Rochester prepares for annual Festival of Trees

Brian Wise
Updated: November 25, 2020 06:45 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 04:54 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Downtown Rochester is transforming into a holiday wonderland with the Festival of Trees. 

For about a month, the city has been working to put uniquely decorated trees throughout downtown.

Laurie Brownell, who has designed a tree with her neighbors the last 10 years says this year is about magical moments and believing in the holiday spirit. 

"We lived in the South Park subdivision called South Park and we've always had the spirit to get together and design a tree for the festival,"  said Brownell.

"This year, of all years is when things are a little upside down. It just made so much sense to continue doing the tree and keeping those magical moments alive for us, and the whole community."

35 trees will be placed throughout 10 spaces in the community including various storefronts.

"Essentially, the trees will be lit up by 10 a.m. through 10 p.m., every single day starting this Friday," said Karli McElroy, Senior Director of Placemaking at the Rochester Downtown Alliance.

"We will still have decorations in the storefront and we'll be able to keep one of the trees in all of our downtown storefronts through the end of December."

The festival is a fundraiser for the Hiawatha Homes Foundation. The foundation provides residential and community-based support services for those with developmental disabilities.

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