Nov. 25 2015 10:43 AM

Turner-Dodge House prepares for Festival of Trees

Turner-Dodge House prepares for Festival of Trees

How many holiday trees can fit inside the Turner-Dodge House? The Friends of Turner-Dodge House and Lansing’s Parks & Recreation department are about to find out.

Old Town’s historic Turner-Dodge House is gearing up for the fourth annual Festival of Trees. The festival places decorated tress through all three floors of the historic estate, from its first-floor Victorian salon to its grand third-floor ballroom. Last year’s festival featured every- thing from traditionally decorated trees to a “tree” made from books decorated with origami snowflakes and a stunning blue glass tree created by local artist Craig Mitchell Smith.

The trees are decorated by individuals, businesses and nonprofits in the Greater Lansing community. Michael Beebe, president of the Friends of Turner-Dodge House, said this year’s festival will feature over 50 trees.

“We had 37 trees last year; our goal for this year was 50 trees,” Beebe said. “The challenge will be placement.”

This year’s festival opens to the public on Dec. 5 and will run through Jan. 3. Visitors are invited to cast a vote for their favorite tree. Proceeds from the event go toward maintenance and educational programs hosted by the Turner-Dodge House.

Editor’s note: Due to a reporting error, last week’s Holiday Events Guide included incorrect information about this year’s Festival of Trees. The festival will not be open on Fridays this year, and there is no longer a family admission price.

Festival of Trees

Dec. 5-Jan. 3 Noon-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday $5/FREE for children 12 and under Turner-Dodge House 100 E. North St., Lansing (517) 483-4220,

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