Festival of Trees to bring in the Holidays Peanuts Style

Be on the look-out for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Friends, on the Festival of Trees Autumn Glory Float, as it ushers in the holiday season with ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ theme!

The float will serve as an invitation to join us for Garrett County’s holiday kick-off event, the Festival of Trees!  Over the past 10 years, this cheerful, affordable family event has become a tradition for thousands of locals and visitors to the County.

Adults and children are in awe as they stroll through the forest of decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces donated by local designers.  Hours of Christmas entertainment are available through Frosty’s Funland, where children create keepsake crafts (this year’s theme is Frosty), sand art, and have their faces painted in holiday themes.  Santa’s Bakery is open both days, where children decorate Christmas cookies with the guidance of Mrs. Claus herself!  They are then on their way to the Crazy Christmas Hair booth, where they emerge with colorful styles from The Grinch’s Whoville!  Several characters will make appearances throughout the day, including Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, Snoopy, and Gingerbread man, as well as Elf and Elsa.   Free entertainment includes SuGO interactive Lego robotics demonstrations Friday and Saturday.

Adults and children can get a jump on Christmas shopping, as well. Children can shop and wrap for just $1 per gift in the Elfenheim Mall.  Adults can browse for hours through nearly 50 craft and artisan vendors, or purchase from the newly expanded “Buy It Now” area, which includes hundreds of quality items at great prices.  They are sure to find the perfect, unique gift for that special someone.

A variety of concessions is available throughout the day in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and the Kona Ice truck will be on-site, offering delicious shaved ice treats! A “Make Your Own Sundae” bar will also be available. For a truly memorable day, families can begin with Breakfast with Santa, to be served Friday and Saturday morning at 9 am or 10 am.

The grand finale of the event is Saturday evening at 6 pm, when the live auction begins.  At 5 pm, registered bidders can relax and enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar by Dutch’s at Silver Tree, and bid at 6pm on a favorite tree, wreath or centerpiece (free Garrett County delivery sponsored by Taylor Made Vacations within a 30 mile radius).  No buyer premium!

More details can be found at www.fotgc.org