Festival of Trees takes root for a 16th season

The sights, sounds and now the taste of the holidays will all come together at The Festival of Trees, in its 16th year.

Making its debut on Premier Night, Nov. 20, will be the “Taste of the Festival,” featuring specialty foods from more than 20 local restaurants and live music.

Some 200 decorated Christmas trees will be unveiled at the kickoff, which will be hosted by Boston media personalities Matt Siegel of Kiss 108’s “Matty in the Morning” show and Billy Costa of NECN’s “TV Diner.”

“We are thrilled to have such incredible talents as Matt Siegel and Billy Costa to open the festival, as well as the generosity of the local restaurants who are participating,” said Ann Guastaferro, president of the Festival of Trees. “This year is sure to be the most exciting Premier Night to date.”

Other highlights are: magic shows by BJ Hickman; Romper Rhythm Puppets; Mad Science Show; Elfant Production Balloon Twister; breakfast with Santa; visits from Santa; Red Hatter’s weekend; tree awards; tree raffle and Preservation Grant Award.

The Festival, which attracts 25,000 visitors, helps raise money to preserve not only Methuen’s heritage and monuments, but also historical monuments of importance in surrounding communities.

Premier Night on Nov. 20, is from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 978-685-8878.

The festival officially opens Nov. 21 and runs through Dec. 5 — weekdays, 5 to 9 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., but will close on Thanksgiving Day.

General admission is $8 and children under 12 are free. The festival is at Valley Office Park, 13 Branch St., Methuen.

For more information, visit www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com.

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