festival of the trees by the seaThe 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 Surfari owners Christian and Nicole del Rosario. They missed Nantucket Christmas Stroll and the community decorated trees that go up every year though out the streets of downtown Nantucket. With the help of fellow business owners and Manchester Mercantile members Aimee Bode of Mahri's and Chuck Hayback of Nor'east Frameworks they were able to help start a brand 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 six 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.

Help create some holiday magic by decorating an enchanted forest on the Town Hall Common! Trees decorated by community groups, representing their enthusiasm for the holidays, will bring light, love and cheer to the center of Manchester-by-the-Sea. Please contact us if you would like to get on the list to trim your own tree next year. Community Groups get trees for free while businesses have to pay to sponsor a tree. Previous year participants are automatically added to the list for next year while new groups and businesses are added on a first come first serve basis.


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


Thank you to the elves that put this together

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 Light Sponsor

Thank you to Cape Ann Savings Bank for their support.

cape ann savings bank

Garland Sponsor

Thank you to the Manchester Athletic Club

manchester athletic club

Tinsel Sponsors

Local Cape Ann Business Sponsors

Club Xcel and Manchester Travel

Coldwell Banker

Cranston Electric

Found Objects/The Grove/Shine

Harmony Barre

Karpowich Building Contractors

Kristina Crestin Design

Lisa Bonneville Design

Logue Insurance

The Cricket Press

Utopia Farms

Tree Trimmers

Thank you to the forty five community groups and local businesses that trimmed trees to help make the holidays bright in Manchester by-the-Sea!

  • ADA Committee (American Disability Act)
  • Boy Scouts Troop 3
  • Brookwood School
  • By The Sea | Sotheby's International Realty
  • Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
  • Cape Ann Savings Bank
  • Change is Simple
  • Club Xcel and Manchester Travel
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Community Preservation Committee
  • Cub Scouts
  • First Baptist Church
  • Found Objects/The Grove/Shine
  • Harbor Advisory Committee
  • Harmony Barre
  • Karpowich Building Contractors

  • Kristina Crestin Design
  • Lisa Bonneville Design
  • Logue Insurance
  • Magic Years Nursery School
  • Manchester Athletic Club
  • Manchester Board of Selectman
  • Manchester Community Center
  • Manchester Cultural Council
  • Manchester Essex Girls Travel Basketball
  • Manchester Essex Green Team
  • Manchester Essex High School Class of 2015
  • Manchester Essex Memorial Elementary Kindergarten
  • Manchester-Essex Rotary Club
  • Manchester Fire Department
  • Manchester Garden Club

  • Manchester Girl Scouts
  • Manchester Harbor Department
  • Manchester Historical Museum
  • Manchester Mother's Club
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Manchester Parks & Recreation
  • Manchester Sailing Association
  • Mahri
  • seArts
  • Spaulding Education Fund
  • Surfari SUP & Surf
  • Team Biofuel
  • The "Carole"ers
  • The Manchester Cricket
  • Utopia Farms

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