ASHLAND For 35 years, the Paramount Arts Center has been the site of one of the most glittery holiday events in the Tri-State — the Festival of Trees and Trains.
This year, the event celebrates the milestone with the theme “All That Glitters” and a few new features.
Tamme Grubb, lead chair of the event for the fifth year, said she expects FOTT will have between 140 and 150 trees of varying sizes, from “itsy bitsy” to extra large, as an array of themes and color schemes.
Decorators of trees may buy back the tree they decorated; otherwise, the trees are placed in a silent auction as a fundraiser for the theater.
A section of 4-foot trees decorated by school children and other youth groups make up a portion of the collection.
Creative area residents also will have decorative wreaths to bid on. A new category is festive bowling pins painted for the season.
For the second year, the trains will be displayed on the main floor, where they are more accessible and under better lighting.
In addition, there will be gift packages, a children’s gift shop and vendor gift shop.
Several interactive events are planned.
n Hollyhock School of Wonder will be from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 27.
“We will have costumed characters at little school stations where children can go to each station and create some kind of themed craft,” Grubb said. The activity is free with admission.
n Cocoa with Santa will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 and 30. Cocoa and cookies will be served; crafts and photo opportunities are planned. The activity is free with admission.
n Scouts will receive a discount on admission, a free patch and an activity sheet on Nov. 25.
n Sensory Friendly Hour, for those with special needs who might need a quiet visit to the festival, will be from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 29.
n Family Night offers a discounted admission to groups of up to five on Nov. 26.
n North Pole Mailbox is available for children to send Santa their wish lists.
n The Children’s Gift Shop sells items for less than $5 so children can do their holiday shopping.
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