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Whatever happened to the Christmas Festival of Trees?

Merton Vance

UPDATE: The Festival of Trees will be held at the Cameron Art Museum in 2012. Read all about it here.

FORMER ANSWER: The Festival of Trees is still going, but it’s moving to a different location this year.

In recent years, the event was held at the Hilton hotel on the Wilmington riverfront, but this year it will be held Dec. 8-13 at the N.C. Museum of Forestry in Whiteville.

Sponsors donate money to provide a tree and decorate it. Proceeds go to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.

After the festival, the decorated trees are donated to local businesses or other locations selected by the sponsors.

For more information, go to the hospice’s website at

www.hospiceandlifecarecenter.org and click on News & Events.

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One Response to “ Whatever happened to the Christmas Festival of Trees?”

  1. On December 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm Laurie Taylor wrote:

    Actually, Festival of Trees was a tradition in Wilmington for 25 years to benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice. The Friends of Hospice organized this event on our behalf. As they decided end this tradition, a volunteer group in Whiteville decided to begin Festival of Trees in Whiteville. It is held at the North Carolina Forestry Museum starting Monday December 7 with a sneak peek, ending Sunday, December 13.

    Festival of Trees was at Hilton Riverside for almost all 25 years, the last year it was at the Convention Center while the Hilton remodeled.

    Laurie Taylor, VP Development
    Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation

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