Festival of Trees

Photos and Story submitted by Linsey De Ruysscher

I don’t know about you, but there is just something about a beautifully decorated Christmas tree that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Every year, we plan a night in early December to put up our tree and decorate it – complete with a musical holiday train around the bottom! The boys love picking where each ornament should go, and they smile from ear to ear when Daddy lifts them up high to place the Thor ornament near the top! I mean, he’s Thor. He’s gotta fly high, right?

So, since we’re a family of Christmas tree lovers, we thought we’d get ourselves in the Christmas spirit and check out all the amazing trees at the annual Festival of Trees display at Farmtown Park in Stirling. When we walked in, the boys were immediately drawn to Rudolph and his blinking nose. It was a perfect photo op!


Rudolph and his blinking nose


After our picture with Rudolph, it was time to check out the trees! The building was filled with dozens of gorgeously decorated Christmas trees – and every single one of them was available to win! You can purchase ballots to fill out and place in the ballot boxes of the trees of your choice. At the end of the festival, a name is drawn to win each tree – decorations and all! Here are just a few of the incredible trees you could win this year. 


Christmas TreeRed and white Christmas tree

White and purple Christmas treeGreen Christmas tree


If you’re not into ‘traditional’ Christmas trees, there were also some other types of trees on display as well. There were smaller trees that would be perfect for a smaller space, or to dress up a fireplace or table. There were even trees made of toys, baby items, and below you’ll see two of the boys favourite trees. I’m sure you’ll understand why they were fans. 


Christmas TreeSmall Christmas tree with skate decorations

Christmas tree built of toysChristmas tree built of cookies


In addition to the trees, there were also some holiday planters, festive wreaths and even a BBQ with a great big bow! I fell in love with the adorable little snowman planter (so cute!!!), and the boys, well…it was two thumbs up for the BBQ! 


White bow holiday planterSnowman planter

Child enjoying the festival


While we wandered around, we stopped into Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe to check out some holiday decorations available for purchase. There was also a table filled with complimentary goodies (even sugar free and gluten free options!) and the boys picked out a sweet treat to enjoy while we looked at the trees. They chose very festive cookies! 


Baked goods on a tableSweet treats


During the holiday season, there are so many fun family activities to enjoy in Hastings County. The Festival of Trees at Farmtown Park may be done for this year but keep it in mind for next year. It typically takes place in mid-November and it’s a wonderful event the whole family can enjoy together. Especially if you love Christmas trees like we do! This annual event will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!  

If you missed it, there are still plenty of events to enjoy throughout the wonderful communities in Hastings County this holiday season. Festivals, parades, light displays and more! So, bundle up and get out there and make some fun holiday memories!


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Story and photographs by Linsey De Ruysscher

Family photo

As one of our six Local Wanderers exploring Hastings County, Linsey enjoys making memories with her family hiking on new trails and discovering new hidden attractions along the way. If there is a river to be paddled, they'll be there!

Learn more about Linsey through her bio, as well as for a link to the other adventures she has shared with us. You can also read about our other five Local Wanderers and the excursions they've experienced across the County.