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NOTE; RUN SOON: Festival of Trees Opens on Fri., Dec. 2, at Environmental Center in Basking Ridge

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A Festival of Trees exhibit from a previous year created by Lord Stirling Stable. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
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Athletic organizations such as Ridge Baseball can also sometimes set up trees. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
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The Snowflake Cafe provides refreshments at each year's Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
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The theme was "bling" for this previous entry to the Festival of Trees, held each December at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The ever-popular Festival of Trees returns for the 39th season Dec. 2, with the public invited to see a display of fancifully decorated artificial trees and winter scenes at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

Local organizations from throughout the area - from scouting organizations, to school athletic teams and even nearby Lord Stirling Stable participate each year in the display of non-denominational holiday-themed trees.

Open daily Dec. 2 to 28

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The wintry Festival of Trees opens to the public  Dec. 2 and will remain open seven-days-a week until Dec. 28, with the exception of Dec. 23 through Dec. 26. The exhibit will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Daily exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Snowflake Café will again be open to provide visitors with a chance to purchase a hot beverage such as hot chocolate and fresh baked goods.

Refreshments available, live holiday music

Live holiday music will be presented on weekends by both professional and amateur performers. A schedule of performers is available by calling the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489 or on the website at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

A non-denominational event, the Festival of Trees transforms 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. 

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Groups of 12 or more who schedule in advance will receive a 20% 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 or group reservations, contact the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment, or emailmjuhasz@scparks.org

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