The Midcoast Tree Festival returns to the St. John’s Community Center in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Bursting with gifts worth more than $500 each, beautiful Christmas trees donated by local businesses and organizations will be on full display for all to enjoy over the next few weeks at the Midcoast Tree Festival.

The festival, held at the St. John’s Community Center at 43 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, will run the weekends of November 18-20 and November 25-27. All are invited to view the trees with the option of purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win the trees and all the prizes they contain. More than 30 trees will feature a wide variety of themes, including Priority Real Estate Group’s “Mega Tree,” an oversized Christmas tree with over $3,000 worth of gifts.

The event also features concessions, a Knights of Columbus hot chocolate bar, children’s activities and special performances by the Maine Marimba Ensemble, Your Caricature (character designs), Spark’s Ark Animal Services, Maine Youth Orchestra, the St. John’s Catholic School Chorus, the Playing for Laughs improv troupe and others. A visit from Santa Claus himself will conclude the festivities on November 27 at 1 p.m.

The festival will be open on November 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Nov. 19-20 and Nov. 25-26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and November 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and free for children under 12. Raffle tickets are 50 cents each. Purchase of tickets will be cash only due to state regulations.

The event is a fundraiser that supports Spectrum Generations programs and services, including Meals on Wheels; All Saints Parish of Brunswick bereavement support, emergency fuel and housing assistance funds in addition to other programs and projects; and the Bath Brunswick Regional Chamber’s “Chamber Works 2030” program which focuses on education, workforce development, hiring needs and other key issues affecting those who live and work in the Midcoast area.

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Jill E. Washington