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Cail Bellavance, member of the board of trustees for the Hunt Memorial Building in Nashua,and Kathy Smith, the building’s administrator, admire the decorations on one of the trees in the Festival of Trees at the Hunt Memorial Building. (Kimberly Houghton)

Feeling Scrooge-ish? Just visit the Festival of Trees

NASHUA — For anyone who isn’t quite in the holiday mood just yet, a quick visit to the downtown Hunt Memorial Building could help jump start the festivities.

“It is hard to leave here without being in the holiday spirit,” said Kathy Smith, administrator of the building.

There are 25 trees currently on display in the building’s great room, each of them decorated with unique holiday ornaments.

All this week, the building’s first-ever Festival of Trees is taking place, and the public is encouraged to stop inside and enjoy the beautifully adorned Christmas trees.

“It really is magical here,” said Cail Bellavance, member of the board of trustees for the Hunt Memorial Building.

Various businesses and local organizations volunteered to donate and decorate artificial trees for the event, which is serving as a fundraiser for the building’s ongoing restoration project.Among the most unique trees now on display is a tree from the Nashua Police Department that is decked out in crime scene tape and highlighted with a police siren on the top.

Other interesting trees include a display from Bellavance Beverage Company with a beer tap instead of a traditional star, and a different tree with decorative birds that actually chirp when an individual is nearby.

“This event is such a great opportunity for folks to come into the building and really appreciate the holidays. This building is a real treasure here in Nashua,” said Smith.

Bellavance agreed, adding the Festival of Trees and the city’s holiday tree standing just outside of the Hunt Memorial Building set the ideal scene for the holiday season.

All this week, the building on Library Hill will be open to the public. From today through Thursday, families are invited to visit the Festival of Trees from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets to view the trees are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

The Festival of Trees will conclude at 7 p.m. on Friday with a special Silent Auction Gala. Tickets are still available for Friday’s gala, and may be reserved for $25 by calling Bellavance at 595-7969 or emailing her at

Two of the trees will be raffled off, while the remaining 23 trees will be auctioned on Friday night, according to organizers.

All proceeds from the event will be used to help restore the city-owned Hunt Memorial Building, specifically by improving the front entrance doors to the facility at 6 Main St.The 1903 building has been beautifully refurbished, as it previously underwent more than $1 million in renovations.


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