Catholic Charities, which provides services for the community through family counseling, group homes, hospice care and mentoring programs for children.

“The Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser for Catholic Charities. This anniversary is a reminder of an event that has been making a difference for 20 years,” said Julia Ingersoll, communications specialist at Allegory and committee principle for the Festival of Trees. “The festival is so sentimental and celebratory. It’s an excellent cause, especially at Christmastime. You can never be a Grinch if you go to the Festival of Trees.”

This year, over 100 volunteers have collaborated to make the Festival of Trees as beautiful as it has been for two decades. Businesses, families and individuals donate Christmas trees to the festival, which are then decorated, usually with a theme. For example, the Wesley Community’s decorated tree is called “Old Fashioned Christmas.” People can then buy the fully decorated trees and have them delivered to their home or office.

For the children, Santa will be making a stop at the Festival of Trees, along with Rudolph and Frosty. On Saturday, family day at the festival, families can have breakfast and sundaes with Santa. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Catholic Charities at 518-587-5000.

Guests are able to be the first to choose from the hundreds of trees, wreaths and centerpieces at the preview reception on Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided by Olde Bryan Inn and Longfellows. Tickets to this exciting preview party are $75 and $60 for those under 35. Call 518-587-5000 for reservations.

Festival of Trees Schedule:

Wednesday, December 2

Preview Reception

Reservations required.

6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 | Children under 10 are free

Special Ticket Price After 6 p.m. (During Victorian Street Walk) All Adults $3 | Children under 10 are free

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Hours 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 | Children under 10 are free

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Family Day

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 | Children under 10 are FREE

Breakfast with Santa - Seating at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. - $8 per person

Sundaes with Santa - Seating at 12:30 p.m.  - $8 per person

Santa's Workshop - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  - Admission is free ($1 per activity)

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 | Children under 10 are free


For more information about the festival or to make reservations for the preview reception or breakfast and sundaes with Santa, call Catholic Charities at 518-587-5000. 

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