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The holiday cheer returns as the fourth annual North Fork Festival of Trees transforms Treiber Farms in Peconic into a winter wonderland. A collection of uniquely decorated trees and wreaths designed by local artists, businesses, and North Forkers will be displayed and auctioned off on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 to benefit The Center for Advocacy, Support, and Transformation (CAST). 

This year, head to the barn to see 22 Christmas trees and 19 wreaths decorated by some of your favorite locals. A silent auction of the trees, wreaths, and plenty of other holiday gift packages will be held throughout the weekend. This is CAST’s largest fundraiser of the year, with thousands expected to be in attendance and one hundred percent of the proceeds going towards the social services organization. 

(Photo by Michelina Da Fonte)

“We live in a special community,” said Cathy Demeroto, executive director of CAST. “So many people come together and make these events possible and  I’m very appreciative of the support and our ability to work together to help families during the holidays.” 

This year, the design team from Daniel Gale Sotheby’s will go all out with their pink and white sparkle tree as a tribute to “Barbie.” Last Year’s People’s Choice Winner, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is bringing their annual whimsy with a “Hello Sailor” tree — a salty celebration of sailor memorabilia and vintage tattoos, and Dr. Lynn Saladino will pay tribute to the late great Jimmy Buffett with her  “Cheeseburger in Paradise” wreath.

The Merry Marketplace will make its return to the Festival for the second year, filled with handmade items and crafts for purchase. Indulge in delicious holiday treats at the Cookie Cottage and even get the chance to meet Santa himself from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. CAST will also offer a donation box to kick off their annual holiday toy drive.

“It’s a gift to be able to help our neighbors in need,” continued Demeroto. “The meaning of the holiday season is human connection and sharing kindness, compassion, and love with others.”

The event will be open to all from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 6 and up. You can purchase tickets in advance online here.