News release

Festival of Trees and Crafts This Weekend

The annual Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts in Middle Musquodoboit starts Friday, Dec. 4, and continues through the weekend.

"We encourage everyone to come enjoy the Christmas choir, the beauty of fully decorated, Nova Scotia balsam fir trees, and wonderful homemade crafts to purchase," said acting Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. "The weekend festival is a great way to get in the holiday spirit."

The Festival of Trees starts Friday, at 6 p.m., and the craft festival on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Natural Resources Education Centre and the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre complex, 12046 Highway 224, in Middle Musquodoboit. Both events end Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Admission to the Festival of Trees is free. Admission to the crafts fair is $2.

More than 30 Nova Scotian balsam fir trees, donated by the province and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers' Association, will be decorated by community groups and businesses.

The opening ceremony, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday will feature greetings by special guests, tree-lighting, and entertainment by youth choirs and community groups.

More than 100 crafters will display their wares on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. visitors can save energy and money, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by bringing in two sets of incandescent holiday lights to exchange for one set of energy-efficient LED lights. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For detailed directions on how to get to the festival go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/education/NREC/how-to-get-here.asp .

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The annual Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts, takes place this weekend at the Natural Resources Education Centre at 12046 Highway 224 in Middle Musquodoboit.

Acting Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says the weekend festival is a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

There'll be a Christmas choir, the work of 100 crafters and over 30 decorated balsam fir trees on display.

The festival runs Friday, December 4th, between 6 and 8 in the evening; on Saturday, between 10 and 4; and on Sunday between 11 and 4. Admission to the Festival of Trees is free. Admission to the crafts fair is two dollars.

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Media Contact:

Bruce Nunn
Natural Resources 902-424- 5239 Cell: 902-476-6454