Place the right bid and you can avoid the hassle of finding and decorating a Christmas tree this year, all while helping out a good cause.
The Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Downtown New London Association and Neff Productions, will take place at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Elks Lodge. Tickets are available at Greenlight Boutique or the Bijou Salon and Spa in Waterford.
The Downtown New London Association provides live trees for decoration based on themes. Last year's trees included vintage maritime, peacock feather, circus, and seashore themes. The Festival of Trees auctions off the trees to the highest bidders, and the trees are delivered to those homes the next day. Proceeds from the auction benefit the New London Community Meal Center as well as the organization's collaboration with the Covenant Shelter to provide decorated Christmas trees to families who can't afford one.
Tickets are $12 and the event includes beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, call Barbara Neff at 860-443-3786.