Visit Bucks County and Santa Claus Kick Off the Holiday Season with 8th Annual Bucks County Holiday TreeFest

(Bucks County, PA) Visit Bucks County, the official tourism promotion agency, welcomes the holiday season with the opening of the 8th Annual Bucks County Holiday TreeFest on Tuesday, November 26 at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Twenty-five uniquely-themed trees will be on display through January 7, 2014 as the main gallery of the Bucks County Visitor Center is transformed into a wintry wonderland. Each tree is decorated by a local business or organization. Sundays with Santa, musical talent and a special day dedicated to pet photos with Santa are a few of the highlights in the packed schedule of events, which can be viewed at VisitBucksCounty.com/TreeFest.

TreeFest kicks-off on Tuesday, November 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Families are invited to attend and cheer on Santa as he arrives on a fire truck with Mrs. Claus at 6 p.m. to magically turn on the holiday lights! There will also be light refreshments, photos with Santa and a special appearance by the Chick-fil-A Santa Cow to entertain the children.

Be sure to bring your own camera! On Sundays, December 1, 8 and 15, Santa will take photos with children from 1-3 p.m. On December 15, Santa will stay until 4 p.m. to take pictures with pets.

The Bucks County Visitor Center is also a drop-off location for Toys for Tots. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Visitor Center through December 9 to help our local community in need. The tourism office's headquarters will also host a drop box for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The public is invited to bring unsealed holiday cards containing messages of cheer and appreciation to our troops through December 6. These letters will be sent overseas to soldiers in need of holiday spirit. No postage necessary.

Get social! Visitors are encouraged to share their favorite tree photos and comments on Twitter and Instagram using #BucksTreeFest.

PECO is the exclusive sponsor of the 8th Annual Bucks County Holiday TreeFest.

The 2013 Holiday TreeFest participants include:

Artists of Bristol on the Delaware - Winters Delight
Bedside Harp - Healing Harp Tree
Bensalem Rotary - Real Happiness is Helping Others
BounceU of Langhorne - A Birthday Celebration!
Bryn Athyn Historic District - Christmas in Bryn Athyn
Bucks County Community College - Alumni Rejoice!
Bucks County Courier Times & The Intelligencer - Santa's iPad
Chick-fil-A at Horizon Blvd. - Chick-fil-A's Giving Tradition
Cramer Bakery & St. Andrews Fathers' Committee - Gingerbread Nativity
Eddington Presbyterian Church - Jesus is the Reason
Healthlink Medical Center - Bucks County Opoly
Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Tree Shop - Keris Tree Farm - A Family Tradition
Krispy Kreme Donuts - Wishing You a Krispy Kreme Christmas
Lenox Warehouse Store - The Lenox Treasures of Christmas Tree
Mary Kay Cosmetics - Merry Makeup
Moland House - Colonial Children's Christmas
National Shrine of Saint Katherine Drexel - Peace is as Fragile as a Butterfly
Newtown Arts Company - Holidays in the Highlands
Quilts for Kids - Quilts for Kids is on a Roll
Sesame Place - A Very Furry Christmas
The Tea Can Company - The Tea Tree
The Tubby Olive - Recipes for a Tubby Olive Christmas
Town and Country Players, Inc. - A Very Town and Country Christmas
Without a Cue Productions LLC - Take a Bough
Yardley Business Association - Welcome Home to Yardley for the Holidays

All TreeFest events are FREE and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events, check out VisitBucksCounty.com/Treefest.

Contact

Jessica Lawlor
Communications Coordinator
Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 x 227
jessical@visitbuckscounty.com

Michelle Greco Falcone
Communications Manager
Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 x 231
michellef@visitbuckscounty.com

About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.