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The Festival of the Trees is an enchanted forest of Christmas trees on the town green in Manchester by-the-Sea decorated by community groups and local businesses. The trees are put up the weekend after Thanksgiving and stay lit just past New Years for all to enjoy through the holidays! The idea for the Festival of the Trees came from Christian and Nicole del Rosario who missed Christmas Stroll and the community decorated trees that go up every year on the streets of downtown Nantucket.

With the help of fellow business owners and Manchester Mercantile members Chuck Hayback and Aimee Bode they were able to help start a new holiday tradition in Manchester by-the-Sea on Black Friday of 2013. The first Festival of the Trees consisted of twenty four trees on the green in front of Town Hall and a lone tree with solar powered lights in the harbor in between Reed Park and Masconomo Park.

This year there will be forty five trees in total decorated by local community groups from the MERHS Class of 2015 Seniors to the MERES Kindergarten, the Fire Deparment to the Girl Scouts, the Mother's Club to the Manchester Sailing Association and more! Local businesses sponsoring trees will also be decorating right alongside the community groups helping to make a winter wonderland of evergreens in the heart of our small New England town.


Important dates for the 2014 Festival of the Trees

  • Tree setup
  • Starts at 11am
  • Ends when trees up and lit
  • We need volunteers!
  • Decorate your tree
  • Anytime from Sun 11.30
  • To Friday 12/5
  • Decorated by noon on 12/5!
  • Festive Group Decorating
  • Starts at 4pm
  • Ends at 7pm
  • Tree trimming party!
  • Tree Removal
  • Starts at noon
  • Ends when all trees are down
  • We need volunteers!

Presenting Star Sponsor

Special thanks to By The Sea | Sotheby's International Realty

By The Sea | Sotheby's International Realty


Mahalo nui loa!

Surfari SUP & Surf

Surfari SUP & Surf

Thank you to Nicole and Christian del Rosario for all their time and effort in putting the Festival of the Trees together.



Thank you to Aimee Bode for all her time and effort in putting the Festival of the Trees together. 

Nor'east Frameworks

Nor'east Frameworks

Thank you to Chuck Hayback for all his time and effort in putting the Festival of the Trees together.

Supporting Sponsor

Thank you to Cape Ann Savings Bank

cape ann savings bank

Garland Sponsors



Thank you to Jeff and Rachel Karpowich from Karpowich Building Contractors for...

Cranston Electric

Cranston Electric

Thank you to Brett Crane for donating his time to do the electrical connections for the Festival of The Trees.

Utopia Farms

Utopia Farms

Thank you to at Utopia Farms for donating all of our wonderful Christmas Trees.

Tinsel Sponsors

Tree Decorators

  • Manchester Board of Selectman
  • Manchester Community Center
  • Manchester Essex Girls Travel Basketball
  • Team Biofuel
  • Cub Scouts
  • Manchester Sailing Association
  • Manchester Fire Department
  • Manchester Police Department
  • The "Carole"ers
  • Manchester Essex Green Team
  • Manchester Mother's Club
  • Manchester Essex Memorial Elementary Kindergarten
  • Brookwood School
  • Manchester Parks & Recreation
  • Manchester Athletic Club

  • By The Sea | Sotheby's International Realty
  • ADA Committee (American Disability Act)
  • Magic Years Nursery School
  • Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
  • Club Xcel and Manchester Travel
  • Utopia Farms
  • Manchester Garden Club
  • Spaulding Education Fund
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Karpowich Building Contractors
  • Boy Scouts
  • Manchester Cultural Council
  • Manchester Harbor Department
  • Cape Ann Savings Bank
  • seArts

  • Marhi
  • Manchester Girl Scouts
  • Manchester Historical Museum
  • First Baptist Church
  • Manchester-Essex Rotary Club
  • Kristina Crestin Design
  • Lisa Bonneville Design
  • Found Objects/The Grove/Shine
  • Harmony Barre
  • Logue Insurance
  • Manchester Essex High School Class of 2015
  • Harbor Advisory Committee
  • The Manchester Cricket
  • Surfari SUP & Surf

Contact us

Please contact us with any inquiries about the Festival of the Trees

Keep in touch with us

Please use the following contact information to ask any questions to share feedback or suggestions with us about the Festival of the Trees.

Name: Festival of the Trees Administrator
Phone: 978.704.9051
Address: 26 Central St, Manchester by-the-Sea, MA 01944