Seasonal splendor showcased as Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival ‘boughs’

“Boughing” for its 34th year, the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival once again transformed the Burr Homestead into a dazzling designer showhouse of the holidays.

The event kicked off with a “Sip ’n’ Shop” preview party Thursday evening, and runs though Sunday at the historic mansion, 739 Old Post Road.

The festival, which each year donates proceeds to a non-profit, this year has selected Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, which strives to improve the “lives of children from low-income families through tennis, education, life skills and leadership programs,” according to event oranizers. The festival, since its founding in 1981, has raised more than $3.7 million over the years for charities.

Attendees at Thursday’s preview were among the first to have an opportunity to purchase their choice of hand-designed décor, ornaments and custom-made live wreaths. Their shopping was made all the more pleasant with cocktails, wine and hors d’oeurvres.

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General admission tickets to the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. The general-admission schedule is Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.