Catholic Charities Hosts 26th Annual Event
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 26th annual fundraiser – The Festival of Trees – now through Sunday, December 5, at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
The Festival will once again showcase beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. The Festival continues through Sunday with hours that vary as follows: Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 2-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; and Sunday 11-2pm. Tickets are $8 per person, $5 for Seniors, $3 for ages 10-18 and free for anyone 10 and under when accompanied by an adult.
The Festival will go on without traditional large group activities, such as Breakfast with Santa. Instead, Santa will be available for family photos, while safely distanced, on Saturday from noon to 3 pm. In addition, a variety of “Holiday Experiences” are available for interested families. Children will receive a letter from Santa or parents can purchase a DIY Christmas Cookie Kit from The Bread Basket Bakery to decorate at home. Anyone interested in a “Holiday Experience” can visit https://igfn.us/f/3lac/n to purchase.
A Festival Raffle is an exciting addition to this year’s event. Prizes include Nintendo Switch or XBOX X. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Tickets can be purchased at the event, where there is a holiday shop, a variety of additional raffle items, gingerbread house displays, and more.
Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, Sister Charla Commins said, “The Festival of Trees is the biggest fundraiser and community event of the year for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. With decreased funding and increased need, it is becoming much more difficult to assist the people in our community who have been hit hard in these difficult times. Our local community has, for 25 years, generously supported these efforts. The Festival is hoping that by providing this celebration of the 2021 Holiday Season, the tradition of support and generosity will continue.”
Further details for this year’s Festival can be found by calling 518-587-5000.