BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Somerset County’s most creative and popular winter display, the 42nd Festival of Trees, a display of festive and fanciful show of holiday trees from community members, returns soon to the Somerset County Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. 

The 42nd Festival of Trees opens to the public on Friday, Dec. 6 and will remain open seven-days-a week until Sunday Dec. 29, with the exception of Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  

Live holiday music is due to presented, and the opening of the Snowflake Café, with hot chocolate and other refreshments, are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays.

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Last day to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 20

The last day to apply for entry into the non-denominational event of decorated artifical trees submitted by individuals, local groups, civic organizations, clubs, businesses, scout troops, and others is Wendesday, Nov. 20. Professional and amateur musical talent is also being sought for live performances on weekends.

Applications are available by email at mjuhasz@scparks.org or at 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge.

For information contact the Environmental Education Center at 908-722-1200, ext. 5002 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.

Each year for more than four decades, the Festival of Trees has transformed the Environmental Education Center into a joyful spectacular featuring a remarkable display of holiday trees, designed and created by local groups, clubs, businesses, and individuals who select the theme and decorate in their own style with their personal artistic ability. The annual Central Jersey holiday tradition provides a great way for families to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season. 

Visitors often stop by at the Snowflake Café to enjoy a hot beverage, fresh baked goods, and live holiday music on weekends by both professional and amateur performers. A schedule of performers will be available by calling the Environmental Education Center at 908-722-1200, ext. 5002 or on the website at www.somersetcountyparks.org

The display has a suggested donation of $5 per person. Groups of 12 or more who schedule in advance will receive a 20 percent discount. Groups of disadvantaged or disabled visitors will be admitted for free. Proceeds from the event help support educational and community service programs at the EEC.

For information or group reservations, contact the Environmental Education Center at 908-722-1200, ext. 5002 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment, or email mjuhasz@scparks.org. Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org.