Preparations for Festival of Trees

WILMINGTON -- Part of a hotel in downtown Wilmington is going through a seasonal transformation as workers get ready for the Festival of Trees.

Starting Saturday, 104 trees will be decorated at the Hilton Riverside.

The theme of this year's festival is "Let Heaven and Nature Sing." The festival is about more than trees. There is also live music, a craft corner, a dessert cafe, a holiday boutique and silent auctions and raffles.

The Festival of Trees opens Saturday at 10:00 a.m. It runs through Sunday, December 3. Weekdays it is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Weekends it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.