Festival of Trees begins next week at Fort Fisher aquarium

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The annual holiday event features dozens of adorned trees, the sponsorship of which benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Courtesy photos.
The annual holiday event features dozens of adorned trees, the sponsorship of which benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Courtesy photo.

A local holiday tradition kicks off next week, this time in a new location.

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees runs Nov. 23-Dec. 6 at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For the last three years, the Lower Cape Fear Hospice-sponsored fundraiser has taken place at Cameron Art Museum.

“Thanks to our generous sponsors, we will have more than two dozen trees with a variety of traditional and [non-traditional] decorations throughout the aquarium,” said Lower Cape Fear Hospice development manager Veronica Godwin. “We are excited to partner with the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher to bring this annual holiday tradition to a new location. We encourage everyone to visit and kick start the holiday spirit.”

Going strong for a quarter of a century, the event annually features an array of dazzling holiday decorations and beautifully adorned Christmas trees. Hospice volunteers are also on hand to provide information about Lower Cape Fear Hospice services and programs.

With the price of regular admission–between $8.95 and $10.95, (free for children ages 2 and younger and NC Aquarium Society members), visitors can stroll through through the aquarium and take a tour of the festival of trees.

“It’s a great and economical way to entertain kids and visiting guests during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” Godwin said.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a discount by contacting the aquarium. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the aquarium’s website. The aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Tree sponsorship during the festival supports hospice services and programs for patients and families facing advanced illnesses.

For more information about the festival or sponsorship opportunities, contact Godwin, (910) 796-7985, or Veronica.Godwin@lcfh.org.