The 29th Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival, which will take place at the historic Burr Homestead on the first weekend of December, will benefit the Burroughs Community Center in Bridgeport, which provides a variety of program for at-risk youth in the region.

The festival begins Thursday, Dec. 2, with a party and the event officially gets under way Friday, Dec. 3, with tours of the decorated mansion and the sale of wreaths and other holiday items.

There will be a number of special events, including a children's show by Mr. Abracadabra, an Italian meal and desserts from the Pantry. After dinner Friday, families can walk to the nearby tree-lighting ceremony at Town Hall and watch Santa arrive in a fire truck. This event is from 5 to 7 p.m. and attendees are asked to bring mittens to donate for a mitten drive. New and gently used coats and hats will also be accepted. Tickets to the children's event are $20.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, there will be two special events taking place. The first is a traditional tea. Tickets to this noon event are $40 per person.

A wine tasting is also set to take place Dec. 4. Tickets to the wine tasting are $40 per person.

On Sunday, Dec. 5, the last day of the festival, the winner of the quilt raffle will be drawn at 3 p.m. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind quilt, handmade by award-winning quilt-maker Cecily Zerega.

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors citizens. For more information, visit or e-mail For more information about the Burroughs Community Center, visit