Saratoga Festival of Trees

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Christmas Ornament

A benefit for Catholic Charities
at Saratoga City Center
Preview Reception, November 30 6-8pm
Festival of Trees December 1st-4th

Downtown Saratoga will soon begin to look a lot like Christmas!  Next week the Saratoga Springs City Center will be transformed into a magical land, kicking off the holiday season with over 250 decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday decor on display.  Trees, available for viewing and purchase, will be exhibited for five days, commencing with the Preview Reception on Wednesday, November 30 from 6-8pm.  Tickets for the reception are $75, $60 for guests under the age of 35, and can be reserved by calling Catholic Charities at 518-587-5000. Wine and hor d’oeuvres will be supplied by Longfellows with The Olde Bryan Inn serving Cinnamon Apple Scallops with root vegetables.

Several years ago, a Catholic Charities board member visited a festival of trees elsewhere and brought the idea back to Saratoga.  The board agreed to try the event and $10,000 was raised.  Since then, over $100,000 has been raised yearly, making it the largest annual fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.  This year is the 21st annual festival and organizers hope to attain that financial goal once again.  All proceeds raised provide funds for underfunded programs such as the Mentoring Program which is a prevention and diversion program for youth and their families.  In addition, Catholic Charities offers family counseling, and operates Mary’s Haven hospice house and Donovan House, a group home for adolescent boys.  The services provided by Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties have a far-reaching impact on our community.  The Festival of Trees is a wonderful melding of giving from community members who donate and decorate all the trees and receiving by thousands of local families who are served by hundreds of volunteers and dozens of employees.  Your participation in  the Festival of Trees enables funding for the continued implementation of programs by Catholic Charities.  Mark your calendar to join in the festivities!

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Saratoga Festival of Trees
Hours 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, December 2, 2016
Saratoga Festival of Trees
Hours 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Saratoga Festival of Trees – Family Day
General Hours: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Family Day & Santa’s Workshop Hours: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Saratoga Festival of Trees
Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM