I have been sitting in front of my laptop for about 20 minutes trying to find the best way to describe Euharlee’s Festival of Trees without using cliches or sounding dramatic. I find myself as speechless (or wordless) as I was when I entered the former granary over the weekend for this small town Christmas event. This annual festival is sponsored by Just Believe Christmas for Kids and it transforms the former grain storage facility into a Christmas wonderland that includes a miniature village with running trains. And on the weekends, kids can visit Santa and have their picture made (that includes big kids like me and the Husband). This is a free event that includes an opportunity to roast marshmallows by the fire outside. You can also eat cookies and drink cider inside while you look at at the gorgeous trees. The entire town is lit up and beautifully decorated for the holidays.
I don’t want to ruin your visit by telling and showing you all of the trees there, but let me say the trees are spectacular. Also included are some beautiful wreaths and displays. What I love the most is that these trees and other decorations will be auctioned off the last night of the festival with all of the proceeds going to a fund to provide Christmas for kids under 12 who may not have gifts otherwise. You don’t have to buy a tree to help. You can donate in a box located near Santa’s spot.
Euharlee has been one of my favorite towns since I was a reporter at a local radio station there in the early 90s. It’s not just the gorgeous covered bridge, but the people there are so sweet. My best friend and I attended the parade on Saturday night and as we walked around the town, everyone said “Hello” to the two strangers invading their hamlet. The town was established before the Civil War and has so much history. Christmas is the best time to visit Euharlee and learn more about the area. Look for more pictures on our Instagram and Facebook feeds throughout the festival.
Euharlee Festival of Trees
Dates: The festival is open on weeknights between 6 and 9 p.m. and on the weekends from 6 to 10 p.m. through December 8. Santa is there Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the event. The trees will be auctioned on Dec. 8.
Cost: Free but you can make a donation. All donations go to
Just Believe Christmas for Kids which provides gifts for needy children under the age of 12.
Why you should go: It’s a wonderful free event for kids that also helps raise money for kids in need.