SARATOGA SPRINGS — Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 25th annual fundraiser - The Festival of Trees - on Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
With COVID-19 precautions in place, the Festival will once again showcase beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. New this year: the community will also be able to view and purchase trees online at give.classy.org/festivaltrees.
Hours vary as follows: Wednesday, Dec. 2: 5-7 p.m., Thursday: 4-9 p.m., Friday: 2-6 p.m., Saturday: 12-6 p.m., and Sunday: 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person, $5 for seniors, $3 for ages 10-18 and free for anyone 10 and under when accompanied by an adult.
The Festival will go on without traditional group activities, such as Breakfast with Santa. Instead, various “Santa Experiences” are available for interested families. Children will receive a letter or video call from Santa or parents can purchase a DIY Christmas Cookie Kit to decorate at home. Anyone interested in a Santa Experience can visit give.classy.org/festivaltrees to purchase.
Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, Sister Charla Commins said, “The Festival of Trees is the biggest fundraiser and community event of the year for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. With decreased funding and increased need, it is becoming much more difficult to assist the people in our community who have been hit hard in these difficult times. Our local community has, for 25 years, generously supported these efforts. The Festival is hoping that by providing this curtailed celebration of the 2020 Holiday Season, the tradition of support and generosity will continue.”
Vincent Colonno, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany said, “The Festival of Trees is an incredibly important event this year. It not only provides vital support to the people of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, but it also provides a safe way for families to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season. I am grateful to the Festival Committee members and staff who’ve worked hard to make this event come together.”
Further details for this year’s Festival, including guidelines for the virtual sale and hours for in person viewing, can be found by calling 518-587-5000. All attendees will be asked to wear a mask and socially distance, with limited numbers safely allowed in the Tree Display Room at one time.