Tickets to the Festival of Trees are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, the sponsor of the annual benefit for local nonprofit organizations.
Jill Turnbow of Cambria, a professional comedian, actor and director, will once again serve as auctioneer starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.
Tree donors and designers select which local charities benefit from purchase of the tree.
Tickets, $25, include wine and food. Event tickets regularly sell out.
It’s a new night, but the same open doors, hot cider, warm food and spirit of the season on tap from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, for Hospitality Night, the annual chamber business district open house.
Businesses open their doors, offer refreshments, drawings and deals. There will be tree lighting ceremonies, a photo booth in the West Village, photos with Santa in East and West villages, carolers, town criers, food, cheer and song.
The Cambria Village Trolley will run up and down Main Street from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m.
A move to change the name from Hospitality Night to Holiday in the Pines Open House, the better to tie it into the month-long celebration, has been rolled back.
Holidays in the Pines is the umbrella name for events including festive events, a bevy of lights, live music, gifts, raffles and discounts at Cambria lodgings, shops and galleries from Dec. 1 to 23.
The chamber is encouraging town businesses “to go crazy on decorations,” both daytime displays as well as night-time lighting, according to Executive Director Mary Ann Carson.
A $500 overall grand prize and three $250 prizes will be awarded for the best decorations. Judging will be done from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, by Marty Gale, The Cambrian advertising account executive; Marcelle Bakula, Cambria Citizen of the Year; Susan McDonald from the Cambria Historical Society; Mel McColloch, chamber president; and a yet-to-be-name Allied Arts Association representative.
Businesses will also offer a drawing or a special throughout the month of December.
Four tall trees will be decorated with lights, including the historic Port Orford by the Cambria Historical Museum, one by the Blue Bird Inn and two near the Old Cambria Market Place (the Shell station).
For details, call the chamber at 927-3624, go to www.cambriachamber.org or www.cambriaholidays .com, or stop by the chamber office at 767 Main St.