The West Hartford Festival of Trees, West Hartford, CT

The West Hartford Festival of Trees, West Hartford, CT

The West Hartford Festival of Trees, West Hartford, CT
When
Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Where
First Church, West Hartford
12 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

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Phone
860-233-9605

Email
communications@whfirstchurch.org

Contact
Amy Melvin

As the song from Mame goes, perhaps you are hauling out the holly, decking the halls and have a longing for a little Christmas now? It is only November, so maybe we don’t Need a Little Christmas quite yet, but coming on December 1, 2022 to the 12 South Main Street auditorium at First Church, the seventh West Hartford Festival of Trees will fill that void with the warmth of the holiday spirit. By design, this event coincides with the beloved West Hartford Holiday Stroll in West Hartford Center.
 
How Does it Work?
Get your creative juices flowing and donate a decorated tree (only artificial trees please).  It’s free to enter and the show is not juried, so just about anything goes – keeping the decorations family-friendly of course! Tree entries are being accepted up until November 11, and you may register your tree on the church website.

The Night of The Festival
When visitors stream into the festival, they will have an opportunity view the gallery of fully decorated trees as well as put their bids on their favorites. Visitors also have an option to take a chance on the “gift card tree” which is in fact a bunch of gift cards from local businesses (tree not included).
 
Prominent signs and a program will identify all tree donors and tree names. Live music will create a festive atmosphere for visitors to browse the trees and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, all made by church members and friends. Everyone can celebrate that all proceeds will be donated through First Church’s outreach programs. 
 
And The Winners Are…
Church volunteers will text the winners the following Sunday. Winning bidders can get beautiful, decorated trees for their homes or businesses right as the Advent season begins. For those who don’t win a tree, they will certainly feel good about supporting a good cause! 
“There is such a spirit of giving at First Church,” commented Senior Pastor Rev. Jane Willan. “This will be my first Festival of Trees in West Hartford and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful tradition. I love to welcome the community and this really helps kick off the Christmas season. As I like to say, if you like us on Thursday night, you should see us on Sunday mornings!”

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