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Published on November 16, 2020

“The Joy of Holiday Traditions” Festival of Trees opens Dec. 4

Tree and Staff ImageThe Southeastern Health Foundation will host the 35th annual Southeastern Hospice Festival of Trees from Dec. 4 to 7. This year’s theme is “The Joy of Holiday Traditions,” and the Festival will have a wide variety of gifts, decorations, food and holiday magic to spread that sentiment while also raising money for Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Hospice.

“We felt it was important to bring holiday cheer to our community through the festival and we feel we have plans in place to keep everyone safe,” said Southeastern Health Foundation Executive Director Sissy Grantham. “We will be following all recommended guidelines so that our visitors can feel that they are in a safe environment while we kick off the holiday season.”

This year’s event will look different than past festivals in that safety measures will be put in place as a result of COVID-19 which will include: limiting the number of people allowed inside the facility through the use of a door monitor/counter, requiring face coverings, and having hand sanitizer readily available.

This year’s festival hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5; 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.

The annual event is Southeastern Hospice’s only fundraiser. Highlights include the Holiday Tree display and Tinsel Town Market with delicious items from Grandma’s Coffee Cakes and Southern Supreme Fruitcakes.  The year’s Festival will feature a new vendor, Masquerade Jewelry & Accessories, where all items are only $5 each.

Admission to the event is $2 for adults and $1 for children, with children age 5 and under admitted for free. Osterneck Auditorium is located in the Townsend Building, at 102 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton, across from the Robeson County Public Library.

“We hope that this year’s festival will bring smiles to faces and joy to hearts as we continue this family tradition for our community,” said Grantham.

For more information on this event, call (910) 671-5583.