By Mike Miller The celebration of the fall season is upon us again, with the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony taking place at the New England Botanical Garden in Salem, Massachusetts, next Saturday.
The festival takes place in conjunction with the New York City Marathon on October 25, and has been dubbed the “most fun” race in the United States.
But as we head into fall, it is also the time of year when people and animals alike get a chance to unwind, according to New England Animal Advocates (NEA).
“The holidays are really about the family, so it is important to keep families together,” NEA’s director of advocacy, Mark Karpeles, told ABC News.
“We’ve got a lot of families who are going to be at the celebration and have a wonderful time, but some people have been going back to work.
So it’s really important that they are well-behaved.”
As you might expect, New England is famous for its holiday cheer, and the Garden is no different.
“We have over 4,000 Christmas trees and many other beautiful trees that you would find anywhere in the country,” said Lisa Gann, the Garden’s volunteer coordinator.
“Christmas trees have been planted all over the Garden, from the North End to the South End.
There are over 60 different varieties, which are great for us to be able to choose from.”
Gann added that the Garden will offer a special treat for anyone who can’t make it to the event.
“If you can’t get to the Garden you can come and enjoy our beautiful Christmas tree in the garden,” she said.
Gann said there are plans for a special display on the Garden lawn in the coming days, as well as the Garden staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the festival.
New England Animal Defenders is one of the groups involved in the celebration.
“The New England Zoo is also very excited about the Garden and our tradition, so they’re going to have their own display there in the future,” said Karen T. Gann.
“The Garden is a great way to have a festive holiday celebration, especially with the fact that New England gets its first Christmas trees every year.”
Genn said she hopes people come to the ceremony knowing that there are people out there who are interested in participating in the festival, and that they can also come to New Hampshire and get a good picture of the celebration, and even experience the Christmas Tree light show themselves.
“Hopefully people will be there, even if they can’t come to a Garden event, they can come to our Garden event,” she added.
“It’s a great chance to see people, get to know people, and have fun with each other.
If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it.
If it’s not going to happen, then don’t go.”
You can watch the New Hampshire State Police and Garden lighting ceremony on YouTube below: