WILMINGTON—Going on four decades now, the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (née Lower Cape Fear Hospice) has been hosting the annual Cape Fear Festival of Trees as a holiday fundraiser to continue its mission. The nonprofit supports patients and families through serious illnesses and end-of-life care.
From downtown’s Hilton to the Cameron Art Museum to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the event has moved across the community throughout the years. In 2020, it had landed at Mayfaire Town Center near H&M. With the pandemic having compromised hours of venues that normally would home the trees, the planning committee had to secure a place they knew would be open through the holidays.
Local businesses sponsor and decorate a tree, which visitors are able to vote on through Dec. 24. Around two dozen or so trees are on display, making up a lit forest of creativity and community support. Visitors can also write a name of remembrance on a paper dove to decorate one of LCL’s Memory Dove Trees.
Admission is $5 per person with children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult. Keepsake ornaments and wreaths are for sale as well. Cape Fear Festival of Trees is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Masks are required, and LCL asks visitors to be mindful of remaining 6 feet apart from others.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the trees on display.
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