There’s so much going on at The Mall at Steamtown this holiday season and Lackawanna County’s Festival of Trees is one of the most exciting! The Preview Party is happening right when the ScrantonMade Holiday Market opens on Friday, December 4th and is literally connected to the event. We discussed all the exciting details with Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director for Arts & Culture for Lackawanna County. See you there!
What is the Festival of Trees?
Festival of Trees is an annual exhibit of Holiday trees decorate by local organizations, businesses and schools who sponsor a tree. It is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots. Traditionally it has been held at the Electric City Trolley Museum but this year we made a decision to move to The Mall at Steamtown. There is a pre-view party scheduled for Dec. 4 from 5:30-8pm with food, music and a cash bar. Cost is $10.
How do businesses or organizations participate?
The simply need to register with us and send their organization, name, contact person, email and phone to:
c/o Michele Newberry
Festival of Trees
Lackawanna County Community Relations Dept.
200 Adams Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
The non-profit rate and small business (50 or under employees) to sponsor a tree is $50. For corporations (over 50 employees) is it is $100. For k-12 schools we have a special rate of $25. Organizations must provide their own artificial tree and decorations. The deadline is technically Dec. 1 but if we have room we will take trees right up until Dec. 4!
What businesses are participating?
So far this year we have Toyota, ScrantonMade, Citizens Saving Bank, Bancroft Elementary, The Lackawanna Historical Society, Everhart Museum, Leadership Lackawanna, Hickory St. Presbyterian Church, West Scranton SADD Club, St. Ann’s Maronite Church and The Scranton Cultural Center, Nativity Miguel School and The Double “R” Twirlettes.
What is this year’s theme?
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the City of Scranton the theme is “Scranton Through the Decades…”
What does the event benefit?
All proceeds from the Trees and the Pre-View Party on Dec. 4 from 5:30-8pm will go directly to Toys for Tots.
Why are you excited to move this year’s Festival of Trees to The Mall at Steamtown?
I think it will give the public great access to this event and reach a greater audience. I also love connecting it with our other great county sponsored event, the ScrantonMade Holiday Market. I also love the energy and excitement that is happening around the Mall right now, especially for the holidays, I think it will be a great place for the exhibit.
What can people expect at the event?
The preview party will be a fun holiday party where people will get a chance to see the trees before the event officially opens and the exhibit connects to the ScrantonMade Holiday Market so people may wander back and forth. There will be music by Mollie Edsell, food and a cash bar by Terra Preta. I think people can expect a really fun community evening!