Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum signals beginning of Holiday Season

Above: The Berkshire Museum’s Christmas Trees over the years

You know the holidays are here when the Festival of Trees 2016 opens at the Berkshire Museum on Friday evening, November 18, 2016, with a festive Premiere Party, and continues as a family favorite destination from November 19-31.

Long recognized as the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season in the Berkshires, the annual event features more than 100 dazzling decorated trees, bedecked in film world finery, reflecting this year’s movie theme. The creative holiday trees are sponsored by businesses, schools, and community organizations in a true celebration of cinema, from film noir and sci-fi to action-adventure, Westerns, and animation. Are you ready for your close-up?

Now Playing: Festival of Trees 2016 is proudly sponsored by Hill Engineers, Architects, Planners Inc.; Pittsfield Cooperative Bank; RBC Wealth Management; and Berkshire Magazine. Presenting partners for this year’s Festival of Trees are the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative.

Festive Premiere Party
Friday, November 18, 5:30 to 7:30

Lights! Camera! Action! The big opening night is a show business, movie-themed extravaganza! Be among the first to see the twinkling trees, sample delicious refreshments with Hollywood flair, take pictures in front of the “Hillywood” backdrop, and visit the mini screening room! Tickets are $50 adult, $25 child; Museum members $30 adult, $15 child; children 3 and under free. For tickets, visit berkshiremuseum.org/support/festival-of-trees

The organizations, businesses, and schools that participate in the Festival of Trees come up with innovative and original ways to decorate their movie-themed trees; this year visitors can expect to see holiday trees that celebrate classics of the cinema, from High Noon to Star Wars, Casablanca to Jaws to the best of the Disney studios. The Festival of Trees is a significant fundraiser for Berkshire Museum every year — the proceeds benefit the education programs that provide more than 20,000 educational experiences annually.

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