LIMA — The 44th annual Christmas Tree Festival opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Allen County Museum. The theme for this year’s event is “An Old Fashioned Christmas.”
The museum has 95 decorated trees placed throughout the museum and the MacDonell House, and activities are abundant for families to partake. Many families make this an annual tradition for their holiday season.
“We see generations of families coming in where the people remember as children coming to this and now they have children of their own, and in some cases, grandchildren. This is a very long term traditional community event,” said Pat Smith, director of the Allen County Museum.
Evergreen the Talking Christmas Tree is an especially favorite treat for the children.
“Evergreen is really the icon of the festival, the thing that children remember. They will get in line and stand in line for a long time waiting for their turn to get to talk to Evergreen,” said Smith.
As with all successful events, there is a lot of planning done throughout the year, and volunteers are needed and appreciated.
Don’t let the name of the festival fool you, it’s not just about beautifully decorated trees, there is live entertainment, crafts for children to make and take home, demonstrations at the log house, refreshments, a reading of “The Polar Express” by Ann Miller on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, tours of the MacDonell House, holiday photos, and much more taking place during the Christmas Tree Festival.
“We hope everyone will come and visit. It’s just such a great event for the whole community. We look forward to it every year,” said Smith.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511