Red Mill Museum Village

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is Back by Popular Demand!!

Every year at the Red Mill Museum we welcome creative individuals, groups, and organizations to design and decorate holiday trees for the 2023 Festival of Trees (FOT). There are just three days when you can get your tree to the Museum. So, pick a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday — November 17th, 18th and/or 19th from 10am – 4pm for decorating and tree placement at the Red Mill.  Bring your family and friends to join in the fun and don’t forget to bring a thermos of hot chocolate too!

The decorated trees will be judged in a contest, so let’s get really creative! The winners will be judged in the following categories:

  • Best Representation of a Theme
  • Child’s Fantasy
  • Creative Genius
  • Most Traditional
  • Spirit of Nature 

Each of the winners will get bragging rights and a cash prize of $100! In addition, the viewing public can vote for their favorite tree. The winners will be announced by the Museum.  

Decorating and displaying a tree helps to spark holiday spirit for thousands of visitors and generate support for the museum. Participants supply the tree (real or artificial) with lights and decorations for the duration of the event. The trees will be placed outdoors amid the historic buildings on the grounds of the Red Mill Museum Village. Groups or individuals that would like to participate are required to submit a FOT entry form and read the 2023 Entry Guidelines. The deadline to submit entry forms is November 13th, 2023.

Fill out and submit the Festival of Trees Entry form online below:

Santa's Red Mill Workshop Photo Sessions

Due to overwhelming demand, additional sessions have been added! Plan your visit with Santa and have a Family Holiday Portrait in the Historic Red Mill Museum on Saturday, December 2nd

Event Schedule

Red Mill Museum SITE DECORATING for Volunteers

Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, Nov 12th
From 10-4pm

We are seeking volunteers to help with decorating the Museum Grounds and Buildings. If you would like to help, then contact Elizabeth at


Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
November 17th, 18th, and 19th
From 10am-4pm

Set-up or drop off for entrants who have designed a tree for display.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 1st, 2nd and 3rd 10am-6pm

Outdoor holiday market and decorated Christmas Trees on display


Thursday, December 14th 6pm-9pm

Luminaire lined paths and decorated Christmas trees are sure to get you into the spirit of the season!


Friday through Sunday, December 8th – 10th, 10am-6pm
Friday through Sunday, December 15th – 17th, 10am-6pm

Decorated Christmas Trees on display

Festival of Trees will be on display beginning Thanksgiving weekend, November 24th and every weekend after that through December 17th from 10am to 6pm. All the proceeds from this event will benefit the Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and its mission to preserve and present the social, industrial and agricultural heritage of New Jersey. 

The trees can also be viewed on the evening of “Candlelight Night” in Clinton on December 14th from 6-9pm with luminaries. Museum Admission also benefits the Red Mill Museum Village. Admission is free to admission for Red Mill Museum Members, Children (under 6), Veterans and Active Military.

Tickets to view the Festival of Trees can be purchased at the ticket office for $12 or online for $10 at the following link.