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 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.