In Photos: Lower Cape Fear LifeCare’s annual Cape Fear Festival of Trees

The “Take Root and Grow” tree is sponsored by International Paper, and is one of many trees now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)

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.

“Take Root and Grow,” sponsored by International Paper, is one of many trees now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Take Root and Grow,” sponsored by International Paper, is one of many trees now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Holly Jolly Snowman” is sponsored by Cambridge Village — now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Home of the Brave Because of the Brave ” is sponsored by Michael J. Fulwood Funeral Service Licensee, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Tree of Hope” is sponsored by D&H Marketing, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Tree of Hope” is sponsored by D&H Marketing, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
Nest Realty’s tree at Cape Fear Festival of Trees, now on display at Mayfaire through Dec. 24 (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
Nest Realty’s tree at Cape Fear Festival of Trees, now on display at Mayfaire through Dec. 24 (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Our Memories of Ocean Linger” was sponsored by Captain Bill’s Backyard Grill and Volleyball Courts, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Our Memories of Ocean Linger” was sponsored by Captain Bill’s Backyard Grill and Volleyball Courts, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Under the Sea Christmas” is sponsored by Redix Department Store, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Bloom and Grow” is sponsored by Flora Landscaping, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver). (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Celebrating the Season God’s Greatest Gifts” was sponsored by Community Foundation NC East and Cape Fear Magazine, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
Meadowlark Farm’s tree is now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver). (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Christmas Cookies” is sponsored by the Eggers Sorbel family, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Christmas Cookies” is sponsored by the Eggers Sorbel family, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver). (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Heroes of 2020” is sponsored by Wilmington Health to celebrate healthcare industry workers who have clocked in tirelessly to care for patients amid the novel coronavirus. It’s on on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
“Nature’s Ornaments” is sponsored by Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation, now on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Memory Dove Tree allows visitors to remember loved ones who have passed by writing their names on a dove to hang on the tree. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Mayfaire is on display through Dec. 24. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)
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