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Last Day Sunday to See Festival of Trees At EEC in Basking Ridge

Lord Stirling Stable of Basking Ridge contributed a whole exhibit to the 38th annual Festival of Trees at the EEC in Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
The Festival of Trees, a non-demoninational celebration of the season, is open through Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Girls Scouts from Liberty Corner celebrated the bling of the season at the 38th annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
The Ridge Baseball Club contributed a decorated "theme" tree as one of 40 at the 38th annual Festival of Trees, ending Sunday, Dec. 27, at the EEC in Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Exhibitors at the 38th annual Festival of Trees chose their own themes. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Sunday, Dec. 27, is the last day to see the "Festival of Trees" at the EEC in Basking Ridge. Local girl scouts decorated a number of trees in the exhibit. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The 38th Annual Festival of Trees display - with holiday trees decorated by a variety of local groups, clubs, Scout troops, and other organizations and individuals - will close its doors after a final day on Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

Forty trees have been on exhibit, some pictured.

The creative and beautiful winter spectacular, which attracts fans of all ages, has been open since early December at the EEC at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. The Festival of Trees will be open one more day between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Snowflake Café will be open to allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy a hot beverage, and fresh baked goods.

Each fall, naturalists at the Somerset County Park Commission's EEC reach out and invite civic groups, clubs, individuals with a festive design flair and others to submit an application to design, decorate, and place a tree as part of the month-long holiday display.

A non-denominational event, the Festival of Trees transforms the Environmental Education Center into a joyful display of holiday trees, designed and created by participants who have selected their own theme, and have decorated trees in their own style with their personal artistic ability.

Each year, the Central Jersey holiday tradition provides a great way for families to stop in at their own convenience to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season. 

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Groups of 12 or more who schedule in advance will receive a 20 percent discount. Disadvantaged or disabled groups will be admitted for free. Proceeds from the event help support educational and community service programs at the EEC.
For information, contact the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment, or
Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at

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