festival of trees

Each November, on the weekend following Thanksgiving, First Congregational Church hosts this holiday-themed fundraiser event. The festival is a display of themed Christmas trees that are sold by silent auction. Visitors wander through a forest of trees with themes as varied as the imaginations of their creators.

Admission is free, and online bidding is also available. Proceeds from the Festival will be donated to Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center to fund their Winter Boots for Kids program.

virtual auction

If you are unable to visit in-person, you can still participate online. Registration is easy, and you will receive email updates for the items you have bid on to know when you have been out-bid.


Online bidding begins Thanksgiving at noon and runs through Sunday at noon. See below for a complete schedule of events.

what to expect?​

so many trees

There’s always a wide variety of decorated trees, both large and small. Many have an intentional theme, including lights, ornaments, or gifts.

Past themes have included the more traditional Santas and snowmen as well as more unusual trees decorated with children’s books, Dr. Seuss characters, fire trucks, and cooking utensils.

You’ll never know what you’ll find, or what may tickle your fancy.

but that’s not all​


Find the perfect holiday gift to decorate your living room, or to warm the heart of someone you leave. These items are keepsakes to treasure for years to come.

wall art

Perhaps you don’t have space for a tree, but still want to find a way to spread joy. Find that perfect something to hang above your fireplace or on your porch.


And sometimes there’s an item that really isn’t a tree, but embodies the spirit of the season.

Come see what creations our artists have made to spread the joy.

how it works

schedule for the 2023 auction

Sunday, November 19

registration deadline

Send an email with details about your entry. There is no registration fee, but it helps organize the schedule and the layout.

Sunday, November 19
Sunday, November 19

set up begins

Reserve a time to come in and display your entry in the Sanctuary or the Lounge. Set up begins Sunday at noon, and runs through Wednesday evening.

Sunday, November 19
Thursday, November 23

online bidding opens

Register with the virtual auction site any time this week, then browse the auction items while you relax after your holiday dinner.

Thursday, November 23
Friday, November 24

open to the public

In-person bidding begins at 5:00pm and continues until 8:00pm.

Friday, November 24
Saturday, November 25

in-person bidding continues

We’re open Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Come explore the fully decorated church and see the trees up close.

Saturday, November 25
Sunday, November 26

bidding ends

The auction closes Sunday at noon. Winners will be notified by phone or email, and can come by to pick up their items until 2pm, or make arrangements for another time.

Sunday, November 26

Kick off the holiday season with us at First Congregational Church by participating in the Festival of Trees. Bring a friend (or three).