Christmas season arrives in Warren with Fest of Trees, Walk

The Christmas season arrives in Warren Friday evening, Nov. 17, with the community’s traditional Festival of Trees and Holiday Walk.
This year, the event has expanded to include a soup supper and gingerbread house contest, both sponsored by the newly-organized Warren Creative Arts Outreach.

Thirty-three trees, decorated by businesses, organizations and individuals, will be on display throughout the downtown Warren area from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite trees, and Miss Warren 2017 Sarah Jones will select one tree to receive the Queen’s Choice award.

Maps showing the locations of the trees will be available at the Warren Public Library, the Knight Bergman Center and Warren Assembly Hall.

Visitors can walk through the 25 businesses and organizations that will open their doors from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when the downtown will be filled with the sights and sounds of the holiday season.

The Warren Church of Christ will sponsor horse and wagon rides. At the Warren Public Library, Story Times will be offered at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. T.D. Wall Inc. will provide a small animal petting area and the opportunity to feed the animals.

Memorial bows can be purchased for placement on the town Christmas tree.

The downtown events are coordinated by Historic Warren Inc.

Soup for the Arts, sponsored by Warren Creative Arts Outreach, will take place the same evening from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knight Bergman Center. The menu includes unlimited soup along with bread and dessert. Adult ticketholders will take home a ceramic bowl hand made by Josh Heim of JH Pottery.

Tickets for the soup supper can be purchased at the Warren Town Hall, First Merchants Bank, Gebhart’s, Bippus State Bank and Citizens Telephone, all in Warren. Children 12 and younger eat free.

During the supper, children can attend a free craft session to make either an ornament or a bird feeder from a pine cone.

Also during the supper, entries in the gingerbread house competition will be on display at the Knight Bergman Center. Three people’s choice awards will be presented, and the creations will remain on display until Nov. 25.

Entries in the contest can be dropped off at the Knight Bergman Center on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Friday, Nov. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Entries can be any size, shape or material resembling a gingerbread house.