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Christmas Tree Festival continues annual tradition

November 27. 2013 8:23PM

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LIMA — It has become an annual tradition in Lima, and entering its 41st year, the Christmas Tree Festival at the Allen County Museum promises to have something for the entire family.

“There’s a lot of stuff people can look forward to,” museum director Patricia Smith said. “The MacDonnell House will be fully decorated, and there will be reenactors in the log house, as well. There will be some pioneer cooking going on there as well.”

Inside the museum, there will be approximately 90 decorated trees, each one decorated by various organizations or individuals. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite during the festival. There will also be crafts available for sale, along with a variety of Christmas related exhibits.

“The Children’s Discovery Center theme this year is ‘Christmas in France,’” Smith said. “Children will get to explore and discover how Christmas is celebrated in France, along with making a craft they can take home with them.”

There will also be readings of “The Polar Express” near the train display, quilting and woodcarving demonstrations and plenty of live entertainment.

There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted, benefiting the event’s sponsors.

“This is sponsored by the Allen County Historical Society, Lima Church Women United and the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District,” Smith said. “All the donations will be split between the three groups.”

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