Entering Ends 11/29/2020 at 11:59:59 PM | Voting Starts 11/7/2020 at 10:00:00 AM Eastern Time

2020 HOLIDAYS@HOME Festival of Trees

Welcome to this Special Edition 2020 Holidays@Home Festival of Trees.
Ann's Place is bringing you an exciting and safe on-line Festival this year. You and your family can participate and enjoy creating some magic together, while supporting the lives of countless cancer patients. Whether you are entering 1, 2, or 3 of the creative challenges in our contest, or showing up to vote for your favorites to win by donating to Ann's Place, check back often to spread holiday excitement, and encourage competition and caring.

The Reason
Cancer doesn't simply stop during pandemics, but social distancing does add an incredible layer of extra stress just getting to treatment and through recovery. Ann's Place has continued to be a beacon of hope through it all with indispensable professional counseling, Zoom wellness classes and support gatherings, and safe gradual on-site transitions. Our gardens and labyrinth offer a respite during the roughest, most isolating times. Ann's Place still needs your participation and support even more since in-person events are not possible.

The Three Challenges         
  1. It is still about those trees! Decorated Tree or Holiday Item

    You can decorate your amazing trees this year, but no moving required! Share your creativity with an even larger audience who can view it on social media, from your aunt in Boston to your grandmother in Florida. Trees can be any size, theme, or color, artificial or live. Go to Festival Tree Tips  for decorating and photography tips to show it off to best advantage. Photograph it before registering your entry.  If your talent runs more to creating wreaths or other holiday items, this is still your category. Your holiday item can be fully or partially self-fabricated. Theme, materials, composition, and scale are at your discretion. Pose with your tree or spotlight the tree alone; no downloads of pirated trees! $25 entry fee please, with chance of winning from $250 up to $2,000 for attracting the most votes!

  2. Fun for the family! Think Outside the Box: Upcycle Sculpture Challenge

    Take a break from remote work and studies in your house and put your heads together to create a holiday sculpture using the BOX as a foundation.

    Pick a theme and imagination is your only limit! Save those delivery boxes and metal tins. Work with cardboard, paper, plastic, or metal. If you can recycle it, you can use it. Then the fun really starts!

    Register your masterpiece based on its size as follows:

    • Mini-Sculptures (Up to 12" in height, one or more pieces)
    • Medium (one box, up to 5 boxes)
    • Unlimited Sculpture (more than 5 boxes)

    For inspiration and instructions, go to  Getting Started with your entry  $25 entry fee. Groups also welcome. $250 Gift Card to top winner in each size category. (One prize only per size, to be shared per family, group, or individual winner)

  3. Awkward Holiday Photo Competition

    Bring a measure of silliness and photographic skills to this one! Whether it is a Holiday Feast gone wacky, a gathering of the Ugly Sweaters, strange Porch Sitters, or Pets in Costume, jump into this light-hearted competition. No indecent or political photos accepted and always get permission of humans being photographed. $25 entry fee. Top vote getter wins $250. Runner-up: $50.
        Please Note:  You will be able to specify which contest you are entering once you press "Enter Contest" and sign up for an account. 

Special Award: 2020 Judges' Choice Holiday Tree/Holiday Item
Apart from the fundraising competition, a frameable certificate and a cash prize of $150 will be awarded to the Tree/Holiday Item entry that is selected as Best of Show based on design, theme, and decorating skill. Three of our top Festival sponsors will comprise the judges' panel. Selection of this tree will not eliminate it from the voting competition. The Winner of this Judges' Choice Award will be announced during the Grand Finale broadcast.

Raised $25
Goal $170,000

Recent Entries



Wilda Hayes & Ron Olsen





Contest Sponsor

Fairfield County Bank
Ellen FitzGerald & Family In Memory of Jerry FitzGerald
Wendee Nussle & Les Madaus
Robert & Patricia Paquette In Memory of Charles & Elizabeth Boyle, Robert & Elsie Paquette
Southridge Technology
Union Savings Bank

Holiday Cheer Sponsor

Ed & Lisa FitzGerald
Mohegan Sun

Auction Sponsor

Cumulus Communications
Geri & David Hutchings
Praxair Cancer Center
Townsquare Media

Family Fun Challenge

Suzanne & Jeff Migdol

Mistletoe Sponsor

Bliss, Allred - CPAS
Collins, Hannafin, PC
Bob & Sue Cooper
Bill and Marge Davidson
Isabelle T. Farrington
Newtown Savings Bank
Cynthia & Mark Rosato
Norma Schlager

Festival Fans

Arista Industries, Inc.
Kevin & Lori Burns
Merita McDonough
NeJame & Sons
Maria Vanoni
Don & Melinda Weber

Holiday Friends

Caraluzzi's Market
Chipman, Mazzucco & Emerson LLC
Paul & Andrea Heery
Dr. Ben & Susan Frank
The Rizzo Companies
Williams & Company Body & Skin Care
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