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Auburn’s festival of trees opens November 19 at local museum

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The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center is set to host its annual Festival of Trees from November 19 through January 31.

This festive event, a highlight of the holiday season in Auburn, will showcase over 150 uniquely decorated trees in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and themes within the comfort of the heated museum.

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Visitors to the Festival of Trees can immerse themselves in the holiday spirit by viewing and voting for their favorite trees. In addition to the tree display, the museum offers an extensive exhibition space spanning over 18,000 feet. The exhibits feature aspects of Cayuga County’s history in the 18th and 19th centuries, including a miniature circus, toy trains, and dollhouses. The festival also caters to its younger audience with a dedicated kids’ play area, equipped with farm toys, puzzles, and wooden trains, ensuring a family-friendly experience for all ages.

The museum, located at 6880 East Lake Road Route 38, across from Emerson Park, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on Christmas and New Year’s Day, with early closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Admission to the Festival of Trees is free, as are parking, coffee, and hot cocoa, making it an accessible and enjoyable event for the community.

For more information about the festival, visitors can contact the museum at 315-252-7466.