Over the past 19 years, the Milford Hospital Celebration of Trees has grown to become a cherished holiday tradition for the people of Milford and surrounding communities. During the 10-day event from Nov. 28 to Dec. 7, more than 3,000 visitors are expected to stroll through the Milford Hospital lobby and balcony areas to view, and take a chance on winning, one of the themed trees, gift baskets, displays and other items, which have transformed the hospital into a holiday wonderland.

In addition to the trees and traditional holiday items, this year’s Celebration will feature a variety of new prizes donated by local business leaders and community organizations, including a Mohegan Sun Getaway, a New York City getaway complete with limousine service, electronics for the home, a child’s battery operated ride-on car and more.

Highlights of the Celebration of Trees include a variety of holiday activities and entertainment: a special “kids day” on Saturday, Nov. 28,  starting at 10 a.m. with  Breakfast with Santa Claus followed by entertainment with Tony the Balloon Man. Tickets are $5 per child, $7 per adult, reservations are required and space is limited. Call 203-647-6654 for more information or to reserve a space.

Community members are invited to participate in the Annual Tree of Light, tree lighting and memorial ceremony on Dec. 4 by purchasing a light on the outdoor tree in honor or memory of a loved one or friend.

All events and activities will take place at Milford Hospital. The full schedule of holiday festivities is as follows:

Saturday, November 28, Kids Day

10:00am -  Breakfast with Santa  $5.00 per person. Reservations are required, Space is limited.  Call 203-647-6654 for reservations.

11:00 am – Tony the Balloon Man

11:00 am – Milford Senior Center Quartet

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Visits with Santa

Monday, November 30th

7:00 pm – Performance by professional vocalist, Michael Jovovich accompanied by pianist Dr. Joe Utterback

Thursday, December 3rd

11:30 pm – Performance by the Musical Group “Matinee”

                               Friday, December 4th

5:30pm -  Tree of Light Ceremony

Saturday, December 5th

1:00-3:00pm – Visits with Santa

Sunday, December 6th

12:00pm – Musical Event featuring:  The Jonathan Law Choir, West Shore Middle School Choir and The Pumpkin Delight Choir

1:30pm - Performance by: The Coastal Chordsmen featuring Milford Hospital Physician Dr. Michael Rudolph

Monday, December 7th - 4:00 - Raffle Drawing

For additional information on the Celebration of Trees or Tree of Light Ceremony contact the Milford Hospital Auxiliary at 203-647-6654.