Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival at Burr Homestead

The 2014 Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival has selected The Center for Family Justice as its beneficiary this year. The theme for the festival, which takes place at the Burr Homestead Dec. 4 through 7, is “Cherishing Family: The Greatest Gift of All.”

Doors open to the public on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will be able to peruse the hand-made trees, wreaths and heirloom-quality holiday decorations. Each room will be decorated by local interior designers and every item will be for sale. There will be free apple cider, a boutique and a visit from Santa

General admission is $5 to $10. In addition, there are special events held for which advanced ticket purchase is required; visit FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org.

A preview gala will be held on Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., and will feature music, delicacies, an open bar and an opportunity to win jewelry donated by Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers. Tickets to this event begin at $150 per person.

The annual children’s event, “Let’s Build a Snowman,” will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be face painting, a magician, crafts, music and a  visit from Santa. A chicken and pasta dinner, as well as treats, will be served.

The event is followed by a Christmas stroll to watch the annual tree lighting at Fairfield Town Hall. Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 per child and children under 3 are free.

Saturday will celebrate “Christmas Around the World” from 7 to 10 p.m. This event will be honor the cultures of different parts of the world with food pairings representative of those continents. A DJ, entertainment and a chance to win sports-themed and luxury items will also be part of the evening. Tickets are $75 per person.

The Holiday Christmas Tea is Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. It will feature a formal tea with a variety of tea sandwiches, desserts and beverages. There will also be  chance to win a piece of jewelry. Tickets to the tea are $50 per person.

Visitors will also be able to participate in a raffle for a hand-made quilt by local artist Cecily Zerega. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting the Burr Homestead Gardens.

All proceeds from the festival benefit The Center for Family Justice.