Programs & Events

The 14th Annual Festival of Trees

November 23rd - December 30th

Come visit The Fourteenth 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. Dozens of dazzlingly decorated trees and wreaths based upon this year's theme, "Children's Tales and Holidays," adorn the museum's galleries. Other highlights for the Festival include the Gala Preview kickoff party on Saturday, November 17; a raffle for designer trees, wreaths, and other gift items, concluding on December 20; the popular Gingerbread Village; a Drawing Contest for area school children on view at the Dyer Library; a visit with Santa; Tea with Mrs. Claus; Children's Crafts Day; and more. The Festival of Trees is free and open to the public, thanks to our sponsors, beginning Friday, November 23 at noon through Sunday, December 30.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Saco Museum for a chance to win trees, wreaths, gift certificates, handcrafted items and many other prizes donated by our sponsors. Winners will be drawn on December 20. Visitors get a chance to vote for their favorite display--one of the most popular activities at the Festival. Handcrafted ornaments and other holiday decorations will also be available for purchase at the Saco Museum Gift Shop. All raffle and sale proceeds benefit the community programming efforts of the Dyer Library/Saco Museum, Make the Festival of Trees a part of your annual Holiday Tradition!

Festival of Trees Preview Gala
Saturday, November 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Put on your best holiday finery and bring your friends for an evening of celebration.Come enjoy some live music by the Thornton Academy String Quartet, hors d'ouevres, sweets, silent auction and cash bar. $20 tickets available in advance or at the door. Call 207-283-3861 x 113 or e-mail croy@sacomuseum.org to RSVP before November 13.

Special Guests Day
Monday, November 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Local retirement and extended care facility guests are invited to attend a private showing of the Festival. E-mail abrown@sacomuseum.org to arrange for your group to come visit on this groups-only day.

Children's Crafts Day
Saturday, December 1, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Calling all children to the Dyer Library to make holiday decorations for your tree and home.

Tea With Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 8, two seatings at 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call 283-3861 x102 to reserve a spot.

Visit With Santa
Sunday, December 9, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Children, grab your parents and come tell Santa your wishes!

Raffle Winners Drawing
Thursday, December 20
It's your last chance to buy raffle tickets! Winners will be drawn at 4 p.m..

Extended Hours for Festival of Trees*
Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sun: noon to 5 p.m.
Fri: noon to 8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
CLOSED MONDAYS and December 24 and 25

Admission is FREE throughout the Festival of Trees thanks to the generous sponsorship of local businesses and individuals.