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Festival of Trees tonight and Saturday, Twilights at Chimney Park on Sunday
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You can see Santa and enjoy themed Christmas trees at the inaugural Festival of Trees at 6 tonight and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the event hall at 1138 Monticello St., next to Plain Nuts Catering.

Trees will be sold in a silent auction, as will gift baskets, Christmas wreaths and decorations.

The event benefits the creation of Chimney Park, which will be a handicapped-accessible park to be built around the granite ruins and chimney of the old Patterson mansion behind the Covington Branch Library. The project is being funded through grants and donations.

The park is the idea of Kelli Hopkins, whose daughter Marlee Anne wanted a place to play with her special needs siblings, said event organizer Lisa Conner.

"I think the park is going to be just a wonderful asset to our town and our county," Conner said. "We’re doing anything we can do to help it along. We won’t make much money, but hopefully the meaning will be there."

Several businesses are sponsoring and decorating artificial Christmas trees including the county Clerk of Courts office (where Conner works), RE/MAX, Brendale’s, Tropical Nails and others.

The festival also will feature hot chocolate and arts and crafts activities for children. Leslie Smith is donating the use of her event hall, 1138 Monticello St.

Silent auction bidding will close at 8 p.m. on Saturday and the winner will be announced that night.

Conner said she hopes to make the festival an annual event that would benefit a different organization each year. For more information, call Conner at (678) 459-7752.

Twilights at Chimney Park

The Friends of Newton Parks will stage their third annual Twilights at Chimney Park 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The free event involves several local businesses and organizations creating various lighting displays to show off for visitors. Newton Electric Supply donated the lights and Berry Tree Farm donated the Christmas trees.

The Oxford Youth Choir will sing carols, library storytellers will spin tales, s’mores will be cooked on a bonfire and hot beverages and other snacks will be provided.