Celebration of Trees: A great start to the holidays

The Milford Hospital Auxiliary’s Celebration of Trees is one of the premier events in Milford and one well worth attending for a number of reasons.

This holiday event offers residents a way to get into the holiday spirit, relax and meander among some beautifully decorated trees, and help the community hospital at the same time.

The Celebration of Trees started years ago at the Milford Fine Arts Council, where it was an immediate hit, raising about $20,000 that first year for the hospital auxiliary.

Later, the show moved to the hospital, set up on the upper- and lower-level lobbies, where it takes place now. 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.

The 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 fund-raiser benefiting Milford Hospital.

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 may 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.

Hundreds of volunteers, sponsors and donors give of their time and talent to bring the holiday spirit to Milford Hospital.

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, Dec. 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.

The Auxiliary members who host this annual show do a wonderful job for the hospital and the community.

Milford Hospital is a not-for-profit subsidiary of Milford Health and Medical Inc. A 106-bed acute care community hospital serving the residents of Greater New Haven and Fairfield County, Milford Hospital has more than 300 active and courtesy physicians.

Milford Hospital has been a part of Milford since 1920, and today it is a regional leader in emergency and walk-in services, joint replacement surgery, maternity care, home care, and educational programs.

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