The holiday season, like most things in 2020, won’t be normal. But that doesn’t mean you have to go totally without cheer this year.

A number of venues around the region have put together events they feel capture the essence of the season while also providing the safest atmosphere possible for their guests. For some, people don’t even need to leave their cars.

Here are nine things to do this December to brighten your holiday season (literally):

Festival of Trees
Morven—the former governor’s mansion—has modified their annual Festival of Trees to better suit the COVID-19 era, adding more and grander outdoor lighting and displays.

Each year, the festival showcases a juried collection of trees and mantles displayed throughout the museum’s galleries. This year’s festival stays open longer, running through Sunday, Jan. 10.

Festival of Trees is open to the public during regular museum hours, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, with a half-hour break 1 to 1:30 p.m. for cleaning.

Museum tickets must be purchased at the gift shop to gain entrance. Morven staff will be limiting crowd sizes inside the museum in order to adhere to CDC guidelines. During Festival of Trees, no formal tours of the museum are given.

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