The Festival of Trees 2020 - A Season of Gratitude

Come visit The Sixteenth Annual Festival of Trees at the Dyer Library and Saco Museum and get into the Holiday Spirit! The Festival of Trees is a community event to benefit the programs of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum. This year's theme is A Season of Gratitude.

The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated a different approach to A Season of Gratitude. While our goals of bringing holiday joy and beauty to Southern Maine families and visitors remain the same, our event will align with the protocols adopted by the State of Maine. This year, the festive decorations that the community has counted upon to be a key part of their holiday season will be outside on the Dyer Library and Saco Museum campus! Visitors will have an opportunity to drive through a richly lit and decorated outdoor space without having to leave the car. The all-volunteer Design Team has been working through the summer creating decorations that are sure to delight every age group. There will be lights at night and colorful ornaments by day. A "Photo Booth" will provide families a fitting and socially distanced backdrop for last-minute holiday cards. As always, admission to the Festival of Trees will be free for all.

This year, the signature events and programs cannot be held due to CDC guidelines. In keeping with the fact that so many events have moved into the virtual world, we will have an Online Auction, which will include such popular items such as a coastal cottage stay, a multi-course gourmet dinner, wine basket, beautiful hand-made quilts and accessories, services, gifts, and art. Bidders will also have the opportunity to bid on four 7' designer-decorated trees and a selection of decorated wreaths and door swags and much more. The latter offerings will be available for viewing inside the Saco Museum. The Online Auction can be previewed prior to opening at

On Saturday, December 5 at 12pm, Mrs. Claus will be handing out goodies for the children, a take-away bag filled with wrapped treats and a craft project. Space is limited so this event requires advance reservations. UPDATE: All time slots are filled for this event.

Santa will make an appearance outside the Saco Museum on Saturday, December 12 from 1:30-2:30 with a foul weather date of December 19 from 1:30-2:30.

The Festival of Trees will open to the public on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, and extend through December 30, 2020. The light displays will be illuminated daily from 4:00-10:00pm. We ask that everyone enter the parking lot from Main Street and exit on to Middle Street.

The Saco Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, noon to 4:00 pm; Friday, noon to 8:00 pm; and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday. For updated information prior to visiting the Festival of Trees, please visit the website or the Facebook page.