Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is growing to include, not only trees but also wreaths, swags and centerpieces for the traditional silent auction. Also the venue for the Festival of Trees has changed to allow for an expanded time for viewing and bidding.
Murphysboro Hometown Christmas also centers more of the activities in the same historic district. The new location for the Festival of Trees is the General John A. Logan Museum in the Logan Neighborhood, a renovated and restored district on and around Edith Street between 16th and 17th Streets. Bidding on the various items will be available at extended hours as well. Last year the bidding was restricted to just one weekend but this year the silent auction will take place November 24th – 29th, December 1st - 4th and December 5th and 6th 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Sponsorships are needed to fill the museum with the spirit of Christmas and auction materials. Any individual, group, business or organization can decorate a tree or other greenery with the proceeds of the auction going to the charity of the participant’s choosing.
The always-popular home tour will be part of Murphysboro Hometown Christmas again this year with several decorated homes in Murphysboro opening their doors for tours. There also will be several venues available for holiday shoppers with a gallery in the Logan Neighborhood open for display and sale of unique creations by local artisans and an expanded One-Stop Holiday Shopping, a mini-mall at the Davis-McCann and Senior Citizen Centers featuring items from home-based businesses.
“Every year that we do this event we receive tremendous positive feedback from participants,” says Sharon Johnson, coordinator for the event. “It is one of the few places in our region where you can find some truly unique items suitable for Christmas gifts while taking in the sight and sounds of the Christmas season.”
For information regarding Murphysboro Hometown Christmas or to sponsor a tree or wreath , contact Lisa Grode at 618-565-4167, Sharon Johnson, or the Murphysboro Tourism Commission.
Download an entry form for the festival of trees.