A bubble light adorns a Christmas tree at Saco Museum.

A bubble light adorns a Christmas tree at Saco Museum.

SACO — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Saco Museum.

The galleries are brimming with holiday spirit, with a total of 41 trees and 16 wreaths decorated for the 12th annual Festival of Trees. This year’s theme is “Reflections of Christmas: Past, Present, Future.”
The festival is free and open to the public through Dec. 31, kicking off  5 p.m. Friday with a tree-lighting ceremony, ribbon cutting and hot chocolate.

The trees and wreaths are sponsored by community members, businesses and organizations and decorated by local artists and community members.

Contributors include some who have decorated trees for several years for the festivals and some new participants, said museum Director Tara Vose Raisells. “People really went all out,” she said.
The trees and wreaths represent a wide range of artistic styles and themes.

A Christmas tree sponsored titled “Seaside” on display at the Saco Museum.

A Christmas tree sponsored titled “Seaside” on display at the Saco Museum.


Some are fanciful, like “Mischievous Christmas” sponsored by Biddeford Savings Bank and decorated by Diane Lockhart, with elf legs sticking out of the tree, or “Snow Ball Fun,” a tree decorated like a giant snowman, sponsored by Dennett, Craig and Pate and decorated by Chris Carmon and Sharon McCabe.

Others are more elegant, such as “Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” decorated in angels and golden poinsettias and pink ribbons by the members of the festival’s design committee in honor of the late Jeanne Patry.

“Seaside,” sponsored by the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco and decorated by Denise Blanchard has a coastal theme, with a lobster net as a tree skirt and decorations that include shells, star fish, and mermaid, jelly fish and tentacle ornaments.

The Saco Museum is located at 317 Main St. For museum hours and other information, go to dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org or call 283-3861, ext. 114.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]


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