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Love decorating Christmas trees? Get creative and help Port Coquitlam museum

Last day for registration, decorated trees will be set up for viewing Nov. 26
Xmas Tree Festival
The community will be able to judge the best Christmas trees in Port Coquitlam.

If there’s a twinkle in the air it must be because the holidays are not too far away.

Why not get an early start and help Port Coquitlam Heritage raise some funds while also showing off your tree-decorating skills?

This year the museum, located at 2248 McAllister Ave., is holding its 9th Annual PoCo Heritage Christmas Tree Festival, a community-wide event where individuals and groups decorate trees for display and judging.

Registration closes today (Nov. 19) for the event, according to Alexander Code, museum manager, who says the more the merrier when it comes to participation.

This year people can decorate a mini-tree or they can go all-out and decorate a regular-sized trees.

It’s all for fun, and to raise money.

“As a small non-profit and registered charity this festival has always been very important to our organization. All funds raised help us in our mission to celebrate and preserve PoCo's diverse heritage through public events, programming and caring for our collection,” Code said.

The festival launches as the city of Port Coquitlam hosts its Christmas Leigh Square event Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 with an artisan market and performances.

Here’s how it works: Decide whether you want to decorate a mini tree or a full-sized tree (the registration fee for a mini tree is $25 while it’s $150 per entry for a large tree).

Festival dates are as follows:

Nov. 19: Registration closes

Nov. 16–23: Tree drop off and setup

Nov. 26: Festival begins (along with the city’s Christmas in Leigh Square)

Nov. 26–Dec. 17: Voting

Dec. 18: Winners announced

The mini trees will be placed inside the museum in a Christmas-themed display while large trees will be set up in Port Coquitlam City Hall, the Terry Fox Library and in the museum. 

Everyone is welcome to enter a tree — as an individual or an organization.

You may enter more than one tree and there is a prize for the tree with the most votes at the end of the festival.