This year’s theme is “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” and will feature more than 50 trees decorated to create a magically festive setting, along with musical performances by local schools, dance studios, and choral groups. Once again, we are looking for volunteers to decorate a tree for auction or sale. As a decorator, you will help to create the holiday magic of the Festival. 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. Decorators may select a theme and add special items. A panel of judges will select the winning trees in each category, and present special decorator awards. All proceeds will benefit children's services the Watertown Family YMCA and Samaritan Medical Center and Children's Miracle Network.
Friday, December 6th is the Gala event and Saturday, December 7th is the Sugarplum Ball.
Public Viewing of the Trees are:
Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday from 11 am until 2 pm. The Silent Auction ends at 1 pm.
All trees sold must be picked up from the State Office Building by Wednesday, December 11th.
Ticket purchases for the Sugarplum Ball and Gala Event are no longer available.
Jim Henry Most Whimsical:
In memory of former tree decorator extraordinaire, Jim Henry. Recognizes the tree that displays decorations in the most fanciful and unusual manner.
Best Use of Theme: “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child”
Awarded to the tree that most fittingly represents the theme - Recognizes two trees, one 4’ and one 7’.
Best Use of Materials:
Recognizes the tree that displays the most effective use of materials.
Awarded to the tree that best captures the traditions of Christmas.
Recognizes the tree with the most unique use of materials and tree design.
Best of Festival: Judge’s Choice:
Awarded to the tree that the judges feel is most deserving of special recognition, though the tree may not fit into one specific category.
Recognizes the tree with the most ornate and sophisticated use of ornaments and decorations.
See picture's from last year's event.
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. Additionally, Samaritan has been a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) affiliated hospital since 1990. CMN funds are used to provide direct assistance to families with children in a medical crisis and to purchase state-of-the-art pediatric equipment for Samaritan and other healthcare organizations throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. The hallmark of CMN is that 100% of the funds raised stay in our local community. For more information about the Samaritan Foundation or CMN please call 315-785-5745.