Christmas Tree Festival returns to Burr Homestead
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, November 30, 2017
Credited with raising more than $4 million for area charities since its founding, the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival returns this year to celebrate “35 Years of Giving.”
Marinelle Mayo, a festival board member and spokeswoman, said the event at the historic Burr Homestead is much anticipation, especially since last year’s celebration was skipped because the mansion was undergoing a renovation and restoration.
The 1790s-era mansion will be open Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1-3, with tickets available at the door. A champagne-and-hors d’oeuvres reception, for which advance-purchased tickets are required, will kick off festivities on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.; tickets are $150.
“What sets this event off is its sense of tradition that appeals” to folks “throughout the region, not just in Fairfield,” said Mayo, noting that its primary goal is to raise funds for Connecticut nonprofits that annually compete for the honor. This year’s recipient is the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, an anti-poverty program that supplies food, shelter, clothing and job training to those in need.
For those who have never been, Mayo explained that festival volunteers transform the homestead into a magical, twinkling setting, boasting decorated trees and wreaths available for purchase, as well as rooms decorated by local interior designers and artists. Trees are sponsored by area businesses, corporations and individuals. Visitors are invited to stroll through the homestead at their own pace, while enjoying a free cup of hot cider.
Custom-made one-of-a-kind wreaths will be available for purchase, as will gifts and ornaments. Photos with Santa is another feature.
Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Thursday, Nov. 30-Sunday, Dec. 3. Thursday reception, 6:30-10 p.m., $150. Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10, $5 children and seniors. www.fairfieldchristmastreefestival.org
In past years, those who purchased decorated trees were required to leave them at the mansion until the end of the festival. “This year we will have many more cash-and-carry items so visitors don’t have to return on Sunday night,” Mayo said.
“Ours is probably one of the longest running Christmas events in the area,” she said. “It’s a multigenerational tradition, which, for many, kicks off the season.”
Tickets need to be purchased in advance.
Holiday Hip-Hop Family Night, Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. $20, $10 children, free for 2 and younger. Fairfield’s Double-Up Dance Studio will perform and teach routines. Santa will visit, too. “Then grab a cup of cocoa on your way to the Tree Lighting ceremony next door on the town green,” the festival suggests.
Nutcracker “Sweet” Tea, Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m. $30, free for children 2 and younger. “Light fare, tea and sweets” will be available and a vignette from the “Nutcracker” will be performed by dancers from the New England Ballet Company based in Bridgeport. The dancers will be available for photographs.
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