This year’s Festival of the Trees on the Crawford County Courthouse will begin Saturday, Dec. 7.

The eighth annual event sponsored by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce is seeking event sponsors and tree sponsors, according to Alisa Kelly, organizer of the event.

Festival of the Trees opens Dec. 7 and runs through Dec. 26.

"Participants will enjoy uniquely decorated trees sponsored by local businesses while celebrating the county’s official kickoff of the holiday season," Kelly said.

The courthouse lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. The Old Town Merchants Association will have its living window displays on Main Street in historic downtown beginning at 5 p.m.

At the courthouse, there will be free hot dogs, chili, hot cocoa and cookies while supplies last, Kelly said.

There will also be groups and individuals performing holiday music, she said.

For more information on the Festival of Trees, contact the chamber at (479) 474-2761. Tree sponsorships are $100.