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Christmas Tree Festival

The 40th Annual Christmas Tree Festival is coming soon!

We are taking reservations for this year's 2018 Christmas Tree Festival,
with tree and wreath set up starting November 15th, with
everything in place before the December 1st festival opening.
(Get your ideas for your group or classroom now.)
Watch for postings on Facebook at "Monroe County Museum."

Our annual Holiday Open House will be Saturday, December 8th, 2018  from 1- 4 p.m. with Monroe County Community College's children choir "Prelude" at 1 p.m. More TBA...

Last year for 2017:




The 36th Annual CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL (2014) A 5-member panel of judges selected the winners for this year: Trees, First place: HIS Home school, "A Time to Celebrate and Honor;" Second place: The Neighborhoood Garden Club, "Re-purposed Christmas Gourds;" Third place: Monroe County ISD class, "Christmas Movies."

Wreaths, First place: MCES St. Mary's 5th/8th grade class, "Angels Among Us"; Second place: Monroe Middle School class, "Here Comes Santa Claus"; Third place: Cub Scout Pack 597, "It's Snowing Cub Scouts."Visitor Voting results during December were tallied and the winners are: Trees, First Place: HIS Home school; Second place, Miss Mary's Montessori Preschool; Third place: Monroe County Humane Society.Wreaths, First place: MCES St. Mary's 5th/8th grade class; Second place, Sew Creative 4-H club; Third place, Sawyer Homestead.

Congratulations to all the winners and clubs!  Your vote counted. Local company FEDCO donated some of the prize money.Thanks also to John Patterson of the Monroe County Convention & Tourism Bureau for displaying his professionally decorated giant "outdoor recreation" tree in our front lobby during holidays! Maybe you saw the lighted tree in the window while you passed by the museum.

Our Holiday Open House was a resounding success with lots to see, hear, and do, for the hundreds who visited that day, thanks to MCCC's "Prelude" children's chorus, "The Amazing Clark" and his puppets and magic, and our tables of holiday crafts and activities. Free tickets to the movie "Night at the Museum 3" were donated by the local Phoenix Theatre at the mall, and winners were Audrey Cooley, Melanie Emerson and Pat Burnard- chosen out of almost 100 entries.

See images of the trees and wreaths currently on our Facebook page (the Monroe County HIstorical Museums and Archives), and "like" us; keep up to date on events and what's happening!


2013 members of the Downtown Networking Connection judged the trees and wreaths with the following results:

First Place, Trees: Custer Elementary School Kindergarten with the theme of "Candyland." Second place, trees: Friends of Potter Cemetery, "A Tribute to our Veterans." Third place, St. Paul's M.E. Church "Christ's Kids Club", with the theme of "While Shephers Watched Their Flocks."

First Place, People's Vote: St. John Lutheran School

First Place, Wreaths: the Bedford Herb Group, "Enchanted Everlastings." Second place, the Lotus Garden Club, "Lotus." Third place, the Sawyer Homestead, self-titled.

DSC00424  The decorated attic with trees and lights

DSC00422  One of several Santa Claus bookcases

DSC00426 Faithful Friends 4-H Club


DSC00435 Miss Mary's Montessori Preschool on the left

The Museum is filled with Holiday greeness!




The Christmas Tree Festival was back for another year- thanks to Monroe County voters! Perhaps you went to the kickoff Open House, and got to see the many trees and wreaths specially decorated to make the museum more festive for the holidays. Thanks to all the groups and clubs and schools (all of Jefferson District's Sodt Elementary school participated and visited the museum!) who took the time to showcase their creativity. Get your ideas for this year's Festival- our 35th year.

Bedford_Herb Bedford Herb Group

Exeter Exeter Historical Society

Frenchtown Frenchtown Senior Friendship Club


Detail of the MOMS ornaments




Monroe County Historical Museum's 33rd Annual Christmas Tree Festival December, 2011

 62 Participating groups (in no order):

Picture Perfect Painting/ Lotus Garden Club/ Sawyer Homestead/ Exeter Historical Society/ Raisinville Wranglers 4-H Club/ Maybee Muskrats 4-H Club/ Monroe Council of Churches/ Neighborhood Garden Club/ MARSP/ Monroe Art League/ American Red Cross (Monroe)/ Lazy Angels 4-H Club/ Country Critters 4-H Club/ St. Patrick School (Carleton)/ Orchard Center School/ Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield/ Monroe Girl Scouts/ Monroe County Homemakers of Extension/ Whiteford Workers 4-H Club/ Friends of the Museum (Monroe)/ Monroe County Quilt Guild/ all of Sodt Elementary School (wow, Jefferson District)/ The Kroger Company/ United Way of Monroe County/ Triumph Academy Cub Scouts 584/ Friends of Potter Cemetery (Ash Twp.)/ Frenchtown Seniors Friendship Club/ Carleton Go-Getters 4-H Club/ Monroe County Caprine Council 4-H/ Bedford Herb Group/ Custer Elementary School (Monroe District)/ Rockin Ranchers 4-H Club/ MOMS Club/ Project Second Chance/ Victorian Christmas/ Lutheran High School South/ MAECO (Monroe Auto Equipment) Retirees/ Monroe County Library System/ Miss Mary's Preschool/ Daughters of the American Revolution/ Daughters of the War of 1812/ HIS Homeschool/ VFW Post 1138 (Monroe)