Event will light up the season

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The Festival of Trees benefiting Friends of Caroline is one of Beaufort’s beloved holiday celebrations, and the 2017 Festival continues a tradition that started 30 years ago.  

The festival showcases beautifully decorated trees that are judged for their originality and creativity. 

The event will be held at The Shed at 809 Paris Ave. in Port Royal.

It will kick off with an Opening Gala featuring a silent auction, music, wine, beer and appetizers from local restaurants from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

More than 350 individuals usually attend this reception where the trees are previewed prior to opening to the general public on Friday, Dec. 1.

In addition to the Opening Gala, the schedule is as follows:

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1: General admission

• 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Yoga in the Trees; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is general admission; Frozen Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will include special guest Elsa and Anna from Disney’s “Frozen” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; live reindeer Sven and more. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 is general admission; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Snow Day (with real snow to play in). General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Additionally, there will be a Christmas treasures for sale, a kids fun zone, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and more.

Friends of Caroline is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients and families of those suffering from a life-limiting illness. 

It is a local, nonprofit, Medicare-certified hospice provider that has been serving people throughout Beaufort County for the past 37 years.  

Adult bereavement and support groups are offered to family members of patients served by Friends of Caroline as well as any member of the community at large who has experienced a loss. 

Donations from individuals, businesses and foundations allow Friends of Caroline to provide hospice care, bereavement and caregiver support services to all individuals in the community regardless of their ability to pay.