Richmond County is gearing up for the holiday season, and what better way to get in the spirit of the season than attending the Festival of Trees. Yes, the Festival of Trees will be taking place on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. This is one of my favorite festivals because it is such an uplifting event. First, it is for a great cause with donations coming in for the Food Bank and second, it gets the whole community in the mood for Christmas. The children take part decorating their entries, either in the individual or child group categories, the community groups as well as the retail and commercial industry always do a spectacular job with their entries. This year's festival has an excellent schedule with lots of events planned for the whole family, including the highlight of the event, a visit from Santa.
This year's event includes a Family Pancake Breakfast from 9 to 10:30am with Santa Claus available for a Picture Session with the kids from 10:30 until 11:30am. The Kidd Brothers will be on hand with their entertaining and interactive children's band from 11:30am until 12:30pm and the very popular Santa's Corner is back again this year with the children taking part in making crafts, a coloring contest, and making up a Wish List for Santa taking place from 1pm to 4pm. The Official Tree Lighting takes place at 6pm followed by the reading of the classic Christmas story "The Night Before Christmas" read by one of the Elves at Santa's Workshop, with milk and cookies for the kids. Following this there will be live entertainment from 6:30 to 8:30pm, followed by mulled cider and hot chocolate served with Cape Breton's favorite treat on any occasion, oat cakes.On Sunday, the festival will run from 12pm until 2pm. The schedule of events include viewing and voting for your favorite Christmas tree, cookie decorating, mingling with your favorite fictional characters, the silent auction will continue, and Santa will again be on hand for pictures with the children. With live entertainment running from 1pm until 2pm. Upon completion of voting and the Silent Auction, there will be the presentation of awards for the best trees as well as the awarding of items to the lucky winners of the Silent Auction. Sounds like lots of fun, so bring the kids out to the Festival of Trees on this Saturday and Sunday. Now where did I put my Christmas decorations?