Celebration of Trees starts end of November

The Milford Hospital Auxiliary Celebration of Trees will take place during the 10 day period from Saturday, Nov. 30 through Monday, Dec. 9.

It is the largest special event fundraiser benefiting Milford Hospital.

Over the past 16 years, the Celebration of Trees has grown to become a cherished holiday tradition for the people of Milford and surrounding communities.

More than 3,000 visitors annually stroll through the Milford Hospital lobby and balcony areas to view the themed trees, gift baskets, displays and other items, which transform the hospital into a holiday wonderland. Visitors can purchase raffle tickets for $2 and take a chance on winning one of the raffle items.

The drawing will take place on Monday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.

Hundreds of volunteers, sponsors and donors give of their time and talent to bring the holiday spirit to Milford Hospital. The Auxiliary welcomes and encourages new participants.

In addition to the displayed items and raffle, highlights of the Celebration of Trees include the following activities and entertainment:

Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 to 3 p.m., Cookies with Mrs. Claus.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m., performance by The Coastal Chordsmen.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m., performance by the musical group Matinee.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:15 p.m., performance by the Milford Senior Center Quartet.

Saturday, December 7, Kids’ Day:

10 a.m. Breakfast with Santa, $5, reservations required. Call 203-647-6654 for reservations.

11 a.m., magician/ventriloquist, visits with Santa, face painting.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m., holiday musical event featuring The Jonathan Law Choir, West Shore Middle School Choir and Pumpkin Delight Chorus.

Monday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m., raffle drawing.

Also in conjunction with the Celebration of Trees, the Annual Tree of Light ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 6. Community members are invited to participate in the tree lighting and memorial ceremony by purchasing a light on the outdoor tree in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend. Lights should be purchased by Nov. 15.

For additional information contact the Milford Hospital Auxiliary at 203-647-6654.