Arthurdale Festival of Trees Kicks Off Community Holiday Season

Arthurdale Heritage is inviting the public and local businesses to participate in a three-day holiday fundraising event. The Arthurdale Festival of Trees will feature fully decorated trees and wreaths donated by friends, supporters, and businesses. The trees, wreaths, and a beautiful handmade quilt made by the Arthurdale Homestead Quilters will be raffled just in time for the holiday season.

The Arthurdale Craft Shop will also be open for the holidays and children can sit down and write a letter to Santa with some help from his elves.

Arthurdale Heritage will provide trees for donors to decorate and volunteers will be available to assist with decorating. Set up and decoration of the trees will take place November 29-December 1 in the Arthurdale Forge and other museum buildings. Bidding will start on December 2 with a reception and tree showcase from 5-7 p.m. The bidding will continue on December 3 from 12-4 p.m. Refreshments will be offered during the event. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

On Sunday December 4, the Festival will continue with the craft shop open house, horse-drawn wagon rides, letters to Santa, and holiday family photos by Steven Marra.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact Arthurdale Heritage at 304-864-3959 or register online at

Festival of Trees Schedule*

*Schedule subject to change

Tuesday, Nov. 29-Dec.1

  • Festival of Trees setup & decorating in Forge
  • 12:00-4:00 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • 6:00-8:00 – Thursday

Friday Dec. 2

  • 4:00-5:30 – Volunteer arrival & setup
  • 6:00-8:00 – Arthurdale Festival of Trees opening reception
  • Wine & cheese

Saturday Dec.3

  • 10:00-11:00 – Volunteer arrival & setup
  • 12:00-4:00 Arthurdale Festival of Trees showcase open for bidding
  • 12:00-4:00 Craft Shop Open
  • 12:00-4:00 Letters to Santa
  • Hot chocolate, cookies

Sunday, Dec. 4

  • 12:00-4:00 Eleanor’s Little (Christmas) Village Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • 12:00-4:00 Craft Shop Open
  • 12:00-4:00 Family Christmas Photos
  • 12:00-4:00 Letters to Santa
  • Hot chocolate, cookies