LIMA — There’s something comforting in the traditions of Christmas.
And nowhere are traditions stronger than at the Allen County Museum, where the annual Christmas Tree Festival opens for its 37th year on Wednesday.
“To some extent, it’s the tradition of the festival that people enjoy. It has become something that families and friends share together year after year. And after 37 years, we’re hitting generations who have done this — we have parents coming to see the festival that came with their parents when they were children,” said Pat Smith, director of the Allen County Museum.
But tradition alone won’t bring the crowds.
“This year we’re offering something a little different — we’ve got a special country Christmas going on in the log cabin, and we’ve got tours of the beautiful Christmas décor at the MacDonnell House,” Smith said.
Back by popular demand is the Lil’ Shop of Secrets, where youngsters can purchase inexpensive gifts to give on Christmas. And of course, no festival is complete without Evergreen, the talking tree.
And then, there are the other trees. This year, there will be 82 Christmas trees, all decorated to fit the theme, “Christmas Dreams.”
“This festival is about watching the kids enjoy themselves. Yet there’s plenty here for Mom and Dad to do too,” Smith said.
What: 37th Annual Christmas Tree Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 5; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4; and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6.
Where: Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima.