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North Country Festival of Trees lights up at Salmon Run Mall

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WATERTOWN — A North Country Festival of Trees is again lighting up for the holidays this year under the theme “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Viewing dates for the festival are today through the Sunday and Dec. 1 through 4.

There are more than 80 trees in the former Bon-Ton space in the Salmon Run Mall this year, including 11 trees from local schools.

There will also be a number of school music, choral and dance groups performing during the live viewing. The Watertown YMCA has partnered with more than 80 local sponsors to hold the holiday event in person this year, including main sponsors FX Caprara Honda and Apogee Physicians.

April Young, director of resource development and marketing at the Watertown YMCA, said there have been some “incredible trees” decorated this year.

“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers that help at the Festival. There’s a lot of moving pieces that go into putting this on,” she said.

During the live viewing events at the mall, people can purchase raffle tickets to set in front of their favorite school-decorated trees. The tree with the most tickets will receive a prize. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event and cost $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20. Admission to view the trees is free, but monetary and food donations are welcome.

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‘Merry and Bright’: 19th annual North Country Festival of Trees announces 2021 winners

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WATERTOWN — The 19th annual North Country Festival of Trees, which took place from Nov. 26 through Dec. 4, saw many beautiful submissions of colorful and creatively decorated trees.

This year’s theme was “Merry and Bright,” and the event was held in the location of the former Bon-Ton store at the Salmon Run Mall. The event featured 74 decorated trees that were auctioned off, raising more than $48,000 for the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and Watertown Family YMCA.

According to its website, nearly 1,000 people attended the public viewing. On Friday, Samaritan Health announced the 2021 winners of the event’s various categories. It was also announced that next year’s theme will be “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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North Country Festival of Trees to kick off next week

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WATERTOWN — A North Country Festival of Trees will once again kick off the holiday season in the north country, offering an online tree auction and in-person tree viewing from Nov. 26 to Dec. 4 at the former Bon-Ton store in the Salmon Run Mall, 21073 Salmon Run Mall Loop.

All trees on display are hand-decorated by community members and can be bid on for purchase or donation.

“Merry and Bright” is this year’s theme. A North Country Festival of Trees benefits health care services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center and children’s scholarships at the Watertown Family YMCA. The nine-day festival will feature trees on display for free public viewing from Friday, Nov. 26 until Saturday, Dec. 4.

All trees will be up for bid online at www.samaritanhealth.com/festivaloftrees.

The public, in-person viewing schedule is as follows:

11/26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

11/27: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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