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by | November 24, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: November 22, 2016 at 10:14 am

Colleton Museum and Farmer’s Market will usher in the Christmas Season with a Festival of Trees beginning Nov. 30.
Businesses and organizations will install approximately 40 Christmas trees, 30 full-size and 10 table top, that will be on display at the museum during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.
During the festival the museum will only be open to those purchasing a ticket to view the trees. Admission to view the trees is $3 for seniors, $4 for adults and $1 for children 12  and under accompanied by an adult.
The festival kicks off Nov. 30 with a special Senior Preview Day with a special price of $2 for senior citizens.
On Dec. 1 a Pre-School Story Hour and Sing-A-Long with Colleton Memorial Library Children’s Librarian Shiela Keaise will be held at 10 a.m.
Then Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., the museum will hold a Deck Your Halls Decoration Workshop. The workshop will offer tips on bow making, natural décor, button garlands, gift-wrapping, and more. Tickets are $10.
On Dec. 2, the museum will host a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eight readers will be working their way through the classic in 10 minute intervals.
On Dec. 3 at 10 a.m., the museum hosts a Teddy Bear Breakfast. Children, accompanied by an adult, can have breakfast with their favorite Teddy Bear and participate in a Teddy Bear parade. The event will also include a visit from Father Christmas and a Candy Cane Maze. The Grace Notes singers will be the Dickens carolers in full costume.
Colleton County Councilman Gene Whetsell has been pressed into service as Father Christmas. His wife, Kathie, will take on the role of Mother Christmas.
Admission will only be through advance tickets with space limited.  The price is $15 for one adult and child and $8 for each additional child.
The Festival of Trees closes Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. with the Shake Your Sugar Plums Party and Silent Auction.
The adults-only party will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres by Jimmy Fitts and music by Michael Hulett from Savannah. A beer and wine bar will also be offered and those attending will have an opportunity to bid on the Christmas trees.
The party also requires advance tickets. The tickets are available at $40 per person and $75 per couple.
Museum Director Gary Brightwell said tickets are still available for the party and silent auction and for the Teddy Bear Breakfast, although the breakfast is filling up quickly.
She said those interested in either event can come by the museum to obtain tickets or call the museum to obtain tickets by credit card.

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