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Glen Carbon to celebrate the holidays with inaugural Glenfestival of Trees event

The Village of Glen Carbon and the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum are hosting their first annual Glenfestival of Trees event to kick off the holiday season.

Individuals, groups and businesses are invited to decorate an artificial tree or wreath to be displayed inside the museum walls during the Christmas season. Greenery will be displayed from Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2023.

Glenfestival of Trees participants can register their custom-decorated tree or wreath for a small fee, $25 for a tree or $15 for a wreath. Businesses can also display an informational table with materials about their organization or company. Visitors will tour the museum during special evening hours throughout the holidays and will vote for their favorite wreath and tree with prizes awarded. All proceeds go towards future events at the museum and cabin.

Samantha Doolin, museum coordinator, is extremely excited about the upcoming Glenfestival of Trees event as well as some other activities happening this holiday season in the Village. “The Glenfestival of Trees is a kick-off to a fun holiday season and a great way to showcase holiday spirit with co-workers and friends by submitting a unique, decorated tree or wreath,” said Doolin. “Plus, this is a wonderful holiday tour that’s open to everyone and museum guests will get to see your holiday masterpiece set up amongst the museum’s own festive decorations,” added Doolin.

If you are interested in promoting your business or organization by participating in the Glenfestival of Trees event happening at the Heritage Museum, visit the Glen Carbon website at under the Village Events tab to learn more and download registration forms. Interested participants can also contact Doolin directly at or by phone at (618) 288-7271. Doolin noted that this will be a wonderful opportunity to get creative, have fun, and promote your organization all season long.

Other seasonal events include the Lighted Christmas Parade happening on Dec. 3, Santa at the Yanda Log Cabin on Dec. 4, and a Holiday Sing-along and Winter Market happening on Dec. 17. Stay tuned for more detailed information by following the Village on their Facebook and LinkedIn social media pages.

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