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It’s all about the theme at the 38th annual Festival of Trees

The 38th annual Festival of Trees continues daily through Dec. 27 at the Lord Stirling Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Park Commission

BASKING RIDGE - The 38th Annual Festival of Trees hosted by the Somerset County Park Commission at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge features more than 40 non-denominational trees decorated in themes by local clubs, businesses and families.

The Festival of Trees is open seven days a week until Sunday Dec. 27, with the exception of Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25. Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment on Tuesdays and Saturdays, including:

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  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 1-2:15 p.m., The Raritan Ringers Bell Choir and from 3-4 p.m., The Brass Ambassadors;
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2:30-3:15 p.m., The Matheny Adapted Bell Choir;
  • Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Five Straws and from 2-4 p.m., Ken Tekel, acouristic guitarist.
  • Tekel will also perform on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2-4 p.m.

The Snowflake Café provides hot beverages, fresh baked goods, and live holiday music on weekends.

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.

The Environmental Education Center is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. Call 908-766-2489 for further information.

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