137 Christmas trees on display in Tower Square

14,000 people visited Festival of Trees last year

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – No sooner had the Parade of the Big Balloons concluded when the 16th annual Festival of Trees opened its doors at Tower Square in downtown Springfield.

An estimated 2,000 parade goers attended the opening hours of the Springfield Boys and Girls Club fundraiser. The crowd could not take their eyes off the 137 ornately-decorated Christmas trees. These trees will be raffled-off at the festival’s conclusion on December 11.

People fell in love with their favorite trees.

“There’s a different variety this year, for some reason. We fell in love with the ‘Peace Tree,’ which we’ve not seen before.” Adina Rios of Springfield said.

“I like the ‘Peace Tree,’ because of all the things we have in the world. That is why we want peace,” Ada DeLeon of Holyoke said.

The 2015 Festival of Trees helped raise $150,000 for the Boys and Girls Club program throughout the year. This year, organizers hope to top the 14,000 visitors who attended last year’s Festival of Trees.