Christmas tree festival begins at Lake Havasu Museum of History

November 29, 2018

A forest of sparkling tinsel, glowing lights and glistening ornaments now occupies the Lake Havasu Museum of History, with its roots nearly two decades deep.

The museum began its 17th Annual Christmas Tree Festival on Tuesday morning, presenting 19 trees donated and decorated through the years by local organizations including the Havasu Stitchers, the Beta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Western Arizona Humane Society.

“It’s always festive when we walk in and see all of the trees here,” said museum director Becky Maxedon. “It’s fun, and we have so many volunteers who come in and help set them up. We couldn’t do this without them.”

According to museum office assistant Phyllis Wagner, the celebration began in 2001, with the donation of a Victorian-themed tree to the museum by one of its founding members, James Halteman. Since then, Wagner says, the museum has asked other organizations to contribute to the Christmas tree festival, which has grown every year since.

This year’s Christmas tree festival will be held in honor of Stellene Matzdorff, a charter member of the Lake Havasu City Historical Society who died in September.

The Christmas trees are on display during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until Jan. 5.

The museum will also host its annual Party Among the Trees on Dec. 12, where visitors will be offered hot wassail, punch and cookies. The popular event will feature Christmas carolers and an appearance by Santa Claus, Maxedon said.

For more information, visit the Lake Havasu Museum of History’s website at havasumuseum.com, or call 928-854-4938.

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