Evergreen Everything! The 21st Annual Festival of Trees

Evergreen Everything!

21st Annual Festival of Trees Underway

By Arthur Gonick

Photos by Dev Dinon and Arthur Gonick

SARATOGA SPRINGS – For over two decades, Catholic Charities has gone to great lengths to assure that your presents are NOT under the tree.


For in this case, your presents are the trees themselves!

Big trees, little itty-bittys and everything in between. All decorated in their finest Holiday ‘outfits.’ You will have trouble picking your favorite, as do the judges each year. And for a lucky few bidders, they can say that at the end that they took home a winner!

It is the Annual Festival of Trees, which had its preview reception on Wednesday evening, Nov. 30, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. All proceeds from the event benefit Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. According to its mission statement:

Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, is committed to active witness on behalf of the Scriptural values of mercy and justice.

Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed, or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. 

Catholic Charities serves and empowers persons in need, advocates for a just society, calls forth and collaborates with women and men of good will in fulfillment of its mission. 

The good news is that the event was well attended. The better news is that you can still G&G – which stands for Go & Gawk – to your hearts’ content, now through Dec. 4, with special discounts and events scheduled through Sunday.  

Festival Of Trees Schedule

Thursday, December 1

4-10 PM

Tickets: All Adults $3 | Children under 10 are FREE


Friday, December 2

2-6 PM

Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 | Children under 10 are FREE


Saturday, December 3

11 AM to 6 PM

Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 | Children under 10 are FREE


Sunday, December 4

11 AM - 2 PM

Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Seniors | $3 Children over 10 | Children under 10 are free


For a detailed schedule, including Santa’s visits, see: www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com

For more information call: (518) 587-5000

Posted on December 2, 2016 and filed under PARTY RECAPS, PARTY PHOTOS.