Two Families: Their Festival of Trees Traditions + Giveaway


The Saratoga Festival of Trees is back for its 22nd year and our family will joins hundreds of others who make the Festival of Trees an annual tradition. One of the best parts about this fabulous Saratoga holiday event is that it is the premier annual fundraiser to benefit Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

I spoke to two families who have enjoyed the Festival of Trees Family Day for the past several years and asked them why they come back year after year. Whether to enjoy Breakfast or Sundaes with Santa, Family Day is a memorable event and definitely should be on your ‘must-do’ for the holiday season. (Psst: we’re giving away some tickets too!)

Niki, mom of four

The Festival of Trees and Breakfast with Santa is great. It’s a super warm and fuzzy fundraiser for Catholic Charities and the whole event is super family-friendly and affordable. I especially love getting to skip the long lines and astronomical prices for a picture/visit with a mall Santa.

But the reason it’s on my annual list of things to do, hands down, is the trees.

Walking through the gallery of community-decorated trees is nothing short of magical. You can listen to holiday music, and you can sit on Santa’s lap, and you can glue ornaments on paper wreaths, but there’s something about being surrounded by a hundred trees decked out to the nines that just puts you into the holiday spirit.

My kids love running from tree to tree and picking their favorite. The artistry is extraordinary. The magic of the holidays is so often lost in shopping and stress. But there’s something about these ornamental trees that captures the simplicity of the holiday and the excitement of being a kid that time of year. I’ve been taking them since my first (twins) were 18 months old; we never miss a year.

Heather, mom of three

We’ve been going to the Festival of Trees every year since my middle child was 2, this will be our 6th year!  The kids really enjoy all the activities, from the ornament making to face painting.  We always pull out last year’s ornaments to hang on our tree.  They especially enjoy writing letters to Santa and mailing them; right at the event. They also look forward to receiving their letter back from Santa.  This year, they are even more excited to share the experience with their baby sister. We always end our visit with a walk through the Festival of Trees where we admire the creative ways people design and decorate the Christmas trees. 

Saratoga Festival of Trees Family Day – Saturday, December 2nd
Tickets $8: includes admission to continental breakfast or sundaes, festival tour and photo with Santa.
Purchase tickets online or call 587-5000

Enter to WIN a Family Four Pack to Breakfast with Santa at this year’s Festival of Trees!

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  1. We would love to go! Our daughter is 2, so this will be the first year she is really getting into the whole Santa thing!

  2. We have never been and we did not know of the event. So excited to participate this year! Also, looks like a great photo opp. Saratoga Mama, as you always, you rock!

  3. Jess Jeannotte on

    We love the Festivital Of Trees but never had breakfast with Santa. We love to go and than recreate ideas we see from the trees.

  4. We have never been to the festival of trees, but would love to go this year! A holiday tradition for us is the kids getting a early Christmas surprise from Santa. Usually some Christmas pjs and a Christmas story or movie. Gets the excitement going. 😊

  5. We never been to the Festival. We do love driving around and looking at houses decorated every year. We’d love to make this a new tradition!

  6. We haven’t been yet but it sounds wonderful and I’m sure my son would have a blast. We do go to breakfast with Santa at the Wilton Mall every year and that has become a tradition for us kind of.

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